October 20, 2009
The Governor signed AB 957 (Galgiani), also known as the Buyer's Choice Act, over the weekend amidst a spate of political gamesmanship that put its passage into question. While the bill had almost no opposition in the Legislature before its signing, it nevertheless faced an uncertain future as one of hundreds of bills that could have been vetoed by a Governor unhappy with the progress of talks over water legislation.
The bill, which takes effect immediately as an urgency statute, prohibits a seller who acquired title to residential real property at a foreclosure sale from requiring a buyer to purchase title insurance, or escrow services from a company chosen by the seller as a condition of receiving offers or selling the residential real property. A transaction subject to the act would not be invalidated solely because of the failure of any person to comply with any provision of the Act. The measure is effective only until January 1, 2015, unless extended by the Legislature. Please see the CLTA’s Buyer’s Choice Act FAQ for commonly asked questions.