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September 27, 2008

Appraisal Fee Proposal, JV or Sub Contracting Opportunity

Appraisal Fee Proposal, JV or Sub Contracting Opportunity

Appraisal Fee Proposal, JV or Sub Contracting Opportunity

The Harris Company, REA/C is in the process of responding to a RFP issued by the Orange County Fire Authority.  The scope of work involves 64 properties and their CONTENT within the Orange County Area for insurance purposes.

Individual and firms interest in a JV of Sub Contracting Opportunity should respond to harris_curtis@sbcglobal.net  ASAP, the proposal is due by October 21, 2008.  A copy of the RFP can be downloaded at: http://www.harriscompanyrec.com/MP1580.pdf

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September 25, 2008

Call for Papers

Call for Papers

 

2009 Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities 

Conference, Awards & Trade Show

 

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Green Roofs for Healthy Cities is accepting submissions for papers and posters to be presented at the 

Seventh Annual International Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities 

Conference, Awards and Trade Show

 

June 3rd, 4th and 5th, 2009 in Atlanta, GA.  

 

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The Conference will raise awareness of the many benefits of green roofs, share new research findings, 

provide information on the latest designs, implementation techniques and products, 
and broaden networks while working towards building more sustainable cities through green roof implementation.

Conference streams fall under Policy, Design and Case Studies, and Research. 

 

We are particularly interested in presentations that emphasize the themes of water management; urban heat island and air quality; and green space.

 

Abstract submissions are due by October 31st, 2008

 

 Submission requirements:
Completion of the call for papers submission form 

which includes a 300-word abstract and 50-word biography, 

submitted by October 31, 2008.

 

For more information or to download the submission form, please visit:

www.greenroofs.org  

 


 


 

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September 24, 2008

Appraiser Search, The LOoP, CSE

In Reply to: Re: DON'T MISS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO GET LISTED FREE: posted by Cochise on August 19, 2008 at 19:27:43:

The "LOoP" is now ranked number one on Google, Yahoo, and MSN, for key words "commercial appraiser search," and between 4 to 10 (the first page) on Google for keywords "commercial appraiser." Your website listing is free (upon approval of content) as a Public Service of the Harris Company, REA/C.

P.S.
The public will be glad to know that we do not list appraisers affiliated with the appraisal institute (mai, sra, etc.) 

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September 22, 2008

LACBA Classes

October 2, 2008
The New E-Discovery Federal & State Rules- How are they Impacting your Practice  
Learn about the new State and Federal rules of civil procedure which effect the management of electronic records. An overview of best practices for the identification, collection, processing, review and production of digital data will be discussed followed by a presentation of cutting edge software applications. An overview of costs and rules regarding which party pays for ediscovery will be included.  To register and for more information please click here
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Tips for Creating For-Profit Multibank CDCs

Tips for Creating For-Profit Multibank CDCs

By Andrew Hamilton, Opportunity Alliance, LLC, Springfield, Illinois

Banks don’t have to be large to meet the needs of underserved populations in urban or rural communities. Increasingly, banks of varying sizes are joining forces and sharing knowledge under the auspices of multibank community development corporations (CDCs).

These corporate entities are rooted in the communities they serve and leverage local resources to create jobs, stimulate economic activity, and channel funds toward low- and moderate-income persons and neighborhoods.

Multibank CDCs offer a two-pronged advantage for providing credit to nontraditional borrowers: centralizing expertise and distributing specialized tasks among bank members. Working in this collaborative environment can save time and resources and give hope to struggling communities sooner than later.

While there is no single solution for forming a CDC from several investor banks or other organizations, a for-profit structure is sometimes preferable over a nonprofit one for the following reasons.

 

  • Participating banks and stakeholders will likely see a return on investment.
  • Money that banks pledge will not be drawn down until needed by specific borrowers.
  • Establishing a for-profit entity is easier than setting up a nonprofit under the Internal Revenue Service Code. Forming a nonprofit CDC, however, could take as long as a year.

 

The following highlights several steps for investor banks and other organizations wanting to form a for-profit CDC:

First Steps

1. Setting Up Pre-Organizational Meetings
The banks form a pre-organizational group and set up a meeting or series of meetings to discuss the community’s development and financing needs. The group vets the ideas with community leaders and draws up a list of high-priority needs into the CDC’s proposal for products and services.

2. Identifying Serious Investors
One way to separate serious bank investors from "tire kickers" is to include contingency language, such as "contingent upon adequate approval of the final CDC structure." This allows an individual bank to express interest in the initial idea but to withdraw if the final proposal is not to its liking.

Beside financial institutions, other potential investors include major corporations, units of government, development companies, utility companies, and other economic development stakeholders.

Organizational Documents

1. Articles of Incorporation
The group drafts articles of incorporation and submits them to the proper authorities with the agreed-upon structure.

2. By-Laws
By-laws should specify that shareholder voting rights are based on investment but allow for votes based on membership. Each investor generally receives a seat on the board of directors and has one vote each on the funding of loan requests. An investor may have cumulative voting when naming members to the board of directors. But, traditionally, once on the board, it’s one vote per board member. Avoid allowing veto powers or the ability for a member to decline a draw on a member’s subscription or weighted member voting. Such actions make for unequal representation and discourage smaller bank participation. With equal voting representation and decisions based on the strength of the majority, the members become team players.

3. Written Policy for Loan and Investment Decisions
Reach agreement on the types of investment products and services that the CDC plans to offer. These could be direct loans, subordinated loans, guaranteed loans, equity investments, or a combination of these financial assistance products. Then adopt a formal, written policy for the approval of loan and investment decisions.

Staffing and Operational Plans

The CDC may decide to think big and hire full-time staff or prefer to keep operational and administrative costs to a minimum. Alternatively, the board members may be hands-on and perform a number of operational duties for the corporation. No matter the approach, make sure to reach agreement on and document the startup plans as well as the short- or long-term operational plans.

Funding and Capitalization

Investors generally sign a one-page stock subscription agreement that establishes the maximum amount of allowable draw from each financial institution. When a project is approved, each investor allows a pro rata draw on his or her individual subscription on a shared basis.

The CDC could fund several projects with a minor draw on each subscription. Some investors may be under the impression that cash is expected up front to organize the CDC. This does not have to be the case. If bank investors sign a preorganizational subscription agreement, funds are earmarked and will be used only when a project is approved.

Signing a subscription initially has only a minimal effect on the bank’s income statement or balance sheet. The balance sheet change is booked only when the pro rata amount is drawn. Thus, a $1 subscription might have only 30¢ drawn in the first year or so. As a board member, the investor has a vote on whether the project is approved and, therefore, has control over the financial health of the portfolio.

CDCs often can close the gap between a borrower’s credit needs and the funding that is available from traditional lending sources. Banks investing in CDCs would carry their investment as an asset. See the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s "FAS 115" for a detailed explanation.

Operating Activities and Investment Guidelines

The CDC should formalize operating activities and investment guidelines. The guidelines should address the purpose or objectives of the CDC as well as:

 

  • Eligible products and services.
  • Investor eligibility and investment criteria.
  • Rates and fees.
  • Return on investment.
  • Terms of loans and investments.
  • Maximum and minimum amounts of investment or loan.
  • Job creation.
  • Resource leveraging.
  • Application processes.
  • Adequacy of collateral.
  • Typical project structure.
  • Project evaluation criteria.
  • Financial analysis criteria.
  • Servicing and collections.

 

Marketing

After the CDC is formally organized, it must start marketing activities to generate new projects. The CDC can dictate the aggressiveness the marketing campaign. At the least, it should develop a fact sheet or brochure to summarize the CDC’s products and services.

Mass mailing — sending marketing materials to a directory listing of companies, major employers, and specific individual clients, for example — is a less costly but a more scattered, approach. A more time-consuming approach is setting up appointments with specific persons to solicit applications. The CDC should try a combination of these approaches.

