Real Estate Transfers

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Condominium Unit Sales Exemptions and Compliance under ILSA Requirements

As discussed in Ballard Spahr’s previous alert sent on September 24, 2014, effective March 25, 2015, the sale of condominium units will no longer be subject to the registration requirements of the Interstate Land Sales Full...more

Trading or Investment?

The case of Terrace Hill (Berkeley) Ltd provides a further insight into the distinction between trading and investment. Originally published in Tax Journal, Page 6 , on March 13, 2015....more

Failure to Object to Court Procedure Waives Issue on Appeal

In the area of family law, there are many different types of proceedings that occur. However, when one of the proceedings is a record hearing, if an objection is not made to a particular issue, it is waived on appeal....more

Business Litigation Alert: "Read Before You Sign"

Simple but Frequently Over-Looked Advice! We have all signed contracts we did not thoroughly review. If we are being honest, we have probably all signed contracts we didn’t even read! While this is never a smart...more

Important Alert for Commercial Owners/Landlords and Brokers/Agents: Changes to California Dual Agency Disclosure Laws Effective...

Effective January 1, 2015, California law requires real estate brokers and agents to provide their clients and prospective clients with specific new disclosures, including an initial disclosure form regarding the nature of...more

Prospective Real Estate Purchasers Should Demand ASTM E 1527-13 Environmental Phase I Reports

Beginning on October 6, 2015, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will require prospective purchasers of real estate to use the new ASTM E1527-13 Phase I Environmental Assessment (Phase I) standard (2013...more

When "Shall" Means "Shall": Wisconsin Supreme Court Requires Mortgage Lenders to Sell Abandoned Properties in Foreclosure

Last week the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued its decision in Bank of New York v. Carson, 2015 WI 15. The case is significant for its potential lasting effects on mortgage foreclosures in Wisconsin. The Carson case involves...more

Substantive Consolidation: When Abuse Goes Too Far An LLC Will Not Shield Assets

In re Carroll, 520 B.R. 491 (Bankr. M.D. La. 2014) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to substantively consolidate the bankruptcy estates of individual chapter 7 debtors with the separate bankruptcy estate of their wholly owned...more

Is the Attorney's Fees Clause Moot in an Illegal Contract? – Depends On Your Involvement, Explains First Appellate District Court

The Court of Appeal recently clarified when a party can recover attorney's fees under a real estate purchase contract that is ruled to be illegal. California courts have previously enforced attorney's fees provisions in a...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending February 13, 2015

Foreclosure: trial court violated purchaser’s procedural due process rights in setting aside judicial sale of property without giving notice to purchaser. Further, trial court abused its discretion in setting aside judicial...more

Real Estate Tip: Buyers’ Blues

Buyer beware is an old warning. A recent title insurance case reminds us just how wary a buyer must be, even in 2015. In the case of IQ Holdings, Inc. v. Stewart Title Guaranty Co., 2014 WL 6601148, the buyer thought it...more

Federal Mortgage Programs are Exempt from County Transfer Tax

In City of Spokane v. Fed. Nat. Mortgage Ass'n (December 30, 2014, No. 13–35655) ____ F.3d.___, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal recently affirmed that federal mortgage programs and administering entities, such as Fannie Mae...more

The Limits to Title Insurance Protection and the Advantages of Escrow Instructions

I. Introduction - It is difficult to imagine a substantial real estate transaction which does not have title insurance coverage and an escrow agent, although one can occur at times. Unfortunately, many of the beliefs...more

The Devil Is In The Details In Real Estate

After negotiations, execution of the purchase agreement, completion of due diligence and satisfaction of all contingencies, the parties to a real estate transaction are ready to close the deal. All that remains is to sign the...more

Real Estate Sales: Fixtures Can Be In the Eye of the Beholder (a/k/a Boilerplate Matters)

In re Trackwell, 520 B.R. 788 (Bankr. W.D. Mo. 2014) – The successful bidder at a bankruptcy auction of a ranch claimed that a cattle chute was included in the sold assets.  The debtors disagreed.  Resolution of the dispute...more

(US) Unamicable Split: Inherited Real Property and the Texas Forced Sale Statute

When multiple people inherit an interest in real property, each is responsible for their share of the ad valorem taxes of the property. What happens if one party fails to meet its tax obligations? What recourse is available...more

What’s In A Title?

While it is true that you most often cannot tell much about a book by its title, the same does not hold true when it comes to real estate, as how title is held to real estate, does tell you a lot. The question faced by a...more

Transfer of Property Title to a Holding Company Did Not Divest Landowner of Owner-Occupant Status Under A.R.S. § 33-1002(B)

Recently, in Marco Crane & Rigging Co. v. Masaryk, 703 Ariz. Adv. Rep. 29 (Dec. 30, 2014), the Arizona Court of Appeals established that a subcontractor on a residential project has no lien rights against an owner-occupant,...more

Sweat the Small Stuff

After negotiation, execution of the real estate purchase agreement, completion of due diligence and satisfaction of all contingencies, the parties are ready to close the deal. All that remains is to sign the standard closing...more

How to get the IRS to pay your legal fees

What can you do when the IRS is misbehaving and it directly affects you? You will have to fight them, but the law allows you to recover your litigation costs if you win. As many know, the IRS has had a very...more

Reprieve for Smaller Buildings – Commission Postpones AB 1103 Implementation to 2016

As previously reported, AB 1103 is California's energy benchmarking and disclosure law (codified in California Code of Regulations, title 20, sections 1680-1684), that requires owners of non-residential buildings to provide a...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

How to Answer the Top Five Legal Questions You Will Get from Family Members at Holiday Gatherings

1. Should Mom and Dad give us the house as a gift now so that they don’t have to “give it to the government” later? This is a common question that involves technical medical assistance rules. Generally, the best way to...more

Selling or Buying a Home? You Should Understand Pennsylvania’s Real Estate Seller’s Disclosure Law

When buyers encounter problems with a recently purchased house, understanding the rights and obligations imposed by Pennsylvania’s Real Estate Sellers Disclosure Law (“Disclosure Law”) can be critical. The Disclosure Law...more

Dead Man “Kwoking”: Estate Planning Property Transfers Can Trigger Title Insurance Nightmares

Estate planning attorneys regularly advise their clients about the tax and other advantages of transferring real property to irrevocable trusts or similar estate planning vehicles. But they may not consider the potentially...more

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