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Appraisal Institute Announces new "Standards of Valuation Practice"

Last week, the Appraisal Institute unveiled its Standards of Valuation Practice (SVP). SVP will not replace USPAP (the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) -- which have long-been the mainstay of appraisal...more

Miami Developers Utilizing Non Traditional Sources of Venture Capital

With all the current and planned building projects taking place in South Florida, it seems the recent real estate crash has largely been forgotten. However, the collapse still haunts traditional lending institutions, many of...more

Get to Know a NMTC Housing Deal

Welcome back to the latest installment of “Get to Know a NMTC Housing Deal,” where we find ourselves in Baltimore, Maryland featuring the efforts of a local and national cast of participants to rehabilitate nearly 90 acres in...more

Texas Supreme Court Confirms General Waiver of Section 51.003 in Guaranty Agreements

On June 13, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court conclusively resolved the issue of whether a guarantor may generally waive his/her/its statutory right of offset under Section 51.003 of the Texas Property Code. In Moayedi v....more

New Circular to Relax the Filing Process for Foreign-Invested Real Estate Enterprises

In June 2014, the Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) and the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (“SAFE”) jointly promulgated the Circular Concerning Improvement of Filing Process for Foreign Invested Real Estate...more

Tax credit increases what’s available for historic renovation

In May, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law the Colorado Job Creation and Main Street Revitalization Act (also known as House Bill 14-1311). By substantially increasing the amount of funds available for the...more

Proposed House Bill would Create Appeals Process for Qualified Census Tract and Difficult Development Areas

On July 24, 2014, Rep. Pete Gallego (D-Texas) introduced legislation in the House of Representatives that would amend Section 42 of the Internal Revenue Code to provide for an appeals process for HUD Qualified Census Tract...more

Positive Report for South Florida Commercial Real Estate

TREPP Analytics recently provided the U.S. commercial real estate industry some positive news – both the CMBS delinquency rate and seriously delinquent loans are down. The delinquency rate as of June 2014 is 6.05% (compared...more

Mainebiz Real Estate Insider – Lender Liability in Real Estate Closings; Know Your Closer Well

The general phrase “lender liability” usually refers to cases where a lender does not live up to its own loan agreement, or where a loan officer promises more than the loan documents provide, or where the lender sells...more

Homebuilder Series Webinar: Joint Ventures Solutions, Steve Lear [Video]

This is the second in a series of in-depth webinar discussions that cover a range of legal and business issues affecting the homebuilder industry. Homebuilders frequently use joint ventures as a means to finance...more

Seattle Office Real Estate Market Review for Q2 2014

Compliments of Jason Smith of Kidder Mathews, attached is a Seattle-area office real estate market review for Q2 2014. As the report notes, so far in 2014, the only major surprise in the office market was Boeing expanding...more

Federal Court in Pennsylvania Strikes at the Heart of the Residential Mortgage System; Can Commercial Syndicated Loans and...

On June 30, 2014, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania issued an important decision on Pennsylvania’s recording statutes in the case of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, Recorder of Deeds,...more

3 Red Lights And 3 Green Lights For Non-US Investors In US Real Estate: Tax Challenges And Solutions

Investment in US real estate by non-US investors is increasing. Non-US investors acquired almost $23 billion in US real estate, representing a 9% increase over 2012 and accounting for 13% of all real estate transactions in...more

The New LMA Intercreditor Agreement For Use In Real Estate Finance Transactions

ON 10 JUNE 2014, THE LOAN MARKET ASSOCIATION ("LMA") LAUNCHED ITS NEW RECOMMENDED FORM OF INTERCREDITOR AGREEMENT FOR USE IN REAL ESTATE FINANCE TRANSACTIONS TOGETHER WITH A HELPFUL SET OF USER GUIDELINES -...more

Thoughts On Mortgagee Title Insurance Policies

Banks are, once again, making real estate secured loans in Florida. Those in the industry will undoubtedly be aware of the fact that most lenders require a mortgagee title insurance policy to insure their mortgage lien on...more

IRS Issues Favorable Private Letter Ruling to Data Center REIT

On June 6, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Private Letter Ruling 201423011 (the PLR), confirming that income from certain data center services can constitute “rents from real property” for purposes of the...more

Secondary Real Estate Markets are Worth a Second Look

Matthew Cypher’s (@MatthewCypher) recent article for Urban Land Magazine entitled “The Risk and Reward of Investing in Secondary Markets” argues that while “gateway markets” (Boston, New York City, Washington, D.C., Los...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

Lenders More Likely to Make Jumbo Loans

As we continue to distance ourselves from the advent of the real estate downturn, residential mortgage loan lenders seem to be increasingly willing to explore ways to loan money outside of the “qualified mortgage” arena. For...more

Evaluating Environmental Risks in Real Estate Transactions

Evaluating environmental risks associated with real estate transactions is a standard, and often standardized, practice for sophisticated real estate practitioners. However, in light of several recent developments - the...more

Unmitigated Waivers: Guarantors Remain Liable Despite 4-Year Delay in Foreclosure Sale

If a lender delays foreclosure allowing years of default interest to accrue such that a guarantor’s obligation increases from $6 million to $12 million, should the guarantor remain on the hook for the full $12 million? In...more

Buying bad loans and distressed debt in Europe (and Italy)

Some are calling it the “distressed real estate gold rush in Europe.” Others who have been expecting 1990s-style opportunistic investment opportunities for several years, now are seeing a change in European banks’ willingness...more

Florida Law on Assignment of Rents Provisions

A recent bankruptcy decision from a New Jersey Bankruptcy Court (In re Surma, 504 B.R. 770 (Bankr. D.N.J. 2014)) has once again drawn attention to the effect assignment of rents provisions in mortgages can have, depending on...more

Lender Cleared From Being Classified As a "Developer" Under the Interstate Land Sales Act

Poyner Spruill has been keeping an eye out for lawsuits where the plaintiffs attempted to lump lenders in with developers for liability purposes and we are glad to report the North Carolina Court of Appeals has refuted such...more

Department of Housing and Urban Development Adopts Updated ASTM Standard

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced on April 16, 2014 that, effective May 16, 2014, it is adopting the recently updated Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) Standard, ASTM E1527-13. HUD...more

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