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Federal Agencies Finalize Flood Insurance Rules

Federal regulators have finalized a joint rule that amends regulations relating to loans secured by properties in special flood hazard areas. The final rule implements changes to the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973...more

Questions and Answers About Nonconforming Uses Under Pennsylvania Zoning Law

A nonconforming use may continue, and a nonconforming structure may stand, despite their current status of being in violation of a zoning ordinance. What is a nonconforming use? A nonconforming use is a land use...more

More Stringent "Significant Environmental Hazard" Reporting Requirements to Take Effect July 1, 2015

Despite recent lobbying by industry and other stakeholders for a postponement of its effective date, a law passed in 2013 (Public Act 13-308) will take effect on July 1, 2015 amending existing reporting requirements for...more

Real Estate Gazette: a focus on real estate investment in emerging markets - financing of affordable housing in Africa; real...

A very warm welcome to all our readers to Issue 20 of the Real Estate Gazette. In this issue, we are turning the spotlight on questions relating to real estate and Emerging Markets. The term “Emerging Markets”...more

Court Of Appeal Holds “May” Does Not Mean “May Only”

California requires persons who are engaged in the business of making consumer loans or commercial loans to be licensed under the Finance Lenders Law, unless exempt.  Cal. Fin. Code § 22100.  The CFLL includes the...more

It’s that Time of the Year; Pennsylvania Real Property Assessments are on the Horizon

It’s that time of year again, as Pennsylvania real property tax assessments will soon be upon us. It is important that property owners do not take an assessment or reassessment at face value. Please contact us if you would...more

The Assessment Of Common Area Land: Indiana Tax Court Rejects Taxpayers’ Appeals, General Assembly Creates A New Exemption

Indiana allows taxpayers to correct certain property tax assessment mistakes using a Form 133 Petition for Correction of an Error. In Muir Woods, Inc. v. Marion County Assessor (June 18, 2015), the Indiana Tax Court held...more

New York’s Highest Court Clarifies Judicial Foreclosure Standing Requirements

The New York Court of Appeals has clarified the requirements for showing standing to pursue judicial foreclosures in New York state courts after borrowers default on payment obligations, in a ruling that could resolve...more

Addressing Environmental Issues in Real Estate Development [Video]

Dealmakers sometimes overlook environmental issues when negotiating transactions, leaving important business and legal issues unaddressed until they inevitably pop up shortly before closing and send everyone scrambling. This...more

Letters of the Law: 'L' is for Lien

Contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and consultants cite “not getting paid” as one of the biggest challenges to operating in the construction industry in Qatar. Understandably, companies are starting to look for...more

[Event] The Summer Series: Hot Real Estate Topics - June 25, July 23, August 20 - Raleigh, NC

Hot real estate topics, cool beverages & networking with friends in real estate and other industries! Thursday, June 25: Tenant default: tips for negotiation of lease provisions on the front and rights of tenants on the...more

Proposition 218 Guide for Special Districts

In this Guide: - Taxes (Article XIII C) - Assessments, Fees and Charges (Article XIII D) - Assessments (Article XIII D, Sections 4 And 5) - Property-Related Fees and Charges (Article XIII D,...more

Bonding off a Private Mechanic’s Lien In Kentucky

In my previous post, I discussed the basics of filing a private mechanic’s lien in Kentucky. Today, the subject will turn to the release of a private mechanic’s lien by execution of a bond. Execution of a bond for release of...more

Real Property 101 for Community Bankers in the Spilman Footprint

What is the difference between a Deed of Trust and a Mortgage? The terms “Deed of Trust” and “mortgage” are often used by people interchangeably. Both serve to give the lender a lien as collateral for a loan but, these...more

Retail Real Estate: Quarterly Summary Report - Q1 2015

In this Issue: - National Market Trends - Leasing Trends - Major Industry Transactions - Retail in Ohio - Excerpt from National Market Trends: As more millennials move into urban...more

A House of a Different Color: The Changing Role of Appraisal Panels

Minnesota’s severe weather season is here. With that season comes the possibility of hail, heavy rain, lightning, and other weather-related threats that can quickly result in serious property damage to residential and...more

(US) Property Reassessments are coming to some Pennsylvania Counties

Multiple counties throughout Pennsylvania are conducting county-wide real property tax reassessment projects in 2015, including Washington, Indiana, Lancaster and Blair counties. Information requests are also being mailed out...more

CFPB Targets Real Estate Developer in Recent Enforcement Action

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently entered into a consent order against International Land Consultants, Inc. (ILC), a real estate development company, and four of its employees involved in the marketing,...more

Development in Areas Prone to Flooding

Development in flood prone areas is regulated by a combination of federal, state and local regulations to reduce the possibility of loss of life and property, and to reduce the cost associated with development and rebuilding...more

A Bit of Grace

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has finally agreed to bend under the strain of numerous requests from financial industry participants and 255 bi-partisan House members and 41 senators, who requested that the...more

Massachusetts High Court Rules Real Estate Agents Not Subject to State’s Stringent Independent Contractor Law

On June 3, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that the Commonwealth’s independent contractor law does not apply to real estate salespersons licensed under, and affiliated with and working for, a licensed brokerage...more

Is the Current National Appraisal Regulatory System Being Challenged?

Two days ago, the Appraisal Foundation issued a memorandum to “Appraisal Regulatory System Stakeholders” that warned of the Appraisal Institute approaching members of Congress to sponsor legislation that would essentially...more

Massachusetts High Court Holds that Restrictive Independent Contractor Statute Does Not Apply to Real Estate Salespersons in that...

In a long-awaited decision, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled yesterday that the state independent contractor (IC) law, widely regarded as the most restrictive IC law in the nation, does not apply to licensed...more

How New SEC Focus Will Affect SFL Real Estate Private Equity

South Florida real estate private equity funds: take note of a recent speech by Marc Wyatt, SEC Director of Compliance, following up on previous concerns expressed regarding fees and expenses for private equity funds. ...more

Illinois Supreme Court Affirms Deed Tax, Illuminates Constitutional Tax Analysis

In the closing days of the recently concluded May term, the Illinois Supreme Court handed down its decision in Marks v. Vanderventer, unanimously upholding the constitutionality of a statewide surcharge on the recording of...more

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