If you are an attorney involved in litigation or arbitration concerning California real estate transactions, just imagine the immense credibility & value an experienced real estate expert witness will add to your case.

    Real estate consultant John Graff is a California Bureau of Real Estate licensed professional since September, 2013 and has earned recognition for his dedication to continuing education in his field, having received the following certifications & designations which demonstrate his knowledge: 

     

    • Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) – REALTORS® that have met strict educational and practical requirements set by the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council (REBAC).
    • At Home With Diversity (AHWD) – Those certified have been professionally trained in and are sensitive to a wide range of cultural issues.
    • Building Science Principles Certificate – Possessing the Building Science Principles certificate demonstrates substantial understanding of the relationship between the building envelope, heating, A/C, insulation, mechanical ventilation, lighting, appliances and other systems of the home and is conferred by the Building Performance Institute.
    • Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) – Specialized training to complete international transactions seamlessly and with reduced risk.
    • e-PRO – Education & training dedicated to making the most of today’s technology with real estate needs.
    • Military Relocation Professional (MRP) – The MRP certification focuses on educating real estate professionals about working with current and former military service members which helps their clients find the housing solutions that best suit their needs and take full advantage of military benefits and support that are available.
    • Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA)  Enhanced skills & education in pricing properties, creating CMAs & working with appraisers.
    • Resort & Second Home Property Specialist (RSPS) – REALTORS® with advanced knowledge and specialization in the resort and second-home niche.
    • Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) – Deep knowledge of real estate and the local and economic issues shaping market trends, with intensive education on issues of particular concern to aged 50+ clients.
    • Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource (SFR) – Trained in how to help home sellers maneuver the complexities of short sales as well as help buyers pursue short sale and foreclosure opportunities.

    John Graff is an active member of the following pertinent professional organizations:

    • National Association of Realtors
      • Member, Public Policy Coordinating Committee 
    • National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals
      • Chair, Policy Committee
    • California Association of Realtors
    • Beverly Hills – Greater Los Angeles Association of Realtors
      • Member, Public Policy Committee
    • Council of Residential Specialists
    • Urban Land Institute
    • United States Green Building Council
    • Real Estate Business Institute
    • Real Estate Buyers Agency Council
    • Seniors Real Estate Council

     

    FUN FACT: He can take the heat! A former debate team captain, Graff can stand his own in the face of aggressive deposing tactics, and continue to deliver clear, calm and accurate testimony.  

     

    Mr. Graff serves as a pre-trial consultant & expert witness in court trials & arbitration cases that involve:

    • Residential real estate agent duties to perform.
    • Real estate and mortgage brokers’ standard of care.
    • Real estate agent malpractice.
    • Interpretation of real estate documents and forms.
    • CFPB Regulations.
    • Valuation disputes.
    • Foreclosure litigation.
    • RESPA.
    • Data and personal information privacy.
    • Interpretation of CC&R covenants conditions and restrictions.
    • Homeowner association (HOA) disputes.
    • Interpretation of standard real estate form agreements.
    • Duty of escrow holder.
    • Duty of title insurer.
    • Sources and applications of standard of care.
    • Disclosure responsibilities.
    • Agent supervision criteria.
    • Agent custom and practice.
    • Due diligence responsibilities.
    • Commission disputes.
    • Ethical obligations.
    • Obligation of skill and care.

    FUN FACT: State Bar of California Continuing Legal Education (CLE) isn’t limited to attorneys. Graff regularly attends CLE classes to gain knowledge about the legal process and contribute to his holistic understanding of the role of an expert witness.

     

    John Graff’s Relevant Education & Coursework:

    • The ABCs of E&O Insurance, by Joseph Fields, Esq. & Adam Budesheim, Esq. Course completed December 31, 2016
    • Due Diligence in Public Real Estate Transactions, by Elizabeth Berlinsky, Esq. & Peter Friedman, Esq. Course completed December 31, 2016.
    • Home Sales Gone Bad: Litigating Real Estate Disputes from Start to Finish, by Daniel Ballesteros, Esq. Course completed December 30, 2016.
    • REALTOR® Code of Ethics Training. Course completed December 30, 2016.
    • Cyber Security Risk Reduction and Breach Response, by Jason Bernstein, Esq. Course completed December 23, 2016.
    • Liabilities and Obligations for Real Estate Professionals, by Christopher B. Block, Esq. Course completed December 23, 2016.
    • Daubert Motions: Challenging Expert Opinionscontinuing legal education by Donald E. Frechette, Esq. Course completed December 22, 2016.
    • Recent Developments in California Real Estate Law, continuing legal education by Alex Weyand, Esq. Course completed December 22, 2016.
    • Global Real Estate: Local Markets. Course completed May 17, 2016.
    • Global Real Estate: Transaction Tools. Course completed May 17, 2016.
    • Europe and International Real Estate. Course completed May 17, 2016.
    • Asia/Pacific and International Real Estate. Course completed May 17, 2016.
    • Effective Expert Witnessing, developed by Jack V. Matson, Ph.D, P.E. and Matson & Associates. Course completed on February 10, 2016.
    • Sign Here: Contract Law on E-Signatures, consumer protection course by CE Shop. Course completed on February 09, 2016.
    • California Risk Management, risk management course by CE Shop. Course completed on February 09, 2016.
    • Seniors Real Estate Specialist Designation Course, consumer service course by CE Shop. Course completed on February 05, 2016.
    • Enhance Your Brand and Protect Your Clients with Data Privacy and Security, consumer protection course by CE Shop. Course completed on February 04, 2016.
    • Real Estate Property Management, correspondence course by First Tuesday. Course completed on December 3, 2015.
    • Real Estate Appraisal: Principles & Procedures, correspondence course by First Tuesday. Course completed on December 1, 2015.
    • Real Estate Economics, correspondence course by First Tuesday. Course completed on November 19, 2015.
    • At Home with Diversity, consumer protection course by CE Shop. Course completed on November 11, 2015.
    • Escrow 1, correspondence course by First Tuesday. Course completed on November 1, 2015.
    • Real Estate Finance, correspondence course by First Tuesday. Course completed on October 15, 2015.
    • The Fundamentals of Commercial Real Estate, consumer protection course by CE Shop. Course completed on September 25, 2014.
    • Client Advocacy in Commercial Real Estate, consumer service course by CE Shop. Course completed on September 26, 2014.
    • Determining Value of Commercial Properties, consumer service course by CE Shop. Course completed on September 27, 2014.
    • Hot Market Strategies in California, consumer protection course by CE Shop. Course completed on August 13, 2015.
    • RESPA/TILA Changes: Are You Ready?, course by CE Shop. Course completed on June 18, 2015.
    • Green 300: Greening Your Real Estate Business, consumer service course by CE Shop. Course completed on April 19, 2015.
    • Green 200: The Science of Green Building, consumer service course by CE Shop. Course completed on April 19, 2015.
    • Green 100: Real Estate for a Sustainable Future, consumer service course by CE Shop. Course completed on April 18, 2015.
    • Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills, by University of Michigan on Coursera. Certificate earned on March 12, 2015.
    • Legal Aspects of Real Estate, correspondence course by OnlineEd. Course completed on July 16, 2013.
    • California Real Estate Principles, correspondence course by OnlineEd. Course completed on July 16, 2013.
    • California Real Estate Practice, correspondence course by OnlineEd. Course completed on July 16, 2013.

    Contact John Graff Group to discuss how and if we can assist you with your expert witness and pre-trial consulting needs.

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