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$113M in Construction Financing Approved for One of Washington D.C.'s Most Ambitious Projects – the "Wharf"

Posted in Construction, District of Columbia, Real Estate
The developers of the Wharf, an ongoing waterfront development at 1100 Maine Avenue SW in Washington, D.C., recently announced that they have secured $113 million of debt financing for the project. PN Hoffman and Madison Marquette, the project’s developers, will use the financing to pay for the construction of two new hotels, the 175-room Canopy… Continue Reading

Real Estate 101: Knowing Your Property Value and Challenging Your Tax Assessment

Posted in Business, Pennsylvania, Real Estate, Tax
After months, maybe years, of planning, raising capital, obtaining permits and waiting out construction, your gleaming new building is open and occupied. Soon, you’ll get a simple, one-page letter from your county’s Tax Assessment Office. What should you do if that letter indicates that your property is worth about a half-million dollars more than your appraisal… Continue Reading

Disparate Impact is Here to Stay: What the Supreme Court's Decision Means for the Multi-Family Industry

Posted in Real Estate
On June 25, 2015, Justice Kennedy delivered the Supreme Court’s decision in Texas v. Inclusive Communities Project.  In the case, the Court determined that the Fair Housing Act of 1968 includes disparate impact claims.  Prior to Texas v. Inclusive Communities Project, nine of the twelve federal Courts of Appeals had ruled that the Act encompassed… Continue Reading

Philadelphia's Actual Value Initiative and Homestead Exemption - How to Soften The Blow of Property Tax Increases

Posted in Marian Kornilowicz, Mark Leavy, Pennsylvania, Real Estate, Tax
By: Marian Kornilowicz and Mark Leavy If you are a resident of Philadelphia, then you likely know about the ongoing turmoil surrounding Mayor Nutter’s pursuit of real estate tax reform. His plan is known as the Actual Value Initiative, or AVI, and will have the effect of increasing the real estate property taxes paid by… Continue Reading

Subcontractors in Pennsylvania Must Be Careful When Filing a Lien for Work Performed On Multiple Plots of Land

Posted in Liens, Pennsylvania, Real Estate
Smart contractors now more than ever must be vigilant about preserving their rights to mechanics’ liens. Lien rights provide another avenue of protection if and when payment is not made for work performed. Contractors should beware however, when performing work or supplying materials on Pennsylvania projects that cover multiple plots of land. Recently, a contractor… Continue Reading

Residential Sprinkler Mandate: It's in the House's Hands

Posted in New Construction, Pennsylvania, Real Estate
Steven M. Williams contributed this post. In December 2009, Pennsylvania became the first state in the country to require that fire sprinklers be installed in all new residential construction. The law took effect on January 1, 2010 for townhouses and is scheduled to become effective for one- and two-family homes on January 1, 2011. Controversy… Continue Reading