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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

Fast Track Residence 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

Estate Tax for Mexican Nationals Buying U.S. Homes

Article is brief summation of problem that many new Mexican homebuyers have but little or few understand: the estate tax exemption is $5 Million for citizens, but only $60,000 for non-resident aliens. Consequently, many...more

Obtaining an E-2 Visa - Step by Step

An overview of the E-2 treat investor immigration process. Gives step-by-step instructions for foreign investors wishing to obtain a visa by opening a business in the United States....more

Municipalities Beware: The Perils of Enacting Immigration Ordinances and Know What Your Insurance Policy Covers

Two weeks ago, a panel from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a District Court decision to require the City of Hazleton, PA, to pay $2.4 million in legal fees to Pedro Lozano, Casa Dominicana of Hazleton Inc.,...more

HOW CANADIANS BUY RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE IN AMERICA

The technical immigration aspects of Canadians buying real estate in America. It is useful for many Canadians and their U.S. support network, including investors looking to buy and hold, real estate developers, or snowbirds...more

Codigo do Trabalho 2009 (Labour Code 2009)

Dears Friends Please find enclosed a interview regarding the Labour Code of 2009 (Publico 19/Julho/2010); I realy hope you read and, as well, send me your comments and queries you made have. Many Thanks for your...more

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