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ACC's Real Estate Committee

The Real Estate Committee provides case law and regulatory updates, documents, and other resources regarding the practice of real estate law in the US and abroad. Subcommittees include Real Estate Investment Trusts; Environmental, Government Regulation and Land Use; and Construction and Development.

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Upcoming Meetings

Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 3:00 PM ET, 8:00 PM GMT
Includes an online presentation

How to Insulate or Minimize Liability of Owners and Managers Against Violent Crimes Committed Against 3rd Person On Your Real Estate

This legal quick hit will center on simple steps that can be taken to dramatically reduce the likelihood of successful lawsuits against property owners. Such steps are seldom if ever considered by the persons at the top of the management/ownership chain, when they should be initiated at such high levels, even at the stage of property acquisition. Real estate lawyers, who are always at the center of planning, development and monitoring of properties, are perhaps in one of the best positions to protect the public, save money for ownership entities and, in the process, establish their clients as good guys, rather than greedy money grabbers.Every year, hundreds of multi-million dollar judgments and settlements are returned against owners of apartment complexes, hotels, gas stations, malls, parking lots and even office buildings in favor of victims of violent crime. One significant reason for such frequent and high losses is upper management and owner ignorance of simple steps that could be taken to dramatically reduce such losses. The large enterprises owning and managing such properties seldom, if ever, seriously consider security as an important line item in annual budgets. In addition, the likelihood of foreseeable crime on particular properties should be studied and considered as an important consideration prior to acquiring or building such developments. William E. Taylor, Attorney at Law

Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 3:00 PM ET, 7:00 PM GMT
Includes an online presentation

The Devil is in the Details: Top Ten Real Estate Escrow Pitfalls

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Recent Committee-Developed Resources

Active Confidentiality Agreement (US)

Dec 2014 Form & Policy Download doc
Sponsored by McGuireWoods LLP
This is a sample confidentiality agreement regarding sharing of diligence and other information by parties in connection with a proposed sale transaction.

Sample Electric Supply Contract (US)

Dec 2014 Form & Policy Download doc
Sponsored by McGuireWoods LLP
This is a sample electricity supply contract (retail supplier form).

Top Ten Considerations for Creating Real Estate Joint Ventures

Oct 2014 Top Ten
Sponsored by McGuireWoods LLP
Joint ventures are a time-honored structure through which to develop real estate. This top ten offers considerations to increase the odds of a prosperous relationship.