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West Coast Real Estate Update: January 2017

Proposed Landmark Rules Could Make LA Redevelopment More Difficult - Los Angeles City Council Member Jose Huizar has proposed a new set of rules that could make it more difficult for owners of historic properties in Los...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update – Dec. 30th, 2016

My final client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for 2016 is below. It has been a quite week in the world of distribution. Here’s to a 2017 filled with much success and happiness. Happy New Year....more

Did San Francisco Eliminate its Transfer Tax Exception for Certain Gifts?

It seems that San Francisco may have just partially removed its exception from transfer tax that applied to gifts, but the Office of the Assessor-Recorder may not be aware. As a bit of background, transfer tax applies to...more

Sustainable Development Update - January 2017 #2

Sustainable Development Focus - Exponential growth in net zero energy buildings predicted for the next two decades - Building Design + Construction - Jan 5 - The global market for products and services...more

The Basics of 1031 Exchanges - Part One

This is part one of a two-part series on Internal Revenue Code Section 1031 Tax-Deferred property exchanges. This first article will provide an overview of the rules that govern 1031 exchanges. Part two will deal with the...more

Michigan Governor Signs Law Excluding Library Taxes from Capture by Tax Increment Financing Entities

On Jan. 9, 2017, Michigan Governor Snyder signed into law a package of bills, all with immediate effect, that would exempt certain taxes levied for library purposes from being captured by tax increment financing authorities,...more

CalEnviroScreen 3.0 – Still the Wrong Tool for CEQA Review

On January 9, 2017, the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) and Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) released an “Update to the California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool,”...more

The Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing

Anybody who has ever had a child has heard the refrain “but that’s NOT FAIR.” While the concept of “fairness” plays a big role in how the world should operate in the minds of children, there is sometimes a disconnect between...more

Florida Building Owners Going Solar: Legal Considerations

As the cost of customer-sited solar power-generation plummets, more and more commercial and industrial electric customers are turning to solar power to cut their energy costs....more

Ringing in the New Year: The Tax Man Cometh. Appealing Your New Maryland Real Estate Tax Assessment

With the ringing in of the New Year it also means it’s that time of year again for Maryland property owners—tax assessment time. So perhaps you are one of the lucky one-third (1/3) of property owners in the State of...more

The Party's Over: Changes to the Philadelphia Realty Transfer Tax Obligations

An ordinance amending the Philadelphia realty transfer tax (RTT) chapter of the Philadelphia Code was enacted on December 8, 2016, and will come into effect on July 1, 2017.  The ordinance makes two primary changes to the...more

Wolverine Pipeline Capitulates in Response to Necessity Challenge

In return for dropping a necessity challenge, Wolverine Pipeline agreed to substantially modified easement and paid the attorney fees incurred in pursuing the challenge. As I have previously noted, greater flexibility...more

Everything You Need To Know About Florida Deficiency Judgments – Part I

A mortgage judgment in Florida does two things – it sets the amount owed to the lender, and it orders the sale of the mortgaged property and applies the proceeds to pay down the debt. Where the sale proceeds are insufficient...more

Court Denies City of Chicago's Tax on Assignments of Mortgages

In October 2015, we discussed Cook County, Illinois circuit court cases City of Chicago v. KTCP and Halsted West v. City of Chicago, which held that an assignment of a mortgage is a transfer of a “beneficial interest in real...more

Money, Dirt and Steel: Year End 2016

COPIES AND AFFIDAVITS ADMISSIBLE IN POWER OF SALE FORECLOSURE PROCEEDINGS - In the Matter of Foreclosure by Rogers Townsend & Thomas, __ N.C. App. ___, COA15-581 (April 15, 2016), was a Non-judicial foreclosure action...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update – Dec. 22nd, 2016

Our weekly client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the short week ending December 22, 2016 is below. This week’s update is brief one....more

Renewable Energy Update - January 2017

Renewable Energy Focus - Solar industry tackles financial barriers by merging two key organizations - Greentech Media - Jan 4 - The alphabet soup of solar industry organizations just got a little bit less...more

Super-Typhoon Nock-Ten: Late-Season Abnormality or Harbinger of Larger Changes?

An unusual December super-typhoon made several landfalls in the Philippines on Christmas Day 2016, bringing heavy rainfall, fierce wind gusts, and dangerous flooding to the island nation. While the number of fatalities...more

Too much, too fast, too soon: Stakeholders react to the Government of Ontario's coordinated review of the provincial plans

During the first quarter of 2015, the Government of Ontario (the Province) initiated a coordinated 10-year review of Ontario’s four land use plans (the Coordinated Review): (1) the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe...more

Green Building Risk Assessment: Necessary for Today’s Real Estate Deal Due Diligence

The next building you buy, finance or develop may be “green.” As the use of green building standards like LEED® or ENERGY STAR® has become commonplace, human health standards such as WELL Building Standard™ have emerged,...more

Hacktastrophe: How cyber-attacks on critical U.S. infrastructure could lead to catastrophic property loss

Although cyber-attacks have traditionally implicated more liability-leaning coverages, several attacks in recent years should give property insurers cause for concern going into the future. Hackers have proven they can seize...more

Indiana Tax Court Reverses Classification Of An Apartment Complex’s Common Area, Modifying Application Of The 2% V. 3% Tax Caps

The Tax Court in Hamilton Square Investment, LLC v Hamilton County Assessor (Oct. 5, 2016) explained, “Indiana’s property tax caps provide taxpayers with credits against their Indiana property tax liabilities” and the “amount...more

Sustainability: The Road to a Circular Economy

The launch of the Ecodesign Working Plan 2016-2019, covering the eco-design and energy labelling framework last month is another key milestone in the Commission’s plan to transition the EU to a more circular economy. ...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: December 2016

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

IRS Rules That Syndicated Conservation Easements With Inflated Appraisals Are Listed Transactions

In Notice 2017-10, the IRS has determined that certain conservation easements are now “listed transactions” for purposes of federal tax reporting. “Syndicated” conservation easements are conservation easements donated by a...more

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