Residential

  • May 02, 2024

    Kushner-Owned Co. Owes $15M For Scrapped Apartment Deal

    A New Jersey appeals panel has ordered a company owned by Kushner Cos. LLC to pay $15 million to real estate sellers in a $186 million deal that fell apart during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • May 02, 2024

    Split Conn. Supreme Court Says No To 'Ratio' Utility Bills

    In a rare 4-3 opinion, the Connecticut Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that a corporate landlord cannot use a ratio utility billing system to divide monthly costs among units not equipped with precise individual meters, stressing a legislative policy of protecting tenants from fluctuating fees beyond their immediate control.

  • May 02, 2024

    Simpson Thacher Adds Real Estate Partner In NY

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP said on May 2 that it has hired Aron M. Zuckerman, an attorney with experience advising lenders in financing real estate projects, as a partner in its New York office.

  • May 02, 2024

    GTIS Expands JV With Homebuilder To $6B Worth Of Housing

    GTIS Partners has grown its partnership with homebuilder Hovnanian Enterprises to now build $6 billion worth of homes, including new construction in Florida and New Jersey, the companies announced May 2.

  • May 02, 2024

    Eckert Seamans Sues For Inclusive Zoning Fight Fees

    Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott says a group representing Pittsburgh-area developers still owes nearly $76,000 in legal fees for the firm's work on a federal suit challenging an "inclusive zoning" ordinance, according to a complaint filed in Pennsylvania state court Thursday.

  • May 02, 2024

    Nixon Peabody Adds Two Community Finance Attys In DC

    Nixon Peabody LLP has hired two partners, who will focus their practices on helping nonprofits and other clients understand and obtain tax credits for a range of community development projects, to its community development finance practice in Washington, D.C., the firm announced Thursday.

  • May 01, 2024

    Ex-State Dept. Adviser To Co-Lead Klasko's Investor Visa Team

    A former U.S. Department of State attorney-adviser has left government service to co-lead Klasko Immigration Law Partners' EB-5 regional center and developer practice, the firm recently announced.

  • May 01, 2024

    Judges Say Homeowners' Fight Over Airport Not Grounded Yet

    A Washington couple violated their homeowners' association covenants by running a wing-walking flight school out of their home, but it is unclear if they ran afoul of community rules by using an association-owned airstrip for their business, according to a state appeals court opinion reversing a restriction on the couple's use of the airstrip.

  • May 01, 2024

    Colo. House OKs Tax Credits For Middle-Income Housing

    The Colorado House approved a pilot program Wednesday to provide a tax credit to developers of housing aimed at middle-income residents

  • May 01, 2024

    NY Man Charged With $43M Hospitality Ponzi Scheme

    A Manhattan resident was charged Wednesday with soliciting $43 million in investments through a Ponzi scheme that peddled false claims about his company's business interests in cryptocurrency, Las Vegas sports stadiums and hospitality.

  • May 01, 2024

    Nationstar Beats COVID-Related Loan Aid Suit For Now

    Nationstar Mortgage temporarily dodged a Pennsylvania federal lawsuit alleging the loan servicer wrongly denied COVID-19 loss mitigation assistance for delinquent mortgages, but the proposed class can refile their claims.

  • May 01, 2024

    Family Trust Asks Justices To Review $16.2M Tax Row

    A family trust established by grandparents for their five grandchildren asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Third Circuit ruling finding the trust was the nominee of an adult son with $16.2 million in tax liabilities, saying the decision stands to upset estate planning norms.

  • May 01, 2024

    Colo. House OKs Boost To Affordable Housing Tax Credit

    Colorado would increase the funds available for the state's affordable housing tax credits for six years under legislation approved Wednesday by the state House of Representatives.

  • May 01, 2024

    Construction Spending Down In March, Census Bureau Says

    National construction spending was down slightly between February and March, falling 0.2% to just more than $2.083 billion, which is still nearly 9.6% higher than this time last year, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Wednesday.

  • May 01, 2024

    Essex Still Watching Tech Jobs, Housing Court Backlogs

    Essex Property Trust executives said Wednesday that they have their eye on incremental increases in tech sector job growth and decreases in housing court backlogs, two factors that have weighed heavily on the performance of the real estate investment trust's properties.

  • May 01, 2024

    More Withdraw From Conn. Atty Hacked Payment Lawsuits

    A series of withdrawals has cut into a voluminous pile of lawsuits surrounding a real estate attorney's wiring of money to the wrong people in connection with several real estate sales, with First American Title among the parties that filed recent withdrawal notices in the myriad matters.

  • May 01, 2024

    Invitation Homes Sees Growth Ahead, Announces New JV

    Invitation Homes Inc.'s chief executive told investors Wednesday that the company's results for 2024's first quarter give good reasons to be optimistic about the U.S. single-family rentals market for the rest of the year, including a newly inked joint venture.

  • May 01, 2024

    Fried Frank, Levitt & Boccio Guide $97M Cornell Campus Refi

    Cornell University refinanced Hudson Cos.' $97.5 million mortgage tied to a 350-unit sustainable residential tower on the university's New York City technology campus, in a deal guided by Levitt & Boccio LLP and Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP, per property records.

  • May 01, 2024

    MDC's Top Attorney Resigns After Sekisui House Merger

    Homebuilder MDC Holdings said its general counsel has announced his departure after Japanese firm Sekisui House Ltd. acquired the company in a nearly $5 billion transaction in January.

  • May 01, 2024

    What Attys Are Saying About The PFAS CERCLA Designation

    In the days since the Environmental Protection Agency classified two "forever chemicals" as hazardous, real estate and environmental attorneys have been analyzing how the move applies to their work.

  • May 01, 2024

    Real Estate Authority Is Moving To Thursday

    Beginning May 9, Law360 Real Estate Authority's two weekly newsletters — Commercial and Residential — will be distributed Thursday morning.

  • May 01, 2024

    Kennedy Wilson, Haseko Buy $90M Wash. Multifamily Builds

    Real estate investment company Kennedy Wilson and Japanese construction company Haseko Corp. partnered to purchase a pair of multifamily properties spanning 350 units in Vancouver, Washington, for $90 million, Kennedy Wilson announced.

  • May 01, 2024

    Swiss Firm Empira Eyes Long-Term Growth In US Housing

    The head of U.S. investments for Switzerland-based real estate investment firm Empira Group shared insights with Law360 Real Estate Authority on the opportunities the company saw in U.S. housing that have driven its recent arrival and growth on this side of the Atlantic.

  • April 30, 2024

    2nd Circ. Revives Commerzbank RMBS Suit Against US Bank

    The Second Circuit on Tuesday revived part of a nearly decade-old Commerzbank AG lawsuit brought against U.S. Bank NA over its role as a trustee on a slew of pre-2008 crisis RMBS trusts, sending some of the German bank's previously dismissed claims back to district court for a "closer inspection."

  • April 30, 2024

    Real Estate Leaders Ask Congress For Less Stick, More Carrot

    The federal government should incentivize home construction and office-to-residential conversions, avoid imposing more capital requirement rules on banks and refrain from treating commercial real estate monolithically, industry leaders testified to members of Congress on Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • States Must Fight Predatory Real Estate Listing Agreements

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    As momentum against long-term real estate listing agreements continues to grow, states should take action to render existing agreements unenforceable and discourage future unfair and deceptive trade practices in real estate, says Elizabeth Blosser at the American Land Title Association.

  • 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.