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Investor-initiated integrated site development: new opportunities

Starting 1 January 2017 holders of land plots and the immovable properties on the land plots will be able to get approved site development and site survey plans within one month without public hearings as part of integrated...more

Can We Get Rid of All These References to the Declarant?

After members take control of the board of directors of their owners association, they often want to amend their declaration and other governing documents and one of the changes they typically propose is the removal of all...more

Consultation on the Privitisation of the Land Registry

The Land Registry has been in existence for over 150 years and holds a pivotal role in recording the ownership of, and interests in, land and property in England and Wales. Its registers cover more than 24 million titles...more

Some, But Not All: How the North Carolina Planned Community Act affects Pre-1999 Planned Communities

In 1999, the North Carolina General Assembly enacted the North Carolina Planned Community Act ("Act") as Chapter 47F of the North Carolina General Statutes. The Act was intended to establish certain rights for property...more

Fourth Circuit Affirms Tax Court Decision Holding Partnership Allocation of State Tax Credits Was a Taxable Disguised Sale.

In its recently issued opinion in the case of Route 231, LLC v. Commissioner, No. 14-1983, 2016 WL 97598 (4th Cir. 2016), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (the “Court”) affirmed the U.S. Tax Court’s decision...more

New Condominium Sponsor-Developers Guidelines Go Into Effect November 1: Certificates of Occupancy

Earlier this week, the Real Estate Finance Bureau of the New York State Office of the Attorney General (REF) provided significant guidance on several issues facing sponsor-developers of new construction and gut-renovation...more

The Condominium Corporation and the Developer Board

Upon the registration of a condominium plan at Land Titles (or the first phase of a condominium plan in the case of a phased development), a condominium corporation is created. The condominium corporation is the vehicle by...more

Catching Up with Winding Down: The Status of California Redevelopment Successor Agencies

Successor agencies to California’s dissolved Redevelopment Agencies (“RDAs”) continue to wind down the operations of the former RDAs under the supervision of oversight boards pursuant to Assembly Bill X1 26 (“AB 26”) as...more

Proposed Changes to the Georgia Land Conservation Tax Credit Act (O.C.G.A. § 48-7-29.12)

In April 2006, the state of Georgia passed the Georgia Land Conservation Tax Credit Act, creating a new state income tax credit (not deduction) for land conservation. The purpose of the law was to provide a financial...more

Court Rules to Eliminate California Redevelopment Agencies

The Ruling - As 2011 drew to a close, the California Supreme Court struck a fatal blow for California’s redevelopment agencies. In upholding Assembly Bill X1 26 and striking down Assembly Bill X1 27 in California...more

Florida Investor Resource: The Miami Downtown Development Agency

For investors in Mexico, Israel, Brazil, Canada, or elsewhere, considering real estate investment in South Florida, there is a local resource that should prove very helpful to them: the Miami Downtown Development...more

Reform of French Taxes on Wealth and Estates

On 11 May, the French Government introduced before the National Assembly an Amending Finance Bill (n°3046) for 2011 (the Bill) that proposes a significant reform of taxes on wealth and estates. Pursuant to the Bill, the tax...more

Eminent Domain Guide

What is Eminent Domain and What am I Entitled to if the Government Seeks to Condemn my Property: A Survival Guide to Eminent Domain for Property and Business Owners....more

The Power of Kings re Eminent Domain

I serve as General Counsel to Small Business and Government clients. I draft and negotiate all contracts that are approved by the respective boards. Prior to law school I served as an elected public official wherein in...more

Forming the Affordable Housing Nonprofit Developer, By Brent C. Shaffer

Given the desire of many to increase the production of simple, decent housing at low cost, it is ironic that the more affordable the housing, the more elaborate and complex is the task to build it. This truism holds for...more

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