Legislation was introduced in the Pennsylvania General Assembly to expand the ability of real estate sales professionals to provide Broker Price Opinions and Comparative Market Analyses outside of the real estate brokerage context. This legislation would amend the Real Estate Licensing and Registration Act and the Real Estate Appraisers Certification Act.

A Comparative Market Analysis

One of the communities hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy is preparing to use eminent domain to take easements from oceanfront homeowners who are holding up a beach replenishment project, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. These homeowners won’t sign easements that would allow federal officials to carry out the work. Mantoloking saw every one of its

The Bipartisan Policy Center issued a report proposing changes to current appraisal policy. Although it was primarily focused on reducing the government’s role in the nation’s housing finance system, it had appraisal related recommendations. For example, it recommended banning the use of distressed home sales as comparables which the BPC said was helping to decrease

The Appraiser Qualification Board issued the Second Exposure Draft of Proposed Interpretation and Revision to the Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria. The AQB is an independent board of The Appraisal Foundation and composed of at least five practicing appraisers who are appointed by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees for three-year terms. Under the provisions of

The North Carolina House of Representatives has passed legislation to amend the state Constitution to limit certain eminent domain powers. House Bill 8 would specifically prohibit condemnation of private property except for a public use and provides for the payment of just compensation with right of trial by jury in all condemnation cases. The N.C.

I am often asked whether governmental actions can cause a taking even if the government does not formally initiate an eminent domain case. These cases are known as "de facto" or "inverse condemnations" and are difficult to prove. However, establishing a de facto taking can have substantial benefits.


The Commonwealth Court recently affirmed a

PennDOT announced the award of the largest construction contract in agency history, a $212.3 million contract to improve Interstate 95 and its interchange at Cottman Avenue (Route 73) in Northeast Philadelphia. According to PennDOT, “This record-setting contract is for the second stage of our two-stage program” for this project. PennDOT awarded the low-bid $212,325,000 contract

I am often asked whether governmental actions can cause a taking even if the government does not formally initiate an eminent domain case. These cases are known as “de facto” or inverse condemnations and are difficult to prove. However, establishing a de facto taking can have substantial benefits. We recently were successful in establishing a de facto taking

PennDOT has shown signs that it is pursuing property acquisitions for Route 422 projects in Berks and Montgomery Counties (PA). PennDOT published a notice on September 3, 2011 in The Pottstown Mercury newspaper that it intends to acquire property in Lower Pottsgrove (PA) Township for that portion of its 422 reconstruction project. Property owners are