In recent months, Joseph M. Cobert, A Professional Corporation (the "Firm") has continued to provide legal guidance and documentation for numerous high value real property transactions in California and in some other states. They have included, for example, the paperwork and due diligence for acquisition of a shopping center in Sherman Oaks, a restaurant site in Glendale, California and a car wash business and property in Los Angeles. He has obtained substantial compensation for several clients in construction defect matters in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Further, he has had great results on several matters entailing complex title issues. These have involved, among other issues, litigation and arbitration proceedings and procedural steps specifically related to real estate like the recordation of lis pendens documents.
Additionally, the Firm has worked with co-counsel on several zoning, building occupancy and land use matters, all of which enabled the clients to avoid or eliminate any code violations and then market the properties at top dollar.
Joe has also handled successfully several battles over earnest money deposits in sale transactions which failed to close and over security deposits in a couple of sizeable lease transactions.
Joe has taught the UCLA Extension "Real Estate Finance" course every year beginning in 1982. He believes in a highly interactive experience. Therefore, he brings 15 to 20 top flight guest speakers each time he presents the course in order to supplement his thorough commentary, to give the class great practical insights and to afford them contacts with industry leaders. This also cements Joe's relationships with other experts across the spectrum of real property financing, so that Joe can refer those experts to the Firm's clients in appropriate situations.
Joe has been active on the "speaking circuit" for a number of years. For example, he has been a co-panelist at Dynamics Capital seminars on multiple occasions from 2010 through 2016 as well as at all-day real estate finance conferences for various private groups. Among the topics on which he has spoken are “How and Where to Find the Best Real Estate Deals in Today's Market,” "Short Sales: Opportunities and Pitfalls," private trust deed investments, buying distressed properties and notes, how to access capital sources and investment property management concerns from a lawyer's perspective.
Not long ago,Joe was a speaker on an internet radio program focusing on real estate opportunities.
Joe has created, and participated as a speaker in, numerous programs for the Beverly Hills Bar Association Real Estate Section from 2010 through the present. Joe then became co-chair of that Section and served in that capacity from October of 2010 through September of 2013. Joe has talked there on real estate topics as diverse as the Homeowners Bill of Rights, short sales and the commercial real property finance market. He has also acted as a moderator at, and produced the speakers for, a number of other programs on subjects like development projects in Los Angeles and commercial leasing.
For nearly five years, Joe has been a member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Urban Land Institute ("ULI"). Joe is a co-chair of one of the key subcommittees for the group, organizing breakfast presentations on both current and cutting edge topics, such as Chinese investment in Los Angeles and the value-add art can bring to private real estate projects. He also works with colleagues to arrange site visits to exciting projects before they open to the general public and to line up local government and real estate industry leaders for educational as well as "meet and greet" sessions.
Moreover, Joe served for four years as Topics Chair for the high-powered Westside Real Estate Affinity Group of ProVisors, a 4,000+ person networking organization.
Finally, for more than seven years now, Joe has been writing and the Firm disseminating a monthly newsletter, each issue usually focusing on one timely and meaningful real estate topic. That newsletter, known as The Joe Cobert Report, has generated highly favorable comments from readers every month and the number of subscribers has grown substantially each year. All the articles contained in those newsletters are accumulated and set out in full in the "Cobert Blawg," as are some special shorter pieces called "Reader Alerts" which notify the subscribers of very recent information too important to delay for the next monthly newsletter.