Residential

  • May 30, 2024

    Interest Rates Knock Pending Home Sales, NAR Says

    Pending home sales in the U.S. declined by 7.4% in April year-over-year, and rising interest rates are to blame, the National Association of Realtors said May 30.

  • May 30, 2024

    Fried Frank, Kirkland Pilot $1.55B Multifamily Portfolio Deal

    Brookfield, advised by Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP, bought a $1.55 billion portfolio of U.S. multifamily properties from Starwood Capital Group, guided by Kirkland & Ellis LLP, in a recently closed deal, a spokesperson for Starwood confirmed this week.

  • May 30, 2024

    High Court Calls For 2nd Circ. Redo In BofA Preemption Fight

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday threw out a Second Circuit decision that freed Bank of America NA from class action litigation brought over a New York escrow interest law, ruling that the circuit court wasn't "nuanced" enough in finding the law preempted for national banks.

  • May 29, 2024

    Judge Won't Ban Rent Law Tweak Amid Landlords' Suit

    A New York federal court refused to issue a preliminary ruling blocking enforcement of a December amendment to the state's rent stabilization laws, saying the landlords who filed suit failed to show the changes violated either the Fourth or the 14th amendments.

  • May 29, 2024

    DACA Holder Accuses Fla. Credit Union Of Discrimination

    A man with temporary immigration protections through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is accusing Florida's third-largest credit union of unlawfully denying him a home loan based on his immigration status, in a suit filed Wednesday in federal court.

  • May 29, 2024

    Fla. Gov. Signs Bill Requiring Greater HOA Transparency

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill on Wednesday that requires homeowners' associations to give physical or digital copies of their rules and covenants to members.

  • May 29, 2024

    Dream Finders Closes $412M Land Banking Deal After Buy

    400 Capital Management LLC and affiliate Builder Capital said Wednesday that they have closed on a $412 million land banking deal with Dream Finders Homes to acquire more than 4,000 residential home sites in Nashville, Tennessee; Charleston, South Carolina; and Greenville, South Carolina.

  • May 29, 2024

    MicroEra Power Plots New Phase For Thermal Energy Storage

    As buildings are increasingly powered by renewable energy, Rochester, New York-based MicroEra Power is working on a thermal storage solution that it says offers many advantages over current lithium batteries. Here's a look at this property technology company's vision, its progress so far and what its leaders see ahead.

  • May 29, 2024

    Nestle Purina Sued Over Foul Odors At Denver Plant

    Two Colorado residents hit Nestle Purina PetCare Co. with a proposed class action in federal court Tuesday, saying the company's pet food manufacturing facility emits gag-inducing odors that have disrupted lives and reduced property values.

  • May 29, 2024

    Walker & Dunlop GC Departs As Deputy Fills Shoes For Now

    The longtime top attorney for commercial real estate finance and advisory services firm Walker & Dunlop Inc. has left the company after nearly 14 years, and Walker & Dunlop's deputy general counsel is taking over in the interim.

  • May 29, 2024

    Ex-Freddie Mac Appraisal Chief Talks Bias And Sizing-Up Risk

    As regulators tackle bias in single-family housing, Martin Skolnik, who served as chief appraiser for Freddie Mac multifamily for 13 years, suggests applying the same scrutiny to multifamily appraisals.

  • May 29, 2024

    Greenberg Traurig Gets 30-Year Tax Break From Saudi Arabia

    Greenberg Traurig LLP is among the first law firms to get licensed as a regional headquarters, or RHQ, company in Saudi Arabia, allowing the firm to take advantage of a major tax break, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • May 28, 2024

    Goldman Family Battles Over Evidence In Property Biz Suit

    Relatives of Jane Goldman, an heiress of Sol Goldman's New York City property empire, argued that a contract she has said establishes her authority over the family's real estate business is of "dubious origin."

  • May 28, 2024

    Pittsburgh Agency Sues Over Utility Acces On $100M Complex

    The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority sued a developer and other city officials to maintain its ability to service a water and sewer main underneath a $100 million apartment complex after a city attorney's decision wiped out the agency's objection to a building permit for the project.

  • May 28, 2024

    Jones Day, King & Spalding Rep Blackstone, Bank's $1B Deal

    Blackstone has bought a $1 billion senior mortgage loan portfolio from Deutsche Pfandbriefbank after the German bank revealed plans to offload it, with the all-cash transaction shaped by Jones Day and King & Spalding LLP. 

  • May 28, 2024

    First Citizens Bank Lends $74M For Brooklyn Apartments

    First Citizens Bank has provided a $74 million secured senior loan to real estate investor and developer Lonicera Partners for a 23-story, 160-unit multifamily apartment building in Brooklyn, New York, the bank announced Tuesday.

  • May 28, 2024

    Ex-Florida Atty Accused Of Failing To Deliver Condo Proceeds

    A disbarred attorney was sued in Florida state court by a client who alleged fraud and breach of fiduciary duty in a Miami Beach condominium foreclosure action, saying he misappropriated more than $68,000 in proceeds.

  • May 28, 2024

    High Court Urged To Review NY Rent Law Challenge

    Four interested third parties have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review a suit challenging two 2019 changes to New York rental laws, arguing that high court intervention is needed to protect property rights across the country.

  • May 28, 2024

    High Court Won't Hear Pilot HOA's Rail Easement Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a request from an Alaska homeowners association made up of pilots to review a Ninth Circuit decision giving a railroad control of an easement cutting into an airstrip for an airplane-centric subdivision.

  • May 24, 2024

    Conn., Property Owners Say Town Is Wrong On Housing Law

    Connecticut's Department of Housing and several property owners in New Canaan are taking issue with the town's arguments in a bid to pause its lawsuit challenging the state's denial of affordable housing credits, saying the town is misinterpreting a recently passed bill.

