Real property conflicts are often time-sensitive. Parties are deeply frustrated. Such conflicts are common among all sorts of parties.
These could include:
- Sellers and purchasers of real estate
- Real estate agents/brokers and their clients
- Property owners, contractors, and subcontractors
- Members of HOAs
- Landlords, tenants, co-tenants, and sub-tenants
- Between neighbors (e.g., property damage or use infringement due to noise, animal, tree, fence or road issues)
- Entire neighborhoods (e.g., in response to proposed construction or property use)
Most real estate contracts require mediation before commencing litigation. Mediated agreements are preferable amongst neighbors, as they generate goodwill among parties who often continue living next to each other. Mediation allows parties to have a genuine voice while forming resolutions, with or without lawyers in the room. Mediation works through the problems in a fraction of the time and expense of litigation, yet allows interested parties to control the outcome.
Scott has helped clients buy and sell property in San Francisco, working a number of years as an associate broker in a major San Francisco real estate firm. He has worked as a residential property manager for over 15 years and is familiar with all manner of conflicts regarding property purchase, ownership, use, and enjoyment.
“It is easier to love humanity as a whole than to love one’s neighbor.” — Eric Hoffer