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|U.S. Treasury Department Expands its 'Real Estate GTOs' to Require Title Insurance Companies and Their Agents To Report the Ultimate Beneficial Owners of Entities Used To Buy Residential Real Estate in All-Cash Purchases in Six Metropolitan Areas|
Shannon L. Bothwell, Jared E. Dwyer, Carl A. Fornaris, Robert J. Ivanhoe, Gary A. Saul; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
August 5, 2016, previously published on July 29, 2016On July 27, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of the U.S. Department of the Treasury (FinCEN) issued a press release announcing new Geographic Targeting Orders (GTOs) applicable to certain U.S. title insurance companies and their subsidiaries and “agents” (collectively, the...
|First Aid for Property Owners Association|
Margaret Shea Burnham, Erin Sloan Cowan; Nexsen Pruet, LLC;
August 5, 2016, previously published on May 9, 2016In December 2015, Margaret Burnham and Erin Cowan presented a course entitled "First Aid for POAs: Tips for preventing and repairing mistakes in planned communities." It begins
|Developer Control of Homeowner Associations Could Diminish in South Carolina|
John P. Carroll; Nexsen Pruet, LLC;
August 5, 2016, previously published on April 28, 2016The South Carolina 2015-2016 Appropriation Act established the "South Carolina Committee on Homeowners Associations." Thirteen individuals, consisting of lawmakers, developers, homeowner association managers and property owners were appointed to debate various issues affecting the level...
|Supreme Court Allows Landowners To Challenge Wetlands Determinations|
Margaret M. Witherup; Gordon Feinblatt LLC;
August 5, 2016, previously published on June 10, 2016The U.S. Supreme Court gave private property owners a victory last week in holding that a landowner can challenge an Army Corps of Engineers determination that its peat mining operation contained a wetland protected by the Clean Water Act. In the case of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co.,...
|New Zealand Authorities Impose Fine for Real Estate Agency Price Fixing|
Prudence Smith, Nick Taylor; Jones Day;
August 3, 2016, previously published on July 2016New Zealand's High Court has fined a real estate agency that engaged in price fixing and other anticompetitive conduct in the Manawatu real estate market. Unique Realty Limited had entered into an agreement with at least 10 other agencies to pass on to home sellers, rather than to absorb, listing...
|Community Hub Strategies for Social Enterprise|
Brennan M. Carroll, Ryma Nasrallah, Nick G. Pasquino; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
August 3, 2016, previously published on July 25, 2016In August 2015, Premier Wynne's Community Hubs Framework Advisory Group released a report titled Community Hubs in Ontario: A Strategic Framework and Action Plan (the "Community Hubs Action Plan"). The report identified barriers to community hub development and presented recommendations,...
|Federal Court Diversity Jurisdiction Involving Unincorporated REITs: REIT Citizenship Is Based on Citizenship of Its Shareholders|
Duane Morris LLP;
August 2, 2016, previously published on March 11, 2016On March 7, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States held that the citizenship of a Maryland real estate investment trust (“REIT”), for diversity jurisdiction purposes, is based on the citizenship of all its members, including its shareholders. In Americold Realty Trust v. ConAgra...
|Fair Housing Update: Time to Rethink Blanket Prohibition Against Criminals|
Jason W. Klimek; Boylan Code, LLP;
July 28, 2016, previously published on June 13, 2016On April 4, 2016, The Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) announced new guidance on the HUD’s interpretation of how the Fair Housing Act applies to would-be tenants with criminal convictions.
|Advanced Property Tax Strategies for 2016|
Michael S. "Mike" Hagen; Hagen Law Firm;
July 15, 2016, previously published by Suite Life Magazine on July 2016Advanced FL property tax appeal strategies
|Argentina Relaxes Restrictions on Ownership of Rural Properties by Foreigners|
Victor P. Haley; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
July 14, 2016, previously published on July 11, 2016On June 29, 2016, the Argentine executive branch enacted decree 820/2016 (the New Decree), easing certain restrictions imposed under existing law on the acquisition and leasing of rural lands by foreign individuals and legal entities (Law No. 26,737, enacted in 2011 by the former administration,...