Residential

  • July 10, 2024

    7th Circ. Says Foreclosure Limits Man's Fire Coverage Claim

    A homeowner did not have an insurable interest in the full value of a home that burned down while in foreclosure, the Seventh Circuit ruled, affirming that recovery was limited to the value of his temporary right to possess the property until 30 days after its judicial sale was confirmed.

  • July 10, 2024

    Former McElroy Deutsch CFO Hits Ch. 11 Amid Theft Cases

    McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter's former chief financial officer filed for bankruptcy in New Jersey this week as he awaits sentencing for embezzling over $1.5 million from the firm over a period of years via fraudulent bonuses.

  • July 10, 2024

    The Real Estate Bankruptcies Making Headlines This Year

    The real estate industry is no stranger to distress, but recent market headwinds have made it even harder for certain companies to chart the course to calmer seas. Catch up on the major real estate bankruptcy developments that have made headlines so far this year.

  • July 10, 2024

    Real Estate Fundraising Charts Slow Recovery

    Private real estate fundraising remains fairly weak at the midpoint of the year, though investors have been building more of an appetite for the property industry that should lift prospects in the coming months.

  • July 10, 2024

    Insurer, Property Cos. Settle Lead Poisoning Coverage Suit

    An insurer for a Detroit property owner and manager told a Michigan federal court they have settled their coverage dispute over a woman's claims that her 2-year-old girl suffered lead poisoning at the property, which she said was left in a state of disrepair.

  • July 10, 2024

    Sheppard Mullin Adds Winston & Strawn Real Estate Duo

    Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP has strengthened its real estate, energy, land use and environmental practice with two partners in Houston who joined from Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • July 10, 2024

    Wash. Condo Assoc. Wants Allstate To Cover $9.7M In Repairs

    A Washington condominium association is suing Allstate Insurance Co. in federal court, saying it broke their coverage agreement by refusing to cover $9.7 million in repairs for "hidden damage" to the buildings' exteriors.

  • July 10, 2024

    CFPB Pitches Plan To 'Streamline' Mortgage Servicing Rules

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Wednesday that it wants to revamp its mortgage servicing rules to make it faster and easier for struggling homeowners to access forbearance and other relief options, proposing changes that draw in part on lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • July 10, 2024

    Cushman's Retail Leader Talks Malls' Evolution

    What do a pickleball court, a beer garden, a boxing ring and a hospital have in common? Depending on where you are in the U.S., you may come across any one of these at your local shopping mall, said Cushman & Wakefield's retail practice group leader.

  • July 09, 2024

    Manhattan Borough Prez Seeks Changes In NYC Housing Plan

    Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine detailed proposed changes Tuesday for New York City Mayor Eric Adams' "City of Yes for Housing Opportunity" affordable housing plan, including a sunset on simplified office-to-residential conversions.

  • July 09, 2024

    No Respite For Sunbelt In Nationwide Apartment Permit Drop

    The number of permits issued to developers of multifamily housing in the first half of 2024 marked a nearly 30% dip from levels seen during the same period in 2021, 2022 and 2023, according to a report released by Redfin on Tuesday.

  • July 09, 2024

    Mich. Property Tax Elimination Fails To Get On 2024 Ballot

    A constitutional amendment that would have eliminated Michigan's property taxes will not appear on the 2024 state ballot after its backers failed to submit the signatures needed to qualify, the secretary of state's office confirmed Tuesday.

  • July 09, 2024

    Tampa Atty Accused Of Fraud In Long-Running House Dispute

    A Tampa-area estate lawyer has been accused of fraud conspiracy in a state court lawsuit brought by a former tax attorney who alleges that her house was taken to collect fees stemming from a false guardianship case, saying a court order that revoked possession of the property violated the Florida Constitution.

  • July 09, 2024

    Fund Scores $83M For Workforce Housing Investments

    Clear Investment Group raised more than $83 million for a fund that aims to "maximize investor value through the stabilization of distressed workforce housing," the multifamily real estate investment firm said Tuesday.

  • July 09, 2024

    REIT Closes On Ground Leases For Calif. Affordable Projects

    Real estate investment trust Safehold Inc. announced that the company has closed on ground leases for the development of four affordable housing communities in Santa Clara, California, and Concord, California.

  • July 09, 2024

    2 Firms Guide Bain Capital Investment In Resi Lender

    Dechert LLP and Irella & Manella LLP oversaw Bain Capital's purchase of a controlling stake in residential lender Archwest Capital, a deal that will see Archwest's management retain a significant minority stake, per a statement from the investor.

  • July 09, 2024

    Fla. Agrees To Stronger CWA Protections For Piney Point Site

    Conservation groups said they've reached an agreement with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to settle litigation over a phosphogypsum facility in Manatee County, with state regulators agreeing to a draft Clean Water Act permit for the site.

  • July 08, 2024

    SD Homeowners Want Quick Win For Underground Mine Suit

    A proposed class of South Dakota homeowners pushed for a quick win in a suit accusing South Dakota of leaving behind a 40-foot underground gypsum mine that's causing their properties to fall into holes and other property damage.

  • July 08, 2024

    Fried Frank Guides $295M Financing For Kushner's NJ Project

    Real estate developer and manager Kushner Cos. LLC obtained $295 million in construction financing for the second phase of its 1,723-unit, mixed-use skyscraper project in Jersey City, New Jersey, in a loan deal advised by Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP, the firm said on Monday.

