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CFPB Fines Real Estate Entities Over RESPA Violations

Targeting violations of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) by a mortgage lender, two real estate brokers, and a mortgage servicer, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced almost $4 million in...more

Dubai: Memoranda of Understanding to Foster Institutional Real Estate Investment

by Morgan Lewis on

Memoranda of understanding recently entered into by the Dubai Land Department with the Dubai International Finance Centre Authority and Nasdaq Dubai, respectively, aim to facilitate institutional real estate investment in...more

European Real Estate Finance: Recent developments

by White & Case LLP on

As part of our periodic updates, we will provide you with an overview of recent developments of relevance to participants in the real estate finance market and who may have an interest in the jurisdictions in which we have...more

Attention Mortgage Loan Servicers: Highest Court in Massachusetts Attempts to Clarify When Default Notices Must Strictly Comply...

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) provided further guidance - up to a point - on mortgagees’ strict compliance with the notice of default provisions within paragraph 22 of the standard mortgage (or the...more

Forfeiture Case Based on Alleged Elaborate $230 Million Russian Laundering and Fraud Scheme to Settle

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On the eve of trial this past Friday, the government announced an agreement to settle, subject to court approval, a major civil forfeiture action in the Southern District of New York. In the case, United States v. Prevezon...more

Don’t Get in Front of Your Bank – A Pitfall for Construction Financing

Most contractors and construction professionals understand that it is critical to obtain financing before beginning the project. Why is this? Well, this question has come in recently and the answer is you might not get the...more

West Coast Real Estate Update - May 2017 #1

by Holland & Knight LLP on

New Arizona Law Aims to Prevent "Drive-By" ADA Lawsuits - Arizona recently enacted a new law that gives businesses and property owners a 90-day grace period to fix alleged disability-access violations without paying...more

UK Proposal for Register of Foreign Beneficial Ownership of Real Estate Continues Global Trend Toward Transparency

On 5 April 2017, the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (the “Department”) issued a call for evidence (the “proposal”) for a public register (the “foreign ownership register”) which would contain...more

Public Register of Overseas Companies – Now You See Me…

by Reed Smith on

If you are an investor currently using overseas entities to hold UK property you should be aware that the UK Government is putting together proposals for greater transparency of the beneficial owners of UK properties owned by...more

Reading the Financial Tea Leaves: CREFC Market Outlook Survey 2017

by Dechert LLP on

CREFC has surveyed some of its attendees—all major participants in the commercial real estate finance industry—at the 2017 CRE Finance Council January Conference in Miami. CREFC’s 2017 market outlook survey confirmed what we...more

Even a “Bona Fide Purchaser” Can’t Rely on a Void Judgment

Under California law, “bona fide purchasers” who buy property with no notice (actual, constructive, or otherwise) of a competing claim to the property are generally protected. The law’s favorable treatment of bona fide...more

Tax Lien Foreclosure – Rights of Mortgage Holders and Unassessed Owners

by PretiFlaherty on

Experienced tax collectors and treasurers know that mortgage holders and unassessed owners of record have the right to receive copies of certain notices during the tax lien foreclosure process. But what are these entities’...more

RESPA Two-Step: CFPB Shows Continued Expansive Interpretation of Section 8

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On January 31, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced a Consent Order (“Order”) with Prospect Mortgage LLC and certain of its affiliates (“Lender”). The CFPB alleged in the Order widespread...more

Arizona Supreme Court Holds a Credit Bid at a Trustee’s Sale Should Not be Credited to a Title Insurer Under a Standard Lender’s...

by Snell & Wilmer on

The Arizona Supreme Court recently addressed what impact, if any, a lender’s credit bid at an Arizona trustee’s sale has on an insurer’s liability under Sections 2, 7 and 9 of the standard’s lender’s title policy (“Policy”),...more

FinCEN Renewal of GTOs for High-End Cash Buyers in Six Markets

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

FinCEN announced today that it is renewing the existing Geographical Targeting Orders (GTOs) issued in July 2016 that require all title insurance companies to identify and report on the natural persons behind shell companies...more

Recent California Court of Appeal Decision Invalidates Jury Trial Waiver Made Under New York Law

by Goodwin on

A recent California Court of Appeal decision may have a major impact on the enforceability of jury trial waivers in loan agreements and other documents governed by New York law. In Rincon EV Realty LLC v. CP III Rincon...more

I Have a Judgment, Now What? Priority of Judgments

Litigation can often be long and tiresome. Unfortunately, a successful verdict does not always lead to the desired outcome – the defendant paying up. Previous parts of this series addressed other aspects of collecting and...more

Capital Markets Disruptor: Real Estate Crowdfunding in the United States

by Goodwin on

Public REITs and other sponsors of real estate funds and projects have traditionally enjoyed the benefit of a broad range of choices to raise capital. Public REITs can obtain financing on a project-by-project basis or at the...more

Transfer Act for Lenders

by Murtha Cullina on

A previous blog post addressed lender liability for environmental conditions on property a lender might acquire as a result of foreclosure. Another issue lenders in Connecticut must consider prior to foreclosing on a property...more

Michigan Governor Signs Law Excluding Library Taxes from Capture by Tax Increment Financing Entities

by Miller Canfield on

On Jan. 9, 2017, Michigan Governor Snyder signed into law a package of bills, all with immediate effect, that would exempt certain taxes levied for library purposes from being captured by tax increment financing authorities,...more

Everything You Need To Know About Florida Deficiency Judgments – Part I

by Shutts & Bowen LLP on

A mortgage judgment in Florida does two things – it sets the amount owed to the lender, and it orders the sale of the mortgaged property and applies the proceeds to pay down the debt. Where the sale proceeds are insufficient...more

Court Denies City of Chicago's Tax on Assignments of Mortgages

by Miller Canfield on

In October 2015, we discussed Cook County, Illinois circuit court cases City of Chicago v. KTCP and Halsted West v. City of Chicago, which held that an assignment of a mortgage is a transfer of a “beneficial interest in real...more

Money, Dirt and Steel: Year End 2016

by Williams Mullen on

COPIES AND AFFIDAVITS ADMISSIBLE IN POWER OF SALE FORECLOSURE PROCEEDINGS - In the Matter of Foreclosure by Rogers Townsend & Thomas, __ N.C. App. ___, COA15-581 (April 15, 2016), was a Non-judicial foreclosure action...more

Blockchain: The Impact on the Real Estate Industry

By changing the way that information is digitally stored and exchanged, blockchain technology will alter the way real estate is recorded, transferred, financed and managed globally. Bitcoin, the popular virtual...more

Risk Retention in CMBS: A Look Back and a Look Forward

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

Industry participants looked forward to 2016 with a great deal of anticipation considering both the implementation of the risk retention rules, and the expected wall of maturities. By mid-year the first commercial...more

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