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Website ADA - California Court holds "No Place No Case"

California State Court Follows "No Place No Case" Doctrine.  In Thurston v. Midvale Corp., 39 Cal. App. 5th 634, 640-41 (Sep 3, 2019) , the Court closely followed 9th circut Federal Case, Robles vs Domino's Pizza.  On the one hand, the Court allowed an ADA website case to go forward, but it also stated that the main reason for doing so, just as in the Robles case, was because there was a likely nexus between the website and the defendant's physical store, stongly suggesting that without the nexus to a physical location where customers can obtain goods or services, there would be no ADA case.  This is what the Karlin Law Firm has called the "No Place - No Case" doctrine, or for short the Karlin Wesite Doctrine.  Good news for websites which have customers in California.

Building spec homes as a real estate investment

The real estate market is booming in many places in California, and it may be tempting to build a spec house for people who want to make money from an investment. Where housing supplies are limited and many people are interested in newly built properties, there may be buyers lined up to repurchase a spec home almost as soon as it is completed. Still, there are reasons why some investors may want to consider different options when choosing the most profitable path in real estate investment.

Why home buyers need cash reserves

Those who are looking to buy a home in California or any other state must be financially stable enough to do so. Generally speaking, banks will require borrowers to have an equivalent of up to three months' worth of income in a savings account. Furthermore, buyers may need to have thousands of dollars available to pay closing costs and make an earnest deposit. Banks generally require borrowers to have a cash reserve to ensure that they have money available to make future payments.

ADA lawsuits are now taking aim at gift cards

You may have taken every possible step to provide accessibility to your customers with disabilities, as required in the Americans with Disabilities Act. This may include replacing steps with ramps, widening doorways, adding grab bars in the bathrooms and anything else that would make your place of business as comfortable as possible for all your potential customers. You may also have hired a professional to evaluate your website and help you upgrade it to meet and maintain ADA compliance.

Tips for selling homes during the winter months

Selling a home during the holiday season may be a challenge for homeowners in California and throughout the country. Part of the challenge of selling a home in November or December is that real estate agents, loan officers and others may have limited hours. This means that there is a higher likelihood that an inspection or an appointment with a loan officer takes more time to schedule or gets postponed.

Pros and cons of buying a relatively expensive home

People in California who are in the market to purchase real estate might fall in love with a home that puts the others in the neighborhood to shame. The highest-priced home on the block, though, is sometimes the worst with regard to future value and potential gains. There are pros and cons to buying the most expensive house in the area; homebuyers would do well to consider both before making a purchase decision.

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