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Residential | November 2018 
A Privacy Law Heard Around the World
In the mortgage industry, compliance issues usually involve protections for borrowers in terms of equal housing opportunities, as well as loan quality or profitability. Typically, the industry focuses...
By Kathryne (Kate) M. Morris, privacy and technology lawyer, Clark Hill Strasburger; and Stacey Geringer, president, Collabrian Design & Technology and Mortgage Bank Solutions

Commercial | February 2018 
Don’t Let Environmental Hazards Drag You Down
Today’s real estate market is heavily influenced by environmental concerns. Anyone having a financial interest in real estate needs to know if potential environmental problems may involve them in expe...
By Michael Novak, president, Atlantic Environmental Solutions Inc. (AESI)

Commercial | November 2017 
CRE’s Future is Uncertain From a Legislative Standpoint
This year seemed to hold potential to be a fruitful one on the legislative front for the U.S. commercial real estate (CRE) industry, with proposals on big issues like infrastructure and tax reform loo...
By Robert M. Brierley, chair and chief electer officer, Buildding Owners and Managers Association (BOMA)

Residential | January 2017 
New Day Coming for MSAs
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently had its wings clipped. The setback for the regulator was the result of a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in ...
By Stanley M. Gordon, managing member, Gordon & Associates

Commercial | August 2016 
Just Overlook Background Checks?
Under new standards adopted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), landlords risk sanctions if they refuse to rent to individuals with criminal records. By learning the details...
By Odell Murry, president, MAI Financial Services Inc.

Commercial | August 2016 
Ask the Right Questions Upfront
It happens all too often. A mortgage broker submits a commercial-property loan proposal to a lender and, at some point in the process, the deal falls apart for one reason or another. More often ...
By Rob Diodato, president, York Commercial Finance

Commercial | May 2016 
Avoid ‘Dead Deal’ Lawsuits
The white-hot commercial real estate market may be showing signs of slowing down. Impending interest rate hikes, a volatile stock market, China’s economic slowdown and plunging oil prices all have imp...
By Gregory Markow, partner and chair of the litigation practice team, Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP

Residential | February 2016 
Super-Lien Laws Are Trumping Lenders’ Collateral Position
In recent years, one trend in the mortgage industry that has caused lenders some heartburn is the emergence of so-called “super liens.” Numerous states now give assessment lien...
By Danielle Fagre Arlowe, senior vice president, American Financial Services Association

Commercial | December 2015 
Business or Personal?
Establishing a limited liability company, or LLC, can be an effective and tax-efficient way to protect personal assets from business liabilities. But the advantages can fall apart when an LLC is hapha...
By Phil Jelsma, partner and chair of the tax practice team, Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLC (CGS3); and Gregory Markow, partner and chair of the litigation practice team, Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP

Residential | December 2015 
Scrutiny of Marketing Pacts Ramps Up
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB’s) recent enforcement actions concerning marketing-services agreements (MSAs), combined with the decision of several large mortgage lenders to terminat...
By Daniella Casseres, attorney, Offit Kurman PA’s financial institutions-compliance practice group

Commercial | February 2003 
Theater Wheelchair Seating Ruling Could Directly Impact the Real Estate Industry
In a recent court decision, United States v. AMC Entertainment (AMC), a Los Angeles judge ruled that AMC’s wheelchair seating at stadium-style theaters violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (AD...
By Phillip G. Nichols, Founding Member, Pircher, Nichols & Meeks

Commercial | July 2004 
Legal Structure Basics
(Reprinted with permission from “Building Business Briefs,” National Association of Home Builders) Whether you are starting a home building or remodeling business, thinking of reorganizing your ...
By Jennifer H. Elder, CFO, Tiffany Construction

Residential | May 2004 
Step-by-Step Procedures for Effective Lobbying
SECTION A: Start early with your lobbying efforts. To be successful:I – Instruct the Chapter Chairperson to:             A – Do his/her homework:                         1 –...
By Nancy Bolt, CMC, CRMS, President, Sun Mortgage

Residential | February 2004 
How to Generate More Leads in Less Time
First of all, let me say that there is really no magic nor luck in the mortgage business. It takes a great strategy, a huge amount of desire, an incredible marketing plan, and a real attitude to succe...
By Bill Sparkman, creator, Circle of Champions

Commercial | July 2005 
Clear the hurdles of financing and like-kind exchanges
Real estate like-kind exchanges would be far simpler if they only involved the sale of relinquished property and the acquisition of replacement property without the issues raised by financing. Howev...
By Jonathan Black, partner, Brown Rudnick Berlack Israel LLC

 
 

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