Treasury Issues Guidance on Qualified Opportunity Zone Tax Incentive

Treasury recently released Proposed Regulations providing guidance to those looking to qualify for the new Qualified Opportunity Zone (“QOZ”) tax incentives created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (“TCJA”). Congress created this new tax incentive to encourage investments in certain low-income communities that have been designated as “Qualified Opportunity Zones.” In sum, the QOZ rules allow a taxpayer to defer tax on the gain from the sale of property if, within 180 days, the taxpayer invests in a Qualified Opportunity Fund (“QOF”).

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Don’t Go Without It: Understand the Importance of Title Insurance

Excel Title echoes the sentiments reflected in the linked blog. Recently we were assisting a buyer in purchasing a home from a seller who had previously purchased it from a “big” bank.  The bank had purchased the property back out of foreclosure. Unfortunately, the title company or law firm assisting in the foreclosure utilized the wrong legal description.  This inadvertently omitted some very important portions of the property (vacated alleys).

We suggested that the seller contact the title insurance company from which he had purchased title insurance. The title insurance company accepted responsibility, tracked down the title owners of the omitted parcels and obtained signatures on the required quitclaim deeds. The title insurance company promptly paid the recording cost, resulting in no additional expense to the seller. If the seller had simply relied on an attorney title report when he purchased the property, he would have most certainly incurred the costs of hiring an attorney to correct the problems.  The attorney fees would have far exceeded the cost of the title insurance.

Our client did not underestimate the benefit of title insurance. No one should, especially when so much property is now transferring through foreclosure proceedings. Read this article for more about the importance of title insurance.

Before You Sign a Lease: Title Insurance Is Not Just For Owners and Buyers

As a tenant of a leased property, you may not realize the pitfalls that are inherent to leasing. You might enter into a long-term lease and plan to complete a property build out, only to encounter a title landmine that sets your business into a tailspin.

The good news: obtaining adequate leasehold title insurance can cover these pitfalls. Securing this type of insurance is especially critical if you’re signing a long-term lease.

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