Tag: Commercial Real Estate

Preexisting, Nonconforming Uses and Structures: A Recent Appeals Court Clarification

By Thomas P. Gorman on October 22, 2014
houses that look the same on a street with a tree in front and green grass also a blue sky in the background

Revisions to local zoning ordinances look prospectively. Thus, when a zoning ordinance is enacted prohibiting a specific use in any particular... Read More »

SJC Decision Permits Solicitation of Nominating Signatures at Supermarket Entrance

By Joshua M. Alper on October 14, 2014
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Owners and operators of supermarkets and other commercial property in Massachusetts should be aware that on October 10th, the Supreme... Read More »

Recent Changes to the Law of Private Construction Contracts – Your Government is Here to Help You Again

By Peter Friedenberg on October 3, 2014
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As part of the end-of-session rush at the General Court this summer, significant changes were made to Massachusetts law governing... Read More »

A Primer: Economic Loss Doctrine Not Necessarily Bar to Tort Recovery

By Sherin and Lodgen on July 22, 2014
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Although the “economic loss doctrine” has historically barred recovery of certain classes of tort damages, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently... Read More »

Buying Standing? Buyer Beware.

By Thomas P. Gorman on June 3, 2014
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The doctrine of standing to sue -- the status that allows a plaintiff to bring a lawsuit in the first... Read More »

The Effect of Online Shopping on Retail Leases and Percentage Rent

By Sherin and Lodgen on April 30, 2014
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“Percentage Rent” is a familiar concept to retailers and landlords and has long formed a significant aspect of the business... Read More »

Broker Awarded Fees Where Lease Was Not Signed

By Joshua M. Alper on March 3, 2014
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A judge of the Superior Court has recently awarded brokerage fees to a realtor despite that the landlord did not... Read More »

The Importance of Notary Acknowledgments in Light of the Weiss Decision

By Andrew Royce on October 28, 2013
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Some alarm has been raised among the real estate bar by the recent decision of the United States Bankruptcy Appellate... Read More »

The Aging Population and the Real Estate Community

By Paula G. Curry on October 8, 2013
a phil dunphy from mordern family gif with the words " When life gives you lemonade, make lemons, Life will be like WHAT?!"

My friend, Phil, turned 60 last month. He’s one of the first among my “peer group” – the people I... Read More »

To Guaranty or Not to Guaranty?

By Gary M. Markoff on July 16, 2013
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Real estate professionals often ask themselves this question when negotiating terms of a loan. The pros know the script well: The... Read More »

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