Tax-Deferred Exchange – New Proposals

There are three legislative proposals under consideration that propose to eliminate or severely restrict the application of IRC Section 1031 to defer capital gains taxes. Send a letter to your elected officials in Washington now to get this off the table!

It’s easy to do this. Just go to this page courtesy of IPX Exchange Services Inc. and submit your objection online. It takes about a minute. Letters will go out to all of your elected officials.

CAR Chief Economist Leslie Appleton Young’s 2014 Review and 2015 Forecast

Click here for CAR Chief Economist Leslie Appleton Young’s review and forecast for the U.S., California and Santa Barbara area’s economy for 2014  and 2015. Consumer confidence is at a seven-year high, but inventory and affordability remain issues.

Isla Vista Community Service District Bill

In a move calculated by bypass the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) Assemblyman Das Williams has introduced a bill to form a community service district specifically for Isla Vista directly through legislation rather than the normal LAFCO review process. Many property owners and the local LAFCO are highly suspect of this maneuver.  View a copy of the relevant documents here. For more information please contact Charles Eckert, Chairperson of the Isla Vista Property Owners’ Association at 805-964-4761 or in care of Kathy Parsons at


National Student Housing Update

This is an article from Units Magazine regarding national student rental housing targets. Click the title above to read the article.

“But compared to last year, approximately 16,000 fewer beds could come to market by the start of 2015 school year, Axiometrics forecasts.By Taylor GunnAbout this time last year, Axiometrics forecast that approximately 60,000 privately owned student housing beds would be delivered nationally in time…

UCSB Expansion and Enrollment Plans

by Brian Bailey
Central Coast Investments

Article Published in SBRPA Rental Property News
February 2014 Issue

I had a meeting on January 10 with Marc Fisher, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor and Campus Architect at UCSB. The purpose of my meeting was to follow up on a presentation he gave to the Santa Barbara Multiple Listing Service on November 12, 2013 concerning current and planned UCSB residential expansion.

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SBRPA Presentation 05-14-14

I had the pleasure of speaking at the Santa Barbara Rental Property Association (SBRPA) recently about the Santa Barbara South Coast multifamily and commercial markets. I spoke along with my friends and fellow brokers Steve Golis and Brad Frohling of Radius Commercial Group. To view the presentation click here:  SBRPA Presentation 05-14-14.

Technical notes: In the slides on the 20-year history of multifamily sales the GRM and cap. rate factors are based on proforma rents and the trendlines used are five event polynomial.

Check Your Commercial Leases

Check Your New Leases

The state of California Senate Bill 1186, recently signed by Governor Brown, amends a number of provisions related to accessibility lawsuits and requirements, including those of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Of specific importance is the addition of California Civil Code 1938 which will require all commercial leases or rental agreements executed on or after July 1, 2013 to contain a paragraph indicating whether the commercial property has been inspected by a certified access specialist and whether the property was found to have met all applicable construction-related accessibility standards pursuant to Section 55.53.

In a related issue, A consultant performing inspections and preparing property condition reports for FHLMC must have ALL of the following qualifications:

•A degree in engineering and/or architecture from an accredited institution
•Five or more years of experience in one or more of the following disciplines: architecture, engineering (structural, mechanical or civil) and/or construction/cost estimating
•Three or more years of experience performing multifamily property inspections
•Two or more years of experience conducting similar work for financial institutions.

Whether this will trickle down to all inspections/inspectors is not known yet.

The various federal/state legislators have focused heavily on the single family real estate issues since 2007. It now looks like they are looking more closely at commercial real estate issues. Stay Tuned!