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California Public Utilities Commission to Approve Grant Program to Promote Broadband Internet for Public Housing

Application Submission Scheduled for Mid-December Through Mid-January - The California Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to approve the California Advanced Services Fund Public Housing Broadband Grant Guidelines...more

Overriding Interest

In This Issue: - Islamic Real Estate Finance: Getting The Deal Done - Announcements & Events - Government Consultation on Energy Efficiency Improvements to the Private Rented Sector - K&L Gates...more

HUD Notice has potential to encourage broad PHA renewable energy rollout

Housing authorities that are seeking alternate energy sources or new funding streams will be particularly interested in HUD’s latest PIH notice. It ushers in a number of programmatic changes in an effort to increase the use...more

HUD Notice Has Potential To Encourage Broad PHA Renewable Energy Rollout

In an effort to support President Obama's July 2013 Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has issued Notice PIH-2014-18 (HA). The notice offers guidance on federal incentives for...more

Contamination, Underwater Mortgages, and the IRWA Annual Education Conference

Along with my colleagues Brad Kuhn, Ben Rubin, and Katherine Contreras, I'm here in Hartford at the IRWA Annual Education Conference. It's been an interesting few days as we discuss eminent domain issues in the shadow of New...more

RAD expansion and “Pay-For-Success” Utility Demonstration among the innovations included in the Senate’s mark of the T-HUD...

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved its draft Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 2015. While the bill generally falls short of the funding...more

"Green" Light For Energy-Efficient Home Construction in Maryland

For those who believe that government programs may provide a stimulating effect on the private economy and promote positive changes in the ways in which we work and live, an enrolled bill, not yet signed into law, coming out...more

REsource - Winter 2013/2014

In This Issue: Bringing Non-U.S. Capital Into (and Back Out of) U.S. Real Estate; A Wider Play of Shale: A Hydraulic Fracturing Primer; California Clears Way for Pollution Clean-Up with AB 440; and Which Way is the...more

Natural Gas Boom Fuels Requests for Partial Releases from Mortgage Liens

Residential lenders and servicers are continuing to see a larger impact from the natural gas boom, and it is not just from properties hosting drilling operations. More lenders are seeing increasing numbers of borrowers...more

Do Wind Turbines Hurt Property Values?

As I last discussed in June, during the past few years, proximate property owners have increasingly raised complaints about the siting and operation of wind turbines in Massachusetts. This phenomenon is hardly unique to...more

California Public Utilities Commission Approves On-Bill Repayment Program for Commercial Energy Efficiency and Distributed...

On September 19, 2013, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC or Commission) approved a pilot on-bill repayment program that permits nonresidential customers of the state’s large investor-owned utilities (IOUs) to...more

Vetoed Foreclosure Bill Will Return

All legislation is not good legislation. The good news is that some of it fails. Such is the case with H.B. 2590 passed by the 2013 Texas legislature but vetoed by the Governor. We mention it because it will be back in the...more

The SAVE Act – Valuing Energy Savings

Consumers interested in energy-efficient homes will benefit if a recent bill, called the SAVE Act (Sensible Accounting to Value Energy), becomes law. The law, if enacted, would require Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal...more

Keeping PACE with Energy Efficiency Demand in California - BB&K's Warren Diven Writes About The Statewide Expansion of the HERO...

Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing (PACE) programs, for residential and commercial properties, were in development throughout the United States when the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) sought to impose limits on...more

Property Implications Fact Sheet: Autumn Statement

On 5 December 2012, George Osborne, The Chancellor of the Exchequer, delivered the Autumn Statement. The Statement contained several key implications for the property industry, examined below: TAX AND FUNDING...more

PA Tax Law News -- July 2012

In This Issue: PA Adopts Business Friendly Budget & Tax Changes; Pennsylvania Changes Position on Taxation of "Cloud Computing"; Recent PA Sales Tax Guidance Concerning Natural Gas and Other Mining Activities;...more

FHFA Announces Multiple New Policy Initiatives

On June 15, the FHFA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding state and local Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs, as required by a preliminary injunction issued by the Northern District of California in...more

Securitization of Renewable Energy Loans

Renewable energy sources have increasingly become a focal point of U.S. regulatory and financial institutions as well as trade associations and legislatures. One main source of interest in this regard is programs that have...more

Washington Insight - May 2012

In This Issue: - An Insider’s View - More on Campaign Subplots - The Congressional Calendar - So Much To Do, So Little Time – - Heading Towards a Debt Ceiling Standoff, Part II - Paul Volcker Testifies on His...more

Innovations and Opportunities in Energy Efficiency Finance

The purpose of this white paper is to discuss key concepts in energy efficiency finance, with a focus on emerging solutions to long-standing barriers to financing projects in the United States, as well as the specific...more

Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing Update: Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on...

A federal housing regulator is seeking public comment as it initiates a rulemaking with regard to Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs. PACE programs permit municipalities to provide financing to property...more

Mortgage Lenders Are Becoming Increasingly Concerned With Gas and Oil Leases Associated With Hydraulic Fracturing

Fee Simple ownership of land in the United States generally consists of both the "surface" rights and the "mineral" rights associated with the property. As hydraulic fracturing becomes more prevalent, landowners are often...more

Real World: Finance and Real Estate News: Summer 2011/Issue 23

In This Issue: p1 HEADNOTE: Olympic Countdown p2 BRIBERY: The Bribery Act and the Real Estate Industry p5 SEWERS: Automatic Adoption of Private Sewers p6 LANDLORD AND TENANT: Vacant Possession and Break...more

Energy Efficiency Revolution in the Building Sector - Australia

Newsflash on recent Energy Efficiency drivers in Australia and NSW for Building Owners to upgrade their Commercial/Industrial Assets to increase their NABERS Rating and protect their portfolio valuations....more

King & Spalding: Measure - The Middle East Quarterly Bulletin - Autumn 2010

Forward Thank you for your continued interest in our Middle East newsletter, measure. As we near the end of another year, we look forward to continued improvement of economic conditions in the GCC region in the ensuing...more

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