Dec. 16, 2013Benjamin D. Bruner, Iowa Real Estate & Land Use Blog

The deadline to take advantage of the Business Property Tax Credit is quickly approaching.

May. 6, 2013Benjamin D. Bruner, Iowa Banking Law Blog

all real estate lending institutions in the state of Iowa should take particular note of the recent Court of Appeals case of First Iowa State Bank vs. Ronnie L. Hammond.

Jun. 22, 2012Benjamin D. Bruner, Iowa Real Estate & Land Use Blog
RESPA blog

U.S. Supreme Court determines that “RESPA” does not prohibit the collection of unearned settlement fees, but merely prohibits any splitting of said fees.

Jan. 13, 2012Benjamin D. Bruner, Iowa Real Estate & Land Use Blog
US Supreme Court hears case involving rights of property owners

The United States Supreme Court recently heard arguments in Sackett v. EPA, which in its simplest form pits individual residential landowners against the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) in a battle over some Idaho dirt. The battle involves a complicated statutory scheme of the Clean Water Act (“CWA”) which protects wetlands from development.

Aug. 7, 2011Benjamin D. Bruner, Iowa Real Estate & Land Use Blog
The sale-leaseback scenario

The “sale-leaseback” concept is not a new one, but it is one that is being utilized more and more in today’s economic climate as the financial and tax benefits can be numerous for both parties. In its simplest form, a sale-leaseback is a transaction in which the owner of property sells the property and simultaneously leases it back from the purchaser.

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