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.

Investors Look to Businesses That Make it Faster and Easier to Sell a House

Wall Street Journal writers Laura Kusisto and Rolfe Winkler reported last week that, “Real-estate listings company Zillow Group is getting into the business of buying and flipping homes, a risky and untested business model for the online service that could disrupt the traditional brokerage business. “Zillow said Thursday it will purchase homes from consumers in… Continue Reading

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Consumers More Optimistic About the Economy, But Less So on Home Purchases

Wall Street Journal writers Laura Kusisto and Christina Rexrode reported this week that, “More Americans are stretching to buy homes, the latest sign that rising prices are making homeownership more difficult for a broad swath of potential buyers. “Roughly one in five conventional mortgage loans made this winter went to borrowers spending more than 45% of… Continue Reading

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The Economics of Home Buying are Getting Interesting

Neil Irwin reported last week at The New York Times Online that, “This spring’s home sales season is shaping up to be the most interesting one in years. “The housing market will depend on which opposing force proves more powerful: long-term fundamentals of supply and demand, or near-term ripples emanating from Washington and Wall Street…. Continue Reading

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Unlikely Candidate for Tech Disruption: Agriculture, Livestock and Virtual-Fencing

Mike Cherney reported today at The Wall Street Journal Online that, “The fences that crisscross the vast ranches of the U.S. and Australian Outback seem like an unlikely candidate for tech disruption. “But several startups are betting that high-tech collars for cattle, goats and other livestock could render the fences obsolete, enabling farmers to round… Continue Reading

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Home Prices Continue to Grow at a Rapid Pace

Laura Kusisto reported yesterday at The Wall Street Journal Online that, “Home prices continued to grow at a rapid pace in the first month of 2018, as a new tax law and rising mortgage rates made little dent in demand in the early weeks of the year. “The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller National Home Price Index,… Continue Reading

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Fewer New Houses are Being Built in America

Laura Kusisto reported earlier this week at The Wall Street Journal Online that, “America is facing a new housing crisis. A decade after an epic construction binge, fewer homes are being built per household than at almost any time in U.S. history. “Home construction per household a decade after the bust remains near the lowest… Continue Reading

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Spring Home Sales Could Weaken

Laura Kusisto reported earlier this week at The Wall Street Journal Online that, “The economy is booming, take-home pay is rising and millennials are getting married and having children. Despite all those homebuying catalysts, real-estate agents said this could be one of the weakest spring selling seasons in recent years. “The culprits: rising mortgage rates,… Continue Reading

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U.S. Home Prices Increase

Laura Kusisto reported this week at The Wall Street Journal Online that, “Home prices continued to rise rapidly in the waning days of 2017, but there are early signs that price gains that have well outstripped wages and inflation could begin to ease this year. “The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller National Home Price Index, which covers… Continue Reading

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Craft Breweries Boosting Local Economies

C.J. Hughes reported yesterday at The New York Times Online that, “As Equilibrium Brewery opened for business here [Middletown, N.Y.] on a recent Saturday morning, fans were already lined up outside for a fresh batch of its hazy-colored ales. “The travelers, who came from Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, snapped up as many… Continue Reading

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Court Blocks California Plans to Put Cancer Warnings on Products Containing Glyphosate

Reuters writer Tom Polansek reported yesterday that, “A federal judge has temporarily blocked California’s plans to require cancer warnings on products containing the popular weed killer glyphosate, in a win for manufacturer Monsanto Co. “U.S. District Judge William Shubb said the warnings would be misleading because glyphosate is not known to cause cancer, according to… Continue Reading

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