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|CFPB Increases Scrutiny With Respect to Mortgage Loan Advertising Practices|
Jack J. Lah; Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A.;
March 24, 2015, previously published on March 3, 2015The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ("CFPB") has been quite active over the past thirty days. The CFPB has, as of late, increased its scrutiny with respect to mortgage loan advertising practices, alleged kickbacks and reverse mortgages.
|It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s...Super Priority! A Brief Primer on Purchase Money Security Interests|
Jamie Watkins Bruno; Williams Mullen;
March 24, 2015, previously published on March 5, 2015A “purchase-money security interest” (or “PMSI”) is a security interest securing a “purchase-money obligation”, or an obligation incurred by a debtor to buy collateral (known as “purchase-money collateral”). Such obligation can be in the form of...
|Payment by Installments for Changing the Permitted Use of the Land Parcel in Moscow is Possible|
Elena Stepanova; Capital Legal Services;
March 23, 2015, previously published on March 2015The Moscow Government provided the landowners an opportunity to pay for the permitted use in installments
|Apartment Living in the Lehigh Valley’s Cities on the Rapid Increase|
Scott B. Allinson; Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A. A Professional Corporation;
March 23, 2015, previously published on January 21, 2015It was recently reported that a 62-year-old long-time resident of North Whitehall Township is planning to sell his 3,400 square foot home in order to move into City Center’s new Strata Flats apartment complex located directly across from the PPL Center Arena and new Marriott Renaissance...
|Is Your Real Property Tax Too High? Now is the Time to Consider a Protest or Appeal|
Laura J. Genovich, Steven L. Owen; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
March 20, 2015, previously published on March 6, 2015As a result of an improving Michigan economy, real property values have been on the rise, and property taxes are following suit. Tax assessors have been busy at work assessing property values during January and February. If you own personal or commercial real property you either have, or will soon...
|Supreme Court Rules for Borrowers In Decision Clarifying Rights of Rescission Under Truth in Lending Act|
Steven L. Owen, Patricia J. Scott; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
March 20, 2015, previously published on March 6, 2015The Truth in Lending Act (TILA) grants borrowers certain rights, including the right to rescind or cancel a mortgage contract within three days of signing the mortgage. It also gives borrowers three years to rescind if the lender fails to provide all of the required disclosures at closing. The...
|Who Gets the House?|
Thomas D. Begley, Douglas M. Nelson; Capehart & Scatchard, P.A.;
March 20, 2015, previously published on March 19, 2015Frequently, disputes arise between the executors and beneficiaries of an estate concerning the disposition of a deceased individual’s home. (The content of this blog applies to administrators of intestate estates and trustees of revocable living trusts as well. However, to make the reading...
|Not So Fast My Friend: Tax Court Holds That A Part-Time Landlord Was Not Really A Real Estate Professional|
Matthew R. Ottemann; McGrath North Mullin & Kratz, PC LLO;
March 20, 2015, previously published on 1st Quarter, 2015Many people invest in rental real estate as a way to build wealth and invest for the future. However, one negative aspect of real estate investing is that, for many small-time investors, losses incurred in rental real estate cannot be immediately deducted. This is because of the IRS’ rules on...
|A Guide to Land-Lease Agreements for Farmers and Landowners|
Todd W. Hoppe; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
March 20, 2015, previously published on January 27, 2015Farmers have two basic options when it comes to holding land: own it or lease it. Though many farmers prefer to own all of their land, it is rarely possible. Good farmland is often held by families for generations, and is rarely offered for sale. When land is offered for sale, stiff competition...
|Zoning and the Fifth Amendment: When do Zoning Regulations “Go Too Far”?|
Scott H. Hogan, Julie C. LaVille; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
March 20, 2015, previously published on March 6, 2015The Michigan Court of Appeals recently rejected a landowner’s challenge of a zoning restriction as a regulatory taking requiring just compensation under the Fifth Amendment. In Grand/Sakwa of Northfield, LLC v. Twp. of Northfield, 304 Mich. App. 137, 851 N.W.2d 574 (Mich. Ct. App. 2014), the...