There is no shortage of headlines related to the fallout the mortgage and financial crises have had on real estate development throughout most of the United States. As the relevant markets seek stability, it is time to look forward to managing developments into the emerging post-crisis era. What do we know and what have we learned in the wake of the burst of the so-called “real estate bubble”?
In this session, we explored the issues that real estate developers may confront as they redevelop distressed properties. Using a hypothetical multiphase development project as a backdrop, Foley Partners Martin Bishop, Daniel Bachrach, and William Guthrie, with Al Ten Broek of the Mariner Group, covered a variety of topics addressing development changes and the lessons learned from the rise of owner litigation that has come out of the financial crisis.
- Zoning and density approvals
- Vetting sales incentive programs
- Reviewing existing project documents encumbering property
- Distinguishing roles of different corporate entities (and their employees) during sales and post-sales processes
- Budget and business plan analysis
- Clarifying relationships between developer, lender, and appraiser
- Pay down of existing bank loans (restructuring partial releases)
- Avoiding the sale of “securities”
- Existing developer liabilities (guarantees and subsidies of association budget and warranties)
- Insulating sales practices against future fraud claims
- Fraudulent association budgets and misrepresentations
- Developing enforceable contractual provisions, particularly in workouts during a market decline
- The wisdom of assuming declarant’s rights (and potential liabilities)
For more information, please contact Kristen Martin at kmartin foley.com or 312.832.4725.