Each board member should be able to provide relevant, potential contacts. Local entities, such as Economic Development Professionals, Chambers of Commerce, Small Business Development Centers, and the Senior Core of Retired Executives (SCORE), also are excellent resources.

Marketing the CDC is a collaborative effort for investors, city- and county-elected officials and administrators, and economic development professionals. When most — if not all — of the stakeholders are committed to achieving the CDC’s goals, the elements of success will be in place.


For more information, e-mail Andrew Hamilton at Opportunity Alliance, LLC or visit his Web site.

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(202) 874-5556
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September 20, 2008

Court of Appeal Rejects Effort to Extend Nollan and Dolan To Generally Applicable

Court of Appeal  Rejects Effort to Extend Nollan and Dolan To Generally Applicable Legislative Zoning Decisions

By Rick E. Rayl and James H. Vorhis
September 18, 2008

In two seminal United States Supreme Court decisions, Nollan v. California Coastal Commission (1987) 483 U.S. 825 and Dolan v. City of Tigard (1994) 512 U.S. 374, the United States Supreme Court held that a public agency's individualized permit decision imposing a land dedication or impact fee will be upheld only if (1) an "essential nexus" exists between dedication or impact fee and the interest advanced by imposition of that dedication or fee, and (2) the public agency makes an individualized finding that the dedication or impact fee is "roughly proportional" in nature and extent to the impact of the proposed development.  Courts have long since held, however, that the Nollan and Dolan tests were limited in scope to individualized determinations, and that those cases could not be applied to generally-applicable land use decisions.  

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In Action Apartment Association v. City of Santa Monica, et al. (August 28, 2008, B201176), __ Cal.App.4th __, the plaintiffs argued that a 2005 United States Supreme Court decision, Lingle v. Chevron U.S.A. Inc. (2005) 544 U.S. 528, 546, changed the playing field, expanding the scope of Nollan and Dolan to generally-applicable decisions.  There, a group of developers challenged an ordinance passed by the City of Santa Monica that modified the City's existing requirements on multi-family housing construction.  That modification changed the prior form of the ordinance by requiring builders to construct affordable housing on-site, eliminating in most cases developers' prior option of meeting affordable housing requirements through building affordable housing units off site.  Plaintiff challenged the modification under a number of theories, but the most interesting was their claim that the ordinance constituted an unconstitutional regulatory taking which violated the nexus and rough proportionality tests of Nollan/Dolan. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE

 
 
 
 

ALSO OF INTEREST

  • On October 28, Nossaman Partner Rick Rayl will give the presentation "Recent Changes in Eminent Domain Law and Why the Case is Now More Likely to be Won or Lost in the First Thirty Days" at the International Right-of-Way Association (IRWA) Chapter 1 Annual Fall Seminar in Montebello.  For additional information, please click here.

  • Nossaman Partner Rick Rayl and Associate Brad Kuhn authored the article "California Voters Pass Eminent Domain Reform Initiative" published in California Special District magazine last month.  To view a copy of their article, please click here.
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NAR'S ePROPERTY Data Powers New Commercial and Investment Search Capability on Realtor.com

WASHINGTON, September 10, 2008

The National Association of Realtors® and Move Inc. have completed an agreement under which Move Inc. will provide commercial and investment real estate information on behalf of NAR's commercial members through Move Inc.'s network.

The new initiative will drive traffic to NAR’s commercial real estate marketplace, www.CommercialSource.com, increasing exposure to many of the nation’s local commercial information exchanges, which are affiliated with the Realtors®’ Commercial Alliance, NAR’s commercial division. The agreement will provide unprecedented access to commercial property listings to both consumers and investors; the listings will be displayed on Move’s flagship site REALTOR.com.

When the new venture is fully operational, visitors will have easy online access to commercial real estate searches on Move Inc.’s Internet assets, including REALTOR.com and Move.com. The agreement will give commercial practitioners national exposure for all their sale and lease listings and provide the commercial real estate industry with a means to search for properties across the country.

Seattle-based eProperty Data will provide a data feed to Move Inc. for this new search capability. eProperty Data was recently acquired by NAR’s new for-profit subsidiary, Second Century Ventures LLC. For the past five years, eProperty Data has provided technology to commercial information exchanges in the commercial real estate industry.

“Realtors® are industry innovators, and this new agreement will give commercial real estate investors access to the most comprehensive collection of listing information,” said NAR President Richard Gaylord, a broker with RE/MAX Real Estate Specialists, Long Beach, Calif. “Ultimately, people who are interested in commercial and investment properties will be able to connect with the listing brokers for such properties through their local commercial information exchange.”

“This new agreement will enable NAR and its commercial real estate division to greatly expand delivery of commercial real estate information,” said Bob Goldberg, NAR senior vice president of marketing, business development, and commercial services. “Move Inc. is already operating the premier real estate Web site, and this new arrangement will further broaden and enhance that site.”

Move Inc., of Westlake Village, Calif., maintains NAR’s consumer-oriented property Web site, REALTOR.com, the pre-eminent source for home listing information on the Internet.

“We’re pleased to deliver national exposure of commercial investment opportunities to our more than 6 million monthly site visitors, further increasing the value of REALTOR.com for both consumers and advertiser,” said REALTOR.com President Errol Samuelson. “Through our strong partnership with NAR, this newest offering will open up and expand access to an arena that has historically been complex or even inaccessible for many potential investors.”

More than 82,000 NAR members are engaged in commercial real estate services; 60,000 of those members are engaged full-time in primarily commercial practice. Information about NAR’s commercial real estate division is available at www.realtor.org/commercial.

REALTOR.com®, where the world shops for real estate online, is operated by Move Inc. (NASDAQ: MOVE), and is the official consumer Web site of NAR. Ranked as the No. 1 homes-for-sale site, REALTOR.com® currently offers potential buyers access to more than 4 million property listings, as well as the most brokers and agents. It also provides Realtors® and the home sellers they represent with the largest real estate marketplace on the Internet, reaching more than 6.3 million consumers in July 2008. Agents and companies have the power to customize REALTOR.com® resources to maximize their brand and productivity.

Move Inc. is the leader in online real estate with 8.7 million monthly visitors to its network of Web sites. Move Inc. operates Move.com, a leading destination for information on new homes and rental listings, moving, home and garden and home finance; REALTOR.com®; the official SeniorHousingNet™; and TOP PRODUCER® Systems. Move Inc. employs more than 1,600 persons throughout North America. Information about Move Inc. is available at www.move.com.

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OCC Focuses on the Small Business

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 18, 2008

Contact: Dean DeBuck
(202) 874-5770

OCC Focuses on the Small Business
Administration’s 7(a) Loan Guarantee Program

WASHINGTON — The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) today published a Community Developments Insights report which looks at bank participation in the SBA’s 7(a) Loan Guarantee Program.  By reducing lender risk, this $17.5-billion-a-year initiative helps banks supply credit to small enterprises nationwide.  The report highlights how banks can use the 7(a) program to develop new business, mitigate risk, and help meet their Community Reinvestment Act goals.

“The SBA 7(a) Loan Program offers time-tested products that help small businesses secure the necessary credit they need to develop and expand, while minimizing bank risk,” said Comptroller of the Currency John C. Dugan.  “Ensuring that small businesses have the financial capital to grow is one of the keys to facilitating innovation and employment opportunities within the U.S economy.”  The SBA’s Director of the Office of Financial Assistance, Grady B. Hedgespeth, added, “The 7(a) Loan Program is an important financial tool that can simultaneously assist the banking industry and the small business community.”

This Insights report highlights the potential benefits and risks posed to lenders by the SBA 7(a) Loan Program, describes the program’s regulatory requirements, and outlines how lenders can receive SBA approval to offer 7(a) loans.

The Insights report can be accessed quickly by selecting “Community Affairs” on the OCC Internet home page, http://www.occ.treas.gov, and choosing “Publications and Resource Materials.”

