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LOL! OMG. HUH? Court Finds That Text Message Can Form Binding Contract

In the world of Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, it is no secret that individuals are communicating regularly on their smartphones about their business affairs. Recently, a court addressed the question about whether a text...more

Construction Defect Debate to be Heard by Colorado Supreme Court

The construction defects case of Vallagio at Inverness Residential Condominium Association, Inc. v. Metropolitan Homes, Inc., et al. has garnered national attention since the Colorado Court of Appeals' decision in May 2015,...more

Getting Comfortable with Lender Comfort Letters

As the global real estate economy continues its recovery from the severe economic recession nearly a decade ago, hotel and hospitality real estate transactions have been robust as of late. According to the "Hotel investment...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending June 10 & 17, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - - Foreclosure/Standing/Hearsay: copy of a note with undated allonge containing blank endorsement sufficient to establish standing as a matter of law, even though bank did not have formal...more

That Sinking Feeling

Structuring the ownership of mixed use buildings requires care both initially and then during the management of the building.  In a recent case, an investor in the residential parts of a mixed use building faces a significant...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - June 2016 #9

OCC upholds complaint about misinformation for third party insurer complaints - OCC has published a decision partially upholding a complaint relating to FCA’s rules for third party insurers. The complaint highlighted...more

My “Flippín” House?

Tax Strategies to Reduce Taxation and Build Wealth for House Flippers - Overview - I seem to be perpetually out to lunch. When I step on the scale too, this point is further confirmed. I do not know why I have...more

The Model Form JOA in Hard Times (and Farewell, Rally Possum)

Good morning class. Welcome to an advanced course on what can go wrong with the Model Form just when you need it. FIRST CASE - Do you know where to file your UCC financing statement?...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: June 2016 #1

California Governor Proposes "Build By Right" Approval Process for Affordable Housing - Recognizing the extreme need throughout California for construction of new affordable housing units, on May 13, 2016, Gov. Jerry...more

EPA Brownfields Site Planning Grants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has posted a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Fiscal Year 2017 Brownfields Area-Wide Planning program grants. With estimated funding of $4 million and a maximum grant amount of...more

FTC Provides 2015 Enforcement Report to CFPB

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has provided its annual report to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) covering the FTC’s enforcement activities in 2015 related to compliance with Regulation Z (Truth in...more

Are You Within Reach of Anti-Money Laundering Enforcement? The Tentacles of Money Laundering Schemes Affect Real Estate Investors...

The U.S. Treasury Department has signaled the latest focus of its enforcement: real estate ventures with ties to money laundering schemes. Individual real estate investors and companies involved in luxury real estate, real...more

Arbitrators Have Inherent Authority To Award Punitive Damages

In RV V Lockworks, LLC v. Five Yale & Towne, LLC, 2016 Conn. Super. LEXIS 563 (Conn. Super. Ct. Mar. 16, 2016) an arbitrator awarded punitive damages to the purchaser of a newly-constructed 300-unit apartment complex when it...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending May 29 & June 3, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Bankruptcy Stay: because borrower’s notice of appeal was filed during pendency of bankruptcy stay it was a nullity, and appellate court lacked jurisdiction to consider appeal –Hewett v....more

Increasing Legal Scrutiny of Website Accessibility in the Real Estate Industry

From fair housing laws to licensing requirements, the real estate industry is accustomed to navigating various legal constraints and requirements. However, as a result of current ambiguity in the law, class action lawsuits...more

Have You Got the Right EPCs?

We were reading in the Property Week (27th May edition) just how unreliable an EPC rating can be. This matters because from 2018 when new minimum energy efficiency regulations (MEES) start to apply, investors won’t be able...more

FinCEN Director Discusses Initiatives to Address Money Laundering Through Real Estate

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network's (FinCEN) continuing efforts to address the "real estate industry's vulnerability to money laundering” were outlined by FinCEN Director Jennifer Shasky Calvery in an April 12, 2016,...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending May 13 & May 20, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Contracts/Personal Liability: official title of “President” underneath signor’s signature on contract did not shield individual from personal liability because contract language reflected...more

Colorado Takes A Stand Against Unauthorized Settlements

The “notice-prejudice” rule gives a pass to policyholders who breach the notice or cooperation provisions of their policies, if the breach is found not to have prejudiced the insurer. Sometimes, the late notice does not...more

Applying New California Rules to Your Real Estate Litigation Practice

Several new California procedural rules went into effect on January 1, 2016. While we are several months into the new year, litigators may need a reminder of these new rules. The list below summarizes several of the notable...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: May 2016 #3

California Adopts ADA Relief for Small Businesses - Gov. Jerry Brown signed California Senate Bill 269 into law on May 10, 2016, providing some limited relief to small businesses that are sued for violations of the...more

Changes to Act 91 Notice of Intention to Foreclose

In April of 2016, the Pennsylvania Housing Financing Agency (“PHFA”) published final amended regulations in connection with the Homeowner’s Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program (“HEMAP”). A number of the changes deal with...more

Texts that Bind: Text Messages May Form Binding Real Property Contract

Last month, in St. John’s Holdings, LLC v. Two Electronics, LLC (No. 16 MISC 000090 (RBF)), a Massachusetts Land Court judge held that text messages exchanged between two real estate brokers may be sufficient to constitute...more

U.S. Tax Structures Utilized In Connection With Foreign Investment In U.S. Real Estate

U.S. real estate is expected to attract a record amount of foreign investment in 2016. The U.S. real estate market is perceived as a safe haven in light of economic uncertainty in China, the refugee crisis in Europe and the...more

New York Court Finds Borrower Must Strictly Comply with Notice Requirements to Hold Servicer Liable Under Regulation X

In an issue of first impression, the Supreme Court of New York refused to find a loan servicer violated Regulation X by initiating foreclosure when a borrower failed to strictly comply with the servicer’s instructions for...more

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