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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

Developer's Subdivision Project for County Deemed Private Work of Improvement for Purposes of Subcontractor's Claim, Extending...

The California Court of Appeal recently held that where a developer hires a subcontractor to perform work in connection with a subdivision agreement with a public entity, the project may be considered a private work of...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

Japanese Homebuilder Eyes Big Investment In U.S. Rental Housing Market

Earlier this week, Japan’s biggest homebuilder by market value, Daiwa House Industry Co., announced its plan to invest ¥ 150 billion ($1.5 billion) in the U.S. rental housing market by 2016. The amount of this new investment...more

Separate But Not Equal: The New Commercial and Industrial Common Interest Development Statute

Introduction - Since 1986, a single body of law, the Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act (“Davis-Sterling Act”), has governed both residential and commercial common interest developments. The provisions of...more

Cold Weather Only Partially To Blame For Slow Home Construction

Last week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau released figures showing that in January 2014, housing starts fell 16 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 880,000 units....more

Saying What You Mean and Meaning What You Say: Collecting Cash Proffers for Residential Development

During the course of rezoning a property, it is common for landowners to offer incentives to a locality to grant the rezoning. Such incentives often take the form of proffers, which are voluntary conditions the landowner...more

Condominiums and Interim Occupancy

If you are purchasing a new condominium unit in Ontario and you are ready to move in, you should be aware that just because you may be moving in, this does not mean the builder (or declarant) is ready to transfer ownership to...more

South Florida’s Residential Markets On The Rise

South Florida’s residential market is strengthening at fast, consistent rates making the prospects for the future seem bright this holiday season. During the over-leveraged, overbuilt times of 2008, most believed South...more

Developers and Homebuilders: The Ramifications of Yanni v. Tucker Plumbing, Inc.

On November 20, 2013, Division Two of the Arizona Court of Appeals issued its opinion in Yanni v. Tucker Plumbing, Inc., 2013 Ariz. App. LEXIS 235. While the opinion was a victory of sorts for the real estate and...more

A Glimmer of Hope for Condominium Developers

On September 26, 2013, the House of Representatives took a major step in simplifying the sale and lease process for condominium developments, voting 410/0 in favor of H.R. 2600, introduced by New York Republican...more

Lowering the Floor for Density Bonus Requirements

In Latinos Unidos del Valle de Napa y Solano v. County of Napa, 217 Cal.App.4th 1160 (2013), the First District Court of Appeal invalidated portions of Napa County’s density bonus ordinance because it imposed more rigorous...more

Attorney fees only awarded to developers of affordable housing projects

In Honchariw v. County of Stanislaus, the California Court of Appeal for the Fifth Appellate District ruled that the housing developer was not entitled to attorney fees under California Government Code § 65589.5(k) because...more

Connecticut Supreme Court: “Make Whole” Doctrine Is Default Rule, But Does Not Apply to Policy Deductibles

In Fireman’s Fund Ins., Co. v. TD Banknorth Insurance Agency, Inc., SC 18796 (Conn. 07/30/2013), the Connecticut Supreme Court answered two certified questions of first impression under Connecticut insurance law: - Is...more

Anticipating Earnest Money “Damages” – Don’t Assume It

The Arizona Supreme Court issued an opinion last month in Thomas v. Montelucia Villas, LLC, 2013 Ariz. LEXIS 152 (June 14, 2013) that adds a few wrinkles to efforts by sellers in real estate transactions to retain “earnest...more

California Subdivision Map Extension Signed into Law - More Comprehensive than Prior Extensions; Sets Deadlines and Allows...

On July 11, 2013, Governor Brown signed into law AB 116, urgency legislation aimed at providing additional relief to California’s recovering housing and construction industries. AB 116, which became effective immediately,...more

No Planning for Change of Use?

We have all seen a lot of publicity on the government’s proposals to speed up and simplify the system for getting planning permission to kick start the economy. From 30 May 2013 various changes of use can be made without the...more

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