Yesterday afternoon I had the privilege and opportunity to participate in oral argument before a five Justice panel in the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York in Manhattan. I represented plaintiffs-appellants who appealed a trial court justice decision denying summary judgment. The case involves UCC claims against a customer’s bank for improper payment of two dual party checks and a missing endorsement shortened notice provision in the bank’s agreement with its customer which we argued was commercially unreasonable and void against public policy. It was a great experience, both interacting with the Justices during my oral argument and listening to over a dozen oral arguments by attorneys handling other appeals which the Justices heard before ours!
Owners of newly built condo in Park City, Utah adopt midcentury modern style (which happens to be my favorite).
Non bank lenders share of home loans issuing Ginnie Mae securities — which guarantee payments to investors on pools of loans made through other federal programs like VA and FHA loans — has doubled between November 2013 and October 2018…. Now Ginnie Mae is taking notice.
Exciting news! …. A new Hyatt branded hotel and residential condos coming to Central Park South.
A mix of architecture and landscape, interior and exterior, above and below ground … including Hunters Point Park South, Phase 2 in Queens on the East River facing Manhattan.
US Airports plan to spend $100 billion over the next five years to refurbish old terminals and expanding capacity. It is catch up time - spending on U.S. airport infrastructure fell 24 % between 2013 and 2017. Higher fees for airlines (and passengers) are expected. Is the extra expense worth it to modernize and improve service?
I represented a national self-storage company in closing a large construction loan to build its first NYC facility located on Staten Island …. Self-storage stocks bottomed out in early 2009. According to FactSet, the four largest such self-storage owners have each outpaced the S&P 500 on a total-return basis over the last decade. What will the future hold for these investments?
Real estate agents in Manhattan, Beverly Hills and Fort Lauderdale describe artwork and sculpture that makes it challenging to sell a house!
Want to know the difference between a timeshare and a vacation-residence club? Or just look at pictures of some beautiful vacation/residence options in Italy, Hawaii, New York City, South Carolina, California and Mexico?!
A fun story about a father and son who own four vintage Ford Mustangs. With really cool pics, including a 2001 Mustang Bullitt and 1970 Mustang Boss 302. Connection to my construction law firm blog? — The father is a managing director at architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.
The percentage of house listings with price cuts in Las Vegas has more than doubled since a year ago; since October 2018 the share of such listings in Las Vegas has been higher then for the U.S. market. Is this evidence of a broader national slowdown in housing? Or a blip on the radar before markets rebound during the usually busier spring selling season?
Detroit’s economic comeback has been largely driven by philanthropists. Small neighborhood businesses and large tech companies are benefiting.
US head of IKEA sees first US city-center location as “widening our touch points with customers.”
Developers spend three years to gut renovate 1832 semi-detached single family house in Brooklyn Heights. … Dramatic circular wood staircase located in the center of the home connects all five floors.
Just don’t live too close … . Studies show sales prices lower for homes directly adjacent to the highway compared with homes not directly adjacent. And sales prices fell 0.8% with each unit increase in traffic volume. In 2015 Florida study, prices dropped 2.5% with each additional mile of driving distance between a house and the nearest highway on-ramp.
Helpful easy to understand article on survival in tax overhaul law of 1031 exchanges for real estate investment transactions
Heartwarming story about a couple who loved their longtime summer cottage on Deer Isle, Maine so much that they decided that during their retirement they wanted to live full time on the Island . So nearing the age of 70, they built a 2600 square foot energy-efficient winter house with solar panels on the roof that provides heat and hot water for the house. Now, they live on the Island year round.
Fun story about a Brooklyn couple’s two year search to find the right two family house in Ridgewood, Queens. … And the responsibilities of maintaining an older property.
Sands Point, N.Y. home with views of Long Island Sound that originally asked $38 million is being auctioned on October 27 without a reserve price …. If your bid is successful, I can be your closing attorney.
A couple from Oslo pays $2.1 million in 2013 for a 1970s prefab house outside the Norwegian capital and then spends $1.5 million making it over including adding air conditioning and an outdoor pool. Now, the only thing old at the property is their 1963 Jaguar E-Type car which sits in the driveway.