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CALIFORNIA INDUSTRIAL

WORKSHOP NOTICE
MEMBERS:
Bill Lockyer, Chairman
State Treasurer
John Chiang,
State Controller
Michael C. Genest, Director
Department of Finance
Preston DuFauchard,
California Corporations Commissioner
Department of Corporations
Dale Bonner, Agency Secretary
Business, Transportation & Housing
Agency
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:
Tom Dresslar
CALIFORNIA INDUSTRIAL
DEVELOPMENT FINANCING
ADVISORY COMMISSION (CIDFAC)
Industrial Development Bond (IDB)
Point System Workshop
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
1:00 – 3:00 P.M.
LOCATION:
915 Capitol Mall, Room 587
Sacramento, CA 95814
OR CALL IN:
(800) 230-1093
CIDFAC and the California Debt Limit Allocation Committee (CDLAC) will conduct a workshop for
interested parties on CIDFAC’s proposed revised IDB point system. The IDB point system is part of
CDLAC’s procedures, which can be accessed at www.treasurer.ca.gov/cdlac.
CIDFAC staff proposes a review and revision of the current system for scoring the public benefits of
IDB projects for which tax-exempt allocation is requested. The current point system was developed by
CDLAC staff several years ago, and CIDFAC staff believes it needs to be updated to reflect the current
state of manufacturing in California. In addition, staff proposes an expansion of the current point
system to recognize IDB projects that contribute to the state’s overall economic development, green
the manufacturing sector and help the state curb climate change emissions. CIDFAC staff’s goal is to
have a revised point system in place for the 2009 calendar year. See an outline of the proposed
revision of the IDB point system at www.treasurer.ca.gov/cidfac/pointsystem.pdf.
Any proposed revision of the point system for IDBs will be subject to CDLAC’s public noticing and
comment processes and CDLAC board approval.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Tom Dresslar, Executive Director, CIDFAC
Eileen Marxen, Deputy Executive Director, CIDFAC
915 Capitol Mall, Room 457, Sacramento, CA 95814
Tel. (916) 653-3843 FAX (916) 653-3241
The agenda is also available on our website:
http://www.treasurer.ca.gov/CIDFAC

 

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September 18, 2008

Assignment of rights to buy real estate parcel

http://www.jvra.com/Verdict_Trak/professional.aspx?ArticleId=64785&search=5

 $2,800,000 JUDGMENT - Assignment of rights to buy real estate parcel - Defendant developer contends Drop deal date extended - Plaintiff points to subsequent transfer of title from defendant to related company
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Continuing Education Center

Continuing Education Center

Our Online Continuing Education Center gives professionals a convenient way to earn necessary continuing education credits without having to set foot in a classroom. The courses listed below, sponsored by the companies noted, are accessible from anywhere you can establish an online connection. Just register, read the required material, and then take the test, either through a downloadable mail-in form, or free via a secure online connection, depending on the course. You'll be able to maintain your professional credentials, at your pace, and at a location that works for you. NOTE: If you have a technical question about an online course, please contact our troubleshooting contact Lisa Pierce at lpierce@architectces.com or call 412-571-1776.

Specifying Maple Sports Floors: Sustainable Sport Floors
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The Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association provides industry standards for the specification and installation of maple sport floors. Learn the quality and performance characteristics of Northern hard maple and vairous subfloor configurations. Learn how to write specifications for maple sport floors and how the MFMA Accredited Installer Program will help architects identify manufacturers and installers of maple sport floors. Click "Read more" to open PDF. Read more >

 

PVC & Polyurethane: The Right Products for the Right Application
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PVC & polyurethane products can be used in a variety of interior and exterior applications. This learning unit examines the manufacturing processes for each material and explains why the materials are suited for specific applications. You will be able to compare PVC and polyurethane to other common trim and millwork materials, recommend installation techniques, and identify common applications of PVC and polyurethane products. Click "Read more" to open PDF. Read more >

 

Eagle Window & Door - Advancements in the Manufacture of Wood Windows and Doors
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After completing this course you will be able to describe the implications of the natural defects of wood in the manufacture of building materials, explain the development and use of engineered wood products, such as laminated veneer lumber (LVL), in the production of wood windows and doors and identify the advantages in factory finishing and the use of water-based solvents when finishing wood products. Click "Read more" to open PDF. Read more >

 

Firmitas, Utilitas, Venustas: The Essence of Good Architecture
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This learning unit focuses on the Classical Orders of Architecture in part one, and in part two, discusses how the Classical Orders affect moulding design, ornamental motifs, contemporary design, and how they mutually influence each other. Click "Read more" to register. Read more >

 

New Advancements in Faucet Valve Technologies and Waterway Solutions
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You will learn strategies for reducing water consumption and how these strategies contribute to LEED building certification. New technologies are discussed, water consumption statistics reveal how important water conservation really is, and various LEED category requirements are reviewed. Click "Read more" to register. Read more >

 

Water Delivery Systems for Green Building
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You will learn strategies for reducing water consumption and how these strategies contribute to LEED building certification. New technologies are discussed, water consumption statistics reveal how important water conservation really is, and various LEED category requirements are reviewed. Click "Read more" to register. Read more >

 

Quantifying the Economic, Energy and Environmental Benefits of Transparent Low-E Glasses 1 LU/HSW Hr
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Until recently architects and specifiers could only speculate how high-performance glass improved the overall efficiency of a building. This course reviews a study conducted by a glass manufacturer that set out to determine how low-emissivity glass affects energy consumption of buildings and the resulting economic and environmental benefits. Click "Read more" to register. Read more >

 

Spray Polyurethane Foam for Roofing and Insulation Applications
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After completing this course you will be able to describe the composition of spray polyurethane foam and the benefits of using SPF for roofing and insulation applications. Click "Read more" to register. Read more >

 

Managing Expectations of Exterior Colors and Coatings of Architectural Metals (1 LU)
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After completing this course you will be able to identify practical color limitations of coating processes as they relate to architectural metals. Color selection, application, building profiles, coating manufacturing and installation will be reviewed. You will be able to identify best practices and procedures to minimize color variations on the building components you specify and you will learn how to maximize your coating supplier resources. Click "Read more" to register. Read more >

 

Green Building: An Integrated Approach to Construction
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Now that "green" is an established industry direction, architects, designers, specifiers and contractors need to be aware of the materials and products used in any project. This course examines the five pillars of sustainability and how a new process has virtually eliminated VOC emissions for wood finishing. Successful completion of the course will earn 1 AIA LU/HSW hour. Click "Read more" to download supplemental reading PDF. Read more >

 

Current Trends In Windows And Doors
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Learners will be able to identify current trends in windows and doors that will allow for design flexibility and will be able to list benefits of new trends for both the design professional and consumer. Finally, learners will be able to discuss how new trends in window and door manufacturing and installation affect the green building movement and universal design. Click "Read more" to register. Read more >

 

LEED Choices in Wood Door Construction 1 LU/HSW
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Architectural wood doors help contribute to green building practices if they meet certain criteria. This course examines how wood doors can contribute to earning LEED points, the requirements for wood to be certified and identifies common green building programs and their basic principles. Click "Read more" to register. Read more >

 

Fundamentals of Air, Water and Structural Testing
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This course examines the fundamentals of Design Pressure (DP) testing. It defines design pressure and identifies factors that contribute to performance requirements. The learner will be able to read AAMA labels and understand how the labels designate product type, product class and design pressure. You will be walked through how design load is determined and the factors that affect this performance feature of a window. Click "Read more" to register. Read more >

 

VOC-compliant
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New, high-performance, low-VOC adhesives and sealants are available that will redefine what VOC-compliant means. Learn how adhesives and sealants contribute to LEED and NAHB certification. Identify the importance of third-party product testing and verification and the difference between VOC-compliant and low-VOC products. Click "Read more" to register. Read more >

 

