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Real Estate Acquisitions in Japan

Interest in acquiring Japanese real estate, such as hotels, office buildings and retail complexes, is increasing due to Abenomics and the depreciation of the yen against major currencies. Japan expects to have a robust estate...more

The Danger of Settling Disputes: Novation

Resolving business disputes before filing a lawsuit is efficient, cost effective – and sometimes dangerous. At least that’s what an architect learned when he tried to settle a pay dispute with the owner of a luxury...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

Alterations Don’t Always Render a Deed Void (or How NOT to do Foreclosure Investing)

Most real estate investors assume that when a deed is altered by someone other than the grantor, without the grantor’s knowledge or consent, before it is recorded, then the deed is void and conveys no title, even as to bona...more

U.S. Supreme Court Update, March/April 2015

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases involving state taxation on consecutive days in December. On 12/8/14, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Direct Marketing Ass'n v. Brohl, where the Court has...more

(US) Like Kind Exchanges: Steps to Avoid The Capital Gains Trigger

What is a Like Kind Exchange in Real Estate? - A like kind exchange is the transfer of real estate which involves the sale of real property and a subsequent purchase of replacement property by a taxpayer without...more

Prepayment of tax-exempt bonds in connection with the sale of a multifamily housing project

In the last few years, we have seen an increase in the number of multifamily housing projects being sold at the completion of the 15-year low-income housing tax credit compliance period. Strong rental demand in many areas of...more

"Senate Finance Committee Takes Unanimous Step Toward FIRPTA Reform"

On February 11, 2015, the Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved a significant reform to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA). The proposal demonstrates the continued bipartisan legislative...more

Senate Finance Committee Proposes FIRPTA Reform

Today was an important step in moving forward US tax reforms to encourage international investment in U.S. real estate.  The Senate Finance Committee passed 17 different tax bills for consideration by the entire Senate.  ...more

Allen Matkins/UCLA Anderson Forecast Winter/Spring 2015: Southern California Primed for Commercial Real Estate Surge [Video]

http://www.allenmatkins.com/ucla While Southern California has been slower to respond to the Great Recession than Northern California, Southern California is now hitting its stride. Developers across asset types agree that...more

3 Developments Real Estate Fund Sponsors Should Know for 2015

Changes in fee terms as well as new guidance regarding GAAP consolidation and potential future tax developments can impact how fund sponsors structure and negotiate their investment vehicles. Despite a slight downturn in...more

Floating or Fixed Rates: Considerations in Choosing a Commercial Real Estate Mortgage

When financing a commercial real estate purchase, the devil finds its way into the details in surprising ways. One of the details that can provide a fair amount of headache for developers and investors is the decision to...more

(US) The EB-5 Visa Program: A Popular Real Estate Financing Program's Reauthorization Is Uncertain

The EB-5 Visa Program has become an increasingly popular vehicle for real estate project financing in the United States. Last year, for the first time in the Program’s history, the annual supply of EB-5 immigrant investor...more

IRS private letter ruling on non-conventional real estate assets enables taxpayer to convert to REIT: key points

The Internal Revenue Service recently released a private letter ruling regarding the treatment of certain assets as qualifying “real estate” for real estate investment trust (REIT) purposes. That ruling effectively enabled...more

Overview of UK Real Estate Structures and Transactions

This Overview provides a general summary of the different corporate structures that may be used to hold, and transact in, UK real estate (such as special purpose vehicles, property unit trusts, partnerships and REITS), the...more

Allen Matkins/UCLA Anderson Forecast Winter/Spring 2015: It's a Perfect Storm for California's Commercial Real Estate Market [Video]

California commercial real estate is booming once again. During the past six months the average value of newly issued permits for non-residential construction after adjusting for inflation was the highest it had been since...more

Landmarks - Winter 2015

In This Issue: - Crowdfunding — What It Is, What to Watch - Spotlight on Insurance: Know the Risks Involved with the Protective Safeguards Endorsement - Reinvestment In Leased Retail Space — Top 10 Legal...more

"Recent Cases Highlight Potential Pitfalls for Distressed Investors"

Despite lower-than-average Chapter 11 activity in 2014, the legal landscape for distressed investors has continued to evolve, with significant legal developments in credit bidding, make-whole premiums and intercreditor...more

Real Estate Joint Venture Tips

A recent New York Times article described the increased presence of New York developers in the South Florida condominium market. The fact is that Miami real estate market has always been a seductive one for out of state...more

Recovering Damages Through Escrow

Most developers have been there a few times. You found a great property, it’s well priced, and perfect for your newest development; be it a flip or an income property. Originally published on Commercial Property...more

Client Alert: Basel III Impact on Commercial ADC Loans

Basel III (updated capital rule) requires banks to maintain capital based in part on the riskiness of the assets in their portfolios. To the extent more capital is required to support a transaction, that transaction is likely...more

Investment Properties, Rental Properties & Second Homes – Which do You Own?

If you own properties, you should be aware that there are several different rules for reporting rental income, deductible expenses, and gains and losses from the sale of the property, depending on how it is classified. ...more

Washington Supreme Court Affirms Washington Federal v. Gentry and Confirms Lenders’ Right to Obtain Deficiency Judgments Against...

The Washington Supreme Court issued an opinion today affirming the right of a lender to obtain a deficiency judgment against a commercial guarantor following a nonjudicial foreclosure. Divisions One and Two of the Washington...more

Tax Planning Considerations for the Purchase of a Residence in the U.S. by Foreign Buyers

Many factors influence a foreign buyer’s decision to purchase residential real estate in the United States. Generally, most of these decisions tend to be driven by concerns over political and economic uncertainty in the...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending December 12-26, 2014 & January 2, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - - Quiet Title: investor who pooled money with two other entities to purchase property could not quiet title after the two entities recorded second version of deed that omitted investor’s name...more

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