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Prediction 2015: Chinese investment wave will create many opportunities in the US

As the Chinese economy continues to become more important globally, we are seeing a shift in Asian investment in the United States, particularly in California. Chinese investors will become even more active and influential...more

Bye Bye Brazil! - Tax Planning Considerations for Brazilian Investment in the United States: Part 3 - Inbound Investment Real...

As an undergraduate at West Point, I was a Spanish and Portuguese major. My Brazilian “thing” had already started a decade earlier as a ten year old growing up in the Panama Canal Zone seeing Pele play for his Brazilian team...more

Bye Bye Brazil! - Tax Planning Considerations for Brazilian Investment in the United States: Part II – Additional Income Tax...

I have mentioned in prior articles my affiliation with the South Florida law firm Osborne and Osborne, PA in Boca Raton. Back to the beginning! Boca Raton is where I started right out of the Army in 1987. I moved to Miami for...more

How EB-5 Regional Centers and Sponsors Can Evaluate Broker-Dealer, Investment Company and Investment Adviser Registration...

This article is the third in a series of articles on how EB-5 regional centers and sponsors can evaluate broker-dealer, investment company and investment adviser registration requirements under U.S. securities laws. ...more

Miami Developers Utilizing Non Traditional Sources of Venture Capital

With all the current and planned building projects taking place in South Florida, it seems the recent real estate crash has largely been forgotten. However, the collapse still haunts traditional lending institutions, many of...more

What is Happening Now in the Market for EB-5 Financing for Hotel, Multi-Family and Mixed Use Real Estate Developments

Competition for EB-5 Financing is Strong. Demand for EB-5 financing among U.S. real estate developers is at record high levels, and demand for high quality EB-5 investments in China remains strong. Marketing agents in...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly’s Short Session began Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be distributed weekly to keep you up to date on the latest legislative issues facing the...more

FinCEN Advisory Addresses Risks Presented By Citizenship-by-Investment Program

On May 20, FinCEN issued Advisory FIN-2014-A004, warning financial institutions about the risk of illicit financial activity conducted by individuals with passports from St. Kitts and Nevis (SKN), which allows individuals to...more

Capital Thinking: Homeland Security

Homeland Security Nominations - The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee held a nomination hearing for President Barack Obama’s nominee to become the next Inspector General of the U.S. Department of...more

Investor's Visa in Spain - FAQs

Since September 28th, Spain belongs to the group of countries that offer an investor's visa program. Investment in bonds or shares, buying of real estate and the execution of a relevant investment project comprise three...more

Noncitizen Property Owners May be Entitled to Florida Homestead Exemption

Under the Florida Constitution, certain owners of real property in Florida are entitled to a reduction in the assessed value of the property for ad valorem tax purposes. This reduction, called the “homestead exemption,” is...more

“JOLT” Act Seeks To Lessen U.S. Travel Restrictions For Brazilians, Canadians

While Canadians still comprise the number one group of foreign buyers of real estate statewide in Florida, América Economía is now reporting that Brazilians have surpassed Canadians as the top overseas visitors and property...more

Golden Visa Waits For You in Portugal

Obtaining a residence permit is usually a must for foreign investors and a painful one for many, with lots of visits to Consulates and Immigration authorities involved. However, the Portuguese Administration has put in place...more

Mortgage Bankers Association Report: Foreign Interest in US Real Estate Growing - News Release of the Week

As discussion continues this week on the potential impact of Hugo Chavez's demise on the exodus of Venezuelans to South Florida, the Mortgage Bankers Association has just released a report on housing demand of foreign...more

Venezuelans in South Florida: Venezuelan Expatriates Building New Lives In Record Numbers - Great News for Miami

Last fall, when Hugo Chavez won re-election as President of Venezuela, more and more Venezuelans were expected to move here to South Florida. And they have....more

Florida Isn't the Only Place Boosting Its Economy With "Buy a Home, Get a Visa" Campaigns: Spain, Ireland, the Bahamas, and Others...

The growing popularity of EB-5 Visas with foreign investors is exciting to see for those of us watching the Florida economy, particularly Miami. Our past couple of posts have discussed aspects of this new "buy a home, get a...more

Miami EB-5 Regional Center Application Gets Boost From Proposed Panorama Tower Project: Will Chinese Investment in Florida...

The EB-5 Visa is important to Florida real estate development (as well as the Florida economy overall) because it is a great incentive for foreign investors to choose Florida - particularly places like Miami, South Florida,...more

Real Estate Property, Property Development & Migration to Australia

A brief summary on using real estate properties investments to migrate to Australia and to maintain Australian permanent residency afterwards....more

Florida Foreign Investment Has New Opportunity: EB5 Investment into Florida Charter School Projects - But Does This Hurt Other...

Traditionally, international investment in Florida meant that foreign investors were putting their investment money into commercial real estate -- things like office buildings, luxury hotels and resorts, maybe shopping...more

Venezuelan Capital Flight to South Florida as Venezuelan Nationals Consider Relocating to Miami Area After Hugo Chavez Re-Elected

This week, Hugo Chavez was re-elected as President of Venezuela, taking 54% of the Venezuelan vote to the 45% of challenger Henrique Capriles, grandson of Holocaust survivors. This means that Hugo Chavez will be the...more

Is It Necessary To Reside On Homestead Property? [Florida]

Can you tell the difference between these two rules of entitlement to homestead status for ad valorem tax purposes?...more

Florida Commercial Real Estate, Foreign Investors, and the EB-5 Program: Cash for Visas or Savvy Investing?

Foreign investment in Florida real estate has been a significant factor in Florida's fight against a hard, harsh economy - however, truth be told, much of the media coverage on the international money coming into Florida has...more

Damon Key Legal Alert (Spring/Summer 2012) - Legal newsletter with articles on Foreign Accounts and the 2012 Offshore Voluntary...

Legal newsletter with articles on Foreign Accounts and the 2012 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative, Bankruptcy law, the new I-9 Form in Immigration law, and an update on the law of Hawaii vacation rentals. ...more

Temporary Visa Did Not Bar Homestead Status [Florida]

Favio came to the U.S. in 2005 after a kidnapping attempt against his son in Venezuela. He rented an apartment, and lived there with his son (a U.S. citizen), and his wife. He then purchased an apartment in 2006 and lived...more

VISIT USA Act Will Give Foreign Investors in Florida Real Estate a US Visa With $500K+ Purchase

Florida should become even more alluring to foreign investors and international real estate buyers if the United States Congress passes the proposed “Visa Improvements to Stimulate International Tourism to the United States...more

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