Development and Permitting

As a follow up to my colleague Allan Caggiano’s post here on the new 2016 ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey Standards, the Planning & Zoning Resource Company (PZR) has recently circulated an important advisory on the practical effects of the new survey standards and the interaction between the surveyor and the zoning report that is typically provided by a third party like PZR. Continue Reading Important Changes Resulting from New ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey Standards

Mintz Levin was a sponsor of IMN‘s 13th Annual Winter Forum on Real Estate Opportunity & Private Fund Investing held at the Montage resort in Laguna Beach.  The IMN conference is the premier West Coast conference on real estate investing and is attended by the most influential voices in the real estate industry. Continue Reading Costs and Practicalities of Utilizing Alternative Sources of Capital for New Acquisitions, Refinancings & Development

On February 23, 2016, the 2016 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys will become effective (superseding the 2011 ALTA/ACSM standards).

An overview of the changes (courtesy of Chicago Title Insurance Company) can be found at this LINK, and include (among others): Continue Reading 2016 ALTA/NSPS (formerly ALTA/ACSM) Land Title Survey Standards

Earlier today our colleagues in the Energy Technology practice posted an article regarding this morning’s congressional agreement on a year-end spending and massive tax deal that will bring 5-year extensions to both the Investment Tax Credit and Production Tax Credit. If passed through Congress and signed into law by President Obama, these agreements have major implications for commercial and residential real estate.

Click here to access the full article and see what the buzz is all about!

Our colleague Steve Friedberg recently spoke at the ICSC Shopping Center Law Conference in Phoenix, Arizona on the topic of “Financeable Retail Leases: A Guide to the Perplexed”.  The seminar explored the requirements for creating financeable retail leases from the perspectives of landlords, tenants and leasehold and fee mortgage lenders. Five key takeaways from Steve’s presentation were:

  1. The users of these leases are generally national credit tenants who require control over the construction of their buildings through long-term ground leases (the term generally is at least 25 years, plus 4 or more 5 year renewal options—the term, including options, has to be at least 20-30 years longer than the term of a leasehold mortgage to satisfy rating agency requirements). Because of their credit standing, these tenants can build their improvements much less expensively than a landlord (and the landlord does not have the risk of construction and its cost). Continue Reading Financeable Retail Leases: A Guide to the Perplexed

Our colleague, Steve Friedberg will be speaking tomorrow during a seminar at this year’s US Shopping Center Law Conference put on by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). The seminar, “Financeable Retail Leases: A Guide for the Perplexed” will explore the requirements for creating financeable retail leases from the perspectives of landlords, tenants and leasehold and fee mortgage lenders. It will provide practical advice for representing landlords and tenants in these hybrid leases, as well as underlying case law, clauses and regulatory requirements. It will also provide examples of what can be negotiated and when these leases are most commonly utilized.  Additional speakers include Gregory Gosfield of Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP and Elliot Hurwitz of Chicago Title Insurance.