• 07.21.16

    Co-Housing the Next Boom for Boomers

    Seniors are benefiting from and providing ride-sharing services through Uber, temporary lodgings through AirBnB, and many other pooled services ranging from food delivery to pet care. Real estate developers looking to bring the sharing economy home should turn their attention to this growing ...

  • 05.19.16

    Why You Should Continue to Pay Attention to PACE

    As commercial property owners and tenants continue to seek sustainable building designs that incorporate energy efficiency or green building features, Property Accessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing will continue to receive more attention, and rightfully so.With the increasing population, growing ...

  • 04.08.16

    How to Protect Yourself Against Surprise Parties to Contracts

    Under classic contract law, if a party breaches a contract, in most cases only the parties to the agreement have the right to enforce its terms. However, courts are increasingly granting third parties the right to enforce a contract, even when they are a stranger to said contract.While courts ...

  • 01.20.16

    Big Picture-What Could We See in 2016?

    Despite the year-end Fed announcement, the current spirit of the real estate market seems generally positive, or as put by one senior capital markets executive: "We've learned some lessons [about gauging risks] in the not-too-distant past." Industry experts add that the short-term effects of ...

  • 11.18.15

    The Home Sharing Economy

    Recently, voters of San Francisco, home to the Airbnb headquarters, rejected a highly controversial proposition ("Prop F") aimed at regulating short-term home rentals. Prop F would have limited the number of nights a short-term rental could be let to seventy-five (75) days a year, required ...

  • 10.07.15

    Restrictions on Condominium Conversions

    While the condo demand is high, it is especially so for condo conversions, since transforming an existing structure to individual condos is cheaper, quicker and generally less risky than building one from the ground up. A condominium conversion is the process whereby a piece of rental property, ...

  • 05.20.15

    5 Things to Know About Tenant Star

    On April 30, 2015, President Barack Obama signed the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015 into law. In part, the Act empowers the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy to establish and implement a voluntary "Tenant Star" program aimed at promoting energy ...

  • 03.23.15

    PACE Financing to JumpStart Rooftop Solar?

    Depending on the specific program and the particular project, PACE loans can cover up to 100% of the cost of project. Like other property assessments, a PACE assessment runs with the property and can be transferred to a purchaser upon sale. Terms range from 5 to 25 years with rates starting at ...

  • 01.22.15

    California's New Energy Efficiency Challenge

    After being sworn in to an unprecedented fourth term, California Governor Jerry Brown just recently revealed an ambitious new plan to address the impacts of climate change over the next 15 years. Among the Governor's bold climate initiatives is a plan to double the efficiency of ...

  • 12.17.14

    The Intersection of Solar Energy and Energy Storage

    According to the US Energy Information Administration, the installation of solar photovoltaics in the United States increased by more than 400% from 2010 to 2014. Looking towards 2015 and beyond, industry analysts continue to be bullish on solar's continued growth in residential, commercial and ...

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