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Mexico’s Presence in Miami Is Here to Stay

The image of Mexicans in Florida is usually framed around the immigration debate raging in our country currently. But the Mexican influence and presence in Florida goes far beyond migrant workers picking crops in Homestead...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: December 2016

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Unlawful Detainer Appeals Process Creates Uncertainty for Landlords - The California Court of Appeal decided the case of Beach Break Equities, LLC v. Martin Lowell on Nov. 22, 2016, and released it for publication on...more

Significant Increases to EB-5 Program Filing Fees Effective on December 23, 2016

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has increased fees by an average of 21 percent for certain U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) applications, including the U.S. Immigrant Investor Program (EB-5)....more

West Coast Real Estate Update: October 2016 #2

by Holland & Knight LLP on

California Legislature Revises De Minimis Exemption of Finance Lenders Law - Real estate projects that utilize federal New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) financing recently received a reprieve from a state licensing...more

Brexit – Real Estate Update

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In the run-up to the referendum, many of the headlines focused on the economy and immigration. Little was made of the real estate market, which is surprising given that it is reported to be worth nearly £7 trillion; account...more

Outlook 2016: The new rules for developers raising inexpensive capital with EB-5 financing for hotel, hotel condo and mixed-use...

Hotel Lawyer preview of the new EB-5 financing rules. Although minor tweaks and adjustments continue to be made to legislation in the final hours before Congress votes, it looks like we have a pretty good idea of what...more

Hotelier Roadmap to EB-5 Financing for New Hotel Construction, Expansion or Renovation: Ten Steps to a Successful EB-5 Offering

The EB-5 investor visa program allows non-U.S. persons to invest $500,000 (or $1,000,000) in a business that is expected to create at least 10 new permanent jobs per investor, and to obtain a conditional visa upon review and...more

Foreign Investment + Construction = Green Card

When you talk about construction and immigration it’s usually about undocumented workers and the underground economy, at least here in California and other border states. But a recent article I read wasn’t about poor, illegal...more

Prediction 2015: Chinese investment wave will create many opportunities in the US

As the Chinese economy continues to become more important globally, we are seeing a shift in Asian investment in the United States, particularly in California. Chinese investors will become even more active and influential...more

EB-5 Visas and China “Retrogression” – What’s it all about?

In the past, when China exceeded its 7% allocation of US Immigrant Investor Visas (EB-5 visas), Chinese applicants were permitted to take advantage of unused EB-5 visas allotted to other countries. But as of the last week of...more

Miami Developers Utilizing Non Traditional Sources of Venture Capital

With all the current and planned building projects taking place in South Florida, it seems the recent real estate crash has largely been forgotten. However, the collapse still haunts traditional lending institutions, many of...more

Frequently Asked Questions about EB-5 project financing for new hotel development

Why is there so much buzz about EB-5 financing? In the last five years, EB-5 financing has become extremely popular in development circles and is being widely used by mainstream, institutional players including...more

Investor's Visa in Spain - FAQs

by Antonio Viñal on

Since September 28th, Spain belongs to the group of countries that offer an investor's visa program. Investment in bonds or shares, buying of real estate and the execution of a relevant investment project comprise three...more

“JOLT” Act Seeks To Lessen U.S. Travel Restrictions For Brazilians, Canadians

While Canadians still comprise the number one group of foreign buyers of real estate statewide in Florida, América Economía is now reporting that Brazilians have surpassed Canadians as the top overseas visitors and property...more

Golden Visa Waits For You in Portugal

by Antonio Viñal on

Obtaining a residence permit is usually a must for foreign investors and a painful one for many, with lots of visits to Consulates and Immigration authorities involved. However, the Portuguese Administration has put in place...more

Florida Isn't the Only Place Boosting Its Economy With "Buy a Home, Get a Visa" Campaigns: Spain, Ireland, the Bahamas, and Others...

by Rosa Eckstein Schechter on

The growing popularity of EB-5 Visas with foreign investors is exciting to see for those of us watching the Florida economy, particularly Miami. Our past couple of posts have discussed aspects of this new "buy a home, get a...more

Miami EB-5 Regional Center Application Gets Boost From Proposed Panorama Tower Project: Will Chinese Investment in Florida...

by Rosa Eckstein Schechter on

The EB-5 Visa is important to Florida real estate development (as well as the Florida economy overall) because it is a great incentive for foreign investors to choose Florida - particularly places like Miami, South Florida,...more

Florida Foreign Investment Has New Opportunity: EB5 Investment into Florida Charter School Projects - But Does This Hurt Other...

by Rosa Eckstein Schechter on

Traditionally, international investment in Florida meant that foreign investors were putting their investment money into commercial real estate -- things like office buildings, luxury hotels and resorts, maybe shopping...more

Venezuelan Capital Flight to South Florida as Venezuelan Nationals Consider Relocating to Miami Area After Hugo Chavez Re-Elected

by Rosa Eckstein Schechter on

This week, Hugo Chavez was re-elected as President of Venezuela, taking 54% of the Venezuelan vote to the 45% of challenger Henrique Capriles, grandson of Holocaust survivors. This means that Hugo Chavez will be the...more

Florida Commercial Real Estate, Foreign Investors, and the EB-5 Program: Cash for Visas or Savvy Investing?

by Rosa Eckstein Schechter on

Foreign investment in Florida real estate has been a significant factor in Florida's fight against a hard, harsh economy - however, truth be told, much of the media coverage on the international money coming into Florida has...more

Mile-High’ overview of EB-5 Immigrant Investor program

by Snell & Wilmer on

Originally published in The Colorado Real Estate Journal - JUNE 6, 2012 – JUNE 19, 2012. As we begin to navigate our way out of the recent recession, hoping that it is actually over and that the market for commercial...more

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