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FinCEN Expands Crackdown on Real Estate Buyers

Building on early successes, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) announced new rules targeting buyers of high-end real estate properties. Earlier this year, FinCEN adopted rules focusing on high-end...more

Development on the Lake – Submerged Land Leases

Here along the North Coast of Lake Erie, some folks are fortunate enough to enjoy the features that come with living on the lakeshore. However, most people are largely unaware of the mechanism by which the State of Ohio...more

Anti-Corruption Laws and Other International Risks – What it Means for the Real Estate Industry and How to Protect against Risks

Bribery, money laundering, and sanctions are key international risk areas for any global business, particularly those investing or operating in high-risk jurisdictions and industries. In addition to meaningful enforcement...more

How to Prevent a Tenant from Removing Valuable Equipment Before They Flee

A landlord may prevent a tenant from taking equipment from the premises by filing a distress writ. Before a landlord files suit for eviction, it should first consider whether there is any equipment on the premises that...more

Priority of Future Advances Under Idaho Deeds of Trust Now in Doubt

In Liberty Bankers Life Insurance Co. v. Witherspoon, No. 41993, 2016 WL 74987 (Idaho Jan. 6, 2016), the Idaho Supreme Court examined a loan modification agreement in which a lender agreed to release real property from its...more

FinCEN Tightens the Screws on Money Launderers with Additional Scrutiny of High-Value Residential Real Estate Transactions

Choice real estate markets such as New York, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and San Antonio may offer enticing amenities like buzzing nightlife or sunny beaches, but thanks to the Financial Crimes Enforcement...more

Goodwin Files Supreme Court Amicus Brief On Behalf Of The Mortgage Industry

On July 25, 2016, Goodwin filed a certiorari-stage amicus brief on behalf of the Mortgage Bankers Association, Consumer Mortgage Coalition, and several other mortgage industry groups. The case involves a Connecticut law that...more

Starting an en bloc sale - Salient issues to consider

When Chinese developer Qingjian Realty signed a conditional contract to buy the 358 units Shunfu Ville for S$638 million in May this year, some believe that this could herald the dawn of a new wave of collective or en bloc...more

The Uniform Commercial Real Estate Receivership Act (Part 1) — Pathway to “Receiver Sales” of Real Estate Security?

“Uniform” laws seem to be all the rage these days. A group called the Uniform Law Commission (aka National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws) does the drafting, and the goal is to come up with a...more

A Little Clarity or More Lien Challenges? Lien Claims Before and After Certificate of Substantial Performance in Alberta

The recent Master’s decision in Chandos Construction Ltd v Twin Peaks Construction Ltd, 2016 ABQB 296 determined an issue under the Builders’ Lien Act (Alberta) (BLA) which, surprisingly, had never been specifically addressed...more

Recent Florida Legislation Will Allow for Creation of Specialty Sinkhole Coverage Lines

The Florida Legislature passed legislation this session that allows specialty limited sinkhole coverage. According to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, Florida has more sinkholes than any other U.S. state. As such,...more

Collateral 101: Perfecting Security Interests in Common and Uncommon Collateral

As most people (at least in the banking world) know, a security interest is the granting of an interest in property to secure obligations, usually loan debt. If the borrower defaults under its obligations, the bank can...more

Text on the Dotted Line: A Text Message Can Create a Binding Contract

Here’s another story in the “It never gets easier” file. The Massachusetts Land Court recently decided a case that perhaps we should have all guessed was coming. This is the above the fold headline: Text...more

Real estate finance transactions and valuation uncertainty – an unhelpful trigger?

The outcome of the EU referendum has put valuers in an unenviable position. The RICS Red Book requires a valuer to identify a situation where a reduced level of certainty should be attached to their valuation (VPGA 9 –...more

Can I Get a Money Judgment If I Can’t Locate the Defendant or If He Resides Out of State?

If you can’t locate a party and personally serve him, you can follow the less-known method of service, called substitute service. Once you have filed your complaint seeking damages for breach of a lease or guaranty, you are...more

Historic contamination in Romania under sale–purchase agreements

General Context - Historic contamination receives a lot of attention in Romania, particularly in the process of privatizing formerly state owned enterprises. Some of these enterprises are taken over as ongoing...more

IRS Issues Temporary and Proposed Regulations Focused on REIT/RIC Conversion Transactions

The regulations affect both real estate investment trusts (REITs) and regulated investment companies (RICs) that receive appreciated property from a C corporation in a so-called “conversion transaction.”...more

Traps for the Unwary: Text Messages, Authorized Agents, and Binding Letters of Intent

A recent Land Court decision strongly suggests that sellers should proceed with caution when negotiating real estate transactions via email and text messages. In determining whether a contract was formed between two companies...more

Have You Got the Right EPCs?

We were reading in the Property Week (27th May edition) just how unreliable an EPC rating can be. This matters because from 2018 when new minimum energy efficiency regulations (MEES) start to apply, investors won’t be able...more

Restrictive Covenants: What Are They And Why Should You Care?

Restrictive covenants have a significant and substantial impact on the use and value of property; yet they are often ignored entirely or not considered until the end of the due diligence period before purchasing the property....more

When and How Can a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee Liquidate Your Collateral?

So you are chugging along with a foreclosure action (either on real and/or personal property) only to be stopped in your tracks by the borrower filing a voluntary Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition. The usual, immediate thought...more

Another Case Addressing a Potential Trap for Real Estate Investors: Dedication of Private Property to the Public

In a prior post, Implied Dedication of Private Property to the Public: the Law is Unsettled, we saw that California courts have struggled with the interpretation of Civil Code section 1009, which generally makes it more...more

South Carolina Department of Revenue Audits

The South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) administers the state’s tax laws. Like the IRS, SCDOR audits tax returns, but only certain returns subject to South Carolina tax, such as South Carolina income tax returns,...more

Recipe for a Project Bankruptcy: The Owner in Bankruptcy Through The Lens of the Construction Manager

Industry leaders agree that the economy has turned the corner and private construction projects are on the uptick.  Banks have eased lending requirements and there is more private equity money on the streets.  Inexperienced...more

Vendor Landmines

Q: Our condominium has more than 2 million square feet of unused common space. It seems like a no brainer to invite a food-and-drink vendor to use the space and charge rent based on a percentage of gross sales. Do we need to...more

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