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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

The Commercial Paper - June 2013

In This Issue: - Hydraulic Fracturing Leases and the Mortgage Loan Market - Lender Concerns When Combining Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and New Markets Tax Credits - Excerpt from Hydraulic Fracturing Leases and...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

Incentivizing Energy Efficiency across the American Economy

Three major sectors of the American economy — industrial, residential, and commercial — are ripe for tremendous energy savings. McKinsey & Company estimates1 that by 2020, capturing the economy’s full efficiency potential...more

California Fighting Back to Save PACE Program

On July 14, 2010, California Attorney General Jerry Brown filed a lawsuit against Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (California v. Federal Housing Finance Agency, N.D. Cal., No. 10-3084), claiming that the government-sponsored...more

Lower Energy Consumption, Lower Taxes

One of the benefits granted under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009 (ARRA) is a tax deductible amount from costs incurred for energy efficient home improvements. In the past, the government did give a similar...more

Massachusetts May Pick Up the PACE

A financing concept for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that seems to be sweeping the nation has made its way to Massachusetts. A provision of a major bill now pending in the House Ways and Means Committee...more

IRS Issues Guidance on Electing Investment Tax Credit in Lieu of Production Tax Credit for Specified Renewable Energy Property

On June 5, 2009, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") issued Notice 2009-52 (the "Notice") providing guidance on the process for electing an investment tax credit ("ITC") rather than a production tax credit ("PTC") for...more

Green Building Update - July 9, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE: *The American Council On Renewable Energy announces largest renewable energy conference in the US: February 25-27, 2009 *Green Building Focus ..Study shows that 14% of US cities require green building...more

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