Welcome to Our Blog

This is the Northwest's first comprehensive blog tackling issues related to the real estate industry. Our focus is to educate our clients, consultants, and the general public of developments not only in the law, but also in the market related to real estate development. One of our primary goals is to identify trends to assist others in making development projects successful. 
Attorneys from Miller Nash practicing in the areas of Land Use, Real Estate, Environmental, Construction and Real Estate Tax will contribute frequently to this blog. We also expect guest posts from time to time from outside consultants and from other practice areas within Miller Nash dealing with real estate development. And while we will not show comments on this site please feel free to email us directly with any questions, comments or suggestions. We hope you find this blog enjoyable to read and that the information is pertinent to the industry.
December 18, 2014 8:15 AM | Posted by Naito, Alexander | Permalink
ORS 12.135 establishes a ten-year statute of ultimate repose for any claims relating to the construction, alteration, or repair of any improvement to real property. This means that any claim relating to a construction project . . . read more
December 16, 2014 8:49 AM | Posted by Naito, Alexander | Permalink
In the past, contractors and developers could feel secure that certain claims arising out of construction contracts would be barred after six years from completion of the project. A recent line of Oregon appellate court decisions . . . read more
December 15, 2014 2:59 PM | Posted by Bremer, LeAnne | Permalink
In the words of the Washington Supreme Court, it "has faced numerous challenges to statutory time limits for appealing land use decisions and has repeatedly concluded that the rules must provide . . . read more
November 17, 2014 2:05 PM | Posted by Bremer, LeAnne | Permalink
Is a rental cap on the number of units that can be rented in a condominium a use restriction? If so, the Washington Condominium Act requires a 90 percent vote of the unit owners, not counting the condominium . . . . read more
October 27, 2014 11:01 AM | Posted by Hilliard, Jeneé | Permalink
When the real estate market is hot, it can be a great time to sell real property. And because people don’t want to pay tax unless they have to, it can be attractive to complete a 1031 exchange with the proceeds from the sale. But a hot real estate market can be a difficult . . . read more
October 22, 2014 1:57 PM | Posted by Shellan, Ron | Permalink
In the good old days, a taxpayer could exchange his high-basis relinquished property for his wife’s low-basis replacement property. Thereafter, the taxpayer could sell the replacement property (which now has a substituted high basis) with little or no gain. This technique is known as a basis swap. Years ago, Congress changed the law . . . read more
October 20, 2014 11:18 AM | Posted by Shellan, Ron | Permalink
When an exchange involves two parcels of real estate that are adjacent to each other, it can be tricky to figure out whether they should be treated as two exchanges or a single exchange . . . read more
October 7, 2014 10:28 AM | Posted by Miller Nash LLP | Permalink
Miller Nash LLP is pleased to announce that we will be combining with Seattle's Graham & Dunn PC in 2015. The combined firm will provide premier . . . read more
September 10, 2014 2:06 PM | Posted by Miller Nash LLP | Permalink
The Southwest Washington Contractors Association (SWCA) will be presenting the latest in their Risky Business Seminar Series on September 18, 2014 . . . read more