Dodd Frank: Additional Pitfalls to Seller Financing

On July 21, 2010, the federal Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”) became law.  Dodd Frank was passed in response to the Great Recession and introduced a series of new regulations aimed at reforming the financial industry.  One of the lesser known components of this massive nearly 900 page legislation was to […]

U.S. Supreme Court Expands Private Property Rights – The Koontz Case

Lost among the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions this fall term including the high profile topics of voting rights, same gender marriage, and affirmative action, was the High Court’s ruling in Koontz v. St. John’s River Water Management District which expanded the holdings in two seminal Supreme Court property rights cases, Nollan v. California Coastal Commission […]

The River Grande Hotel Revitalization – A Textbook Example Of Effective Public-Private Partnerships

During the boom of the 1920s, the Manatee River Hotel was constructed along the banks of the Manatee River and its historic splendor included serving as a Prohibition-era playground for the rich and famous. Unfortunately, over the past decade, the building has fallen into disrepair and one of the most historic buildings in Manatee County […]

Tick. Tock. “Time is of the Essence.”

Real estate contracts are filled with boilerplate provisions. Examples of boilerplate provisions in contracts include the prevailing party attorney fee language or the radon gas disclosure provision. Each of these boilerplate provisions contains important legal rights or obligations that should be carefully studied to ensure that such provisions are applicable and appropriate to the real […]

Property Tax Assessment – Tips, Help, Advice and Strategies!

Property values have fallen sharply in Manatee County over the past few years and property owners have experienced reduced property assessments. The property appraiser is charged with setting the assessment. Pursuant to Chapter 193 of the Florida Statutes, the property appraiser is required to assess the value of all property no later than July of […]