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CFPB Fines Real Estate Entities Over RESPA Violations

Targeting violations of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) by a mortgage lender, two real estate brokers, and a mortgage servicer, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced almost $4 million in...more

Attention Mortgage Loan Servicers: Highest Court in Massachusetts Attempts to Clarify When Default Notices Must Strictly Comply...

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) provided further guidance - up to a point - on mortgagees’ strict compliance with the notice of default provisions within paragraph 22 of the standard mortgage (or the...more

Gavel to Gavel: What to know about disaster relief statutes

by GableGotwals on

With Oklahoma’s storm season approaching, businesses should be aware of the Oklahoma Disaster Relief Materials Price Stabilization Act and the Emergency Price Stabilization Act. When Oklahoma’s governor or the president of...more

Negotiating Construction Agreements with Japanese Contractors for Domestic Projects

A foreign owner contracting with a Japanese construction company to build facilities in Japan, whether a hotel, a manufacturing facility, a process plant or otherwise, faces a number of challenges....more

Colorado Appellate Court Holds that Commercial Entity that Owns a Senior Living Facility Is a “Residential Property Owner” Within...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Broomfield Senior Living Owner, LLC v. R.G. Brinkmann Co., 2017 Colo. App. Lexis 261 (March 9, 2017) - R.G. Brinkmann Company, as general contractor, was retained by Sunrise Development, Inc., a major national developer,...more

West Coast Real Estate Update - May 2017 - #2

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Federal Court Upholds Termination of Navy Lease Bid Due to Environmental Concerns - In Open Spirit, LLC v. United States, No. 15-370C (Fed. Cl. filed April 28, 2017), the U.S. Court of Federal Claims upheld the...more

In Florida, House Bill 805 Will Likely Allow Insurance Policy Transfers

by Carlton Fields on

The Florida Legislature passed House Bill 805, regarding insurance policy transfers. If, as anticipated, the governor signs the bill into law, it will allow insurance companies writing personal lines residential and...more

Reforms to the Sale of Land Act 1970 (WA)

by DLA Piper on

Amendments to the Sale of Land Act 1970 (WA) (SLA) came into effect on 3 April 2017. - The rationale for change - The amendments, introduced by the Sale of Land Amendment Bill 2016 (WA) which was passed through...more

Even a “Bona Fide Purchaser” Can’t Rely on a Void Judgment

Under California law, “bona fide purchasers” who buy property with no notice (actual, constructive, or otherwise) of a competing claim to the property are generally protected. The law’s favorable treatment of bona fide...more

The Graber Opinion is Confirmed as an Outlier in Matters Involving Texas Appraisals

by Zelle LLP on

With the continued onslaught of hail and other weather related litigation in Texas, insurance carriers often elect to resolve claims through the appraisal process outlined in the policy. Insurance carriers historically...more

RESPA Two-Step: CFPB Shows Continued Expansive Interpretation of Section 8

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On January 31, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced a Consent Order (“Order”) with Prospect Mortgage LLC and certain of its affiliates (“Lender”). The CFPB alleged in the Order widespread...more

Arizona Supreme Court Holds a Credit Bid at a Trustee’s Sale Should Not be Credited to a Title Insurer Under a Standard Lender’s...

by Snell & Wilmer on

The Arizona Supreme Court recently addressed what impact, if any, a lender’s credit bid at an Arizona trustee’s sale has on an insurer’s liability under Sections 2, 7 and 9 of the standard’s lender’s title policy (“Policy”),...more

“Broker Beware” — Get Commission Agreements In Writing

All California real estate brokers should be well aware of the statute of frauds governing their work found in Civil Code section 1624(a)(4)....more

Real News - Winter 2016/2017

by DLA Piper on

Welcome to the winter 2016/2017 edition of Real News, DLA Piper’s quarterly real estate publication. This edition is a quick review of 2016 and a look forward to what 2017 may bring into the real estate world. I look...more

Land Court Finds that Texting Can Bind Parties

by Bowditch & Dewey on

The Massachusetts Land Court has held that text messages may form a binding contract in connection with the sale of real estate!! While neither punctuation nor colorful texting acronyms can make this decision more noteworthy...more

When A “Tax Free” Exchange May Not Be Free of Tax

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

“Tax free” – two words that often bring great delight when they are spoken by a tax adviser to the owner of a business, whether he is considering the disposition of a single asset, or of substantially all of the assets, of...more

Federal Courts Refuse to Enforce Waiver of Subrogation Clauses in Certain Residential Situations

by Cozen O'Connor on

In two recent decisions, federal courts sitting in New Jersey and Pennsylvania refused to dismiss subrogation claims filed by the insurers of a homeowner and lessees of apartments who suffered damages paid by their carriers....more

FinCEN Renewal of GTOs for High-End Cash Buyers in Six Markets

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

FinCEN announced today that it is renewing the existing Geographical Targeting Orders (GTOs) issued in July 2016 that require all title insurance companies to identify and report on the natural persons behind shell companies...more

When it Rains it Floods: California Rainstorms and Flood Insurance

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Until very recently, the scarcity of water and the decline in oil prices in California prompted the joke that oil was being used as fracking fluid to get water out of the ground. In the last week, however, so much rain has...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: February 2017 #2

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Jury Trial Waiver Undone by a Fundamental California Policy - It is common for commercial contracts to contain a choice of law provision. Some commercial contracts may even contain a clause that waives the right to seek...more

Depreciation of Labor Costs Class Action: Nebraska Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Insurer

I’ve regularly followed on my blog key developments in the numerous class actions against the insurance industry involving the application of depreciation to the labor cost component of estimated replacement cost value in...more

New North Carolina Sales Tax Provisions for Contracts Related to Real Property

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This alert is relevant for contractors who perform construction services on real property in the state of North Carolina. In South Carolina, contractors remain subject to the traditional sales or use tax at the time of all...more

Recent California Court of Appeal Decision Invalidates Jury Trial Waiver Made Under New York Law

by Goodwin on

A recent California Court of Appeal decision may have a major impact on the enforceability of jury trial waivers in loan agreements and other documents governed by New York law. In Rincon EV Realty LLC v. CP III Rincon...more

IPF Launches Template Non-Disclosure Agreement and Exclusivity Agreement

by Hogan Lovells on

A non-disclosure agreement (NDA), also known as a confidentiality agreement, is typically entered into between parties who need to share confidential information with each other in order to evaluate it, typically as a prelude...more

IRS Issues Final Regulations on REIT and RIC Conversion Transactions

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

The U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service published on January 18, 2017 final regulations (the “Final Regulations”) reducing from ten years to five years the recognition period for the corporate-level tax...more

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