real estate valuation

My partner, Abe Reich, recently successfully argued before the PA Supreme Court a case determining “whether the occurrence of a murder/suicide inside a house constitutes a material defect of the property, such that appellees’ failure to disclose the same to the buyer of the house constituted fraud, negligent misrepresentation, or a violation of the Unfair

PA law requires that challenges to condemnations must be filed within 30 days of service of the Declaration of Taking. The document that is filed challenging the taking is called “Preliminary Objections.”

HB 2387, currently being considered in the PA House of Representatives, would increase the time for filing the Preliminary Objections to 90 days.

The Appraisal Foundation announced Oct. 13 that it has released its 2012-13 edition of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. “USPAP” includes a variety of standards of professional practice for all appraisal disciplines. The 2012-13 edition will become effective Jan. 1, 2012, and will be valid for two years. The new edition of USPAP

The United States Tax Court recently issued an opinion that contains valuable lessons for any forum. Real estate valuation litigation regularly occurs in the Tax Court.

In Boltar LLC v. Commissioner, the Tax Court granted the government’s motion to strike the taxpayer’s appraisal because it was “unrealiable and irrelevant.” In that case, the IRS and