Improve Sustainability and Efficiency: Specify a Window Installation System 1 LU/HSW hour
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Windows and doors are the weak points of a wall system. The components required to install a window are often not compatible with each other. By using a complete window installation system of products that have been developed and tested to be compatible, you will improve sustainability and efficiency of the window and wall system. Click "Read more" to register. Read more >

 

Weather Shield Course Green Buildings And Environmental Stewardship
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Examines current "Green" ratings systems such as LEED, GreenGlobes and NAHB. Identifies the differences between each rating system, explains how to earn certification points and provides case study examples of successfully built green buildings in the United States. Click "Read more" to register and take test. Read more >

 

Installing Architectural Veneer Stone: Techniques, Aesthetics and Performance
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Architectural stone and brick venner are versatile and cost-efficient alternatives to real stone and brick claddings. You will watch videos on surface preparation and grout techniques and be able to recognize problems associated with improper installation. You will learn what to look for in evaluation reports and how to select a quality manufacturer of veneer stone and brick. Click "Read more" to register and take test. Read more >

 

New Urbanism
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This course examines what New Urbanism is and identifies the benefits and requirements of New Urbanism developments. You will learn how fiber cement siding has impacted the growth of New Urbanism and will be able to identify strengths and weakness of commonly used siding systems. You will earn one hour of AIA credit upon successful completion of this course. Click "Read more" to register and take test. Read more >

 

Protecting Your Home Or Building With Impact Resistant Windows
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Course Description: This course will introduce you to the important role impact resistant windows play in the protection of a home or building from the damaging effects caused by severe weather. You will learn about building code standards and product certification, when and where they are required, how they perform, cost and safety benefits and their unique installation requirements. Click "Read more" to register and take test. Read more >

 

Silver Line Windows - "Specifying ENERGY STAR Windows to Satisfy Energy Codes"
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This course will introduce the regulatory bodies responsible for establishing energy ratings and identify what the different ratings mean. LEARNING OBJECTIVES: This course will examine ENERGY STAR’s criteria for recognizing energy-efficient windows and how to specify ENERGY STAR windows for the four different climate zones. Additionally, it will look into the anatomy of energy-efficient windows and the consumer benefits associated with their use. Read more >

 

How Acrylic Foam Structural Glazing Tape Is Used To Mount Glass Curtain Wall Panels
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An easy, economical and efficient way to mount glass curtain wall panels. LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Become familiar with Acrylic Foam Structural Glazing Tape as an alternative to structural silicone for structural glazing in curtain walls; Understand how Acrylic Foram Structural Glazing Tape provides an improved appearance to glass curtain wall; Understand how application of Acrylic Foam Structural Glazing Tape reduces installation time while providing highest quality results. Click "Read more" to download registration and course information. Read more >

 

Understanding Supplementary Cementitious Materials And Their Benefits
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SCMs (supplementary cementitious materials) play a key role in the performance and environmental friendliness of concrete, qualities increasingly important to designers and builders. LEARNING OBJECTIVES: The learner will be able to identify slag cement, fly ash, and silica fume as beneficial SCMs; understand the plastic and hardened qualities the SCMs impart to concrete, and how they contribute to increased durability and life cycle extension; and recognize how SCMs contribute to LEED certification. Click "Read more" for supplemental reading. Read more >

 

Using High-Performance windows in Residential Applications.
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A new breed of glazings for residential window systems optimizes occupant wellness and increases energy efficiency. LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Understanding the impact of window choice on building occupants and the environment. Click "Read more" to download registration and course information. Read more >

 

A primer on the new ASTM standards for High-Performance Wall Systems
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These all-encompassing standards classify enhanced gypsum wallboards based on performance, eliminating confusion, and maximizing design efficiency. LEARNING OBJECTIVES: This article covers how comprehension of the new, industry-wide ASTM Standards for enhanced gypsum wall systems contributes to the durability, design flexibility, and long-term cost efficiency of high-traffic and intense-use areas. Click "Read more" to download registration and course information. Read more >

 

Burning Issues: Understanding Today’s Fire-Rated Glass and Framing from TGP

Technical Glass Products (TGP) representatives conduct educational talks across North America on the fire-rated glass industry and its changing landscape. Please contact us at 1-888-397-FIRE (3473) to schedule an AIA accredited presentation for your firm. Click "Read more" to request information. Read more >

 

PPG introduces an expanded list of 19 Continuing Education Programs

These free programs encompass an array of topics related to architectural glass, high-performance metal coatings and paint. PPG has representatives throughout the country teaching these courses. Each course takes approximately one hour. Click "Read more" to download registration and course information. Read more >

 

Design and Construction with Grouted Reinforced Masonry
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Specifying materials for grouted reinforced masonry projects requires knowledge of a variety of standards and codes. LEARNING OBJECTIVES: This introduction reviews a few essential documents that every designer (architect or engineer) should be familiar with when designing masonry construction, and a few more that may be used less frequently but are still important to have on hand for specific kinds of projects. Please click "Read more" to download course information and supplemental reading PDF. Read more >

 

What is White Cement? Its Applications, Attributes and Advantages.
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White Cement has come into its own, as builders and designers look to low-maintenance, highly flexible materials for projects that range from ornate, upscale hotels to safety and security barriers. LEARNING OBJECTIVES: This article covers how the choice of white cement and white-cement concrete can contribute to design flexibility, building durability, and architectural innovation. Click "Read more" to download registration and course information. Visit www.lehighwhitecement.com. Read more >

 

Windows And Doors For Traditional Residential Design.
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High performance benefits with the classic American charm. LEARNING OBJECTIVES: The learner will be able to: Describe the principles of New Urbanism and common trends in traditional home design; Match window and entry doors with their respective traditional design style; Identify what modern performance benefits to look for when specifying products for a classical American aesthetic; Understand the anatomy of energy-efficient windows. Click "Read more" to download registration and course information. Read more >

 

Designing with Solid Surface
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This article covers the performance and aesthetic benefits of solid surface, as well as recommendations for application in homes, restaurants, offices, healthcare facilities and elsewhere. LEARNING OBJECTIVES: the learner will be able to describe the composition of solid surfaces materials, understand the aesthetic options available when designing with solid surface, list the common applications for solid surface, and recognize the performance benefits of solid surface. Click "Read More" for supplemental reading PDF. Read more >

 

The Eleven Theories Of Window Installation
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September 17, 2008

MULTI-HOUSING WORLD

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City of Portland Proposes Changes to Landlord Laws to Enforce Healthy Rental Housing

City of Portland Proposes Changes to Landlord Laws to Enforce Healthy Rental Housing Portland, Ore.--A public hearing was held last week to discuss the proposed changes to rental housing ordinances in Portland, Ore. Such changes are expected to remedy health and safety hazards caused by landlord neglect. The new rulings would require anyone who owns rental properties to obtain business licenses from the city, in addition to updating the city’s housing code and creating a complaint-driven inspection model. Other cities throughout Oregon have mandatory health and safety inspections that Portland is now considering.

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September 16, 2008

From: HUD USER News

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Employer Ability to Recruit and Retain Employees marks
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housing supply on labor markets and local economic
growth. PD&R commissioned a comprehensive review of
the literature to explore the influence of residential
development regulation on housing markets, and the
subsequent impact on businesses, labor markets, and
regional economic competitiveness. The paper offers a
conceptual framework for thinking about how
development regulations intended to govern residential
construction might have secondary impacts on labor
supply and demand. It also highlights the data
constraints that make it so difficult to study the
impacts of residential development regulations on
housing markets and on overall economic activity, and
identifies the research questions most urgently in
need of attention.
 
A Review of Regulatory Barriers to Employer Ability to
Recruit and Retain Employees is available from HUD
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Commercial Finance Advisors Releases New How-To Book

Commercial Finance Advisors Releases New How-To Book
in News > Commercial Mortgage
By MortgageOrb.com on Thursday 11 September 2008
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Birmingham, Mich.-headquartered Commercial Finance Advisors, a provider of commercial real estate loans for business owners and investors, has completed the second edition of its book regarding commercial mortgage brokerage.

