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Victorian Purchaser Update: Changes to Stamp Duty and First Home Owner Grant and Introduction of New Vacant Residential Property...

The Victorian Government has announced a number of significant housing related duty and tax initiatives to be introduced later this year, including: - changes to the off-the-plan stamp duty concession - abolition of...more

AIG Europe Limited v Woodman and others

On 22 March 2017, the Supreme Court handed down judgment in the case of AIG Europe Limited v Woodman and others, in which they considered the meaning of the words 'a series of related matters or transactions' within an...more

Collective Strata Sales: Fact v Fiction

The new NSW strata legislation commenced late in 2016 with the showstopper reform that owners in a strata scheme can now take part in a collective sale of the whole scheme on a 75% and above vote....more

Communications Between Public Relations Firm and Counsel Held Not Privileged

Behunin v Superior Court, __ Cal. Rptr. 3d ___ 2017 WL 977095 (March 16, 2017) - Brief Summary - The Second District of the California Court of Appeal ruled that communications between counsel and a public relations...more

Collective strata sales: who can benefit?

The new NSW strata legislation commenced late in 2016 with the showstopper reform that owners in a strata scheme can now take part in a collective sale of the whole scheme on a 75% and above vote....more

New stamp duties on shares transfer – Acquisition and disposal of equity interests in residential property holding entities

Purchases of residential properties in Singapore by companies attract Additional Buyer Stamp Duty (ABSD) of 15% rate in addition to usual Buyer Stamp Duty (BSD) of up to 3%. Seller Stamp Duty (SSD) is also payable if...more

Two’s Company, but Three’s a Crowd: A Third Party's Right to Intervene in a Foreclosure Lawsuit

Are subsequent title holders who obtain an interest in real property during the pendency of a foreclosure lawsuit where a lis pendens has been properly recorded (referred to as a “Purchaser Pendente Lite”), entitled to join...more

How the Trump Presidency May Affect Commercial Real Estate Investment in Mexico

As the United States’ neighbor and second-largest trading partner, no country has followed President Trump’s rhetoric quite like Mexico. While sometimes it seems that even soothsayers cannot predict what the President will...more

Properly structured foreign gifts of real property property can be estate and gift tax free

The investment in U.S. real property by Non-residents can be structured to minimize estate and gift taxes. The key is to structure the investment through a limited liability company, limited partnership or corporation so...more

Different owners within a retail park in Romania: practical aspects

Shopping centers, including retail parks, are viewed in Romania today as commercial and entertainment hubs, where shops operate together in an integrated way to offer consumers an enhanced shopping experience. Whilst this...more

Avoiding the perils of joint investments in real property - A case study of Cheong Woon Weng v Cheong Kok Leong [2016] SGHC 263

Often, joint investments in real property present potential pitfalls, especially if the parties are closely related to each other and dispense with the formalities of proper records, which may often be the case. In this...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: March 2017

Gov. Brown Opposes Measure S - In a statement published less than two weeks before Los Angeles' Consolidated Municipal and Special Elections to be held on March 7, 2017, California Gov. Jerry Brown came out in opposition...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

FinCEN is extending its campaign to press title insurance companies to reveal the real buyers behind shell companies that pay cash for high-end real estate deals in select cities around the country....more

BEPS – are you affected?

Over 100 countries and jurisdictions are collaborating through the OECD to implement measures to tackle base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS). The OECD have set out 15 actions points that aim to equip governments with the...more

FinCEN Renewal of GTOs for High-End Cash Buyers in Six Markets

FinCEN announced today that it is renewing the existing Geographical Targeting Orders (GTOs) issued in July 2016 that require all title insurance companies to identify and report on the natural persons behind shell companies...more

The Construction Industry Scheme: Change in the air?

What does real estate investment have to do with the problem of tax evasion made possible by cash-in-hand payments in the building industry? Very little, one might suspect, but that has not prevented real estate investors...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: February 2017

Los Angeles, Seattle Top List of Best Markets for Multifamily Investment - Marcus & Millichap's 2017 National Multifamily Index (NMI) ranks Los Angeles and Seattle first and second, respectively, among 46 major domestic...more

A Revolution in UK Housing?

The UK Government published its long awaited White Paper on housing, “Fixing our broken housing market”, on 7 February 2017. The paper aims to benefit would-be house buyers and occupiers – particularly “ordinary working class...more

Indirect sale of real estate in the Russian Federation in the context of the beneficial ownership rules

On 17 January 2017 the Commercial Court of Vladimir Oblast delivered a judgement in case No. ?11-6602/2016 (the “Decision”) under the claim of Vladimir Energy RetailCompany1 Public Joint-Stock Company (the “Company”)....more

Middle Eastern Investment in London’s Commercial Real Estate Gains Strength

Financiers from Middle Eastern states are making substantial investments into commercial real estate in London, in contradiction to negative headlines regarding Brexit. Indeed, figures show that investment from the Gulf...more

The Basics of 1031 Exchanges – Part Two: Structuring Partnership/LLC 1031 Exchange Cash-out Transactions

This is part two of a two-part series on Internal Revenue Code Section 1031 tax-deferred exchange transactions. The first article provided an overview of the basic rules that govern 1031 exchanges. This article describes...more

Buy-to-Let Investors Turn to Commercial Property

Buy-to-let investors are increasingly turning away from residential properties, with some reports stating that the number of those jumping ship to the commercial sector has recently tripled. This shift has been spurred...more

The Basics of 1031 Exchanges - Part One

This is part one of a two-part series on Internal Revenue Code Section 1031 Tax-Deferred property exchanges. This first article will provide an overview of the rules that govern 1031 exchanges. Part two will deal with the...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: December 2016

Unlawful Detainer Appeals Process Creates Uncertainty for Landlords - The California Court of Appeal decided the case of Beach Break Equities, LLC v. Martin Lowell on Nov. 22, 2016, and released it for publication on...more

IRS Rules That Syndicated Conservation Easements With Inflated Appraisals Are Listed Transactions

In Notice 2017-10, the IRS has determined that certain conservation easements are now “listed transactions” for purposes of federal tax reporting. “Syndicated” conservation easements are conservation easements donated by a...more

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