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CFPB Director Cordray Responds to Senator Corker Letter

The CFPB responded to a letter from Senator Corker (R. Tenn.) requesting the Bureau to release official guidance on what constitutes a technical error under the TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule and possible...more

Amendments to real estate legislation - Quarter 1 of 2016

Amendments to federal laws - Federal Law No. 431-FZ dated 30 December 2015 “On Geodesics, Cartography and Spatial Data and on Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation” The law under...more

Real Estate in Africa: Eight things you need to know

Insight from CBRE/DLA Piper survey to help potential investors in African real estate bridge the gap between perception and reality Real estate markets in parts of Africa have undergone considerable improvement in...more

Difficulties Foreclosing in Massachusetts

Foreclosing a mortgage in Massachusetts can be a pain. Among the many, very technical requirements, a foreclosing mortgagee must be able to prove that it is the holder, or the authorized representative of the holder, of the...more

Mayor Emanuel introduces ordinance modifying Chicago’s downtown district boundaries and bonus structure

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has introduced an ordinance to the Chicago City Council that makes transformative changes to the Downtown districts and available floor area bonuses. The following is a summary of some of the...more

Montgomery County Subdivision Regulations Rewrite

In 2014 Montgomery County adopted a comprehensive amendment to its zoning ordinance and now it embarks on the process of rewriting its subdivision regulations. Subdivision regulations facilitate the planning authority of...more

Closing California’s Perceived Prop 13 Corporate Loophole

SB 259, a bill that includes language to close the perceived loophole in the portion of Proposition 13 which governs “changes of ownership” in entities that own real property located in California, has been returned to the...more

Land Use Advisory: Revised Citywide Building Moratorium Initiative Proposed for March 2017 Los Angeles Ballot

As you may have heard this week, proponents of a Los Angeles citywide building moratorium voter initiative known as the “Neighborhood Integrity Initiative” have withdrawn an initiative initially proposed for the November 2016...more

UK Budget 2016: Real Estate

Yesterday George Osborne delivered the 2016 Budget. There were some significant announcements for the real estate industry....more

Armada of Lobbyists, Lawyers and Consultants Has to Fear Curtatone in His Rowboat

If you’re in a construction trade, you’re probably not too happy with Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone, the only person standing between Steve Wynn and his dream of a $2 billion casino in Everett. Yet I have to believe...more

UK Budget 2016 – Overview

The Chancellor has presented a packed March Budget bursting at its seams with measures impacting businesses and individuals alike... ..The first reference to tax in his statement was to "tax avoidance" and that tells...more

Private Flood Insurance Plans One Step Closer to Hitting the Market

Legislation to allow privatized flood insurance on the market surged unanimously through a House Financial Services Committee mark up. Voting 53-0 on March 2nd, the Committee approved the idea of enabling private flood...more

Flash: Congress Fixes the CMBS Risk Retention Problem (Just Kidding)

Last week, the House Committee on Financial Services reported out the Preserving Access to CRE Capital Act of 2016 (the “bill”) in a remarkably bipartisan sort of way (paving the way for: “Well, yes, I did vote for it, but...more

Potential Relief for CMBS Risk Retention Sent to the U.S. House of Representatives

The “Preserving Access to CRE Capital Act of 2016” (the “Act”), sponsored by Representative French Hill (R-AR), was reported favorably to the House of Representatives on March 2, 2016 by the House Committee on Financial...more

California’s New Transfer On Death Deed

As of January 1, 2016, California allows the use of a “transfer on death” deed for real property. A TOD deed essentially allows a person to execute and record a revocable deed, which grants real property to a beneficiary...more

Senator Introduces Bill To Allow LLCs To Be Licensed As Real Estate Brokers

Section 17701.04(b) of the California Corporations Code provides: A limited liability company may have any lawful purpose, regardless of whether for profit, except the banking business, the business of issuing policies...more

New Live/Work Ordinance Adopted by L.A. City Council

On February 10, 2016, the Los Angeles City Council adopted the “HI” Hybrid Industrial Live/Work Zone Ordinance, which creates a new zone classification in the City of Los Angeles, the Hybrid Industrial (HI) Zone, with...more

Uncertainty Remains Surrounding the Nonprofit Hospital Tax Exemption

In a recent ground-breaking decision, the New Jersey Tax Court in AHS Hospital Corp., d/b/a Morristown Memorial Hospital v. Town of Morristown shattered the previous near incontestability of the tax exemption that has...more

PATH Act Presents Opportunities for Tax-Efficient Non-U.S. Investment in U.S. Real Estate

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the “PATH Act”). Among its numerous revisions to federal tax law, the PATH Act significantly amended various...more

FIRPTA Withholding Rate Bumped Up To 15%

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 was recently signed into law. Section 324 of the Act modifies Code Section 1445 to increase the required withholding amount on dispositions by nonresident aliens and foreign...more

PATH Act Provides Favorable New Rules for Foreign Real Estate Investment Through REITs

On Friday, December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the “PATH Act”). The PATH Act includes a number of important changes relating to the tax treatment of foreign...more

Congress Extends EB-5 Program without Changes until September 2016

Action Item: The nine-month extension of the EB-5 Program provides a temporary reprieve to the real estate developer and foreign investor communities while Congress and industry groups grapple with a more comprehensive...more

PATH Act Brings Important Tax Changes for REITs

Last Friday, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 ("PATH Act"), a permanent extenders package. Several provisions of the PATH Act are of particular importance to REITs. The...more

President Obama Signs Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 or PATH Act. Among the provisions in the PATH Act is an increase from 10% to 15% for the Foreign Investment in Property Tax Act...more

House Passes Massive Extenders Package – Moves to Senate

Yesterday the House passed the much talked about “Extenders” legislation and it now moves to the Senate with momentum. The bill makes many of the annual extenders permanent (or for a period of multiple years) and covers a...more

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