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Are Your Clients Licensed to Build in California?

By | July 17th, 2017|Categories: DK Blog, Financial, News, Political|Tags: , , , , |

Do you advise California Building Contractors? Are you a CA Contractor? Do you like being paid for your work? Phoenix Mechanical, Inc., v. SpaceX [Certified June 13th 2017] Cal. App. 2nd As with many matters that end up in litigation, the “Devil is in the details” in this dispute between an aerospace company and a subcontractor. [...]

Hinrichs v. Melton: Easements

By | May 12th, 2017|Categories: DK Blog, DK News, DK Updates, Governments, Real Estate, Real Property|Tags: , , , , , , |

Introduction and Facts: Hinrichs v. Melton (certified for publication May 3, 2017) is an appellate case brought by the owner of a landlocked property requesting an easement over the property of another in order to access his property. In 1993 Leslie Hinrichs inherited two contiguous legal parcels; the southern parcel was improved with a home on [...]

Digest of the Appeal of Aptos Council v. County of Santa Cruz et al.

By | April 14th, 2017|Categories: DK Blog, Governments, Political, Real Estate, Real Property|Tags: , , , , |

INTRODUCTION: The California Sixth Appellate Court heard and gave guidance on the applicability of CEQA analysis in regards to a zoning updates and modernization by a municipality, certified for publication on 3/30/17. This is a particularly relevant case, state wide, as well as locally, as it gives likely guidance to the San Luis Obispo City Council, [...]

Realtors: Make Your Contractor Love You! [Part 4 of 4]

By | April 2nd, 2017|Categories: DK Blog, DK Updates, Real Estate, Real Property|Tags: , , , |

In this final installment of our four part series we will cover how it is a REALTOR can make their contractor want to keep working with them and ensure the contractor is providing not only the product they need, but also in the style and timeframe the REALTOR needs. In [Part 1 of 4] we went [...]

Real Estate Agents: Make Your Contractor Love you [Part 3 of 4]

By | March 29th, 2017|Categories: DK Blog, DK Updates, Real Estate, Real Property|Tags: , , , |

In this installment we go over a couple of ways to develop a relationship with contractors in order to build trust and to make sure the contractor understands your expectations and you understand theirs. Real estate agents and brokers are constantly in need of qualified and competent contractors. The problem is, a contractor that is consistently [...]

Building Code Violations Causing Receivership of Real Property.

By | March 20th, 2017|Categories: DK Blog, News, Real Estate, Real Property|Tags: , , , , , |

Analysis of The City of Crescent City v. Sarvada Reddy. (2017) California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District. Property owners are under a duty of care to maintain their properties for habitability and fitness for the properties ordinary purpose. It must supply functions that would normally be found in a home following the building codes. In California, [...]

Real Estate Agents: Make Your Contractor Love You. [2 of 4]

By | February 16th, 2017|Categories: DK Blog, DK Updates, Real Estate, Real Property|Tags: , , , , , , |

Building on last week’s installment, we went over a few things that make contractors cringe and a few things that make contractors want to work for you. This week I’d like to go over another challenge contractors encounter and how you as a real estate professional can work with them to make the project a success, [...]

Contractors, Burnt-Out? Wonder Why?

By | January 30th, 2017|Categories: DK Blog, DK Updates, Governments, News, Uncategorized|

When I first opened my doors to the international operating headquarters of Dan Knight Construction & Plumbing in 2006 I had a 1985 F-250 diesel pick up, truck full of tools, and attitude that I was going to be building the Hoover Dam the following year. I had ½ of a full time employee in my [...]

Expert Witness Tips: What Do We Do Now!!

By | January 23rd, 2017|Categories: Design, DK Blog, DK News, Governments, News, Uncategorized|

You have a sneaking suspicion something on your project isn’t right. The call comes in to the company warranty line. Most people don’t want to hear it, “the news”. There is a construction defect on the property or project. Hey maybe it is something that isn’t our fault; we can invoke the "act of god provision" [...]

College isn’t Enough

By | January 13th, 2017|Categories: DK Blog, DK News, DK Recent Projects, DK Updates, Uncategorized|

College isn't Enough 5 am, my dad walked into my bedroom. “Wake up, we’ve got to go,” he said sharply though gently. I shook off the morning funk and pulled on my size 5 K-Mart work boots after I pulled on my Wrangler work jeans that were hand-me-downs. Stumbling into the kitchen [...]


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