According to the company, one of the most difficult and vital tasks of succeeding in the commercial mortgage business is being able to prescreen commercial loan requests efficiently. Brokers may work for several months on loans that have no chance of closing to begin with - resulting in a tremendous amount of wasted time.

"What's special about this book is we wrote it as a case study on two deals we recently closed," say Jeff Rauth, president of Commercial Finance Advisors. "We go through the borrower tax returns page by page so you can see exactly what the net income is and how we calculated it. It's very practical."

Source: Commercial Finance Advisors

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September 13, 2008

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Panel Finds Slowing U.S. Economy Will Continue to Effect Commercial Real Estate

Business Specialties Investments
Panel Finds Slowing U.S. Economy Will Continue to Effect Commercial Real Estate
Sept 12, 2008
By: Eugene Gilligan, Senior Editor
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The deteriorating U.S. economy will continue to negatively effect commercial real estate fundamentals. That was the conclusion reached by a panel that convened at the CityScape USA on Thursday to examine macroeconomic factors in the U.S., and their impact on commercial real estate performance.

Some panelists did see some positive factors amidst a mostly gloomy economic scenario. Continued productivity increases, and low yearly wage growth among U.S. workers could mean that employment losses could be less than in previous recessions, said Richard Green, director of Lusk Center for Real Estate at the University of Southern California.

Fred Cooper, senior vice president of finance and investor relations at Toll Brothers, said he has seen that the single-family housing market “is showing some signs of stability at the low end.”

But some cities that have enjoyed boom times in recent years are now feeling pain, said Paul Murad (pictured), president of Metroplex Realty, naming Las Vegas, Phoenix and San Diego as cities that have been hit hard in the commercial and residential area. He blamed the media for magnifying the bad news, where in recent years they overemphasized the good news. But, Murad said the recent halt of construction of the massive Echelon Place mixed-use development on the Strip was one sign of a troubled market.

Beyond U.S. shores, Bryan Shaffer, chairman of IRETO, said there might also be signs of slowing growth in Asia. He said there could be some failures of Japanese REITS, and also said that China’s building boom may have outpaced its growth. He remained positive about Dubai, however, as well as any market that has been buoyed by petrodollars.

Asked by moderator Hessam Nadji, managing director of research services for Marcus & Millichap , if the panelists agreed that the apartment sector would be the healthiest in terms of fundamentals, they concurred, with industrial next in line. But the panelists saw challenges in both the office and retail sector.

On a panel that explored institutional investors’ strategies for investing in emerging markets, panelists agreed that investing in new markets demanded finding a local partner fully versed in the legal and regulatory statutes of the country in which to be invested.

Joan Fallon, manager of real estate investments for U.S. Steel and the Carnegie Pension Fund, said investment would surely reach beyond the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China.) But William Krauch, managing director and head of global marketing for ING Real Estate, said he didn’t see a great deal of investment opportunities for his firm in the Middle East. “It’s a fascinating place, but there are not a lot of capital requirements,” Krauch said. “A lot of these projects are self-financed. We like to put our capital where there is a lack of capital.”

During a question-and-answer session, one audience member asked if Russia’s recent invasion of Georgia could hamper investment in the region. ING’s Krauch said the company has invested in both Central and Eastern Europe, and he has not seen any effects from the crisis to this point.
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September 11, 2008

September 04, 2008 - September 10, 2008

Top Commercial Real Estate News
September 04, 2008 - September 10, 2008
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Office Property Sales Increase in Los Angeles
Robust fundamentals and several high-profile transactions have helped soften the credit crunch's impact on the Los Angeles office market. As the availability of debt tightened, the amount that investors were willing to pay for properties fell, paralyzing the investment market through the first few months of the year. Read Full Story

Medical Office Market Strong in Minneapolis
The supply of medical office space in the Minneapolis area has exploded in the past few years, but demand has kept up with the increase of supply, according to data from NorthMarq, a Bloomington, MN brokerage. Of the region's 5.5 million sf of medical office space, only 10.4% remains vacant.
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San Antonio's Multifamily Market on the Rise
San Antonio's multifamily housing market has a bright future, according to a report by Hendricks & Partners. For the year ended June 30, the city had a 2% growth in employment, compared to the 0.1% decline in the nation's employment during the period. Read Full Story

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Is the Income Property Business Model Outdated?

The dramatic socioeconomic changes taking place in our country and for that matter the world beg for a re-examination of the business model for income properties. Because of the large number of income property types and types within types, the following re-examination will focus on the three core types of income property: Residential, office, and retail. These income property types are where people live, work and shop, and therefore represent the basis for any changes that might happen in the current income property business model.

What is a business model? The phrase describes all of the critical aspects of a for-profit undertaking. It would include the enterprise’s purpose, philosophy, products and/or services, strategies, infrastructure, organizational structure, sales practices, and operational procedures.

There are many factors that decide the make-up of a business model. However, there is one factor that dominates all the others: Customer/client and the relationship between the customer/client and the enterprise.

More businesses have failed because the enterprise didn’t know who their customer/client was. The customer/client was a mismatch to the business model. The enterprise believed it could dictate the customer/client needs (build it and they’ll buy it). The customer/client changed, and the business model didn’t.
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All the same reasons apply to income property. Replace the word enterprise with the phrase income property, and replace the word customer with the word lessee. The result is the same overarching affect customers have on business enterprises, lessees have on income property. That being the case, the rationale for whether to continue the current income property business model can only be determined by first answering the following question: Have the lessees for the three core income property types changed, or are they the same?

NetGain that believes the needs and the habits of lessees occupying the three core income property types have changed. The basis for this belief is predicated on two significant socioeconomic changes: The technological revolution and the cost of transportation. These two events have promulgated the most significant changes in the use of income property since America went from an agrarian society to a manufacturing society.

Following is a list of changes from the lessees/clients of the three core income property types.

Work Habits

A recent survey by The Dieringer Research Group as part of Dieringer’s 2005 American Interactive Consumer Survey found that out of 135.4 million American workers:

  • 45.1 million worked from home.
  • 24.3 million people worked at client’s or customer’s place of business.
  • 20.6 million in their car.
  • 16.3 million while on vacation
  • 15.1 million at a park or outdoor location.
  • 7.8 million while on a train or airplane.

In addition the U. S. Bureau of Census now estimates the number of self employed persons working at home is over 20 million people.

Driving Habits

The Federal Highway Administration said Americans are traveling tens of billions of miles fewer this year (2008) than they did last year, the biggest drop ever. In April, Americans drove 245.9 billion miles, 1.8 percent less than a year ago.

“April marks the sixth month in a row that we have seen a decline in vehicle miles traveled across the country,” said Jim Ray, the FHA’s acting administrator. “We’re seeing Americans drive less across the board.”

The agency has been collecting data since 1942. Ray says vehicle miles traveled have risen steadily from one year to the next. Driving did taper off during the energy crisis of the 1970s and early 1980s when gas prices were high. At that time, drivers cut back by 500 million miles. But highway officials liken that to a plateau — and the current situation to a cliff.

“It is the steepest decline in vehicle miles traveled ever recorded,” Ray says. “What we’re estimating now for the 2007-2008 figures are 30 billion miles. So we’re seeing a difference of 60-fold.”

And that’s just in the first six months.

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Industry Observers Agree Fannie, Freddie Takeover Was ‘Necessary,’ But Could Pose Long-Term Negative Impact on Multifamily

Industry Observers Agree Fannie, Freddie Takeover Was ‘Necessary,’ But Could Pose Long-Term Negative Impact on Multifamily
Published: September 08, 2008

By Anuradha Kher, Online News Editor, MHN and Eugene Gilligan, Senior Editor, CPN

Washington, D.C.--The U.S. government’s takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is a necessary step to stabilize the U.S. housing market, according to multifamily industry experts who are still examining the ramifications of the announcement.

