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Is There Practical Evidence of Climate Change?

A recent article in The New York Times titled: Perils of Climate Change Could Swamp Coast Real Estate, indicates that rising seas and storm-related flooding in Florida appear to be driven by climate change and may be having...more

CFPB Steps Up Oversight of Companies’ Compensation Programs Following Wells Fargo Scandal

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will likely be weakened by the incoming Trump administration and its Republican allies in Congress. Exactly how, and how much, remains to be seen, however—and, in the meantime,...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: November 2016 #2

California Appellate Court Overturns “Sham Guaranty” Defense - The single-purpose entity (SPE) has become a ubiquitous tool in commercial real estate acquisitions and financing in California. Lenders increasingly require...more

Housing is Top of Mind: Results of Bay Area Affordable Housing and Rent Control Measures

With rising housing costs remaining a priority concern for the region, affordable housing had a major presence on Bay Area ballots this November. As detailed below, voters in three municipalities and three counties across the...more

San Francisco Election Results: Which Real Estate Measures Passed?

Prior to the November 8 election, we reported on the long list of local propositions on the San Francisco ballot, including a number of measures impacting real estate taxes, land use and governance. The results were of...more

Voters Overwhelmingly Approve ‘Build Better LA’ Initiative Resulting in New Affordable Housing and Local Hiring Requirements For...

Voters this week approved Measure JJJ, otherwise known as the Build Better L.A. initiative (the “Initiative”), which establishes new labor and affordable-housing requirements for developers in Los Angeles seeking...more

They Did What? Fire Sprinkler Industry Stunned by North Carolina Legislature’s Mistake in Removing Licensing Board’s Authority to...

North Carolina’s legislature mistakenly removed the authority for the State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating, and Fire Sprinkler Contractors (“State Board”) to issue certain crucial industry licenses. On July 1, 2016,...more

A Plethora of Propositions: Real Estate Tax, Land Use and Governance on the San Francisco Ballot

Admittedly the issues may appear benign compared to the Presidential race and the drugs, sex and other provocative topics on the state ballot. But San Francisco voters again face a long list of significant local propositions...more

Props L and M Would Shift Authority from Mayor to Board of Supervisors

Members of the Board of Supervisors have proposed two important Propositions for the November ballot that would amend the City Charter and shift authority over certain City agencies and Departments from the Mayor’s Office to...more

Beware a Prop W Higher Transfer Tax

Transfer tax on the sale of most commercial property in San Francisco will increase if voters approve Proposition W. If approved, Prop W will increase the transfer tax rate by 0.25% for sales valued above $5 million...more

Changes to the PA Uniform Planned Communities Act and the Uniform Condominium Act.

Governor Wolf recently signed into law House Bill No. 1340 of 2015 which amends both the Uniform Planned Communities Act and Uniform Condominium Act. The two statutes are complementary and have substantially similar...more

California Adopts Measures Targeting Multifamily Residential Buildings for Water Conservation

In an effort to encourage water conservation throughout California, Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed a bill into law that will require the owner of any multi-unit residential development constructed after Jan. 1, 2018 to...more

New draft regulation on REITs

On 14 October 2016, the Polish government published a long-awaited draft of a new law on real estate investment trusts (REITs) (Polish: spólki rynku wynajmu nieruchomosci). The draft has now been referred to public...more

Prop U Would Expand Income Range for Affordable Housing Eligibility

Prop U dovetails with the City’s new increases in required affordable housing percentages by proposing to expand the range of household income levels that would be eligible to rent an affordable housing unit. According to the...more

New Arizona Law Could Affect Homeowner Associations

Governor Ducey signed SB1350 on June 12, 2016, and it becomes effective January 1, 2017. The bill prohibits municipalities from restricting or regulating the ability of homeowners to use their property as vacation rentals...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: October 2016

California Coastal Act Blocks Housing Project in Venice Despite Earlier Approvals - Judge James C. Chalfant of the California Court of Appeal on Sept. 29, 2016, affirmed a lower court ruling denying a developer’s...more

Illinois House Revenue Committee Holds Hearing on Vacancy Fraud Act

While overall there is little activity in the General Assembly, the House Revenue Committee is meeting today for a hearing on an interesting piece of property tax legislation. The hearing is on HB4363, which would create the...more

News from Second and State

Yesterday was the first day of fall, and it seems the summer is truly behind us. The House of Representatives reconvened this week for the final stretch of the 2015-2016 legislative session. This week most of the action...more

Director Cordray Responds To Letter from Senators Seeking Tailored Rulemaking for Community Banks and Credit Unions

Last month, a bipartisan group of 70 senators were signatories to a letter sent to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray urging the CFPB to “carefully tailor its regulations to match the unique...more

New 2016 Laws Impacting Commercial Real Estate in Virginia

Another session of Virginia’s General Assembly has now come and gone, adding one more chapter to the nearly four hundred year history of the country’s oldest law-making body. Over three thousand bills were proposed in the...more

UPDATE: New Fee for Affordable Housing Goes to Denver City Council Sept. 19

A bill proposing a new development impact fee for a permanent affordable housing fund moved on to the Denver City Council Wednesday.Bill No. 625, proposed by Mayor Michael Hancock and Councilmembers Robin Kniech and Albus...more

USPAP to Remain the Sole Standard of Valuation Practice in California for Real Estate Appraisers

Last summer, I wrote about the Appraisal Institute’s controversial effort to promote legislation in California (known as AB 624) that would enable licensed real estate appraisers performing appraisals for...more

Is Redevelopment Quietly About to Grow in California?

Redevelopment has quite the lengthy history in California. Yet it has generally been “All Quiet on the Western Front” since redevelopment agencies were abolished in 2011 as part of Governor Brown’s plan to fix the state’s...more

Points & Authorities - Summer 2016

There Ought to be a Law: Consider This Alternative To Litigation - Government is becoming more intrusive. At the state and federal levels, a host of agencies and departments continuously create new rules for us to live...more

New Law Affects FHA Requirements for Condominium Financing

President Obama signed the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act (H.R. 3700) into law on July 29. Title III of the Act will significantly modify Federal Housing Administration (FHA) condominium mortgage insurance...more

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