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Additional Guidance for California Energy Commission Nonresidential Building Energy Use Disclosure Program

The second phase of the California Energy Commission’s (CEC) Nonresidential Building Energy Use Disclosure Program takes effect on July 1, 2014 (the first phase took effect on January 1, 2014 and applies to nonresidential...more

Sale/Leaseback Transactions Moving Full Steam Ahead

Over the past eight years, the Real Estate Group at Thompson Coburn has represented clients in sale/leaseback and net lease transactions valued at nearly $2 billion. The pace of sale/leaseback transactions has accelerated in...more

Upcoming Repeal Will Shorten Environmental To-Do List for Indiana Property Sellers

Soon, sellers of real property in Indiana can cross off one requirement from their closing checklist. On July 1, 2014 the law repealing the Indiana Responsible Property Transfer Law (IRPTL) becomes effective, which will...more

Green Homes: A Hot Trend Among Homebuilders

Following the increase of green buildings in the commercial real estate sector, green homes have become a hot trend among homebuilders. According to the “Green Multifamily & Single Family Homes: Growth in a Recovering Market”...more

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries and Commercial Real Property Lenders—What is the Dope?

Numerous articles have been published about medical marijuana dispensaries. In fact, I read in an article last week that a bipartisan coalition of members of the House of Representatives recently voted to restrict the Drug...more

Ten Major Differences Between Real Estate Investing In China And Real Estate Investing In The United States

Commercial real estate is an approximately USD$26 trillion (RMB 162 Trillion) global industry, The United States has over 25% of the global commercial real estate at almost USD$7 Trillion. (RMB 43.7 Trillion). It has been...more

Rating Agency Developments

On May 22, Fitch released its rating criteria for commercial real estate (CRE) loans securing covered bonds, which replaces its criteria published in October 2013. On May 22, Kroll released its methodology for rating...more

Anatomy of a Commercial Real Estate Purchase

Once you have selected a property and have some idea of a fair price and market conditions, it is time for the real estate attorney to be involved. There are many protections for consumers purchasing real estate, but hardly...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

EU Commission Sends Statement of Objections to Three Banks in Cartel Investigation - On May 20, the European Commission announced that it has sent a statement of objections to Credit Agricole, HSBC and JP Morgan for...more

Renewable Energy Update -- May 2014

Renewable Energy Focus: California’s net zero energy building to reshape U.S. construction industry - Alternative Energy News - Apr 15: California’s recent revisions to Title 24 put in place ambitious performance...more

Miami’s Building Boom

While the rest of the country is slowly pulling itself out of recession, Miami is in the midst of a building boom that not only signifies its strong recovery, but is putting South Florida on par with New York City as a global...more

Top Five Leasing Tips for Technology Companies

Entering into a lease is an important decision for any company; it is generally a long term obligation which accounts for a good portion of a company’s financial resources. Technology companies typically have a unique way of...more

Timing Considerations When Buying or Building Commercial Property in Calgary

When deciding between buying an existing property or building a new space for your business, the first questions you need to ask are about timing. While anticipating the timeframes may sound like common sense, even seasoned...more

Managing Construction Risks: Strategies to avoid the Unexpected

Construction of Tenant Improvements and Alterations carry an inherent risk. There are several key issues a tenant may want to consider, including the following: - Permitting –Leases typically put two (2) construction...more

CRE Securitization: Rehabilitation Still In Progress

During the past several years, CRE Securitizations were airbrushed off the financial products reviewing podium like a discredited Politburo member. Not here, never ever here; nope, never heard of it. This was a mistake rooted...more

Seattle Office Real Estate Market Review for Q1 2014

Compliments of Jason Smith of Kidder Mathews, attached is a Seattle-area office real estate market review for Q1 2014. As the report notes, the first quarter of 2014 marks the beginning of the fifth year of the office market...more

Special Commercial Lease Considerations for Franchisees

Engaging in preliminary discussions and negotiations with prospective landlords for your new franchised business can be overwhelming. There are a multitude of business and legal issues to consider. It may also be...more

Where Minorities Fit In To Miami CRE

MIAMI—What can Miami’s commercial real estate industry do to increase minority participation? And how is CREW-Miami helping through its programs in 2014? We caught up with CREW-Miami’s 2014 president and Bilzin Sumberg...more

Acquisitions & Sales: Some Key Issues for Sellers

When negotiating a commercial purchase agreement there are several key issues a seller may want to consider, including the following: - Due Diligence – Buyers often want a study period to examine the property, but...more

Passing The Torch To The Next CRE Generation

MIAMI—The issues impacting the commercial real estate industry today are much different than 20 years ago in more ways than one. Beyond the economic trends, women are taking a leading role in an industry once dominated by...more

Lending Focus: Insurance Proceeds & Casualty Events

Rebuilding After a Casualty. Recent events such as Hurricane Sandy confirm that commercial properties can incur substantial damage and that insurance claims will follow. When the property is encumbered by a mortgage,...more

Commercial Mortgage Options Expanding – Borrowers to Benefit?

Anyone working in the commercial real estate mortgage industry in the past five or six years is eager for signs of a sustained recovery. Having just returned from the Mortgage Bankers Association Commercial Real Estate...more

Condominium Hotel Units: On the Benefits of Being a Security

The potential application of federal and state securities laws to the sale of condominiums when coupled with the opportunity to participate in a rental program (sometimes referred to as a "condohotel," "condominium hotel," or...more

Searching For Real Estate Investment: Investing In UK Core Cities

The UK is the one of the world’s deepest and most liquid pools of investable real estate and has long been regarded a safe investment environment by investors. Mirroring the improvement in the UK economy as a whole, the pace...more

2014 Outlook

I have been mulling our 2014 Outlook for some time and decided to wait until after the New Year and CREFC to write. Just in case we got the whole Mayan calendar end of the world story wrong by a year (hey, it was 5000 years...more

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