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Strike a Pose, Strategically: How to Take Media-Worthy Real Estate Project Photos

In today’s fast-paced media world with shrunken news reporting teams, yet a growing number of online exposure opportunities, architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) and real estate companies have more opportunities...more

Drones and Commercial Real Estate - The Wait Continues

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been playing catch-up with the developers and manufacturers of "drones," a term those in the media have grown fond of using, or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)/unmanned aerial...more

Crowdfunding: How the Web and Social Media are Changing the Face of Real Estate Investment

Crowdfunding is a new financing model through which providers and consumers of equity or debt capital can come together and finance specific investments or investment entities. Although still in its infancy, crowdfunding has...more

IRS Ruling Creates Opportunities for Tax Savings by Companies With Substantial Real Estate Assets

On July 29, Windstream announced that it plans to spin off certain telecommunications network assets into an independent, publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT). Windstream made the announcement after it obtained...more

Condo Hotel Branding: Benefits and New Risks with Rule 506(c) - Condo Hotel Projects Sold as Exempt Securities Require Informed...

Condominium hotels are a subject of renewed interest, buoyed by the rising tide for real estate generally. These projects are also encouraged by favorable trends for financing under the SEC's new Rule 506(c) that allows...more

Are REITs a Viable Strategy for Communications Companies?

Windstream Holdings, Inc. recently announced plans to spin off its copper, fiber and other fixed real estate assets into an independent publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT). Windstream received a private letter...more

Will This SEC Rule Boost CRE Crowdfunding?

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently adopted a new rule that marks good news for condo-hotel developers. In the last real estate cycle, condo hotels were popular among domestic and international investors in...more

Billboard Tax Imposed on New York City’s Commercial Renters

Companies with ads on New York’s billboards may find that tax collectors are their first customers. New York City imposes a little-known commercial rent tax on tenants renting commercial premises in Manhattan, south of...more

Food and Hospitality Bites

In This Issue: - LANDLORDS AND LICENSED PREMISES - THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE LATE NIGHT LEVY - THE NEW FOOD INFORMATION REGULATIONS - “PARNUTS” – NEW RULES FOR FOOD FOR PARTICULAR NUTRITIONAL USES - THE WORLD CUP...more

Data Center Networks – Interview with Jeff Moerdler, Member, Mintz Levin [Video]

Attorney Jeff Moerdler, head of Mintz Levin's Real Estate and Communications practices in New York, talks about the factors businesses need to consider when selecting a data network facility. ...more

Insurance Recovery Law -- Nov 14, 2013

In A New York State Of Mind . . . For Expanded Vandalism Coverage - Why it matters: Property owners in New York with coverage for vandalism will be pleased with the Georgitsi Realty LLC v. Penn-Star Insurance Company...more

Sell The Cell Lease Separately (When Selling Real Estate)

When does selling a cell tower lease make sense? In financial terms, it usually doesn't (you can't invest the money and get the same income you're now getting)....more

Insurance Recovery Law -- Jun 12, 2013

A Return to the Basics - Reading, understanding and interpreting an insurance policy can get pretty complicated. Coverage, exclusions, definitions, notice requirements, time limits – every provision of a policy can be...more

What Is The Rental Rate For A Cell Tower Lease?

One of the most common questions we get is "What is the going rental rate for a cell tower lease?" It varies, and there are key factors which drive it. ...more

FINRA Identifies Concerns with Marketing of Real Estate Investment Products

FINRA recently signaled a continuing focus on the marketing of real estate-related products by issuing a Regulatory Notice expressing concerns about communications involving unlisted, or non-traded, real estate investment...more

What Is Deposition In CA?

What is a deposition? Who may be deposed? Who may not be deposed? What is the time frame for deposition? Where could deposition be taken? These are only some of the questions confronting parties and non-parties alike in a...more

What’s A Cell Tower Lease Worth?

People with cell towers on their property are frequently contacted by companies offering to "buy-out" their cell tower lease. The resulting question we get is "What's my cell tower lease worth?" This post will attempt to...more

Former Congressman Steve Bartlett Joins the LEVICK Team [Video]

In this LEVICK Daily interview, LEVICK’s new Strategic Policy Advisor, Steve Bartlett, discusses how companies can best navigate the complex relationships between the public and private sectors. As a former Congressman, Mayor...more

Considerations For Church Cell Tower Leases

Churches are good candidates for cell towers and antennas because cell companies have to add a lot more cell towers and antennas due to the increased demand caused by the proliferation of Droids, iPhones, iPads, etc....more

Letters Of Intent: Binding Or Not?

Be careful, your Letters of Intent may be binding unless drafted properly. That’s the message from a 2011 case First National Mortgage Co. v. Federal Realty Investment Trust, 631 F.3d 1058 (February 1, 2011). Companies...more

Cell Tower Lease Buyouts, Good or Bad?

Many property owners with cell towers on their property are getting proposals to buy out their interest in the lease for the tower, or similar proposals for leases for cell antennas on the roof or side of a building. Usually...more

Power Purchase Agreements: Tips and Tricks Part 2

In Part 1 of this series we introduced you to Power Purchasing Agreements (PPA’s), which are contracts for purchasing electricity generated by a power plant that take advantage of federal tax incentives to lower electricity...more

Microloans For Los Angeles Businesses

Traditional sources of business loans, such as banks and financial lenders, are sometimes unavailable or difficult to qualify for. But if you’re not financing large capital purchases or multi-million dollar projects, and need...more

Iowa State Board of Tax Review Rules in Favor of Cable Company in Central Assessment Property Tax Case

On August 28, 2012 the Iowa State Board of Tax Review ruled in favor of Cable One, Inc. (Cable One) in a case dealing with the question as to whether the Iowa Department of Revenue (the Department) could treat Cable One as a...more

Business Contracts Necessary, But Not Necessarily Complex

In Amadeus, the movie based on the life of Wolfgang Mozart, the Austrian emperor is previewing Mozart’s latest opera. The emperor is shown listening thoughtfully throughout the entire vast musical extravaganza. When the...more

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