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Sunset of Distressed Condominium Relief Act Extended

The Distressed Condominium Relief Act enacted as Part VII of the Condominium Act in 2010 (“Act”) was a temporary measure to encourage absorption of unsold condominium units arising as a result of the Great Recession. This legislation attempted to allay the fears of potential investors about incurring developer liability in connection with the purchase of bulk … Continue Reading

Luxury & Culture Behind Miami’s Growth as a Destination for the Wealthy

The City of Miami continues to emerge as a top global destination for the über-wealthy. According to Knight Frank’s annual Wealth Report (2015), Miami is ranked 6th globally, 2nd in the U.S. and will remain among the world’s top 10 most important cities to Ultra High Net Worth Individuals for the next decade. The wealth report … Continue Reading

Is Urban Renewal Miami’s Next Economic Engine?

Miami may soon join the ranks of other major U.S. metropolises boasting innovative urban trail projects that have transformed neighborhoods and ignited a firestorm of private investment. The Underline, a proposed development catalyzed by the nonprofit group Friends of the Underline in partnership with Miami-Dade County, will convert the underutilized land below the County’s Metrorail … Continue Reading

Senate Tightens Requirements for Construction Defect Claims

The Florida Senate is following a recent national trend of tightening its laws governing construction defect claims. Currently, under FL. Stat. § 558.004, entitled Notice and Opportunity to Repair, a party claiming a construction defect must serve a notice of claim upon the party whom they have contracted with to perform work. To date, the … Continue Reading

The Game Changers in Transforming Miami

On February 25, 2015, Suzanne Amaducci-Adams moderated the first event in the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s three-part series, Transforming Miami: The Game Changers Series. With intimate knowledge of Bilzin Sumberg’s work on the projects of the featured speakers, Suzanne guided a discussion that covered issues concerning Miami’s growth, infrastructure needs, current real-estate development trends … Continue Reading

Insights from the Americas Lodging Investment Summit conference

Guest blog post written by Max Comess, Director, HFF Hotel Group. In January, our team attended the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) conference, one of the largest hotel investment conferences in the world, at the JW Marriott hotel in downtown Los Angeles. A reported 2,800 people registered for this year’s conference, just a fraction of the overall … Continue Reading

2015 Economic Outlook. Blue Skies Ahead.

Renowned economist Hugh F. Kelly (PhD, CRE), Clinical Professor in New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate and the 2014 national Chairman of The Counselors of Real Estate, led a discussion at a CREW-Miami luncheon regarding issues affecting the commercial real estate market in 2015 and gave his annual economic predictions. Some of the … Continue Reading

Transit-Oriented Development Critical to Metropolitan Growth

Urban Development: Faster Greener Commutes Key to Sustained City Growth, a report released in October 2014 by Cushman & Wakefield, provided insight into Transit-Oriented Development as it explored “the consequences of rapid population growth in 10 major North American cities”—with Miami being one. The study found that the majority of these major cities’ workforce is burdened … Continue Reading

Real Estate Joint Venture Tips

A recent New York Times article described the increased presence of New York developers in the South Florida condominium market. The fact is that Miami real estate market has always been a seductive one for out of state developers, and the upside in the development opportunities in the South Florida real estate market simply continues to … Continue Reading

A Digital Encyclopedia: Bilzin Sumberg’s Blogosphere

Bilzin Sumberg prides itself as being the go-to firm for domestic and international investors and corporations doing business in Florida and beyond. We aim to provide our clients with legal and business insight into the industries and areas they work in through our various blogs, which hone in on key issues or areas of interest … Continue Reading

Canadian Real Estate Brokerage Expands U.S. Reach Through South Florida Purchases

Canadian Real Estate Brokerage Avison Young, Inc. recently expanded its U.S. reach when it announced last week that it entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Miami-based commercial real estate brokerage and property management firm Abood Wood-Fay Real Estate Group, LLC. The purchase will net Avison Young control of over 20 million square feet of … Continue Reading

