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  • REAL ESTATE: The Window of Opportunity is Open Again

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    Despite the recent fluctuations in the market and prognostications to the contrary, mortgage rates have reached record lows. The rate for a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage hit a record low during the week of August 15, 2011, averaging 3.36%. Rates for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage hit their lowest levels in 40 years, averaging 4.15% for the same period. From this ...

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  • Short-Term Financial Assistance to Struggling Homeowners

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    The Emergency Homeowners’ Loan Program (EHLP), recently implemented by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is designed to assist struggling homeowners who have experienced a decrease in income of at least 15%. This drop in income level must result directly from involuntary unemployment or underemployment due to adverse economic conditions and/or a medical emergency to qualify for ...

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  • Governor Corbett Signs Repeal of Sprinkler Mandate

    On April 25, 2011, Governor Tom Corbett signed his first bill, which repeals the fire sprinkler requirement for most new homes that went into effect on January 1, 2011.  The repeal is retroactive to January 1st.

    The law repeals the requirement that all newly constructed one- and two-family homes in Pennsylvania have a fire sprinkler system installed.  Builders will still ...

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  • Commonwealth Court Rules on Bid Protest

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    Recently, the Commonwealth Court issued an opinion affirming the Pennsylvania Department of General Services’ (DGS) denial of a procurement award protest.  DGS issued a request for proposal (RFP) that may have been in violation of the sole source procurement requirements of the Pennsylvania Procurement Code, but the prospective contractor waived its right to protest the award by sending a letter ...

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  • ERISA

    On Wednesday, January 12, 2011, a Petition was filed with the US Supreme Court seeking review of an employment decision involving a Philadelphia contractor.  The crux of the case is whether an employer can terminate an employee because the employee complained that the company’s health insurance plans violated Federal law.

     

    The case involves A.H. Cornell, a commercial and residential ...

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  • 2011 Opportunities & Challenges

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    The start of 2011 brings with it opportunities and challenges.  However, in looking forward we should reflect on 2010 and see what lessons, if any, we can take from the year that has just ended.  To that end, I am indebted to Rosabeth Moss Kanter whose article in the Harvard Business Review bears examination.  Kanter notes a number of lessons ...

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  • Estate Planning in the Age of Uncertainty

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    Ever since the Bush tax cuts went into effect in 2001, it was always assumed that, by the end of 2009, Congress would enact a legislative compromise that would prevent what happened on January 1st of this year: the unexpected elimination of the federal estate tax for 2010.  And, if Congress does not act soon, the federal estate tax will ...

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  • Commercial Lease Negotiations: Achieving a Win-Win

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    Searching for and finding the “best fit” property for your expanding business can be a daunting and time-consuming journey. Once you’ve found a place your company can call home and are able to agree on price and other general terms, it is easy to forget that the final step in the process could be one of the most important—effectively negotiating ...

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  • Social Networking in the Workplace

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    Much has been written about social networking and the appropriateness of it in the workplace. Sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are growing rapidly in use and influence. There is clearly an impact on productivity and it is a modern phenomenon that cannot be ignored. For employers, the focus is on how to manage these activities.

    Most companies have ...

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  • Understanding the Role and Value of Title Insurance in Real Estate Transactions

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    What is Title Insurance?

    Title insurance is a one-premium agreement to indemnify a policy-holder against loss by both on-record and off-record defects found in the title or interest to real property and from the invalidity or unenforceability of mortgage liens. It is meant to protect an owner's or lender's financial interest in real property against loss due to title defects, ...

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