Tag Archives: investment

Attack of the Triffids: Knotweed nuisance cranks up a notch

Investor, developer, indeed landowner in any capacity – recent rulings mean Japanese Knotweed is now more of a nuisance (and a costly one) than ever. With over 6000 UK locations identified as containing the weed, you best be clear on how to handle this inconvenient invader or you face ending up in a bind. What’s … Continue Reading

(US) The EB-5 Visa Program: A Popular Real Estate Financing Program’s Reauthorization Is Uncertain

The EB-5 Visa Program has become an increasingly popular vehicle for real estate project financing in the United States. Last year, for the first time in the Program’s history, the annual supply of EB-5 immigrant investor visas, which is capped at 10,000, was fully depleted. More than 11,000 foreign citizens applied for EB-5 Visas in … Continue Reading

(US) Foreign Direct Investments get some help from China’s new NDRC system

There is no question that Chinese investors have played an important role in maintaining deal flow over the past several years, especially for trophy properties in gateway cities like London and New York. However, until recently, these investors have been at a competitive disadvantage due to a lengthy government review and approval process. Under prior … Continue Reading

(US) Creative Financing: Using New Markets Tax Credits To Finance Projects

A successful real estate project often requires blending several sources of funding. New Market Tax Credits (NMTC) are an alternative method of financing projects located within a specific ‘Low income urban/rural community (LIC). The NMTC program was enacted as a part of the Community Renewal Tax Relief Act of 2000. Administered by the Treasury Department, … Continue Reading

(US) Take the Over or Under? 2014 commercial real estate predictions

A new year brings the inevitable macroeconomic predictions and conjecture about how those predictions will affect real estate and capital markets, in addition to real estate asset class and market forecasts. The CoStar Group summarized 14 predictions it likes for 2014, and other real estate firms, such as Colliers International and Jones Lang LaSalle, offered … Continue Reading

Bribery Act Update

This post was also written by George Brown Looking back at our original blog and subsequent update on the Bribery Bill, you may be forgiven for wondering when on earth the promised guidance from the Government will be published. The Ministry of Justice consulted on the draft guidance between September and 8 November last year. … Continue Reading

Risk to building owners – Remember to Notify Your Insurers

The duty on investors and other owners to notify building insurers and keep them updated of all material circumstances should not be under-estimated.  Failure to do this may result in cover being prejudiced. An unusual case that reached the Court of Appeal earlier this year made us think about whether property investors have got more … Continue Reading