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Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending April 14 & 21, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Attorneys’ Fees: mortgage foreclosure plaintiffs seeking attorney’s fees must support their claim with competent, substantial evidence of the number of hours worked and evidence that...more

Enforcement of Vacant and Abandoned Property Ordinances on Rise

by Barley Snyder on

Banks and other mortgage servicers are receiving notices from companies like ProChamps, which have been retained to assist municipalities with enforcement of vacant property ordinances. These enforcement actions could...more

Blog: CFPB Proposes Changes To Its Fair Lending Rule

by Cooley LLP on

Mortgage lenders should be aware of upcoming changes to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Regulation B. The CFPB has been in the process of changing existing rules to allow for compliance with recent changes...more

Is Your Neighbor’s Dock on Your Property?

by Varnum LLP on

I've always envied accountants because their busy season ends when the weather starts to get nice. As a riparian rights attorney, I have the opposite problem. When lake season approaches, and docks and lifts are installed, my...more

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards in buildings - Update April 2017

by Dentons on

It is now just under one year until the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (or MEES) regime comes into force. From 1 April 2018, it will be unlawful for landlords to agree a new tenancy or a renewal for a property rated...more

New York Court Upholds Suit Limitation Period, Ruling Appraisal is Not a Condition Precedent to Filing Suit

by Carlton Fields on

Courts will generally uphold reasonable suit limitation periods in property insurance policies, if the insurer does not affirmatively waive or extend them. In MZM Real Estate Corp. v. Tower Ins. Co. of New York, No....more

Leasing Alert (Dutch)

by Dentons on

Renewal after 14 years! Last year, we informed you through the various channels about the flexibility of the living space tenancy (including the extension of temporary leases) as of July 1, 2016 and the rental rate...more

Regular CFPB Service Provider Examinations Have Begun; More Service Providers to Face Examinations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

At the program held on April 7 titled “The State of Consumer Protection Initiatives” at the American Bar Association Business Law Section Consumer Financial Services Committee 2017 Spring Meeting, Peggy Twohig, the CFPB’s...more

Some Thoughts on Advertising and Fair Housing

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Advertising your property is a good way to get apartments filled. But marketing a community can create a handful of fair housing challenges concerning the use of advertising. First, remember that advertising is covered under...more

IRS Announces Disagreement with Ninth Circuit’s Holding on Completed Contract Method of Accounting

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The IRS recently announced its disagreement with the Ninth Circuit’s ruling that, with respect to planned communities, the 95% test under the completed contract method of accounting applies on a development-wide basis rather...more

HUD Resolves Allegations of Discrimination Against California Lenders

by Goodwin on

?On April 19, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it had entered an agreement with a group of California mortgage lenders to resolve allegations that they discriminated against a mortgage...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Times gives us an intriguing long read on Uber’s Travis Kalanick, the controversial CEO whose vision has helped propel the ride-hailing company even as his no-limits approach has led the company into months of crisis....more

Oportunidad adicional para una mayor extensión de permisos de construcción y órdenes de desarrollo

Debido a la reciente declaración del gobernador Scott acerca del estado de emergencia por el virus del Zika, quienes cuenten con permisos y órdenes de desarrollo tienen otra oportunidad para suspender el período restante para...more

CFPB’s Fair Lending Report Indicates Increased Focus for 2017 on Servicing and Small Business Lending

For many of us, the mention of fair lending enforcement immediately brings us to the origination side of the industry, specifically conjuring thoughts of redlining and Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data. While these...more

El secretario de vivienda, Ben Carson, pone en marcha asociación público-privada para viviendas públicas

Ayer, el condado de Miami-Dade recibió al Dr. Ben Carson, secretario del Departamento de Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano de Estados Unidos, en la urbanización pública Liberty Square, una de las más antiguas del país. La reunión...more

Additional Opportunity for Increased Extension of Building Permits and Development Orders: Interested parties must notify issuing...

Due to Governor Scott's recent expansion of the State of Emergency issued for the Zika Virus, holders of permits and development orders have another opportunity to toll the period remaining to exercise rights under the permit...more

New Non-Resident Speculation Tax in Ontario

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The provincial government announced today that effective April 21, 2017, it is imposing a 15-percent non-resident speculation tax on the purchase or acquisition of interests in residential property located in the Greater...more

Tax Sales and Bankruptcy Stays

It is well understood that under section 362 of the Bankruptcy Code, a bankruptcy filing triggers an “automatic stay” preventing creditors from taking any act to obtain possession of or enforce a lien against property of the...more

CFPB proposes revisions to HMDA final rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On April 13, 2017, the CFPB proposed substantive changes and technical corrections to the 2015 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) Final Rule (Final Rule) amending Regulation C. The proposal, which is discussed in more...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The City of Cincinnati is suing Harbour Portfolio Advisors—“one of the nation’s largest sellers of foreclosed homes”—for skipping out on housing code violations and for targeting buyers with “predatory and unconscionable”...more

Recent MRB Administrative Actions Highlight that Minutiae Matters to HUD

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On April 4, 2017, the Mortgagee Review Board (MRB) of the U.S. Department for Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published an entry in the Federal Register titled "Mortgagee Review Board: Administrative Actions." The entry...more

Colorado District Court Issues Landmark Decision Holding that the Fair Housing Act Prohibits Discrimination Based on Sexual...

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

In a recent landmark decision, Colorado District Court Judge Raymond Moore ruled that the Federal Fair Housing Act’s prohibition against housing discrimination includes discrimination against LGBT people. The decision was...more

UK Proposal for Register of Foreign Beneficial Ownership of Real Estate Continues Global Trend Toward Transparency

On 5 April 2017, the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (the “Department”) issued a call for evidence (the “proposal”) for a public register (the “foreign ownership register”) which would contain...more

CFPB identifies 2017 priorities in annual fair lending report

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In its new annual report covering its fair lending activities during 2016, the CFPB identifies the following three areas on which it “will increase our focus” in 2017...more

First Quarter CEQA Update in Under 60 Seconds

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Okay, maybe slightly longer than 60 seconds. The point being, though, that CEQA case updates really should not read like law school case briefs. Long discussion of the lower court’s findings? No thank you. ...more

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