Category Archives: Real Estate Law

Topics that are of interest to the real estate community, with an emphasis on commercial, industrial, or multi-dwelling units.

Monthly New Residential Construction, May 2018

A news release yesterday from the Census Bureau stated that, “Privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits in May were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,301,000. This is 4.6 percent below the revised April rate of 1,364,000, but is 8.0 percent above the May 2017 rate of 1,205,000. Single-family authorizations in May were… Continue Reading

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Shared Equity: New Home Buyers Seeking Outside Investors For Down Payment Assistance

Tara Siegel Bernard reported earlier this month at The New York Times Online that, “For aspiring homeowners, coming up with a healthy down payment has long been the biggest obstacle to owning a home. “With property values soaring in many areas — median prices in San Jose, Calif., and Denver are 60 percent above their… Continue Reading

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Existing Home Sales Fell in April

Laura Kusisto and Sarah Chaney reported last week at The Wall Street Journal Online that, “Sales of previously owned U.S. homes declined in April, as inventory shortages and rising prices weigh on the market and higher mortgage rates begin to pose a threat to demand for the first time in years. “Existing-home sales fell 2.5%… Continue Reading

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National Home Values on the Rise

Bloomberg writer Alexandre Tanzi reported this week that, “National home values have increased 8.7 percent since last April to a median value of $215,600, according to Zillow. “Newly released data from the Federal Housing Finance Agency confirm the widespread gains seen by Zillow as home prices rose in all 50 states and the District of Columbia… Continue Reading

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For Real-Estate Agents Trying to Sell Property, You Never Know Who Might try to Sink a Sale

Katherine Clarke reported this week at The Wall Street Journal Online that, “A home sale can have many potential deal killers. Emotions can run high. There can be hidden agendas. From tenants who don’t want to move to the child who doesn’t want to see the family home sold, third-party players can block or undo… Continue Reading

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The Growing Role of L.L.C.s in the Housing Market

New York Times writer Emily Badger reported earlier this week that, “L.L.C.s shield property owners from personal liability while obscuring their identities. In some cases, so much anonymity also enables money laundering, and it can mean that tenants struggle to hold landlords accountable, that cities fail to fix blight and that researchers can’t answer basic… Continue Reading

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Barley Preferences in Craft Brews Impacting Midwest Growers

Kristen Leigh Painter reported late last month at the Minneapolis Star Tribune Online that, “As beer drinkers exchange their American lagers for craft brews, demand for barley has shifted to a version of the crop not often grown in the Midwest. “It’s a change that recently led Cargill Inc. to decide to close a North… Continue Reading

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USDA Supports Specialty Crop Industry with Multi-State Initiatives

A news release yesterday from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) stated that, “[USDA] today announced the funding of $7 million to support 11 projects in six states to develop solutions to challenges affecting the specialty crop industries that cross state boundaries. The awards are managed through the Specialty Crop Multi-State Program (SCMP) administered by… Continue Reading

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EU Moves to Completely Ban Pesticides That Harm Bees

Associated Press writer Raf Casert reported late last week that, “The European Union made a key breakthrough on Friday to completely ban pesticides that harm bees and their crop pollination. “The 28 member states got a large majority, representing some three-quarters of its population, backing the ban on the three prevalent neonicotinoid pesticides which will… Continue Reading

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Malting Startups in Nebraska Working With Barley Growers

Paul Hammel reported last week at the Omaha World-Herald Online that, “Like the pioneers of old, Zach Davy and his business partner, Bill Hall, are stepping into virgin territory in Nebraska. “And they are discovering that in plowing new ground, you hit a few stumps. “In an out-of-the-way warehouse off Interstate 80 in Omaha, the… Continue Reading

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