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Sustainable Development Update - September 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - D.C. named world's first LEED Platinum city - WAMU - Aug 31 - The U.S. Green Building Council named Washington, D.C. the world's first LEED Platinum city last week, a...more

Data Collection at Retail Properties - Risks and Recommendations

by King & Spalding on

Brick-and-mortar retailers and other property-level businesses have increasingly taken advantage of technology in learning about consumer behavior. Businesses can enhance consumer experiences through targeted marketing,...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Aug. 18th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s Update for the week ending August, 18, 2017 is below. Short-term rental regulation is featured prominently in this week’s Update...more

REIT Advisor - June 2017

by King & Spalding on

Business Disruption Risk - Given the recent events around the world, including both terrorist attacks and severe storms, REITs continue to cite business interruption risks as a significant concern for implementing...more

Blockchains, Smart Contracts and Real Estate

The real estate industry is frequently identified as one of the most likely early adopters of blockchain technology and smart contracts. However, industry participants remain skeptical as to the timing and magnitude of the...more

Sustainable Development Update - June 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Green building in U.S. luxury developments continues to flourish - Mansion Global - May 29 - In recent years, luxury real estate developers and architects in the U.S. have been...more

Sustainable Development Update - May 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Better Buildings Challenge partners save $1.9 billion - Proud Green Building - May 16 - According to a new report, some 345 leading public and private sector organizations in the...more

Did WannaCry make you want to cry? Real risks for landlords and tenants

by Hogan Lovells on

As the extent of the damage caused by the recent WannaCry ransomware virus becomes clearer, businesses across the world have been reminded of the critical importance of cyber security measures, and the potential fall-out...more

Smart Buildings - not all just bricks and mortar

by DLA Piper on

Imagine a day where any part of a building can report its own state of health, when a machine can tell you if its feeling unwell and 'needs a service', when you can track and prevent, before it happens, a water or gas leakage...more

Sustainable Development Update - May 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - How green infrastructure manages stormwater, enhances property values - Urban Land - May 3 - The growing involvement of the real estate industry in helping municipalities manage...more

LIDAR Data to the Rescue

by Cozen O'Connor on

Often in litigation, especially in flood claims, determining the vertical elevation of a land or water based structure or object is important. In a recent flood case, the elevation of the top of an earthen embankment and...more

Court dodges "Drone Slayer"

by DLA Piper on

A recent decision in the infamous "Drone Slayer" case answers some questions relating to the role federal courts will play as individuals seek to vindicate their property and privacy rights against UAS operators. But at the...more

Sustainable Development Update - January 2017 #5

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - California ranks fifth in the nation for LEED certifications in 2016 - Construction & Demolition Recycling - Jan 25 - The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its...more

CalEnviroScreen 3.0 – Still the Wrong Tool for CEQA Review

On January 9, 2017, the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) and Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) released an “Update to the California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool,”...more

Hacktastrophe: How cyber-attacks on critical U.S. infrastructure could lead to catastrophic property loss

by Zelle LLP on

Although cyber-attacks have traditionally implicated more liability-leaning coverages, several attacks in recent years should give property insurers cause for concern going into the future. Hackers have proven they can seize...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 currency...more

(US) Driverless Cars Mean Endless Possibilities for Real Estate

by Reed Smith on

Companies like Uber, Tesla, and Google are racing to bring driverless cars to the public. Uber is utilizing its experience as a service provider and its knowledge of demand patterns and customer behavior to compete with...more

A New Solution to an Old Problem

by Goodwin on

Citizens in many countries the world over are plagued by an inability to record their land interests in a reliable and secure registry. Inefficiency, corruption and nepotism are rife, leaving countless people at risk of...more

The Economic Development Toolbox: Downtown Redevelopment Districts Provide Additional Economic Development Tools for Ohio...

by Benesch on

On May 6, 2016, Governor Kasich signed Am. Sub. House Bill 233 (“H.B. 233”) authorizing Ohio municipalities to create Downtown Redevelopment Districts (“DRDs”) to encourage the rehabilitation of historic buildings and...more

Can Technology Preserve Government Rights of Entry?

by Nossaman LLP on

As we await the California Supreme Court’s decision in the Property Reserve case (see related posts here and here), many government agencies are faced with the question of what they will do if the justices deem the current...more

Under Construction - June 2016

by Snell & Wilmer on

Welcome to the June 2016 edition of our Under Construction newsletter. Hope you are staying cool this summer. Are you legally operating your drone on the construction site? In our Winter 2015 Under Construction...more

Sophisticated Email Scams Targeting the Real Estate Industry

A sophisticated (and effective) wire-fraud scam targeting real estate (and other) transactions is on the rise, and mostly occurring in the United States....more

Can New Beneficial Owner Identification Requirement for Cash-Only Real Estate Deals in Miami and New York City Be Avoided if...

Why it matters - After years of concern about money laundering through shell corporations, repeated legislative and regulatory efforts to gain more information on beneficial owners of entities involved in various types...more

German real estate: Risks and opportunities in a shifting landscape

by White & Case LLP on

How does the prevalence of home offices influence the development of new office space? What does Internet use mean to real estate investors? Which sectors will see the highest demand for investment?...more

Multi-State Mortgage Committee Issues Expectations for Use of Electronic Tools in State Examinations

by Alston & Bird on

On September 29, 2015, the Multi-State Mortgage Committee (MMC) and Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) issued an industry bulletin – Supervisory Expectations Regarding the Use of Electronic Examination Tools –...more

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