The takeover will go a long way toward solving what Stuart Saft, partner in the law firm of Dewey & LeBoeuf, called a “Catch 22” that has been bedeviling a critical part of the economy— housing. Real estate, being an illiquid asset, needs a steady stream of capital inflows, Saft points out. The credit freeze-up has meant that home prices have fallen, thus causing lenders to be much more cautious on their home lending and starving the sector of capital.

The takeover should help the multifamily securitization market get back on track, Saft predicts. But, he doesn’t expect that market to quickly reach the securitization levels of 2006, for example.

Brian Harris, Moody’s senior vice president, tells MHN, “The fact that they can ensure availability of financing is the most significant impact, and a positive one at that, that the takeover will have on multifamily.”

The takeover presents a “good news, bad news” dichotomy, says Paul Fried, principal of AFC Realty Capital. Jerry Howard, CEO of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), agrees.

“My reaction is ‘What a disappointment,’” Fried says. “It’s another bailout of a financial institution. Twenty years after the FDIC and the RTC, we’re back there again.”

Fried does see a silver lining, however. “We may have a bottom benchmark, and the markets may begin to repair themselves,” he notes.

Howard tells MHN, “In the short-term, this is good; the markets, national and international, have reacted favorably to this move, interest rates are down and this move seems like it might turn things around for the economy. But in the long-term, this could negatively affect multifamily. The portfolio of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is expected to shrink with this move and it cannot be predicted where multifamily will land up in the process.”

Howard says that there will be changes in the role and make-up of the two companies and in the process, some sector could be ignored. “This could create a vacuum and we don’t know if there is anything else to fill it,” he says.

Fried adds that the takeover may dispel some myths about the relative safety of multifamily investments in comparison to other sectors, saying that multifamily investment has always been regarded as a “safe harbor” investment, due in large part to the implicit guarantee that the U.S. government would not let Fannie or Freddie fail.

“It shows that investors were making riskier investments than they should have been making,” he says.

Saft believes that talk of eventually making the GSEs smaller is a positive. He says he proposed creating a third GSE to the Treasury Department “to take the pressure off Fannie and Freddie.” He says the creation of five or six GSEs would create competition in the marketplace, comparing it to the breakup of AT&T in 1982. He says increased government oversight of the GSEs is a given, and Fried seconds that. “A big set of guardrails will be put in place,” he says.        

Whatever the case, Howard advises borrowers to get back into the market now. “The interest rates are down so it’s time. Spreads have come down already and they will come down more, eventually settling at the rate prior to the crisis,” he says.

Doug Bibby, president of the National Multi Housing Council (NMHC) issued a statement, saying, “The impact of the Treasury Department plan on the apartment sector remains to be seen as the details are worked out, but we are optimistic that there will be little to no disruption in the companies' multifamily operations.”

He went on to say that the government action is directly related to the companies' single-family investments and their efforts to weather the ongoing decline in that sector. “The multifamily sector, on the other hand, remains strong and is actually producing profits for the firms that are helping rebuild their capital reserves. As a result, we expect them to remain active in the multifamily market.”

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FAQ RENTAL PROPERTY

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: Rental Property
10.1 Capital Gains, Losses/Sale of Home: Property (Basis, Sale of Home, etc.)

 

I lived in a home as my principal residence for the first 2 of the last 5 years. For the last 3 years, the home was a rental property before selling it. Can I still avoid the capital gains tax and, if so, how should I deal with the depreciation I took while it was rented out?

 

If, during the 5-year period ending on the date of sale, you owned the home for at least 2 years and lived in it as your main home for at least 2 years, you can exclude up to the maximum dollar limit. However, you cannot exclude the portion of the gain equal to depreciation allowed or allowable for periods after May 6, 1997. This gain is reported on Form 4797 (PDF), Sale of Business Property. If you can show by adequate records or other evidence that the depreciation allowed was less that the amount allowable, the amount you cannot exclude is the amount allowed. Refer to Publication 523, Selling Your Home, and Form 4797 (PDF), Sale of Business Property, for specifics on calculating and reporting the amount of gain.

 

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11.1 Sale or Trade of Business, Depreciation, Rentals: Depreciation & Recapture

 

Can the entire acquisition cost of a computer that I purchased for my business be deducted as a business expense or do I have to use depreciation?

 

The entire acquisition cost of a computer purchased for business use can be expensed under Code section 179 in the first year if qualified, or depreciated over a 5-year recovery period. Under section 179, you can elect to recover all or part of the cost of certain qualifying property, up to a dollar limit, by deducting it in the year you place the property in service. You can elect to expense the cost of qualifying property instead of recovering the cost by taking depreciation.

Depreciation and Section 179 Deduction

Increased section 179 limits. The maximum section 179 deduction you can elect for qualified section 179 property placed in service in 2007 has increased to $125,000 ($160,000, for qualified zone and qualified renewal property). This limit is reduced by the amount by which the cost of qualified section 179 property placed i n service during the tax year exceeds $500,000. For qualified section 179 Gulf Opportunity (Go) Zone property, the maximum section 179 deduction is higher than the deduction for most other section 179 property.

See Publication 946, How to Depreciate Property for additional information on the special deduction.

You may also see the IRS site for Code Section 179 for the expanded definition.

 

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We have incurred substantial repairs to our rental property: new roof, gutters, windows, furnace, and outside paint. What are the IRS rules concerning depreciation?

 

Replacements of roof, rain gutters, windows, and furnace on a residential rental property are capital improvements to the structure because they materially add to the value of your property or substantially prolong its life. The items would be in the same class of property as the rental property to which they are attached. Since the property is residential rental property, the items are generally depreciated over a recovery period of 27.5 years using the straight line method of depreciation and a mid-month convention.

Repairs, such as repainting the residential rental property, are currently deductible expenses. A repair keeps your property in good operating condition. It does not materially add to the value of your property or substantially prolong its life. Repainting your property inside or out, fixing gutters or floors, fixing leaks, plastering, and replacing broken windows are examples of repairs. If you make repairs as part of an extensive remodeling or restoration of your property, the whole job is an improvement. In that case, you should capitalize and depreciate the repair costs as the same class of property that you have restored or remodeled as discussed above. For more information, refer to Publication 527, Residential Rental Property, and Publication 946, How to Depreciate Property.

 

 

11.2 Sale or Trade of Business, Depreciation, Rentals: Rental Expenses versus Passive Activity Losses (PALs)

 

I purchased a rental property last year. What closing costs can I deduct?

 

The only deductible closing costs are those for interest, and deductible real estate taxes. Other settlement fees and closing costs for buying the property become additions to your basis in the property. These basis adjustments include:

  • Abstract fees,
  • Charges for installing utility services,
  • Legal fees,
  • Recording fees,
  • Surveys,
  • Transfer taxes,
  • Title insurance, and
  • Any amounts the seller owes that you agree to pay, such as back taxes or interest, recording or mortgage fees, charges for improvements or repairs, and sales commissions.
  • Those costs that are basis adjustments can be part of your yearly depreciation deduction for the rental property.
For additional information, refer to Publication 527, Residential Rental Property, Publication 17, Your Individual Income Tax Guide, and Publication 535, Business Expenses. Several closing costs cannot be deducted and are not added to basis. Please see Publication 527 page 12 for more information.

 

 

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Can you deduct Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) premiums on rental property? If so, which line item on Schedule E?

 

Yes. You can deduct Private Mortgage Insurance premium on line 9 of Form 1040, Schedule E (PDF), Supplemental Income and Loss. Write "PMI" on the dotted line.

 

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11.3 Sale or Trade of Business, Depreciation, Rentals: Personal Use of Business Property (Condo, Timeshare, etc.)

 

I rent my home out for two weeks each year. Do I have to show the income on my return?

