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When Your Attorneys’ Network Can’t Help

When Your Attorneys’ Network Can’t Help

If you find yourself heading for a layoff, voluntary or involuntary departure, you may discover lots of attorneys you already know are unable to help with the paperwork. Here’s why it can happen and what you can do.

IRS May Be Stepping Up Scrutiny Of Mortgage Deductions

IRS May Be Stepping Up Scrutiny Of Mortgage Deductions

If you’re like millions of homeowners, you recently received a familiar, innocuous-looking document from your lender. It’s called Form 1098 and it totes up how much interest you paid on your mortgage last year. Your lender is required by law to fill it out and send it to the IRS.

Lack Of Diversity Addressed From Within

According to industry insiders, the lack of minorities and women in CRE is down to neglect, passive recruitment and a long-term reliance on tightly knit social circles, all of which very effectively serve to bar entrance to outsiders.

After Acknowledgement Comes Solutions

When reporter Steve Adams set out to write about the lack of diversity in commercial real estate, he expected to research and write an article for this issue of Banker & Tradesman and move on to the next hot topic by next week.

Realty Kickbacks Prompt Penalties By CFPB

Realty Kickbacks Prompt Penalties By CFPB

If your real estate agent requires you to get a mortgage pre-approval from one specific lender as a condition of submitting an offer to buy a house – even if another lender already pre-approved you – would you think something is fishy?

Post-Election, CFPB Maintains Focus On Mortgage Kickbacks

Post-Election, CFPB Maintains Focus On Mortgage Kickbacks

So has President Donald Trump slowed CFPB enforcement activity? Not yet. In February we’ve already seen actions against a Virginia pawn shop, a New Jersey company scamming 9/11 and NFL concussion victims, and a $13 million action against Mastercard and UniRush.

The Sour And The Sweet

The spring market is about to arrive, if not the spring weather, and it remains a good news/bad news situation.

The Municipal Harbor Plan And Boston’s Downtown Waterfront

The Municipal Harbor Plan And Boston’s Downtown Waterfront

The evolution of Boston and the harbor area is a remarkable story and today still provides a living example of the transformational power of smart land use planning. Between the 1630s and 1890, Downtown Boston tripled in area by filling in marshland, coastline and other areas

City Planning Must Go Beyond Roads And Parking Lots

City Planning Must Go Beyond Roads And Parking Lots

It was the urban activist Jane Jacobs, author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities, whose loud criticism of master urban planner Robert Moses ushered in the end of development based on the notion that cars come first.

Kudos To Boston’s Mayor

While the relative merits of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s recent round of anti-displacement proposals are worthy of debate, what should not be up for debate is the need for these proposals (though of course that debate has already begun). Elected officials, housing advocates and developers alike are well aware of rising housing costs and what that will mean for the makeup of the city.

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