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Property Tax & Valuation Topics: Winter 2017

On September 30, 2016, the Connecticut Supreme Court heard oral argument in Nutmeg Housing Development Corp. v. Colchester. On the face of it, the ad valorem valuation of a garden variety property in the suburbanizing Town...more

Are Hybrid Facilities the Wave of the Future?

Seniors Housing Business (www.seniorshousingbusiness.com) recently published a fascinating article on attempts by some senior housing operators to create facilities with a mix of independent living and assisted living...more

Developers take note: What you need to know about proposed changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979

After his predecessor failed to push through a whole new Planning Act in 2013, the current Planning Minister, Rob Stokes, appears to have accepted that he is stuck with the ageing Environmental Planning and Assessment Act...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

We learned about Navient and its allegedly trouble-filled student-loan servicing practices yesterday. Turns out the issues are not only long-standing, but they bear similarities to the mortgage-lending issues that were at...more

New Year - New Insurance Law

In an earthquake related judgment issued in late December 2016, the High Court (Court) found a mutual duty of good faith applied to parties to an insurance contract, including during the claims handling process. A breach of...more

Miami-Dade County Commission Approves Incentive-Driven Workforce Housing Ordinance

On December 20, 2016, the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners approved an Ordinance proposed by Commissioner Barbara Jordan that provides incentives for builders to offer workforce housing units in new...more

Moody’s Settles RMBS/CDO Ratings Claims with DOJ, States

After markets closed on Friday the 13th, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced an $864 million settlement regarding Moody’s credit ratings of residential mortgage-backed securities (“RMBS”) and collateralized debt...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

On the heels of Deutsche Bank’s $7.2 billion deal, Credit Suisse has finalized the terms of its own MBS-related settlement. The Swiss bank will pay $5.3 billion to resolve claims that it misled investors about the standards...more

The NFL and Eminent Domain

For five months out of the year, society’s norms of socially-acceptable behavior are thrown out the window and replaced by a culture which encourages grown men to paint their chests, neighbors to turn adversaries, and...more

Privacy Tip #70 – Renters: Check out This Scam Thwarted by the FTC

I know a lot of people who have looked for and been successful in finding an apartment and/or a roommate on Craigslist. If you are looking for an apartment on Craigslist right now—listen up....more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending January 13, 2017

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure: where a valid mortgage properly encumbers the subject property, an incorrect deed and a reformation of deed count are not fatal to a foreclosure action - Heartwood 2, LLC v. Dori, Case...more

Buy-to-Let Investors Turn to Commercial Property

Buy-to-let investors are increasingly turning away from residential properties, with some reports stating that the number of those jumping ship to the commercial sector has recently tripled. This shift has been spurred...more

Year in Review: Legislation and Guidance for Financial Institutions in 2016

The regulation of federally regulated financial institutions (FRFIs) continued intensifying in 2016 with a new wave of legislative and regulatory initiatives impacting mortgage lending, the bank resolution regime, the life...more

DOJ Files Lawsuit Against Minnesota Bank Over Alleged Minority Redlining Practices

On January 13, 2017, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that it had filed a lawsuit against a Minnesota bank, stemming from allegations that the bank engaged in illegal “redlining” of minority neighborhoods in the...more

Supreme Court Decides Lightfoot v. Cendant Mortgage Corporation

On January 18, 2017, the Supreme Court decided Lightfoot v. Cendant Mortgage Corporation, No. 14-1055, holding that Fannie Mae’s corporate charter, which gives Fannie Mae the power “to sue and be sued, and to complain and...more

Implementing a Compliant Successor in Interest Confirmation Process Will Pose Significant Challenges for Mortgage Servicers

Arguably the most significant element of the recent amendments to the existing mortgage servicing regulatory framework by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is the new structure that has been laid out for dealing...more

Day 17 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program-Uncovering Shell Companies [Video]

One of the more prescient authors I know is Ryan C. Hubbs, who in 2014, wrote an article for Fraud Magazine entitled “Shell Games”. Shell companies can come in different shapes and sizes. Shelf companies are those formed but...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: January 2017

Proposed Landmark Rules Could Make LA Redevelopment More Difficult - Los Angeles City Council Member Jose Huizar has proposed a new set of rules that could make it more difficult for owners of historic properties in Los...more

Court Rejects PTAB Decision for Excluding Evidence of Deceased Appraiser

At the end of 2016, the Illinois appellate court reversed and remanded a PTAB decision that excluded one party’s evidence because the appraiser who authored the appraisal died prior to the hearing. The case at issue, 1411...more

Missouri Supreme Court Addresses Insurer Intervention, Garnishment Proceedings and Bad Faith Findings

Allen v. Bryers and Atain Specialty Insurance Company, — S.W.3d —, 2016 WL 7378560 (Mo. banc, December 20, 2016) In a recent opinion, the Missouri Supreme Court addressed the timing for an insurer’s intervention in a...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update – Dec. 30th, 2016

My final client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for 2016 is below. It has been a quite week in the world of distribution. Here’s to a 2017 filled with much success and happiness. Happy New Year....more

Did San Francisco Eliminate its Transfer Tax Exception for Certain Gifts?

It seems that San Francisco may have just partially removed its exception from transfer tax that applied to gifts, but the Office of the Assessor-Recorder may not be aware. As a bit of background, transfer tax applies to...more

FDCPA’s “Least Sophisticated Consumer” May Still Have Commonsense

Late December, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (Fourth Circuit), in Lovegrove v. Ocwen Home Loans Srvs., upheld summary judgment in favor of a mortgage servicer against allegations under the Fair Debt Collection Practices...more

HUD Publishes Further Revisions to RAD Notice

In an announcement on January 12th, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published a significant third revision to the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Notice (PIH 2012-32/ H 2017-03 Rev-3)....more

Sustainable Development Update - January 2017 #2

Sustainable Development Focus - Exponential growth in net zero energy buildings predicted for the next two decades - Building Design + Construction - Jan 5 - The global market for products and services...more

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