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Make your Developer Note more marketable - 8 tips

There is a common misperception that a municipality's willingness to issue a so-called Developer Note on a pay-as-you-go basis is tantamount to providing equity to the redevelopment project. Unfortunately, most...more

Keys To... Myanmar: Developing And Investing In Myanmar’s Hotel Industry

In the past three years, Myanmar (or Burma as it is otherwise known), has been enjoying a hotel boom, driven by surging tourist arrivals as the country opens up to economic and political reforms. Tourist arrivals to the...more

Capital Infusion: Practical Environmental Considerations in Acquiring or Securing Financing with Real Estate

This article focuses on environmental due diligence issues in the context of acquiring commercial/industrial real estate or using real property to secure financing. The analysis and risk factors for the acquisition of real...more

Focus on Landlords - Key Landlord Lease Issues

Landlords want to have a protective lease form, but tenants hate a 70+ page “killer” lease. A shorter lease can help a landlord quickly sign tenants, just make sure it covers key points. Here are some to think about. ...more

Renewable Energy Update -- July 11, 2013

Renewable Energy Focus - Why aren't there more solar plants in the desert? -- The Huffington Post - Business - Jul 2: The vast and glittering Ivanpah solar facility in California will soon start sending electrons to...more

Simplifying the Mechanic's Lien Agent Process: N.C.'s New Online Clearinghouse

A version of this article was originally published in April 2013 and has now been updated. Effective April 1, 2013, project owners in North Carolina are now required to designate a Mechanic’s Lien Agent (MLA) for the...more

Foreclosure Tip #1: Inspections – Do It Before You Own It

In some parts of the country, a recovering local economy means the special asset (or problem loan) groups are reducing staff, as loan production groups come back to life. Leaving the special asset group under-staffed could...more

Proceed with Caution when Considering the Acquisition of a Busted Deal

Do not underestimate the importance of due diligence when evaluating the acquisition of a busted deal. In the world of land use and zoning, a busted deal is a planned real estate development that has failed, and the future of...more

Lender-Involved Condemnation Part 1: Principles of Condemnation

This is the first installment in a series of articles related to lender-involved condemnation. This article provides an introduction to the principles of eminent domain and condemnation in a question and answer format. The...more

South Florida Commercial Real Estate: How Will Miami Commercial Property Fare in 2013?

Entering into the New Year, Florida real estate analysts and professionals involved in land development and real estate investment are looking at the South Florida commercial real estate market and wondering how it will fare...more

Buyer Beware: Court Decision Highlights Importance of Performing Careful Diligence

In Princes Point LLC v. AKRF Engineering, P.C., No. 601849/2008 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Jul. 13, 2012), Judge Charles Edward Ramos granted a motion for summary judgment dismissing plaintiff’s claims of fraud, negligent...more

DEP Streamlines Process for Implementing Restrictive Covenants Required for Cleanup Closure With Conditions

In June 2012, the DEP released a new revision to its Institution Controls Guidance Procedures document, which substantially streamlines the approval process associated with implementation of restrictive covenants required to...more

Lake County Makes Deal with Florida Land Owners for Economic Plan Designed to Bring Business Development to their New Strategic...

There's big plans underway in Central Florida to build what Lake County is deeming to be an important strategic Florida corridor now that the Lake County Commission has approved a deal with some South Lake land owners, most...more

Florida State Budget Provides Hope for Better Economic Future With Various Incentives

This week, the Florida Legislature finalized the $70 billion state budget and ended debate in the House and Senate on how Florida state tax dollars should be spent. Included within the Florida budget are the following...more

Q&A With Kirton & McConkie's William Meaders

Law360, New York (February 16, 2012, 1:27 PM ET) -- William A. Meaders Jr. is a member of the real property and land use planning practice section at Kirton & McConkie PC in Salt Lake City, and sits on the firm’s board of...more

Newsletter-China Senior Housing and Care

We’ve been inquired by senior housing and care investors about the legal issues on land price, admission fees, loans, tax policies, exit possibilities, among others—all trying to reach the ultimate goal of every business:...more

China Commercial Real Estate and Senior Housing & Care Insight

Welcome to the latest edition of China Commercial Real Estate Insight. A very busy season in real estate transaction despite the world is fighting another round of economic turmoil. China is still a booming market for real...more

Chicago City Council Amends Vacant Building Ordinance to Address Mortgage Lender Concerns

The Chicago City Council recently approved another amendment to its vacant building ordinance. Scheduled to take effect November 19, 2011, this amendment eliminates the requirement under a prior amendment that mortgagees...more

Economic development — creativity is key

When you Google the phrase “economic development” you get an interesting mix of various international councils and state agencies focused on economic development. At the time I did my search, the Portland Development...more

Settlement between Big Banks, the Feds, and State Attorneys General: Is It Stalling Out or Not? Florida Developers Need...

Earlier this week, there was a lot of hoopla over a report from Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, the head honcho over the Attorneys General settlement talks with the top mortgage banks and servicers over ForeclosureGate...more

Florida Investor Resource: The Miami Downtown Development Agency

For investors in Mexico, Israel, Brazil, Canada, or elsewhere, considering real estate investment in South Florida, there is a local resource that should prove very helpful to them: the Miami Downtown Development...more

Green Jobs Forum Makes Greenbuild Debut

Greenbuild 2011 featured the first "Green Jobs Forum", bringing to together a diverse group from industry and government to discuss the challenges and opportunities for green job creation. A summary of the opening remarks...more

Florida Land Development Continues to Boost Economy with Margaritaville Project in Hollywood, Florida

While Miami is feeling the first few waves of the economic hurricane being built in downtown Miami by Genting, i.e., Resorts World Miami, there is more news to quiet those critics who considered this project to be a single...more

Genting's Resorts World Miami Gets Criticized: Florida Should Not Bite the Foreign Hand That Is Feeding Miami's Economic Recovery

Genting Malaysia has closed many of its land deals and debuted its plan for Resorts World Miami, a new $3 billion mega-resort located in downtown Miami (part of it in the old Miami Herald building, part in the Omni) with news...more

Newly Amended Vacant Building Ordinance Imposes Greater Obligations on Mortgage Lenders

Lenders holding mortgages on vacant property in the City of Chicago should be aware of a potential new obligation. The Chicago City Council recently passed an amendment to its vacant building ordinance that would impose on...more

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