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  • 1. REAL PROPERTY WEBSITES – AND THEN SOME Michael S. Klein Ira J. Waldman ©2011I. Bookmarks A. Title Insurance Companies 1. http://www.vuwriter.com/ - Stewart Title Underwriting Manual 2. https://www.agentxtra.net/extranet/SingleSource/NavMaster.asp?TopicAr ea=Main+Menu – Land America Single Source 3. https://passport.fntic.com/ - Fidelity Title Passport 4. http://ul.firstam.com/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fDefault.aspx – First American Underwriting Library 5. http://www.netronline.com/ - NETR Online Property Data Store 6. http://westregion.com/ - West Region Title Insurance Center – unofficial site with links to underwriting manuals, forms, closing practices, etc. – author of site does suggest your own verification. B. Forms 1. http://cori.missouri.edu/pages/ksearch.htm - CORI Knowledge Database including Forms. 2. http://www.freddiemac.com/ - Freddie Mac home page, a good source for current multifamily forms, adaptable for many property types. C. Federal Government 1. http://thomas.loc.gov/home/thomas.php# - Thomas Library of Congress 2. http://www.foreclosurelaw.org/ - United States Foreclosure Laws 3. http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqscanv/ - USGS – California and Nevada Earthquakes 4. http://www.epa.gov/epahome/whereyoulive.htm - EPA Website D. Local Government178174110633v2
  • 2. 1. http://zimas.lacity.org/ - Zimas (Zone Information and Map Access System for Los Angeles 2. http://www.municode.com/ - Access to Municipal Codes nationwide 3. http://www.amlegal.com/library/ca/losangeles.shtml - Access to Los Angeles City Code 4. http://www.city-data.com/ - City-Data – Everything you want to know about a U.S. City 5. http://assessor.lacounty.gov/extranet/default.aspx - Los Angeles County Assessor 6. http://www.generalcode.com/webcode2.html - E-Codes - Municipal Codes on the Internet E. State Government 1. http://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/table_property - State Property Statures from Cornell 2. http://www.boe.ca.gov/ - California State Board of Equalization 3. http://www.sos.ca.gov/business/ - California Secretary of State Business Portal – excellent for checking entity status 4. http://senate.ca.gov/ - California bills and statutes (can subscribe to bills) 5. http://www.corp.ca.gov/FSD/licensees/default.asp - California Department of Corporations, Financial Services Division – the place to check for active finance lender licenses 6. http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/ - California legislative information and statutes (and see new beta site - http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/ ) 7. http://www.ftb.ca.gov/index.shtml?disabled=true – California Franchise Tax Board – the place to go for tax forms and information on California withholding requirements in connection with real property sales 8. http://public.leginfo.state.ny.us/menugetf.cgi?COMMONQUERY=LAWS – Laws of New York – valuable with the number of financings selecting New York law to govern 9. http://www.law.upenn.edu/bll/archives/ulc/ulc.htm - the location of drafts and final adoption of Uniform Laws by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (the Uniform Law Commission) –178174110633v2 2
  • 3. very valuable for statutory history for Uniform Laws enacted in a particular state F. Libraries 1. http://www.plol.org/Pages/Search.aspx - The (free) Public Library of Law – free resources with a tie in to fast case (see below) 2. http://www.fastcase.com/ - Fast Case – next generation legal research for a relatively inexpensive price 3. http://www.lawriter.net/ - Casemaker from Lawriter – free with membership to many bar organizations; alas, not California 4. https://members.lalawlibrary.org/members/about.html - Los Angeles County Law Library Members Portal/Remote Databases – significant service at low cost G. Commercial Databases 1. www.costar.com – Commercial Real Estate Information Company H. Residential Databases 1. http://www.realtor.com/ - Realtor.com – data and listings 2. http://www.zillow.com/ - Zillow - homes for sale, homes for rent and home values 3. http://www.latimes.com/classified/realestate/ - LA Times residential database I. Real Industry Trade Groups 1. http://www.uli.org/ - Urban Land Institute – research and publications 2. http://www.narea-assoc.org/ - National Association of Real Estate Appraisers 3. http://www.crefc.org/ - CRE Finance Counsel, formerly known as the “Commercial Mortgage Securities Association” – news links, resources and publications J. Real Estate Education 1. http://www.joshuastein.com/ - the website of Josh Stein one of the most prolific authors on real estate legal matters – click on the Publications link178174110633v2 3
  • 4. 2. http://www.firstam.com/title/resources/reference-information/jack- murray-law-library/ - the library of Jack Murray, another prolific author on real estate legal matters 3. www.acrel.org – the public site of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers has all of its program materials and newsletter articles on line and searchable 1 year after the publication date. A treasure chest of relevant material 4. http://realpropertylaw.calbar.ca.gov/RealPropertyLaw.aspx - California State Bar – Real Property Section – Member access to Real Property Law Journal articles 5. http://www.lacba.org/showpage.cfm?pageid=186 – Los Angeles County Bar Association Real Property Section (but also check out the online version of LA Lawyer at http://www.lacba.org/showpage.cfm?pageid=40 for searchable archival access 6. http://www.americanbar.org/publications/probate_property_magazine_ho me.html - ABA Real Property Trust & Estate Law Section Probate and Property Magazine – full access for members only 7. http://scholar.google.com/schhp?hl=en&tab=ws – Google Scholar – a good source of cheap opinion and article access, always to be ultimately verified. K. Real Estate News and Publications 1. http://online.wsj.com/public/page/news-real-estate-commercial.html - Wall Street Journal Property Report 2. http://www.gspartners.com/ - George Smith Partners – always good finance information 3. http://www.bizjournals.com/ - Business Journals from around the U.S. 4. http://www.bizjournals.com/losangeles/ - The Los Angeles Business Journal 5. http://realtytimes.com/ - Realty Times – News and Advice featuring local market conditions 6. http://dirt.umkc.edu – DIRT Listserv L. Miscellaneous 1. http://maps.google.com/ - Google Maps178174110633v2 4
  • 5. 2. www.spoofcard.com – Caller ID spoofing, voice changing and call recording 3. www.yousendit.com – online file sharing, send larger files, manage file transfer, FTP replacement with no email attachments. 4. www.pamela-systems.com – call management tool, especially for Skype – record voice mail calls to disk 5. www.google.com/googlevoice/ - One number for all your phones, online voicemail and cheap calling 6. www.teamviewer.com - the All-In-One Solution for Remote Access and Support over the Internet178174110633v2 5

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