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

  • Property Owner Considerations Around Electric Vehicle Bans

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    In light of a property management company's recent ban on electric vehicles in Canada, it's worth considering how similar bans might fare in Florida and other U.S. states, and the legal ramifications that could potentially arise, say Gerardo Ortega and Gary Kaleita at Lowndes.

  • Trump NY Fraud Trial Shows Civil, Criminal Case Differences

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    Former President Donald Trump’s civil fraud trial currently unfolding in New York provides a reminder that civil bench trials can be just as damaging, if not more so, than criminal prosecutions, due to several key elements of civil litigation procedure, says retired attorney David Moskowitz.

  • Why NYC Building Owners Shouldn't Ignore Emissions Rule

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    New rules from the New York City Department of Buildings clarify the previously vague good faith efforts that building owners may make to mitigate penalties for not complying with a major carbon emission law that takes effect in January, and should discourage owners from simply paying the fines instead of decarbonizing, says William McCracken at Moritt Hock.

  • What NJ's Green Remediation Guidance Means For Cleanups

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    Recent guidance from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection promoting greener approaches to restoring contaminated sites demonstrates the state's commitment to sustainability and environmental justice — but could also entail more complexity, higher costs and longer remediation timelines, say J. Michael Showalter and Bradley Rochlen at ArentFox Schiff.

  • A New Path Forward For Surplus Land Owners In Calif.

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    A new California law signed last month enables some religious institutions and nonprofit colleges to build affordable housing on surplus land, and its requirements — which are more manageable than they may appear — will support long-term benefits including good housing and the survival of worthy institutions, says Stephen Wilson at Withers.

  • Inside Bank Regulators' Community Lending Law Overhaul

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    The federal banking agencies' recently finalized changes to the Community Reinvestment Act not only account for the gradual shift to an environment where lending and deposit-taking are primarily conducted online, but also implement other updates such as diversity initiatives and a new series of lending tests, say attorneys at Norton Rose.

  • A Bird's Eye View Of NYC's New Parapet Inspection Law

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    Building owners in New York City should be ready for the city's new parapet inspection requirements going into effect in January, which will likely necessitate additional construction work for countless buildings not previously subject to formal inspections, says Benjamin Fox Tracy at Braverman Greenspun.

  • AI Isn't The Wild West, So Prepare Now For Bias Risks

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    In addition to President Joe Biden's recent historic executive order on safe, secure and trustworthy artificial intelligence, there are existing federal and state laws prohibiting fraud, defamation and even discrimination, so companies considering using or developing AI should take steps to minimize legal and business risks, says civil rights attorney Farhana Khera.

  • AI's Baked-In Bias: What To Watch Out For

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    The federal AI executive order is a direct acknowledgment of the perils of inherent bias in artificial intelligence systems, and highlights the need for legal professionals to thoroughly vet AI systems, including data and sources, algorithms and AI training methods, and more, say Jonathan Hummel and Jonathan Talcott at Ballard Spahr.

  • Calif. Ruling May Open Bankruptcy Trustees To Tort Liability

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    In Martin v. Gladstone, a recent California appellate court decision, the application of tort concepts to bankruptcy trustees could pose a new concern for trustees and federal receivers when controlling and maintaining commercial property, says Jarrett Osborne-Revis at Buchalter.

  • 5th Circ. Ruling May Beget Fraud Jury Instruction Appeals

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    The Fifth Circuit’s recent U.S. v. Greenlaw decision, disapproving disjunctive fraudulent-intent jury instructions, will likely spawn appeals in mail, wire and securities fraud cases, but defendants must show that their deception furthered ends other than taking the victim's property, says Charles Fowler at McKool Smith.

  • Considerations For Navigating Mixed-Use Developments

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    As mixed-use developments continue to rise in popularity, developers considering this approach to urban planning must be aware of key considerations ranging from title and zoning laws to proper engagement with stakeholders, says Mehdi Sinaki at Michelman & Robinson.

  • 1st Tax Easement Convictions Will Likely Embolden DOJ, IRS

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    After recent convictions in the first criminal tax fraud trial over allegedly abusive syndicated conservation easements, the IRS and U.S. Department of Justice will likely pursue other promoters for similar alleged conspiracies — though one acquittal may help attorneys better evaluate their clients' exposure, say Bill Curtis and Lauren DeSantis-Then at Polsinelli.