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Playing Zone(-ing) Defense

ZONE(-ING) DEFENSE --- With March Madness in full swing, now is a great time to review how local zoning ordinances can turn a mortgage servicer’s foreclosure layup into a blocked shot. Many U.S. states rely on a judicial...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 5, Issue 3 - March 2014

In This Issue: Court of Appeals Reverses Gaied “Permanent Place of Abode” Decision; ALJ Holds That Certain Data Processing Services Furnished to Broker-Dealers Are Not the Licensing of Software; Trial Court Allows...more

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

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: December 2013

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – SASHA FUNK GRANAI - Final Judgment: final judgment not final appealable order where related claim for breach of note remained – Centennial Bank v. NFP 1, LLC, No. 1D13-4516 (Fla. 1st DCA Dec....more

Bank of New York Mellon Corp. Sues to Block City of Richmond’s Condemnation of Home Loans

The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (BNY) is seeking an injunction to prevent the City of Richmond, California from using eminent domain powers to seize and refinance more than 600 home loans with outstanding balances...more

New Jersey Offers Financing Incentives for Real Estate Investments

On September 18, 2013, Governor Christie signed the New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act (the “Act”) into law. The Act is intended to spur job creation, promote redevelopment of underutilized urban and suburban areas, and...more

Changes of Note to Lenders From the 2013 Legislative Long Session

During the 2013 legislative session, several new laws were passed which directly affect the banking and financial services industries. While most of these changes are relatively minor, they are certainly worth noting. Below...more

Cities and Counties Must Provide Report Before Approving Economic Development Subsidies to Businesses

New Law Applies to Subsidies of $100,000 or More - Gov. Brown last week signed into law AB 562, legislation that will require all cities and counties to provide a report to the public before approving any economic...more

Lenders Versus Mechanics’ Liens in West Virginia: A Question of Priorities

Finally! After days, weeks, sometimes even months of waiting, you as the lending officer received approval from corporate that underwriting has just approved your borrower and you can proceed with the term sheet. Time to put...more

Condeming Underwater Mortgages: Another Look at the Legality of it

OK, I'll admit it. A year ago I thought this whole condemnation-of-underwater-mortgages thing would die off pretty quickly. I predicted we'd never see any large-scale condemnation effort. So far, I've missed badly on the...more

An Untapped Market: China’s Aging Population and the Senior Housing Opportunity

Until recently, the notion of a senior housing market in China was nothing more than fantasy. Tradition held that elder care was primarily the province of the family, as children were responsible for supporting and assisting...more

Inclusionary Housing Units Must Be Counted Toward State Density Bonus Requirements in California - Appellate Court Issues Ruling...

A California appellate court recently held that cities and counties must count affordable housing units developed pursuant to local inclusionary requirements toward satisfying density bonus standards set forth in state law. ...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

Florida Supreme Court Declares "Superpriority" Municipal Liens Invalid

It has become increasingly common in recent years for Florida municipalities to enact local ordinances granting so-called “superpriority” status to liens for municipal assessments. These types of ordinances typically state...more

Florida to Government: Your Lien Doesn't Foreclose This Old Mortgage

The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that cities cannot create ordinances that subject prior recorded mortgages to their subsequently recorded county or governmental liens, because it conflicts with Florida's state statutes on...more

Rogers Towers: Municipal Liens vs. Mortgages: Florida’s Supreme Court Rules on Superpriority Issue

In my April 18th post, I discussed the recent trend of municipalities enacting ordinances designed to give their code enforcement liens “superpriority” over prior-recorded mortgages. Basically, the municipalities have sought...more

Municipal Liens vs. Mortgages: Which Has Priority?

I have recently encountered several situations in which local governments are claiming, under ordinances they have enacted, that their liens and fines have “superpriority” status over existing mortgages, regardless of when...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

CFPB files amicus brief in Second Circuit ILSA case

On March 12, 2013, the CFPB filed a new amicus brief supporting the consumer/appellee’s position that the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act (ILSA) applies to condominium units, even where the unit does not also...more

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

As I have discussed in the past, North Carolina’s General Assembly recently introduced the concept of Mechanic’s Lien Agent (MLA) into our state’s lien laws to address so-called “hidden liens” that have long been a thorn in...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

The Fiscal Cliff for Condominium Developers

Heard enough about the fiscal cliff? Condominium developers should take into consideration the potential liability for assessments on developer owned condominium units when structuring condominium regimes to avoid their own...more

California Foreclosure Update: New registration requirements for foreclosed properties may lead to penalties, fines for lenders

Originally published in Western Real Estate Business, October 2012. The economic downturn has resulted in a record number of foreclosures in California. Many property owners have simply abandoned these foreclosed...more

School Concurrency Impacts Residential Development in Miami-Dade County

With increased international investment, Miami-Dade County has seen a rebound in the real estate market, particularly with regard to residential projects in high-density areas in Miami's urban core and bayfront and beachfront...more

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