 

You must first consider if you use any dwelling as a home. You are considered to use a dwelling as a home if you use it for personal purposes during the tax year for more than the greater of 14 days or 10% of the total days it is rented to others at a fair rental price. It is possible that you will use more than one dwelling unit as a home during the year. For example, if you live in your main dwelling unit for 11 months and in your vacation home for 30 days, your main dwelling unit is a home and your vacation dwelling unit is also a home unless you rent your vacation dwelling unit to others at a fair rental value for more than 300 days during the year.

There is a special rule if you use a dwelling as a home and rent it for fewer than 15 days. In this case, do not report any of the rental income and do not deduct any expenses as rental expenses. If you itemize your deduction on Form 1040, Schedule A (PDF) Itemized Deductions, you may be able to deduct mortgage interest, property taxes, and any casualty losses. For additional information, refer to Tax Topic 415, Renting Vacation Property/Renting to Relatives and Publication 527, Residential Rental Property (including Rental of Vacation Homes).

 

References:

 

I am renting a house to my son and daughter-in-law. Can I claim rental expenses?

 

In general, if you receive income from the rental of a dwelling unit, such as a house, apartment, or duplex, there are certain expenses you may deduct.

Besides knowing which expenses may be deductible, it is important to understand potential limitations on the amounts of rental expenses that may be deducted in a tax year.

There are several types of limitations that may apply.

  • Passive Activity losses: In general, you can deduct passive activity losses only from passive activity income (a limit on loss deductions). You carry any excess loss forward to the following year or years until used, or until deducted in the year you dispose of your entire interest in the activity in a fully taxable transaction. There are several exceptions that may apply to the passive activity limitations. Refer to Publication 527, Residential Rental Property and Publication 925, Passive Activity and At-Risk Rules .
  • At risk rules: The at-risk rules limit your losses from most activities to your amount at risk in the activity. You treat any loss that is disallowed because of the at-risk limits as a deduction from the same activity in the next tax year. If your losses from an at-risk activity are allowed, they are subject to recapture in later years if your amount at risk is reduced below zero. The at-risk rules apply before the passive activity loss rules. Refer to Publication 925, Passive Activity and At-Risk Rules.
  • Not for profit activities: If you do not rent your property to make a profit, you can deduct your rental expenses only up to the amount of your rental income. Any rental expenses in excess of rental income cannot be carried forward to the next year. Refer to Publication 527, Residential Rental Property and Publication 535 , Business Expenses .
  • Rental of a dwelling unit: The tax treatment of rental income and expenses for a dwelling unit that you also use for personal purposes (renting to a relative may be considered personal use even if they are paying you rent) depends on whether you use it as a home. Refer to Publication 527, Residential Rental Property .
  • Expenses in connection with rental of a dwelling unit for less than 15 days per year. Refer to Publication 527, Residential Rental Property .

 

 

References:

 

11.4 Sale or Trade of Business, Depreciation, Rentals: Sales, Trades, Exchanges

 

What form(s) do we need to fill out to report the sale of rental property?

 

The gain or loss on the sale of rental property is reported on Form 4797 (PDF), Sale of Business Property. Form 1040, Schedule D (PDF), Capital Gains and Losses, is often used in conjunction with Form 4797. For further information, refer to Publication 544, Sales on Other Disposition of Assets, Publication 550, Investment Income and Expense, the Instructions to Form 4797 (PDF), Sale of Business Property, and the Instructions to Form 1040, Schedule D, Capital Gain and Losses.

 

References:

 

What forms do we file to report a loss on the sale of a rental property?

 

The loss on the sale of rental property is reported on Form 4797 (PDF), (Sale of Business Property) as ordinary loss.

 

References:

 


 

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September 06, 2008

CALReUSE Remediation Grant and Loan Program funds

Dear Friends of CCLR,

CCLR is pleased to announce that our application for CALReUSE Remediation Grant and Loan Program funds is now available. Eligible applicants for these funds include any public or private sector developer, including cities and counties, and redevelopment agencies. Participants in this cleanup program are eligible for up to $5 million in grants or loans combined per project, with a minimum award of $50,000. The interest rate for loans is approximately 3.0% fixed for the term of the loan.

Eligible Costs include:

· Cleanup, mitigation, & remediation

· Mid-project assessment

· Technical assistance

· Governmental oversight

· Environmental insurance (up to 20% of award)

· Capitalization of operation & maintenance funds

 

Projects must be brownfields located within an infill area and produce or promote residential or mixed-use development. Preference is given to projects that demonstrate project readiness.

 

To apply, please call Louisa Smythe, 415.398.1080 x200 for an application, or email her at Louisa.smythe@cclr.org with questions.

 

Louisa Smythe

Program Associate

Center for Creative Land Recycling

200 Pine Street, Suite 400

San Francisco, CA 94104

415.398.1080 x200

Louisa.Smythe@cclr.org

www.cclr.org

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A Blaine County, Idaho, court decision may affect future development in this rural county and may impact county and city ordinances statewide.

A Blaine County court decision may affect future development in this rural county and may impact county and city ordinances statewide.

In a decision handed down June 3, District 5 Judge Robert Elgee told county officials the county’s ordinances governing the fees developers pay to mitigate impacts on public services are unlawful and must be revised. In addition, he said cities and counties may not turn down development applications on the sole basis of being inconsistent with the comprehensive plan.
Blaine County’s chief deputy prosecuting attorney Tim Graves declined to comment because part of the lawsuit is still pending, adding, “I also am prohibited by my ethical rules from being outwardly critical of a judge.”
County administrator Mike McNees said the county commissioners have had at least one executive session discussing the decision, but no action has been taken yet.
In January 2008 Cove Springs filed suit against Blaine County, seeking a review of the county’s “improper procedure and its arbitrary and capricious application of the relevant law,” according to a Cove Springs press release from the time. The lawsuit also seeks damages that could add up to “many millions of dollars,” according to the release.
The development was originally proposed in December 2004, consisting of 340 homes on 600 acres of the 4,600-acre Cove Springs Ranch, located in Blaine County about four miles south of Bellevue and one mile east of Gannett Road. The remaining 4,000 acres would be left as productive agriculture land and open space.
Public hearings before the Planning and Zoning Commission began in October 2006, with a dozen occurring before the commission recommended the county commissioners deny the application in April 2007. The public spoke up about the development throughout the hearing process, with those opposed to the development outweighing supporters by a roughly 2-1 margin in at least one meeting, according to news reports from the time.
That August, developers responded to the county’s concerns and submitted revised plans, eliminating 52 lots and preserving more land for wildlife habitat protection. The county commissioners nevertheless unanimously rejected the subdivision in October 2007.
 The court’s June 3 ruling does not yet address the Cove Springs denial specifically, but rather some of the ordinances the county used as reasons for denial.
A court document filed by the county lists five main reasons for the commission’s denial. With this decision, Cove Springs attorneys say at least two of those reasons have been struck down.
The decision declared county ordinances stating developments must conform to the county’s comprehensive plan were invalid.
Cove Springs attorney Chris Meyer said such broad requirements leave developers to wrestle with “vague and conflicting aspirational goals” that should be sorted out by the county and spelled out specifically in zoning ordinances.

 http://www.idahobusinessreview.com/archive.htm/2008/06/16/Blaine-County-court-tosses-development-ordinances

 

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September 04, 2008

NCREIF

http://www.ncreif.com/index.phtml

http://www.ncreif.com/committees/papers.phtml?name=research

 

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How Rent Control Drives Out

How Rent Control Drives Out
Affordable Housing

by William Tucker

William Tucker is the author of The Excluded Americans: Homelessness and Housing Policies (Regnery) and Zoning, Rent Control, and Affordable Housing (Cato Institute).


Executive Summary

Rent control has been in force in a number of major American cities for many decades. The best-known example is New York, which still retains rent controls from the temporary price controls imposed during World War II. But this policy, meant to assist poorer residents, harms far more citizens than it helps, benefits the better-off, and limits the freedom of all citizens.

