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Supreme Court Affirms FHA Disparate Impact Claims

Late last month, the Supreme Court handed down a significant decision affecting rights and obligations under the Fair Housing Act. The Court’s 5-4 decision in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive...more

Foreclosed Property: Related Rights May Be Tricky

Cooper v. WPD Polar Ridge, LLC (In re Poplar Ridge, LLC), 526 B.R. 147 (W.D. N.C. 2015) – After a developer defaulted, the trustee under a deed of trust held a pre-petition foreclosure sale.  The issue was whether the...more

Developers: Beware of Disparate Impact After Supreme Court Ruling

Following the Supreme Court’s decision in Texas Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, state agencies and real estate developers should carefully consider the effects of their low-income...more

Australian Tax Alert – Victoria Introduces 3% Stamp Duty Surcharge For Foreign Purchasers Of Residential Property

As announced in the Victorian 2015-16 budget, a bill introducing an additional 3% stamp duty surcharge on "residential property" purchases by "foreign purchasers" was introduced into the Victorian parliament on 5 may 2015....more

Ninth Circuit Directs Court To Vacate Ruling That Disqualified Arbitrator In The Midst Of An Ongoing Arbitration

The dispute at issue in this case involved claims of fraud in the sale of condominium units asserted by unit purchasers against the condominium developer. Arbitration under the AAA was underway between the parties, when it...more

Conclusory Allegations Held Insufficient to Support Declaratory Relief on Right to Independent Counsel or Allocation of Defense...

In Centex Homes v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co. (No. E060057, filed 5/22/15), a California Court of Appeal held that a developer’s declaratory relief lawsuit seeking a declaration of the right to independent counsel was...more

No Stone Undisclosed: City of Vancouver and Developer Appeal New Public Disclosure Standards for Development Projects

The City of Vancouver and Brenhill Developments Ltd. have appealed the January 27, 2014 decision of the BC Supreme Court in Community Association of New Yaletown v Vancouver (City), 2015 BCSC 117 (the Brenhill/New Yaletown...more

Is Your Liquidated Damages Provision Sufficient to Make You Whole?

The obvious purpose of a liquidated damages provision is to make your client whole in the event that your business partner breaches the agreement. Nevertheless, K.G.M. Custom Homes. v. Prosky highlights that simply having a...more

Chicago City Council introduces draft affordable housing ordinance amendment

Chicago’s City Council has introduced a proposed amendment to the existing affordable housing ordinance (the 2015 ARO) which, if passed, will change, and in most cases increase, affordable housing requirements applicable to...more

Developing Issues in Utah Construction Defect Litigation

Following the Utah Supreme Court’s decision in Davencourt at Pilgrim’s Landing Homeowners’ Association v. Davencourt at Pilgrim’s Landing, which clarified the law regarding the claims for which homeowner’s associations (HOAs)...more

Recent Developments in Arizona Construction Law

Notable 2014 Case Law: Bonds - In Ponderosa Fire District v. Coconino County, 235 Ariz. 597 (Ct. App. Ariz. 2014), the Court of Appeals considered whether the County had discretion to decide not to call...more

City of Lakewood Adopts Ordinance to Encourage Condominium Construction and Reduce Construction Defect Litigation

On Monday, October 13, 2014, the City of Lakewood became the first Colorado municipality to adopt legislation intended to encourage construction of “for sale” multifamily projects by mitigating the risks to developers and...more

New flexibility for repayment of Maryland DHCD Ffinancing

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has announced a new program to help developers resolve an issue that comes up in many if not most affordable housing deals in Maryland – how will available...more

California Urban Housing Market Plagued by Higher Rents, Lower Wages, and CEQA

The economic and social impacts of the California Environmental Quality Act are significant enough that the worldwide publication, The Economist, recently reported that the law’s liberal standing requirements “allow[ing]...more

D.C. Office of Planning Takes a Stand Against Pop-Ups With New Zoning Text Amendment

Sustained population growth in the District of Columbia in recent years has spurred a rapid wave of construction throughout the city as upscale condominium projects appear to spring up almost overnight to meet growing demand...more

Home Prices Keep Households Out of Market

According to a recent study by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) released on August 1, 2014, each $1,000 increase in the price of a newly constructed median priced home results in approximately 206,269...more

Homebuilder Series Webinar: Joint Ventures Solutions, Steve Lear [Video]

This is the second in a series of in-depth webinar discussions that cover a range of legal and business issues affecting the homebuilder industry. Homebuilders frequently use joint ventures as a means to finance...more

Increased Density Mixed-Use Development the Future of Wynwood

Miami’s Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board has approved a change in the city zoning ordinances that would allow the densest mixed-use building in the area to be constructed. ...more

HUD Adopts New Accessibility Standard

On May 23, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced its adoption of an alternative accessibility standard for construction and alteration of housing and other facilities subject to Section 504 of...more

Insights shared during the Ballard Spahr webinar on RAD

On May 15th, Ballard Spahr hosted the webinar, “HUD’s RAD Program: Lessons Learned So Far”. The panel included HUD representatives Greg Byrne and Kathie Soroka, Ivy Dench-Carter from Pennrose Properties, a private developer...more

Feds Report On Chinese Drywall Brings Both Vindication And Deep Frustration To Florida Homeowners

Feds Report On Chinese Drywall Brings Both Vindication And Deep Frustration To Florida Homeowners. A report from the CDC confirms what thousands of Floridans suffering financial distress and medical problems have known for...more

Sometimes the Real Fight is Before the Fight

One of the things I learned while lobbying in Washington, D.C. is the importance of the House Rules Committee. The Rules Committee, as its name suggests, sets the rules. Specifically, the scheduling of bills, the allotted...more

And So it Begins . . .

This past year I wrote about a case that caused an uproar in the homebuilding industry - Liberty Mutual Insurance Company v. Brookfield Crystal Cove LLC, 219 Cal.App.4th 98 (August 28, 2013) – in which the California Court of...more

Real Estate Tip – Condominiums: Development & Declarant Rights

Condominium development is often done in phases, some of which can be done on land referred to expansion land or land reserved for future development. Developers create condominiums by “declaring” them and the right to...more

Homebuilders Target Active Baby Boomers

As the post-war babies of the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s move past middle age and into their golden years, marketing to Baby Boomers is becoming a booming business....more

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