Florida’s Medical Marijuana Amendment Defeated, but Zoning Issues Loom for Charlotte’s Web Law

In our previous post about the legal challenges that have been raised in the wake of the State of Florida’s establishment of selection rules for the issuance of licenses for growing and selling medical marijuana pursuant to the newly enacted Charlotte’s Web law, we mentioned that there are claims in the lawsuits filed against the … Continue Reading

New Miami Breakfast Insights

Our New Miami Breakfast, “Miami: The Next Entrepreneurial Frontier,”  was heavily attended by nearly 200 of Miami’s business community members. Our co-moderators, Bilzin Sumberg Partners Javier Aviño and Melissa Pallett-Vasquez, touched on Miami’s initiatives to attract both entrepreneurs and investors, before our esteemed panelists dove in. Matt Haggman, Miami Program Director of The Knight Foundation, discussed some of the … Continue Reading

Court Blocks Developers’ Ploy to Avoid Additional Payments

We are often asked when representing a client in defense of a claim whether the client could avoid the liability asserted by the claimant by potentially buying the cause of action out from under the claimant. The most common circumstance is when the plaintiff has an adverse uncollected judgment or, perhaps, owes money under a … Continue Reading

Condo Developers Getting Relief From Washington

In an uncharacteristic bipartisan style, the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress passed H.R. 2600 on September 26, 2013, and almost a year later, on September 19, 2014, the Senate followed by enacting S.2101.  These identical bills exempt developers of condominiums from compliance with the filing requirements of the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act, … Continue Reading

Mounting Legal Challenges to Medical Marijuana Regulations

Last week the Department of Health received legal challenges from nurseries Costa Farms and Plants of Ruskin Inc., and the Florida Medical Cannabis Association, to its proposed rule for selecting the nurseries that will receive the licenses for growing and selling medical marijuana pursuant to the state’s newly enacted Charlotte’s Web law, called the Compassionate … Continue Reading

Miami: The Next Entrepreneurial Frontier

We spend a lot of time looking into where our city is headed on our New Miami blog, and we are truly excited about the opportunities for innovation in Miami. On the heels of the success of various events focused on entrepreneurship in Miami, such as eMerge Americas Techweek and the Knight Foundation’s Start-Up City, … Continue Reading

Foreign Investors Still Stimulating Miami’s Real Estate Boom

Miami, once the poster child for the recent housing bubble and subsequent crash, now has the strongest housing market in the U.S. and is one of the exclusive high-end real estate “export” economies in the world. This remarkable transformation is due largely to the huge influx of foreign cash, according to a recent Miami Downtown … Continue Reading

Use of Phased Permits on the Rise

As cranes tower over Miami in the post-recession development upswing, developers are once again using phased permits to expedite construction while awaiting approval for building permits. Section 105.13 of the Florida Building Code authorizes the issuance and use of phased permits throughout the state at the discretion of building officials. Developers in Miami and Miami … Continue Reading

Why Miami?

Guest blog post written by Will Corbin of The Beacon Council. On July 23, more than 200 people attended The Beacon Council’s New Leaders Taskforce “Why Miami?” panel discussion, which provided an overview of Miami and its business and civic assets. The program was geared towards young professionals who are new to the Miami area, … Continue Reading

Positive Report for South Florida Commercial Real Estate

TREPP Analytics recently provided the U.S. commercial real estate industry some positive news – both the CMBS delinquency rate and seriously delinquent loans are down. The delinquency rate as of June 2014 is 6.05% (compared to 8.65% a year ago), with seriously delinquent down to 5.92% from 8.37% last year.  This decrease is seen across … Continue Reading

Increased Density Mixed-Use Development the Future of Wynwood

Miami’s Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board has approved a change in the city zoning ordinances that would allow the densest mixed-use building in the area to be constructed. The application still requires approval before the City Commission. The Board voted 7-1 in favor of developer Wynwood 250‘s request for a zoning change, giving it the ability … Continue Reading
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