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Welcome to our New Blog!

We’re particularly excited about relaunching this blog as it coincides with our updated website. In our Blog, we’ll share with you information about what we love to talk about most:  Business, Real Estate, Land-Use, Government Relations and our Southwest Washington community. This Blog is for you if: You are a business owner, own, develop, lease…

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Now It’s ALTA-NSPA Land Title Surveys—ALTA-ACSM Are No More

What we previously referred to as an ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey was, as of February 23, 2016, changed to an “ALTA/NSPS Land Survey”. In 2012, the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (“ACSM”) merged into the National Society of Professional Surveyors (“NSPS) and, in early 2016, the NSPS published revisions to survey standards.  As a…

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Legal Descriptions Are Still King (or Queen—depending on your point of view)!

We recently encountered several situations involving the proposed sale of a residential property located in a subdivision where neither the parties nor their respective brokers had included a legal description of the property in the Real Estate Purchase and Sale Agreement. One of the parties asked whether they could terminate that Agreement.  We concluded they had…

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What type of liability insurance does your lease require?

Previously we discussed whether your real estate lease includes the most current property insurance requirements. Now let’s talk about the type of liability insurance coverage your lease requires and, depending on the language in your lease, whether you actually have any coverage at all. CGL Policies. The most common risk allocation scenario is for retail Landlords…

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Understanding Your Lease Requirements for Property Insurance

  SO — WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU REVIEWED THE PROPERTY INSURANCE SECTION IN YOUR LEASE? (Yes, you’re right, that sounds incredibly boring. But it may be necessary. Read on … )   In the world of commercial real estate leasing, landlord and tenants frequently rely on forms they have used in past transactions…

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The Surprisingly High Cost of Future HVAC Repair/Replacement

If you have heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (“HVAC”) equipment that was manufactured and installed after 2009 in your property, you aren’t going to have to consider the consequences of refrigerants used in your system (or what is in this article). However, if your HVAC unit runs on refrigerants that are being phased out, the…

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‘Shovel ready’ land is vital to our growth

The economy is improving in Southwest Washington. And this is creating opportunities to create jobs through new real estate development. Many of the issues that impacted development both positively and negatively prior to the recession remain. This article will address some of the key factors that will help and hinder job creation through real estate…

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Getting Strategic with Government

Business-to-government interactions have become increasingly more complex. These complexities manifest themselves in a number of ways. Are you a real estate developer seeking land use or environmental permits to create jobs or provide housing for a community? Are you a sports franchise seeking to partner with local government to fund a stadium or arena so…

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Small Business Tax Incentives from New Year’s Tax Deal

The tax bill passed by Congress on New Year’s day, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, provides some meaningful tax incentives for small businesses. The goal of these tax incentives is to continue economic growth by spurring innovation, encouraging capital investments, and getting small businesses to hire more new employees. Here are a few…

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