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The Real Estate of the Union: Will Housing be a Major Factor in the 2020 Presidential Election?

Tue Jun 18, 2019 by on Real Estate

The Real Estate Of The Union Will Housing Be A Major Factor in the 2020 Presidential Election

While housing has not been a major factor in past presidential elections, it appears that more and more presidential candidates are addressing the rising cost of owning or renting a home.  In fact, at least 16 of the Democratic candidates have mentioned affordable housing in their platforms, and four have specifically released policy proposals. And President Trump has mentioned his […]

Will Chinese tariffs “steel” the show?

Fri Jun 14, 2019 by on Florida Real Estate & Real Estate

Will Chinese tariffs “steel” the show?

Over the past several months, there has been extensive media coverage of the current trade tensions between the United States and China. While the idea of the world’s two most powerful economies butting heads with each other makes for an interesting headline, it’s important to understand what exactly has been happening and how it might affect the South Florida real […]

Glass Decision: In Bizarre, Rare, And “Improvident” Ruling Florida Supreme Court Throws Stones At Foreclosure Attorney Fee Decision, Revoking Opinion

Florida Supreme Court Building

As many of you know, we at Oppenheim Law  were invited to submit a friend of the court brief in the Supreme Court case of Mary Ann Glass v. Nationstar Mortgage  in which the issue before the Court was whether a borrower in a foreclosure action is entitled to attorneys’ fees when the borrower  successfully disputed the bank’s standing to […]

No April Fools: Supreme Court Narrows Definition of Debt Collector

No April Fools Day

Another Power Play for the Multi-Billion Dollar Banking Industry. The United States Supreme Court has now rendered a unanimous decision in the case of Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus, LLP, finding that law firms who enforce a security interest such as a mortgage (as opposed to directly collecting a debt) are not debt collectors under the Fair Debt Collection Practices […]

STORM CLOUDS ON THE HORIZON:  REAL ESTATE MARKET CLEARLY A HARBINGER FOR UPCOMING RECESSION

STORM CLOUDS ON THE HORIZON  REAL ESTATE MARKET CLEARLY A HARBINGER FOR UPCOMING RECESSION

While I would be the last person to want to be called “Chicken Little,” it is still important that I continue to serve as a messenger for the disparate factual analysis that indicates that the real estate market is clearly slowing and that may well be a harbinger for the entire economy.  In fact, just yesterday, the Federal Reserve announced […]

Honest Service Theft and the College Application Fiasco

Tue Mar 19, 2019 by on News

Honest Service Theft and the College Application Fiasco

What Were They Thinking? Front and center is the sweeping college admission fraud investigations where celebrity arrests have been made as a result of accusations that bribes were given by parents to have their children be accepted for admission to prestigious colleges. Bribes were made for increased test scores, doctoring of athletic achievements, and payments to coaches and/or administrators to […]