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Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Weeks Ending February 21 And 28, 2014

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – JOURDAN HAYNES & ILAN NIEUCHOWICZ - Relation-Back: amended complaint naming third-party defendant as defendant relates back to filing of third-party complaint where (a) third-party complaint...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Week Ending February 14, 2014

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – SARA WITMEYER - Arbitration/Waiver: defendant waived right to arbitration by defending against claim of replevin in court litigation for two years – Gen. Elec. Capital Corp. v. Bio-Mass Tech,...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Week Ending January 24, 2014

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – JOURDAN HAYNES - - Condominiums: given ambiguity in Condominium Act’s escrow requirements (Fla. Stat. § 718.202) and fact that willful violation of same by developer carried criminal penalties,...more

Arizona Court of Appeals Holds That Certain Residential Developers Are Not Protected By The Anti-Deficiency Statute After...

Nearly three years ago, in M&I Marshall & Isley Bank v. Mueller, the Arizona Court of Appeals held that the Arizona anti-deficiency statute protects a borrower who started, but never completed, construction of a single-family...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Week Ending January 3, 2014

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – SARA WITMEYER - - Discovery: guarantors who moved to set aside stipulation to deficiency judgment not entitled to depose corporate representatives of foreclosing plaintiff and assignee of final...more

Much Ado About Subdivision: Building on a Subdivided Lot When the Locality Never Approved the Subdivision Plat

Pop quiz: You want to purchase an undeveloped lot with the hopes of building your home on it. You hire a title company to perform the title work, which appears to come back clean. You are told your lot used to be part of a...more

The Benefit/Burden Principle - How a Buyer of Land Could Be Required to Perform Positive Covenants Without Having Expressly Agreed...

The recent case of Goodman and others v Elwood (2013) in the Court of Appeal shows that, where a buyer acquires the benefit of a right over neighbouring land, the buyer must also take on the obligations which relate to that...more

Chancel Repair Liability - The New Regime

Provisions contained in the Land Registration Act 2002 were finally implemented from 13 October 2013. From that date, chancel repair liability no longer binds a buyer of land for value (i.e. where a payment in money or in...more

An Action To Quiet Title Is Necessary To Lift A Condition Recorded In A Deed Restriction

During the land use approval process the reviewing board often grants an approval subject to the imposition of certain conditions. An applicant is usually so thrilled to secure an approval that they readily agree to the...more

GST: Changes For Going Concern And Farm Land Sales

GST: GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES "REVERSE CHARGE" RULES FOR THE SALE OF BUSINESSES AND FARM LAND - The GST Act presently provides an exemption for the sale of a "going concern" or for the sale of "farm land". Where 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

The Condominium Corporation and the Developer Board

Upon the registration of a condominium plan at Land Titles (or the first phase of a condominium plan in the case of a phased development), a condominium corporation is created. The condominium corporation is the vehicle by...more

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

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – SARA WITMEYER & SASHA FUNK GRANAI - - Implied Warranties of Fitness and Merchantability: warranties apply to improvements that provide essential services to residential subdivision, including...more

Recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court Decision Brings Certainty To Title Companies And Mortgage Lenders

Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court’s decision, coupled with the Homeowner Assistance Settlement Act, is welcome news to the title industry and mortgage lenders throughout Pennsylvania. On September 25, 2013, the Pennsylvania...more

McAfee & Taft AgLINC - Fall 2013: More than just a handshake - Due diligence, purchase contract required for real estate purchases

In western Oklahoma, where this author was born and raised, a handshake is often all that takes place to solidify a deal for the sale or purchase of a piece of land. The need for a purchase contract or anything other than a...more

The “ABCs” of Vested Rights in Zoning

Recently, I spoke to a group of local government officials and staff and other interested persons on the history of vested rights in Virginia, the recent vested rights cases decided in 2012 and 2013, and the state of the law...more

Bureau of Indian Affairs Finalizes Changes to Land-Into-Trust Procedures in Light of Patchak

In response to last year’s United States Supreme Court case of Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians v. Patchak, 132 S. Ct. 2199 (2012) (“Patchak”), the Bureau of Indian Affairs (“BIA”) issued a final rule on...more

New Jersey Homeowners Now Using Quiet Title Actions to Affirmatively Challenge a Party’s Standing to Foreclose

On November 4, 2013, the New Jersey Appellate Division in Suser v. Wachovia Mortgage, FSB, et al. affirmed a homeowner’s right to file a prospective quiet title action to affirmatively challenge a bank’s standing to foreclose...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Week Ending October 25 & November 1, 2013

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – SARA WITMEYER & JOURDAN HAYNES - - Receiver: court’s inherent equitable power to appoint receiver over non-profit condominium association not limited to categories set forth in Florida Statutes...more

Of Boats, Dining, and Zoning: Virginia Supreme Court Decides Old Dominion Boat Club v. Alexandria City Council

On October 31, 2013, the Virginia Supreme Court decided Old Dominion Boat Club v. Alexandria City Council, et al. The case involved ongoing litigation between the Old Dominion Boat Club (ODBC), the City of Alexandria, and...more

Does Someone Else Own the Oil, Gas and Mineral Rights Under Your Home?

Reuters ran an interesting article on October 9, “Special Report: U.S. Builders Hoard Mineral Rights Under New Homes”, an excellent and comprehensive report describing a practice by some developers and homebuilders to...more

The Principles underlying the Partition Act

The Partition Act allows any person who has an interest in land situated in Ontario to bring an action or application to the court to have that land partitioned or sold under the courts direction. ...more

Change in Legal Title From Joint Tenancy to Tenancy in Common was a Change of Ownership Within the Meaning of Proposition 13

A taxpayer challenged a county assessor’s reassessment of real property after the taxpayer transferred his joint tenancy interest to himself as a tenant in common. A court of appeal held that the property was subject to...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Week Ending October 4, 2013

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – JOURDAN HAYNES & CHRIS SMART - MRTA: marketable record title act represents codified limitation on title insurer’s obligation to research public records in connection with issuance of title...more

Land Tenure Risk: Why it Matters for Companies, Investors, and Communities

Two important new reports focus on land tenure conflicts between companies and communities. In September, the Rights and Resources Initiative released a report entitled, “Global Capital, Local Concessions: A...more

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