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City Must Save Neighborhoods From the Tangled-Title Epidemic

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Inga Saffron's recent Inquirer article drew a powerful connection between gentrification and the issue of tangled titles. With home values in certain neighborhoods rising, and properties becoming more attractive to outside...more

The New 2016 ALTA Commitment with Florida Modifications: Expressing the Limitations on Liability

by Carlton Fields on

A significant change to one of the standard title insurance forms recently took effect. The new 2016 ALTA Commitment with Florida Modifications both streamlines the existing features of the title insurance commitment and, for...more

New ALTA Closing Protection Letter With Florida Modifications Corrects Unfortunate Case Law

by Carlton Fields on

The new American Land Title Association (ALTA) Closing Protection Letter (CPL) form recently took effect in Florida. The new form both streamlines the previous CPL’s language and addresses and corrects many of the problems...more

Blockchains, Smart Contracts and Real Estate

The real estate industry is frequently identified as one of the most likely early adopters of blockchain technology and smart contracts. However, industry participants remain skeptical as to the timing and magnitude of the...more

Leegstandschade en bankgarantie: eindelijk duidelijkheid? (Dutch)

by Dentons on

Leegstandskade: Can such damage or not be covered by a bank guarantee? This is one of the questions that both the tenant lawyer and the market have been taking for some time. Background is a stream of case law, in which with...more

Let op bij een erfdienstbaarheid met een zelfstandige actieve verplichting (Dutch)

by Dentons on

Recently, Den Bosch has ruled on an inheritance service with an active obligation. In the present case, X was the owner of a business complex, consisting of several business premises (premises 1, 2 and 3) with associated...more

2017 CREFC Annual Conference: Into the Heart of the Swamp

by Dechert LLP on

CREFC held its Annual Conference last week in Washington D.C. Given the current politically charged climate, 2017 felt like a very appropriate time to move the Annual Conference from its traditional home in New York to...more

The Real Estate Law Review - Chambers Global Practice Guide

by DLA Piper on

The Danish real Estate market has been divided in two since the gradual bursting of the Danish real Estate bubble, which started in 2007 and culminated following the credit crunch. While transactions activity in the major...more

South Carolina Court of Appeals Rules on Jury Trials and Class Action Waivers in Master Deeds - Decision is a good development for...

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

UPDATE: The Petitioners Motion for Rehearing was denied. While the Petition for Certiorari was pending, a settlement agreement was reached, part of which seeks for the Court to dismiss this matter and vacate this opinion....more

Chicago Tribune Publishes Three-part Series on Cook County Property Tax System

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

This week the Chicago Tribune published a three-part series of investigative reporting on the Cook County property tax system and the appeals process entitled “The Tax Divide”. Tribune reporters are examining 1) how the tax...more

THE LATEST: FTC Files Complaint Against Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board

by McDermott Will & Emery on

This week, the Federal Trade Commission filed an administrative complaint against the Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board (LREAB). This complaint is the FTC’s first against a state licensing board since it prevailed in the...more

FTC’s First Test of Supreme Court’s North Carolina Dental Precedent in New Case against Real Estate Appraisal Board

by Mintz Levin on

Even with a reduced lineup of only two commissioners — the Republican Acting Chair and one Democratic Commissioner — the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC” or “Commission”) filed an administrative complaint this week against...more

Real News - Spring 2017

by DLA Piper on

The use of drones across all sectors is increasing. Accountancy rm, PwC estimates that the emerging global market for business services using drones is valued at over USD 127 billion and the biggest slice of that market is...more

Classifying Taxpayer Business Hours

by Dickinson Wright on

The Internal Revenue Service has increased its audit activity in the area of deductible losses from real estate investments. A taxpayer who is classified as a “real estate professional" (or “REP”) is eligible for certain...more

Tennessee Enacts New Appraisers Statute Of Limitations Law

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Tennessee has enacted a law establishing a new statute of limitations regarding civil lawsuits and disciplinary actions against real estate appraisers. Under HB 376, any action to recover damages against a real estate...more

Breaking: Mass. SJC Overhauls SLAPP Statute Practice

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) today issued two decisions which together make important changes in how Massachusetts courts apply the often troublesome SLAPP statute, M.G.L. c. 231, § 59H, enacted in 1994. While of general...more

European Real Estate Finance: Recent developments

by White & Case LLP on

As part of our periodic updates, we will provide you with an overview of recent developments of relevance to participants in the real estate finance market and who may have an interest in the jurisdictions in which we have...more

Legal Aspects of Smart Contract Applications - Digital Asset Sales and Capital Markets, Supply Chain Management, Land Registries,...

by Perkins Coie on

Smart contracts have received significant attention from legal academics and attorneys for the impact they may have on contract law and the role of lawyers. Some have also identified and described a series of use cases for...more

Florida Homestead Exemption Audits Are Big Business

by Akerman LLP on

Florida Property Appraisers, primarily in the populated coastal counties, are combing the nation for taxpayers availing themselves of any other resident related benefit in addition to their Florida Homestead Exemption. The...more

Did Colorado Raise Your Property Tax Value? Here's How to Challenge the Valuation

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Every odd year, Colorado reassesses real property for a two-year period. This year, we are seeing huge increases in property tax values across the state and especially in the Denver/Boulder areas. The value increases are...more

Sustainable Development Update - May 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - How green infrastructure manages stormwater, enhances property values - Urban Land - May 3 - The growing involvement of the real estate industry in helping municipalities manage...more

CFPB investigating Zillow for RESPA compliance

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

For years many industry participants wondered if allowing their real estate agents or loan officers to engage in co-marketing on Zillow Group applications and websites posed a risk to their companies under RESPA. The...more

Construction Interference Damages Validated by Minnesota Supreme Court

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Large-scale road construction projects often cause temporary inconvenience to, and loss of value on, adjacent parcels of private property. Long detour routes, noise, dust, dirt and vibrations can persuade potential customers...more

Suing on Behalf of People You’re Suing Can Sink a Derivative Lawsuit — Especially If You Have a Litigious Nature

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The U.S. reportedly has the world’s highest number of lawyers per capita (1 for every 300 people) and the 5th highest number of lawsuits per capita (74.5 for every 1,000 people, topped only by Germany, Sweden, Israel, and...more

Lancaster County 2018 Property Reassessment: Evaluating Your Preliminary Notice

by Barley Snyder on

Property owners in Lancaster County likely have received their 2018 Preliminary Property Assessment Notice, which shows the property’s preliminary 2018 reassessed value. While the notice provides answers to frequently asked...more

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