  • May 24, 2024

    Realtors Want Case Over 'Cooperation' Rule To Stay Dismissed

    The National Association of Realtors urged a California federal court not to reconsider dismissing a case targeting rules that prevent real estate agents from listing properties outside their affiliated networks, after the case took a trip to the Ninth Circuit.

  • May 24, 2024

    Software-Aided Price Fixing Under Antitrust Assault

    Claims that companies in the same industry are using software middlemen to fix prices are percolating in federal courts around the country, with cases targeting major operators in residential real estate, hospitality and health insurance, among other areas.

  • May 24, 2024

    Insurer's Coverage Suit Premature, Ga. Apt. Complex Says

    An apartment complex facing negligence claims over a shooting told a Georgia federal court that its insurer's suit seeking to avoid coverage must be tossed, arguing that without any factual findings in the underlying state court action, any finding on the insurer's duty to indemnify would be premature.

  • May 24, 2024

    Wells Fargo Opposes Class Cert. In Race Lending Bias Suit

    Wells Fargo urged a California federal judge to reject a class certification request from a group of plaintiffs claiming the bank offered non-white borrowers loans with higher interest rates and worse terms, while also applying more scrutiny to their applications.

  • May 24, 2024

    NYC Apartment Hotel May Qualify For Tax Break, Dept. Says

    A planned 150-unit apartment hotel building in New York City catering to a nearby hospital's patients and staff and to university students could be eligible for an industrial and commercial abatement program, the city Department of Finance said in a letter ruling.

Expert Analysis

  • Steps To Success For Senior Associates

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    Adriana Paris at Rissman Barrett discusses the increased responsibilities and opportunities that becoming a senior associate brings and what attorneys in this role should prioritize to flourish in this stressful but rewarding next level in their careers.

  • Legal Profession Must Do More For Lawyers With Disabilities

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    At the start of Disability Pride month, Rosalyn Richter at Arnold & Porter looks at why lawyers with disabilities are significantly underrepresented in private practice, asserting that law firms and other employers must do more to conquer the implicit bias that deters attorneys from seeking accommodations.

  • Ohio Tax Talk: Building On Federal Affordable Housing Credit

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    Ohio's soon-to-be-implemented low-income housing tax credit could significantly affect the state's affordable housing landscape and influence tax-credit deal financing for these projects, though Senate changes may have dampened the new credit's immense potential, say Raghav Agnihotri and Rachael Chamberlain at Frost Brown.

  • Appellate Funding Disclosure: No Mandate Is Right Choice

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    The Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules' recent decision, forgoing a mandatory disclosure rule for litigation funding in federal appeals, is prudent, as third-party funding is only involved in a minuscule number of federal cases, and courts have ample authority to obtain funding information if necessary, says Stewart Ackerly at Statera Capital.

  • LA's High-Value Real Estate Transfer Tax Should Be Scrapped

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    Los Angeles’ recently implemented high-value property transfer tax has chilled the real estate market, is failing to meet revenue expectations and raises significant constitutional concerns, making it a flawed piece of legislation that should be invalidated, says attorney Paul Weinberg.

  • How Attys Can Avoid Exposing Their Firms To Cyberattacks

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    Attorneys are the weakest link in their firms' cyberdefenses because hackers often exploit the gap between individuals’ work and personal cybersecurity habits, but there are some steps lawyers can take to reduce the risks they create for their employers, say Mark Hurley and Carmine Cicalese at Digital Privacy & Protection.

  • Foreign Investment In Real Estate Is Getting More Complicated

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    Increasing federal scrutiny and a proliferation of new state laws targeting foreign investment in real estate may complicate or prevent transactions even by U.S. companies or funds that have shareholders or limited partners from China and other countries of concern, say attorneys at Akin.

  • Virginia 'Rocket Docket' Slowdown Is Likely A Blip

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    After being the fastest or second-fastest federal civil trial court for 14 straight years, the Eastern District of Virginia has slid to 18th place, but the rocket docket’s statistical tumble doesn't mean the district no longer maintains a speedy civil docket, says Robert Tata at Hunton.

  • Home Equity Option Contracts Appear Ripe For Rating

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    Given that home equity option contracts share similarities with evolving asset types like litigation funding, and that courts continue to characterize them as real estate option contracts, it seems they are poised to be rated in the near future, say Darius Horton and Holly Spencer Bunting at Mayer Brown.

  • 5 Management Tips To Keep Law Firm Merger Talks Moving

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    Many law firm mergers that make solid business sense still fall apart due to the costs and frustrations of inefficient negotiations, but firm managers can increase the chance of success by effectively planning and executing merger discussions, say Lisa Smith and Kristin Stark at Fairfax Associates.

  • 2 Critical Shortfalls In Fla. Condo Safety Amendments

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    New amendments to Florida's Building Safety Act provide condominium associations with more flexibility to comply with inspection deadlines, but vaguely defined extension criteria and unambiguous lines of responsibility warrant further legislative action, say Jordan Isrow and Andrew Ingber at Government Law Group.

  • Rethinking In-Office Attendance For Associate Retention

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    The hybrid office attendance model doesn't work for all employees, but it does for many — and balancing these two groups is important for associate retention and maintaining a BigLaw firm culture that supports all attorneys, says Summer Eberhard at Major Lindsey.

  • Justices' Minn. Takings Ruling May Have Broad Impact

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Tyler v. Hennepin County that a Minnesota tax foreclosure violated the U.S. Constitution's takings clause may, beyond resolving a circuit split, influence well-established foreclosure laws across the U.S., say Emily Ladd and Gregory Nowak at Miller Canfield.