California law protects consumers from real estate fraud by imposing various duties of care and loyalty on real estate agents and brokers. Real estate fraud can take many forms, but a typical real estate fraud case involves the following components:
The liable party:
We represent real estate buyers, sellers, owners and other stakeholders who have been victims of real estate fraud. We are experts at defending our clients from real estate fraud and holding those accountable for perpetuating fraudulent schemes.
If you believe you were a victim of real estate fraud, there are some important steps to follow to protect your legal rights:
Real estate fraud is an intentional act which requires detailed knowledge of the applicable laws and thus may be perpetrated by real estate professionals such as realtors, mortgage brokers, property appraisers and “foreclosure consultants.” Real estate professionals are also liable for negligent mistakes, errors and omissions which were not intentional. Some real estate professionals have liability insurance for negligence related to their duties. In that case, expect the insurance companies to do everything in their power to avoid financial responsibility and deny your claim. From our experience, you will need a skilled attorney to make a complete recovery. As such, we recommend contacting an experienced real estate fraud attorney as soon as possible if you believe you were a victim of real estate fraud.
There is no exhaustive list of real estate scams, but here are some of the most common ways real estate fraud arises:
Other types of real estate scams include but are not limited to developer fraud, lender fraud, breach of contract, phantom help scams, forgery and straw buyer schemes.
If you were a victim of real estate fraud, you may have a number of remedies available to you depending on the circumstances of the case. You may be entitled to specific performance of a contract (meaning the contract must performed strictly or substantially to its terms), rescission of a contract, damages and restitution for losses suffered, punitive damages for wrongful conduct and other compensation.
Proving fraud typically requires the skill of an experienced lawyer. James Iagmin is known in the legal community for being an outstanding attorney and also for being kind, compassionate and intelligent. Jim is recognized as a leader among attorneys and served as President of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego. Jim has received a number of honors and awards for his skill as a lawyer and has a proven track record of achieving the best possible results for his clients. You can read more about what Jim’s former clients and fellow lawyers say about him on AVVO .
Our attorneys at Williams Iagmin, LLP are here to answer your questions about fraud, breach of contract and other types of business and real estate disputes. We are a small law firm and we take pride in giving each case the attention and prioritization it deserves.
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