Tag Archives: real estate

Guest view: Fair housing policies aren’t just relevant to residential landlords anymore

Housing discrimination claims are on the rise. The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the two agencies charged with investigating claims of housing discrimination in our state, are busier than ever. Now, more than ever, companies need to be aware of fair housing issues to avoid claims.

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Net zero construction nets attention

Interest in renewable energy is growing, particularly among nonprofits such as universities and colleges that are looking to reduce or even eliminate carbon emissions. That interest could fuel more construction of net zero buildings, so called because they produce as much energy as they consume over the course of a year.

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A Conversation With: Erik Hume

Q: What legislative and professional development initiatives will you be directing during your term as vice chair of the real property division for the PBA real property, probate and trust law section? A: The real property division is part of a larger section of the PBA. That group is composed of lawyers who practice primarily in real estate law. I’m ...

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Guest view: An “opportunity” to eliminate federal capital gains tax?

Sounds too good to be true, right? Over the past nine months, I have received calls from a number of my clients asking about a new investment opportunity being pitched to them. Whether it was a downtown York restaurant or an apartment complex in Baltimore, a primary draw of these investment opportunities was the potential tax savings. Many of these clients I would label “sophisticated investors,” so they are all well aware of various investment and tax-deferral strategies, such as 1031 like-kind exchanges. But permanent tax abatement? That almost seems too good to be true.

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