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Autumn Statement 2015 - Real estate tax update

On 25 November the Chancellor delivered the 2015 Autumn Statement. From a real estate perspective, there were a few significant announcements. Stamp duty land tax (SDLT) Additional 3% on all bands on "additional"...more

Rogers v. Forest City Ruling

On Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, the Colorado Court of Appeals issued an opinion in Rogers v. Forest City Stapleton, Inc. (Case No. 2015COA167), a ruling that may have lasting importance for developers, builders, contractors,...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending November 13 & 20, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Property Damage/Breach of Contract: insurer failed to prove that it provided insured with notification of its right to mediate at the time insured made his claim pursuant to Florida Statutes,...more

Eric Stern on How Higher Education Does Real Estate [Video]

Eric Stern, partner and co-leader of the real estate practice at Morgan Lewis, talks about the ways universities and colleges in the United States work with real estate developers to make their institutions more attractive to...more

Real Estate Gazette - Issue 22: Focus on Specialized Assets

It is clear that demographics play a part in dictating which investment opportunities are prominent at any point in time. For example, in France, the rise in student numbers has boosted demand for student accommodation in the...more

Depreciation of Labor Class Action - Minnesota Supreme Court Oral Argument

I’ve been following closely a series of class actions around the country alleging that, in calculating the “actual cash value” of property damage under a homeowners or commercial property insurance policy, insurance companies...more


Las reformas legislativas de los u´ltimos meses han modificado las normas que rigen la ejecucio´n judicial y extrajudicial de las garanti´as reales. La Ley 15/2015, de 2 de julio, de la Jurisdiccio´n Voluntaria (LJV), ha...more

How to Avoid Needlessly Exposing a Client's Assets to Creditors in an Estate Plan or Trust

Estate planners often recommend that their clients hold title in community property or in a trust in which the real property interests are held as community property. They do this primarily to give the client the benefit of...more

City of Chicago to Tax Assignments of Mortgages

Recently the City of Chicago’s Department of Finance issued Real Property Transfer Tax Ruling #4, which clarifies the intent of the City’s Real Property Transfer Tax. The ruling details the application of the exemptions to...more

California’s Secured Promissory Note Exemption

The line between real property transactions and securities transactions is not always clear.  California Corporations Code Section 25100(p) provides an exemption for a promissory note secured by a lien on real property...more

SEC Cites Firm’s Inadequate Books For Delaying Investigation

The SEC took the unusual step of citing the inadequacy of the books and records of the firm for “adversely impacting” its investigation and “causing unreasonably prolonged uncertainty concerning” the company’s historic...more

Statute of Frauds: (1) Email as “Writing” and (2) Email Signature as “Signature”

Arizona, like most states, has a Statute of Frauds that essentially requires real estate related contracts to be both (1) in writing and (2) signed by the party to be charged. A.R.S. § 44-101. Questions often arise as to...more

New Abu Dhabi Real Estate Law - Abu Dhabi Law No 3 of 2015 Concerning the Regulation of the Real Estate Sector in the Emirate of...

The long-awaited real estate law aimed at regulating the real estate industry in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been released amid much enthusiasm with industry participants hoping it will give impetus to the real estate...more

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds MERS’ Authority to Assign Mortgages

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently handed Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (MERS) another victory against challenges to MERS’ authority to assign a mortgage. In Ferguson v. Bank of New York Mellon, the...more

Tax Planning for Chinese Investment in U.S. Real Estate

According to recent estimates, Chinese investors represented the largest group of foreign investors in U.S. real estate in the second quarter of 2015 with $1.9 billion in acquisitions. In the last 12 months, Chinese investors...more

Restrictions on Condominium Conversions

Now that the recession is beginning to become a memory of the past, the demand for housing is on the rise, and with it is the explosive interest in the multifamily market. As more Americans are choosing to marry later and...more

Partial Subordination Agreement not Involving or Affecting Mechanics Lien Claimant Priority is Enforceable in Nevada

When visible construction begins, Nevada law says mechanic’s liens attach to the construction site. A construction lender wants to ensure that its deed of trust securing the construction loan has first priority to the...more

FINRA Releases Revised 4210 Margin Rule Proposal

The reproposed amendments to Rule 4210 attempt to address commenters’ concerns that the original proposed rule would impact business activity in the TBA market....more

Bankers, Real Estate Loans, and the Unauthorized Practice of Law: A Refresher

Back in 1968, the Kentucky Bar Association (“KBA”) released Unauthorized Practice of Law Opinion KBA U-6 (“U-6”), opining that bank officers and lending institutions could not draft loan documents such as mortgages, security...more

The Location Release Agreement: Know Your Lines

Thanks to the state’s generous productions incentives, filmmakers are scouting Georgia locations like never before. Makers of feature films, television series, commercials and music videos are knocking on doors, seeking...more

Secured Lenders – Stay on Top of the Law or Proceed at Your Own Risk

For years, the typical post-default strategy of secured lenders has been to foreclose the collateral through the power-of-sale contained in the deed of trust, credit the foreclosure proceeds to the outstanding loan balance,...more

Buyers of Mississippi Real Property Relieved of Liability For Nonresident Seller Tax Withholding

The responsibility for withholding, reporting, and paying tax on the gain realized on the sale of real property by a seller who is not a resident of the State of Mississippi is now back where it belongs: with the seller. ...more

Fixing Your Mistakes: Henia Investments v Beck Interiors

Since 2011, Employer and Contractors have been living with the payment regime prescribed by the updated Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996. This regime amounts to strict liability for the payer – if...more

Hotel Lawyer on EB-5 developments? What’s happening with EB-5 renewal legislation?

EB-5 is at a critical renewal point. The next 3 weeks are going to be crucial for the EB-5 industry as the current legislation sunsets on September 30, 2015. While the consensus is that this important program will be...more

Fifth Circuit Rejects FCA Case Based On Purported Improper Legal Billings

Although litigants frequently contend that the opposing party’s arguments are without factual or legal support, it is uncommon and unconventional for a litigant to contend that the opposing party has violated the FCA by...more

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