A look at the classified ads in rent-controlled cities reveals that very few moderately priced rental units are actually available. Most advertised units are priced well above the actual median rent. Yet in cities without controls, moderately priced units are universally available.

In many cities, policymakers understand that controls drive out residents and businesses. Thus many exempt significant portions of housing from controls, creating shadow markets. Yet as controls hold down rents for some units, costs for all other rental housing skyrockets. And tenants in rent-controlled units fear moving to more desirable neighborhoods since the only units available for rent are very high-priced.

But the trend in recent years has been toward removal of rent control. The repeal of controls in Massachusetts, for example, did not lead to the widespread evictions and hardships that some predicted. The lesson for the rest of the country is that rent control is policy that never was justified and certainly should be scrapped. commercial appraiser, commercial appraisal

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Get the latest information on California’s Proposition 1C Housing Bond,
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CCLR is hosting two funding workshops on October 1st & October 30th with representatives from state and federal agencies who will discuss their programs. This is our annual and very popular funding workshop that sells out quickly—so please register early.

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discourages urban
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nonprofit partnerships.
Our work is accomplished
through training,
technical assistance,
small grants, and loans
for communities who are
attempting to turn
around vacant or
environmentally
distressed properties.
This half-day workshop is designed for municipalities, local governments, nonprofit and private developers, and anyone involved in redeveloping brownfield sites. The workshop will bring together the major providers of funding for infill and brownfield properties, including:
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Tuition: $150
CCLR is committed to helping community-based organizations by providing scholarships to reduce the cost of the workshop. Please inquire about our Wells Fargo Scholarship program.

To register, and for more information about curriculum please visit our website www.cclr.org/funding.htm or call 415.398.1080 x104.

 

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California Pollution Control Financing Authority

California Recycle Underutilized Sites(CALReUSE) Remediation Program

$55 Million of Funding Available for Grants and Loans for Brownfield Cleanup that Promotes Infill Residential and Mixed Use Development


 

The California Pollution Control Financing Authority (CPCFA) is pleased to announce the launch of the CALReUSE Remediation Program (Program) funded by Proposition 1C (2006). The Program offers grants and loans up to $5 million for brownfield cleanup that promotes infill residential and mixed-use development, consistent with regional and local land use plans.

Applications are available through the Program’s Strategic Partners. Strategic Partners work in conjunction with CALReUSE staff to review and score applications, recommend projects to the CPCFA Board for consideration, and assist in administering the Program. The Remediation Program has two statewide Strategic Partners and two local Strategic Partners. Applicants may choose to work with any Strategic Partner that best meets their needs.

Recommended applications will be considered by the Authority on a rolling or monthly basis as long as funding remains available. Strategic Partners have up to 45 days to review an application and must submit recommended projects to the Authority for consideration no fewer than 30 calendar days before a scheduled Authority board meeting.

Strategic Partners must submit recommended projects by October 20th to be considered at the November 19th Authority Board meeting; November 14th is the deadline to be considered at the December 17th Authority Board meeting. The Authority’s 2009 Board schedule will be determined in the fall.

Additional information can be found on the Program website, specifically by reviewing the Program Summary, Frequently Asked Questions, and Sections 8090, and 8102 - 8102.15 of the Regulations. For specific questions regarding project eligibility and to obtain an application, please contact a Strategic Partner. CALReUSE staff can be reached at (916) 654-5610 or by emailing calreuse@treasurer.ca.gov.

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September 01, 2008

In This Issue

Bureau of Labor Statistics Releases 2007 Workplace Fatality Data
14th Victim of Imperial Sugar Co. Explosion Dies in Hospital
Make Workplace Safety and Health a Top Priority This Labor Day
OSHA Publishes Proposed Rule on PPE and Training Standards
New OSHA Guidance Document on Working with Portland Cement
ACCSH Travels to Washington for September Meeting
Fluor Corporation Accepted into VPP Corporate Pilot
OSHA VPP Seminar Scheduled for Cincinnati
P.J. Hoerr Partnership Makes Great Strides in Promoting Safety and Health During Construction Project
OSHA Education Center Offers Advanced Certificate in Safety and Health
Maritime Outreach Course Offered by OSHA Education Center in New Hampshire
Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Conference in Spokane, Wash.
Alliance Program Update
Strategic Partnership Program News
Upcoming OSHA Events
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Bureau of Labor Statistics Releases 2007 Workplace Fatality Data

A preliminary total of 5,488 fatal work injuries were recorded in the United States in 2007, a decrease of 6 percent from the revised total of 5,840 fatal work injuries reported for 2006. Based on these counts, the rate of fatal injury for U.S. employees last year was 3.7 fatal work injuries per 100,000 employees, down from the final rate of 4.0 recorded for 2006, and the lowest annual fatality rate ever reported by the BLS fatality census. "We are pleased to see both the number and rate of fatal work injuries continue to decline," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. "These numbers show that OSHA's balanced approach to improving safety is working. However, we will continue to work to eliminate all fatalities since one fatality is one fatality too many." The final results for 2007 will be released in April 2009.

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14th Victim of Imperial Sugar Co. Explosion Dies in Hospital

On Aug. 22, the fourteenth victim of a Feb. 7, 2008, explosion at the Imperial Sugar Co. plant in Port Wentworth, Ga., died of injuries sustained in the accident. One victim still remains in the burn center after the disaster, which drew the third-largest fine in the history of OSHA for safety violations identified at the company's facilities in Port Wentworth, Ga., and Gramercy, La. "We are deeply saddened by this additional loss of life stemming from this terrible tragedy," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. "We will not rest until we make certain that all employees go home safely to their families and friends at the end of every work day."

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Make Workplace Safety and Health a Top Priority This Labor Day

On this Labor Day, OSHA reminds everyone to make workplace safety and health a top priority. Through its balanced approach, OSHA helps to assure employee safety and health by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. There are a number of OSHA resources available to assist employers and employees in identifying workplace hazards and possible solutions to those hazards. One is the On-site Consultation Program, which is a free and confidential service. Some consultation program participants can qualify for a one-year exemption from routine OSHA inspections. Visit OSHA's Web site for more information on how employers can help protect their employees. Back to Top Back to Top

OSHA Publishes Proposed Rule on PPE and Training Standards

OSHA announced in the Aug. 19 Federal Register that it is accepting public comments on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on personal protective equipment (PPE) and training standards. The proposal clarifies that when an OSHA standard requires an employer to provide PPE or training to employees, the employer must do so for each employee subject to the requirement, and that each employee not protected may be considered a violation for penalty purposes. For more information on the proposal and details on how to submit comments, refer to the Federal Register notice. Comments will be accepted until Sept. 18.

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New OSHA Guidance Document on Working with Portland Cement

Portland cement is a generic term used to describe a variety of building materials valued for their strong adhesive properties when mixed with water. Employees who work with portland cement are at risk of developing skin problems, ranging from mild and brief to severe and chronic. OSHA recently released a new guidance document, Preventing Skin Problems from Working with Portland Cement, aimed at helping employers and employees understand the hazards associated with portland cement and the applicable OSHA regulations.

 

P.J. Hoerr Partnership Makes Great Strides in Promoting Safety and Health During Construction Project

In April 2007, P.J. Hoerr Inc. formed a strategic partnership with OSHA and the Illinois On-site Safety and Health Consultation Program aimed at reducing injuries and illnesses for employees involved in the Illinois Medical Center construction project. The project is an $18 million, five-story medical office building with a two-story parking garage. It is scheduled to be completed in 2009. During the project's first 14 months, the partnership recorded a days away from work, restricted work activity, or job transfer rate of zero and a total case incident rate that was 45 percent below the Bureau of Labor Statistics' national average for the construction industry. OSHA congratulates the participants of this partnership on their successful efforts to maintain safe, healthful working conditions for construction employees, and wishes them more good fortune during the remainder of the project.< /a>

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