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Real Estate

Introduction to Cooperatives & Condominiums (2.17.11)

This program is an introductory course in cooperative and condominium law. The very basics will be reviewed as to the formation of the entities, and the governing documents.  By-laws and proprietary leases will be discussed for cooperatives, and the Declaration and the by-laws of condominiums.  Powers of the Boards will be examined as will the responsibilities of the shareholders and condo unit owners. Read more


Housing Finance: Policy & Practice (5.26.11)

This annual program will focus on contemporary issues affecting the preservation and development of housing in the City. The current state of financing overleveraged and distressed multifamily housing and financing alternatives for affordable housing will be discussed.  Read more


Back to Basics: Real Estate Valuation Principles For The Legal Professional (6.7.10)

The seminar will provide you with an understanding of key investment and underwriting parameters that drive real estate price and value dynamics.  Practice areas for which this seminar will be especially useful include real estate finance and investment; tax certiorari and condemnation; workouts and bankruptcy; various estate and income taxation.

This course will begin with the most basic principles of real estate valuation.  It will define in concrete terms net operating income, cap rate, and property value.  It will also explore the subtleties associated with industry use of each of these terms.  In the process the legal professional will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of real estate valuation as well as the semantics of everyday uses of valuation terminology.  The culmination of the class will be a discussion of how underwriting criteria and return expectations of investors are shaping the current real estate market.  Read more

Current Governance Issues in Coops & Condos (4.21.10)

This updated seminar is intended for attorneys who represent cooperatives and condominiums and, in particular, those who serve as directors on cooperative and condominium boards. Issues addressed concern board governance, including the role of counsel, conflicts, indemnification and confidentiality as well as those issues that arise when considering prospective purchasers in both cooperatives and condominiums. Read more

Hot Topics Affecting Cooperatives & Condominiums (4.4.11)

This program will provide practitioners with an overview of important issues affecting cooperatives and condominiums, including updates on recent case law and legislation and a consideration of current issues facing cooperative and condominium boards and owners, such as insurance and employment issues.  Read more


Hot Topics Affecting Cooperatives & Condominiums 2010 (3.24.10)

This program will provide practitioners with an overview of important issues affecting cooperatives and condominiums, including updates on recent case law and legislation and a consideration of current issues facing cooperative and condominium boards and owners, such as insurance and employment issues. Read more


 

Land Use for the 21st Century: Basics for Real Estate Practitioners (3.9.11)

This program will provide transactional real estate practitioners a basic understanding and working knowledge of land use regulations affecting both developed and to-be-developed land in New York City. Participants will learn tools for land use due diligence screening for financings, acquisitions, debt purchases, and leasing and an overview of the   agencies involved in land use regulation.  Topics covered will include basics of zoning, including development rights transfers and inclusionary housing; identifying landmark buildings and issues associated with ownership and alterations; Department of Buildings role in the development process, including plan review and interpretive authority; and the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure and what to expect for a site that will, or has gone through, “ULURP.”  Read more

Real Estate Workouts: Where Have All The Workouts Gone? (11.1.10)

Restructuring commercial real estate loans made in the boom years has been a slow process. A panel of lawyers and lenders will discuss the current state of the marketplace and successful completion of a loan restructuring given the current market. The program will end with hypotheticals relating to common restructuring issues.  This program’s updated content will provide CLE credit to all attendees, even if they attended in the past.  Read more

Residential Real Estate Closings: What You Need To Know From Pre-Contract to Closing (9.20 & 27.10)

This updated program will cover the purchase and sale of cooperatives, condominiums and houses. The panelists will review such general matters as forms of ownership, pre-contract due diligence, transfer and mortgage taxes, title insurance and lien searches, and the contract of sale, including a review of the loan contingency clause and other most frequently negotiated contract provisions, general estate planning considerations, commonly encountered problems (such as combined apartments), and “how to” close a transaction. This program’s updated content will provide CLE credit to all attendees, even if they attended in the past.  Read more


Surviving the Residential Real Estate Closing: Better Than Reality TV (2.9.11)

This symposium will focus on one basic skill and two current topics in zoning and land use law. Speakers will include private practitioners and government representatives to provide both public and private perspectives on the land use process. The first portion of the program will be a practical, how-to guide in using the New York City Zoning Resolution and its associated maps and charts. How does the zoning resolution shape a building? What can be built on a particular lot? The second part of the program will focus on the new City Construction Codes (effective as of July 1, 2008 and required for new buildings as of July 1, 2009) and their implications for real estate and land use practitioners. The third topic will be a discussion of the City Bar’s recently released report on Community Benefits Agreements in the land use approval process. Read more