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.
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
September 4, 2014 10:09 AM | Posted by Hossaini, Kelly | Permalink
Is the family car destined to become a thing of the past? Adherents of Smart Growth have been scanning the horizon for the last 15 years, keenly attuned to any trends that might . . . read more
September 2, 2014 1:50 PM | Posted by Klinger, Dustin | Permalink
The PSU Center for Real Estate just released a quarterly report with helpful data on both national and regional trends. The eyebrow-raisers that caught my eye are Portland's top-ten relative rent increases in Multifamily and Office sectors . . . read more
August 18, 2014 12:03 PM | Posted by Klinger, Dustin | Permalink
Nonprofit charities regularly own or receive donations of real estate. In the real estate world, holding title to property in an isolated limited liability company is so common that many lenders’ and brokers’ template forms . . . read more
July 23, 2014 3:40 PM | Posted by Miller, Jeff | Permalink
An insurance industry trade association just filed an amicus brief in Ash Grove Cement Co. v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., asking the Ninth Circuit either to reverse an Oregon district court's decision that a CERCLA Section 104(e) information request is a "suit" triggering a duty to defend or to certify . . . read more