  • July 08, 2024

    Philly Charter School Exec Sentenced To 1½ Years In Prison

    Shahied Dawan, a former nonprofit executive for a Philadelphia charter school and low-income housing nonprofit founded by R&B producer Kenny Gamble, was sentenced to 18 months in prison Monday for conspiring to conceal embezzlement from the organization.

  • July 08, 2024

    Feds Aim To Expand Military Site List For Land Deal Reviews

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Monday proposed putting 59 more military sites on its radar when it reviews real estate deals for national security issues, a move that comes on the heels of the White House's crackdown on a Chinese-owned cryptocurrency mine near a Wyoming air base.

  • July 08, 2024

    Frost Brown Adds Former Solo Land Use Atty In Calif.

    Frost Brown Todd LLP has brought on a former solo practitioner and veteran California attorney with expertise in the state's environmental quality act in the firm's San Francisco office, the firm announced Monday.

  • July 08, 2024

    Calif. Realtor Sued Over Use Of Kanye West's Ranch Photos

    A real estate photographer has accused a property listings site in California federal court of stealing his photos of a Hidden Hills, California, ranch home that used to be owned by controversial rap artist Kanye West.

  • July 08, 2024

    Feds Say Petersen Bid Won't Cover HUD-Backed Loans

    The federal government Monday filed an objection to Petersen Health Care's proposed facilities sale, saying the $136 million in bids received by the company is insufficient to cover the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-backed mortgages on the properties.

  • July 05, 2024

    How Reshaped Circuit Courts Are Faring At The High Court

    Seminal rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court's latest term will reshape many facets of American society in the coming years. Already, however, the rulings offer glimpses of how the justices view specific circuit courts, which have themselves been reshaped by an abundance of new judges.

Expert Analysis

  • The Often Overlooked NY Foreclosure Notice Requirements

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    As multifamily real estate defaults mount, New York foreclosing parties should be aware of pitfalls and perils that can await the litigant who is not prepared to ensure adherence with tenant notice requirements under the Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law, say Christopher Gorman and John Muldoon at Rosenberg & Estis.

  • Skiing And Surfing Make Me A Better Lawyer

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    The skills I’ve learned while riding waves in the ocean and slopes in the mountains have translated to my legal career — developing strong mentor relationships, remaining calm in difficult situations, and being prepared and able to move to a backup plan when needed, says Brian Claassen at Knobbe Martens.

  • Zoning Reform May Alleviate The Affordable Housing Crisis

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    As America's affordable housing issues continue to worsen, zoning reform efforts can help to provide more affordable homes and mitigate racial and economic segregation, though opposition from residents and in courts could present challenges, say Evan Pritchard and Madeline Williams at Cozen O'Connor.

  • NJ Justices Clarify First-Party Indemnification Availability

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    In Boyle v. Huff, the New Jersey Supreme Court recently held that indemnification can be available in first-party claims, resolving an open question and setting up contracting parties for careful negotiations around indemnity clauses, says Todd Leon at Marshall Dennehey.

  • Fla. HOA Reforms Bring Major Wins For Homeowners

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    A recently signed law brings broad changes for homeowners associations in Florida, alleviating some pressure imposed by overly restrictive rules and potentially setting up litigation surrounding how HOAs enforce their governing documents, says Christopher Miller at Varnum.

  • Addressing Labor Shortages In The Construction Industry

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    As the construction industry's ongoing struggle with finding sufficient skilled workers continues, companies should consider a range of solutions including a commitment to in-house training and creative contracting protocols, say Brenda Radmacher and Allison Etkin at Akerman.

  • A Framework For Investigating Commercial Loan Fraud

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    As commercial loan transactions are increasingly subject to sophisticated fraud schemes, lenders must adopt dynamic strategies to detect, investigate and mitigate these schemes, say attorneys at Baker Donelson.

  • Glassblowing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    I never expected that glassblowing would strongly influence my work as an attorney, but it has taught me the importance of building a solid foundation for your work, learning from others and committing to a lifetime of practice, says Margaret House at Kalijarvi Chuzi.

  • How NY Co-Ops Can Minimize Sale Rejections Based On Price

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    New York co-op sales are regularly rejected for being below undisclosed price minimums, and co-op boards should address this problem by sharing information more transparently and allowing some flexibility for below-market sales, say Pierre Debbas and Seth Feldman at Romer Debbas.

  • Money, Money, Money: Limiting White Collar Wealth Evidence

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    As courts increasingly recognize that allowing unfettered evidence of wealth could prejudice a jury against a defendant, white collar defense counsel should consider several avenues for excluding visual evidence of a lavish lifestyle at trial, says Jonathan Porter at Husch Blackwell.

  • High Court's BofA Ruling Leaves State Preemption Questions

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    A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Cantero v. Bank of America sheds light on whether certain state banking regulations apply to federally chartered banks, but a circuit split could still force the Supreme Court to take a more direct position, says Brett Garver at Moritt Hock.

  • How A Bumblebee Got Under Calif. Wildlife Regulator's Bonnet

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    A California bumblebee's listing as an endangered species could lead to a regulatory quagmire as California Department of Fish and Wildlife permits now routinely include survey requirements for the bee, but the regulator has yet to determine what the species needs for conservation, says David Smith at Manatt.

  • The Clock Is Ticking For Fla. Construction Defect Claims

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    Ahead of the fast-approaching July 1 deadline for filing construction defect claims in Florida, Sean Ravenel at Foran Glennon discusses how the state's new statute of repose has changed the timeline, and highlights several related issues that property owners should be aware of.