Real Estate Fraud 101: Detection, Prevention, Response, & Consequences

Tuesday, May 22nd • 11:30am — 1:00pm

1900 University Avenue, 5th Floor • East Palo Alto, CA 94303

Participants in any competitive market are always trying to find ways to get ahead, or to game the system. While some non-traditional methods are legal, most set-ups violate the law or ethical responsibilities. In the highly-competitive and super-expensive real estate market in the San Francisco Bay Area, real estate fraud is unfortunately prevalent. Thus, it is imperative that agents, brokers, property owners, and attorneys learn about the different kinds of fraud that exist and how to prevent fraud from occurring.

To that end, the Palo Alto Area Bar Association's Real Estate Section will be presenting a moderated panel discussion about real estate fraud in Silicon Valley, where attendees will learn:

  • How real estate fraud happens
  • What the most common types of fraud are (including elder abuse, wire fraud, and title fraud)
  • Common methods & techniques used by hackers and scam artists
  • How to detect real estate fraud
  • Where and how to report real estate fraud
  • Potential consequences for both the victims and the defrauders

Registrants have the option to attend either the live presentation or to attend remotely via livestream. Please ensure you select the appropriate ticketing option when completing your registration.

Lunch and 1 unit of general mCLE credit will be provided.

You can save $15 by clicking the button below and using the discount code BREWERLAW

SPEAKERS

Moderated by attorney Ashlee D. Gonzales, the panel includes a representative from the Real Estate Fraud Unit at the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, as well as a broker, escrow officer, and real estate attorney.

 Pat Kapowich has over 30 years of real estate experience in Silicon Valley as a broker, agent, and broker-manager. He is a regular contributor for the San Jose Mercury News MarketWise column, and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal & The California Association of REALTORS® magazine.

Pat Kapowich has over 30 years of real estate experience in Silicon Valley as a broker, agent, and broker-manager. He is a regular contributor for the San Jose Mercury News MarketWise column, and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal & The California Association of REALTORS® magazine.

 Melanie Griswold is a deputy district attorney with the Real Estate Fraud Unit of the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office. She graduated law school from Harvard Law School and previously worked as a civil litigation attorney for the law firm Latham & Watkins.

Melanie Griswold is a deputy district attorney with the Real Estate Fraud Unit of the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office. She graduated law school from Harvard Law School and previously worked as a civil litigation attorney for the law firm Latham & Watkins.

 Angie is an escrow officer at Old Republic Title Company in Palo Alto. She has over 30 years of experience as an escrow officer throughout California, specializing in refinance, re-sale, short sale, and REO property transactions.

Angie is an escrow officer at Old Republic Title Company in Palo Alto. She has over 30 years of experience as an escrow officer throughout California, specializing in refinance, re-sale, short sale, and REO property transactions.

 Adam L. Pedersen is a real estate attorney at the Law Offices of Peter N. Brewer. While attorney Pedersen is experienced in all forms of real estate legal matters, he primarily represents real estate brokers, landlords, property managers, and agents.

Adam L. Pedersen is a real estate attorney at the Law Offices of Peter N. Brewer. While attorney Pedersen is experienced in all forms of real estate legal matters, he primarily represents real estate brokers, landlords, property managers, and agents.