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California Supreme Court Decision Changes the Transfer Tax World

In 926 North Ardmore Avenue LLC v. County of Los Angeles, the California Supreme Court concluded that, subject to certain limitations, California’s Documentary Transfer Tax Act (the California DTTA), applicable to direct...more

The Risk Management Module: How it can save valuers' money, reputations and careers

by DLA Piper on

In such a dynamic, emotive and challenging industry as the property market, and with ongoing pressure being put on valuers’ prices and time, it is vital all valuers undertake daily practises to mitigate their risk, not only...more

Money Laundering Regulations 2017: government rush threatens a teething period for property auctioneers

by Hogan Lovells on

New money laundering regulations could prove to be a headache for property auctioneers until those affected get to grips with the changes, according to leading figures in the industry....more

Property Tax & Valuation Topics: Summer 2017

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Declaratory Judgment Not the Correct Remedy - Danping Li sued the Town of Woodbury with regard to the assessments of three properties she owned in that community. One of the counts of her complaint seeking a declaratory...more

Texas Passes Bill to Curb Hail Litigation

Texas governor Greg Abbott recently signed legislation designed to curb the state’s recent spate of hail litigation against homeowner’s insurers. The new legislation, House Bill 1774 (and its counterpart Senate Bill 10), will...more

2016 Cook County Property Tax Assessment Trends

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

For the past eight years, Franczek Radelet has tracked property tax assessment data obtained from the Cook County Assessor's Office. Our data set begins in tax year 2009 when the classification ordinance was amended to...more

PA Supreme Court Limits School District Real Estate Tax Appeals

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a long-awaited decision on a hotly debated issue, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has held that taxpayers whose apartment buildings were singled out for school district tax appeals have stated a valid claim that such...more

2017 Oakland Real Estate Market Survey Results

On May 9, 2017, attendees of Bisnow’s “Oakland Multifamily & Mixed-Use Rise and Expansion 2017” event were asked to respond to several questions regarding overall perception of how their business is doing under current market...more

Delaware to Increase Transfer Tax to 4% Starting August 1, 2017

by Saul Ewing LLP on

Increase will not apply to contracts signed before August 1st - As part of passing the budget for fiscal year 2018, the Delaware General Assembly voted to increase the transfer tax charged on real estate transactions from...more

Coming Soon - The City of Santa Barbara’s New Zoning Ordinance

On Tuesday, July 11, 2017, the Santa Barbara City Council will consider a new zoning ordinance for the city. If the council votes to introduce and subsequently adopt the new zoning ordinance (NZO), it will be effective 30...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules That Constitution Prohibits School Districts from Engaging in Selective Tax Appeals

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: This alert examines the recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision in Valley Forge Towers Apartments v. Upper Merion School District, which held that a school district may not selectively appeal the assessments...more

Perfecting and Renewing Judgment Liens

A judgment is only as good as your ability to get it satisfied. That means you need to ensure that your judgment is properly recorded and turned into a valid lien....more

Commercial Borrowers Should be Familiar with the Refinance Exemption in Order to Avoid Paying More Taxes than Necessary

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

It is pretty well known that Maryland imposes taxes upon the sale/purchase of real property. The State requires both a recordation tax and a transfer tax to be paid whenever an ownership interest in property is transferred....more

Understanding Mineral Rights and the Impact on the Value of Your Property

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The United States is one of a handful of countries in which private real property owners can hold and own subsurface mineral rights. In a majority of countries, only the government can own and benefit from these rights. ...more

Oregon Establishes Statute Of Limitations On Appraiser Liability

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Oregon has enacted legislation establishing a specific statute of limitations on civil actions against appraisers and appraisal firms for real estate appraisal activity. The law takes applies only to appraisals performed...more

Real Estate and Land Use - California Supreme Court Restricts Implied Dedication Rule

Scher v. Burke (June 15, 2017, S230104) - Why It Matters: Many large private landowners record notices under the provisions of the Civil Code in order to ensure that public use of their property does not morph into an...more

California Supreme Court Affirms Novel M&A Tax

by Allen Matkins on

Suppose Mr. Henry owns all of the outstanding shares of a Virginia corporation that owns all of the issued and outstanding shares of a Massachusetts corporation that owns, among other things, real property in Los Angeles,...more

U.S. Supreme Court Establishes New Test for Evaluating Property Rights Under the Takings Clause

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In Murr v. Wisconsin, No. 15-214, 2017 WL 2694699 (U.S.S.C. June 23, 2017), the U.S. Supreme Court, in a majority opinion by Justice Anthony Kennedy, addressed "one of the critical questions" in the law of regulatory takings:...more

Extension Of Four Valuable As-of-Right Incentive Programs Included In New York State's Omnibus Bill

by Akerman LLP on

The State's new omnibus bill renewed and extended programs that abate real estate taxes, city corporate taxes, and sales taxes, and provide energy discounts to qualified applicants. Developers and businesses with new...more

Massachusetts Courts Issue Key Decisions Concerning Zoning and Anti-SLAPP Law

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Makes it Harder to Dismiss Lawsuits by Utilizing the “Anti-SLAPP” Statute - In Blanchard v. Steward Carney Hospital, SJC-12141 (May 23, 2017) (Slip Op.) the Massachusetts Supreme...more

SCOTUS Announces New Multi-Factor Test to Determine the Relevant Parcel in Regulatory Takings Cases

by Miller Starr Regalia on

On June 23, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States finally decided Murr v. Wisconsin, __ U.S. __ (2017) (Case No. 15-214), a case that addressed land use regulations that “merged” adjacent parcels (the first of which...more

REIT Advisor - June 2017

by King & Spalding on

Business Disruption Risk - Given the recent events around the world, including both terrorist attacks and severe storms, REITs continue to cite business interruption risks as a significant concern for implementing...more

Redefining the Denominator: Supreme Court Adopts New Test in Regulatory Taking Case 

In Murr v. Wisconsin, the US Supreme Court declined to find that a landowner's riverfront property was the subject of a regulatory taking. In a 5-3 decision, the majority adopted a new test for defining the bounds of the...more

PTAB

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

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CFIUS and Real Estate - Renewed focus on national security concerns surrounding foreign acquisitions of U.S. real estate

The expanding influx of foreign investments in U.S. real estate has drawn the attention of three key U.S. Senators amid national security concerns. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee;...more

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