G. M. Filisko

Articles by G. M. Filisko
Heated Opposition to Energy Bill
All eyes in commercial real estate will turn to the U.S. Senate this fall. Will it follow the lead of the U.S. House of Representatives and pass energy
Labor, Management Renew Standoff
Like two prizefighters who talk smack about their opponent before climbing into the ring, both labor and management are sending messages that they taste
Will Democrats Smother Real Estate?
America's economic crisis could insulate commercial real estate from at least one proposed legislative change that became a hot-button issue during the
Did Obscure Rule Cripple Economy?
In the wake of Lehman Brothers' collapse and the financial turmoil that roiled Wall Street in late September and early October, a federal accounting rule,
Unions Draw Ire of Hotel Owners
Will the proposed Employee Free Choice Act destroy the hotel industry's profitability by driving up workers' wages, as some owners argue? Or will it level
Climate Bill Turns into Heated Controversy
Though President George Bush has opposed the U.S. Senate's bipartisan cap and trade climate control legislation and Senate Republicans blocked the bill
FCC Ban Gets Bad Reception
Less than two months after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) pulled the plug on exclusive contracts between property owners or developers and
Fear of Regulation
The drumbeat for reform in the residential mortgage market due to lax underwriting standards has been growing in recent months, but there has been virtually
1031s Under Scrutiny
If you're alarmed by newspaper headlines announcing that the Internal Revenue Service plans to tighten the rules on 1031 tax-deferred exchanges and audit
Standoff Over TIC Deals In Final Round?
The simmering tension between commercial real estate brokers and securities dealers over tenant-in-common sales may soon fade now that the U.S. Securities
Battle Ends Over Terrorism Insurance
The U.S. House and Senate spent the last month of 2007 trying to show each other who's the boss of terrorism risk insurance legislation. The Senate won
New Study Slams Proposed Tax Hike
The latest assault in the heated battle over legislation that could double taxes on real estate partnerships and private equity firms comes in the form
Property Owners Dodge Bullet in Immigration War
Property owners may be breathing a sigh of relief now that a federal judge has barred the U.S. government from enforcing regulations requiring them and
Possible 2008 Democratic Sweep Scares Some Owners
Envisioning Democratic control of both the White House and Congress in 2008 along with a big jump in the capital gains tax rate some investors are selling
Mortgage REITs Rebounding?
The performance of mortgage REITs this year has been abysmal. Total returns are down more than 44% as of Oct. 17, reports the National Association of
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