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“Stretching” the Stretch Energy Code

05/23/2012   |   BY John J. Slater III

The Board which promulgates the State Building Code is considering amendments to the State Energy Code which will increase the... Read More »

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Importance of Carefully Drafting Commercial Leases

05/16/2012   |   BY Joshua M. Alper

Two recent decisions by the Massachusetts Appeals Court highlight the importance of carefully drafting commercial leases.  In Panagakos v.  Collins,... Read More »

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Private Development of Public Land: 7 Key Tips for Developers

05/09/2012   |   BY

Developers seek out publicly-owned land for private development projects for a number of reasons, ranging from the unique locations available... Read More »

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What is “Main Street Fairness” or “Marketplace Fairness”?

05/02/2012   |   BY Joshua M. Bowman

Given the amount of media attention that the issue of “Marketplace Fairness” (formerly called Main Street Fairness) has attracted from... Read More »

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5 Key Issues in Biotech Leasing

04/25/2012   |   BY Sherin and Lodgen

While there are commonalities in concerns on the landlord and tenant side in all leases regardless of the use, biotech... Read More »

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5 Basics of Title Insurance Endorsements

04/18/2012   |   BY

Title insurance, in the form of owner’s and lender’s policies, has long been a mainstay of real estate practice.  As... Read More »

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6 Tips for Retail Tenants: Traps Preventing Lease Transfers

04/11/2012   |   BY

Retail tenants entering into long term leases should be aware that tenants’ rights to assign or sublet may prove illusory... Read More »

The Eaton Foreclosure Case: Addressing A Problem That Doesn’t Exist

04/04/2012   |   BY

The case of Eaton v. Federal National Mortgage Association, which is currently pending before the SJC, addresses the issue of... Read More »

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4 Lessons on Funding a Community Health Center with New Markets Tax Credits

03/27/2012   |   BY Douglas M. Henry

The process of funding community health centers is often complicated and lengthy. Combining financing from a multiple sources, such as... Read More »

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What Real Estate Developers Should Know About Affordable Housing

03/26/2012   |   BY Sherin and Lodgen

The return of real estate development to the Boston area creates a renewed focus on the complex legal framework associated... Read More »