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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

A Primer on EB-5 and Key Issues in its Renewal

What is the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program? The EB-5 immigrant investment visa program provides a “fast track” to obtain permanent U.S. residency (a “green card”) to qualified foreign investors who satisfy...more

FinCEN Expands Crackdown on Real Estate Buyers

Building on early successes, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) announced new rules targeting buyers of high-end real estate properties. Earlier this year, FinCEN adopted rules focusing on high-end...more

Scotland: The Assessment of Energy Performance of Non-domestic Buildings Regulations 2016 - Buildings on the market before 1...

The Assessment of Energy Performance of Non-domestic Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2016 come into effect on 1 September 2016. From that date, owners of pre 2002 non-domestic buildings or "building units" in Scotland with a...more

Renewable Energy Update - August 2016 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - Kick-off for California offshore - reNEWS - Aug 16 - The U.S. has taken a major step forward in offshore wind development in the deep waters off the coast of California. The Bureau of...more

2015 Cook County Assessments Show First Upturn in Seven Years

For the first time in seven years, the trend line for assessed value in Cook County is pointing up. Beginning with the 2008 assessment year when we began tracking this data, assessed values have steadily, sometimes...more

FinCEN Expands Scope of “All Cash” GTOs

Continuing its efforts to deter the use of real estate as a vehicle to launder proceeds of criminal activity, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) recently announced its plan to extend the reach and time frame of...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

Dentons/CHINCA MEA Project Reporter - Chinese contractors and Middle East and Africa projects markets

On a bi-monthly basis, we will present a shortlist of upcoming projects in the Middle East and Africa which may be of interest to Chinese contractors and investors looking to do business in the region. These are projects...more

Sustainable Development Update - August 2016 #3

Sustainable Development Focus - Freddie Mac announces multifamily green building financing initiative - Energy Collective - Aug 13 - Freddie Mac announced last week their Multifamily Green Advantage program, a...more

A New Solution to an Old Problem

Citizens in many countries the world over are plagued by an inability to record their land interests in a reliable and secure registry. Inefficiency, corruption and nepotism are rife, leaving countless people at risk of...more

Development on the Lake – Submerged Land Leases

Here along the North Coast of Lake Erie, some folks are fortunate enough to enjoy the features that come with living on the lakeshore. However, most people are largely unaware of the mechanism by which the State of Ohio...more

Anti-Corruption Laws and Other International Risks – What it Means for the Real Estate Industry and How to Protect against Risks

Bribery, money laundering, and sanctions are key international risk areas for any global business, particularly those investing or operating in high-risk jurisdictions and industries. In addition to meaningful enforcement...more

Calif. Firms Struggle To Find Exchange Properties Amid Boom

Bob Baradaran was quoted in an August 10, 2016, article by Law360 reporter Andrew McIntyre about the real estate boom in California (subs. req.) and the impact that boom is having on 1031 like-kind exchanges commonly used to...more

New Alternative for Widening 55 Freeway Reduces Right-of-Way Impacts

For years, we’ve been working with our public agency clients during the environmental and design-phase to minimize right-of-way impacts with new infrastructure projects. Yet for many agencies, property acquisitions are an...more

Open-ended property funds: a fund-amental mismatch?

On 4 July 2016, Standard Life Investments suspended trading as a result of investors flooding the gates for redemptions. Several other funds such as M&G and Aviva Investments followed suit throughout the same week. The...more

How to Prevent a Tenant from Removing Valuable Equipment Before They Flee

A landlord may prevent a tenant from taking equipment from the premises by filing a distress writ. Before a landlord files suit for eviction, it should first consider whether there is any equipment on the premises that...more

Priority of Future Advances Under Idaho Deeds of Trust Now in Doubt

In Liberty Bankers Life Insurance Co. v. Witherspoon, No. 41993, 2016 WL 74987 (Idaho Jan. 6, 2016), the Idaho Supreme Court examined a loan modification agreement in which a lender agreed to release real property from its...more

Landowner’s Guide to Condemnation in South Carolina - The Government Wants Your Land…What Are Your Rights?

Government projects to build or expand roadways, erect public buildings, and install infrastructure, such as sewer, water and electrical lines, all require land. So long as building projects meet certain requirements,...more

Investor-initiated integrated site development: new opportunities

Starting 1 January 2017 holders of land plots and the immovable properties on the land plots will be able to get approved site development and site survey plans within one month without public hearings as part of integrated...more

Idaho Statute Protecting the Priority of Future Advances Does Not Apply to Deeds of Trust

In Liberty Bankers Life Insurance Co. v. Witherspoon, No. 41993, 2016 WL 74987 (Idaho Jan. 6, 2016), the Idaho Supreme Court examined a loan modification agreement in which the lender agreed to release certain real property...more

Final Regulations Issued Under Internal Revenue Code Section 83 Eliminate Taxpayer Requirement to File Section 83(b) Election with...

Recently issued final regulations under Internal Revenue Code Section 83 (the Final Regulations) remove the requirement that taxpayers must submit a copy of an election made under Code Section 83(b) with the taxpayer's income...more

FinCEN Expands Targeting of High-End Cash Real Estate Transactions

FinCEN has announced a major expansion and extension of its geographic targeting orders (GTOs) aimed at high-end cash buyers of real estate. This action reflects FinCEN’s continued efforts to prevent money laundering through...more

Sustainable Development Update - August 2016

Sustainable Development Focus - REIT reporting standards for sustainability lack consensus REIT.com - Jul 29 - There are roughly a dozen or so real estate sustainability standards competing for the attention...more

CEQ Instructs Federal Agencies to Consider Climate Change Impacts During NEPA Reviews

On August 2, 2016, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) released a Final Guidance for Federal Departments and Agencies on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change in National...more

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