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LIFE-CYCLE: A legal guide to developing, investing in and managing buildings sustainably (Global)

Real estate is a major consumer of resources. Everyone needs a place to live and work and we use real estate for that purpose. Modern life means that energy and other resources will be consumed in the development and...more

Court of Appeals Rejects Attempted Restriction of “Mortgage Banker” Priority Provision

On February 20, 2014, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals issued an opinion interpreting the meaning of “mortgage banker” under Wis. Stat. § 224.71(3) and finding that a mortgage holder was entitled to the priority afforded under...more

Homebuilders And Their Affiliates: Unexpected Tie-In Issues May Be Lurking

From my work defending mortgage loan originators, including many homebuilder captives, against mortgage repurchase and indemnification claims, as well in my role as an editor of Bilzin Sumberg’s Mortgage Crisis Watch, I have...more

Arizona Court of Appeals Holds That Certain Residential Developers Are Not Protected By The Anti-Deficiency Statute After...

Nearly three years ago, in M&I Marshall & Isley Bank v. Mueller, the Arizona Court of Appeals held that the Arizona anti-deficiency statute protects a borrower who started, but never completed, construction of a single-family...more

Arizona Court of Appeals Gives Contractor the Edge over Certain Lenders in Mechanic’s Lien Foreclosure Lawsuit

In lien foreclosure lawsuits involving lenders and contractors, priority is everything. Where you stand in terms of priority will not necessarily determine when you get paid, but rather will determine whether you get paid....more

New Jersey Offers Financing Incentives for Real Estate Investments

On September 18, 2013, Governor Christie signed the New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act (the “Act”) into law. The Act is intended to spur job creation, promote redevelopment of underutilized urban and suburban areas, and...more

Guarantors Beware! A.R.S. § 33-814 May Not Save You from a Deficiency Judgment

In First Credit Union v. Courtney, 309 P.3d 929, 669 Ariz. Adv. Rep. 18 (Ct. App. 2013), the Arizona Court of Appeals rejected three creative arguments that A.R.S. § 33-814 protected the guarantors from paying on their...more

Changes of Note to Lenders From the 2013 Legislative Long Session

During the 2013 legislative session, several new laws were passed which directly affect the banking and financial services industries. While most of these changes are relatively minor, they are certainly worth noting. Below...more

Preconstruction Deposits Are Lifeblood For Lending: Q&A With Bilzin Sumberg’s Adam Lustig

A few years ago, when condo developers began requiring significant up-front deposits from buyers prior to the finish of a project, it was a work-around for a lack of financing in the market. In the last year, lenders...more

HUD Issues New Public Housing Capital Fund Rule

The final rule for the Public Housing Capital Fund Program (Capital Fund) recently released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) makes significant changes to the Capital Fund. Noteworthy...more

Lenders Versus Mechanics’ Liens in West Virginia: A Question of Priorities

Finally! After days, weeks, sometimes even months of waiting, you as the lending officer received approval from corporate that underwriting has just approved your borrower and you can proceed with the term sheet. Time to put...more

New York Appellate Division Summaries; Real Estate.

Deed/Acknowledgment Trumps Parties Clause/Intent of Grantor: Owner, an individual, transferred property..... POA/Conveyance by Agent to Self/Will/Executor vs. Agent/Bank of America/Encumbrancer for Value/Deed Set Aside:...more

Secret Lender-Buyer Side Deal Renders Seller Subordination Agreement Unenforceable

A California Appellate Court ruled recently that a seller’s subordination agreement was unenforceable where the buyer and the lender entered into a side agreement between themselves that the seller knew nothing about and that...more

Rogers Towers: Florida House Bill 909 (2013): A Sigh of Relief for Water Mitigation Contractors and Restoration Companies

This past spring, the insurance and banking lobbies created quite a stir in the water and fire damage mitigation and restoration industry....more

The Return of Rhode Island Historic Tax Credits

On July 3, the Rhode Island budget bill for the 2014 fiscal year was signed into law by Governor Chafee. A part of this bill relates to historic tax credits and revives a program initially established in 2008 that...more

Simplifying the Mechanic's Lien Agent Process: N.C.'s New Online Clearinghouse

A version of this article was originally published in April 2013 and has now been updated. Effective April 1, 2013, project owners in North Carolina are now required to designate a Mechanic’s Lien Agent (MLA) for the...more

Toronto Considers Substantial Increases To Condominium Development Fees

If you’ve purchased a preconstruction condominium in Toronto that has yet to close, take a close look at your Agreement of Purchase and Sale – you could be stuck paying a price increase of more than $10,000....more

Insolvency in the Building and Construction Industry: Proposed Amendments to the Building and Construction Industry Security of...

The Industry and Current Legislation - The NSW building and construction industry (the Industry) is plagued by a high level of insolvencies. In the 2012 financial year, almost 25% of the external administrations...more

Illinois House Considers Bill to Allow “Bonding Off” of Mechanics Liens

Lenders in Illinois might want to take note of pending Illinois House Bill 2804. The bill would amend the Mechanics Lien Act, so as to allow “bonding off” of mechanic liens for the first time in Illinois. Nearly every state...more

Court Invalidates Mechanic's Lien for Seeking Excessive Amount

A mechanic's lien is a very powerful tool for prime contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and laborers to seek compensation for work provided on construction projects. This tool, however, becomes excessive, invalid, and...more

Changes to North Carolina's Mechanics' Lien Statue

There are significant changes to North Carolina’s mechanics’ lien statute that take effect on Monday, April 1, 2013. These changes impose new duties on property owners regarding the designation of a private lien agent on...more

Simplifying the Mechanic's Lien Agent Process: N.C.'s New Online Clearinghouse

As I have discussed in the past, North Carolina’s General Assembly recently introduced the concept of Mechanic’s Lien Agent (MLA) into our state’s lien laws to address so-called “hidden liens” that have long been a thorn in...more

Changes Taking Effect to North Carolina Lien and Bond Laws

The rules are changing when it comes to North Carolina lien and bond laws. And, the new provisions are substantially altering the way in which all parties involved in lien rights – from owners, buyers, and sellers to general...more

IRS Releases Audit Memorandum on Another HTC Transaction

The Internal Revenue Service recently released Field Attorney Advice 20124002F, revealing another attempt on audit to invalidate an allocation of historic tax credits (HTCs) to an HTC equity investor. Although only just made...more

International Interest Grows in Florida Real Estate Development: Currencies, Culture Work Together to Grow Foreign Interest in...

Currency devaluations in other nations are a big factor, but not the only factor, in growing international interest in South Florida real estate development. Consider these recent monetary events...more

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