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Must a Retail Business Allow an Individual to use its Property to Solicit Signatures for Elective Office?

  
  
  
Soliciting Signatures at Retail Stores

Written by: Edward M. Bloom

In 2012, Steven Glovsky needed 1,000 signatures in order to be placed on the ballot for a seat on the Governor’s Council.  He went to the Roche Brothers supermarket in Westwood and asked permission to stand outside the door to collect signatures.  The supermarket is a free-standing building on a 5 acre site and the store manager informed Glovsky that the store had a non-solicitation policy.  Glovsky brought suit against the store under the Massachusetts Civil Rights Act and when the trial court dismissed his action, he appealed and the SJC agreed to hear the case on direct appellate review.

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The Importance of Notary Acknowledgments in Light of the Weiss Decision

  
  
  
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Written by: Andrew Royce

Some alarm has been raised among the real estate bar by the recent decision of the United States Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the First Circuit in Steven Weiss, Chapter 7 Trustee, v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. rendered on October 1, 2013.  The Court determined that a 2007 Massachusetts mortgage granted to Wells Fargo was fatally defective because the notary acknowledgment failed to properly indicate that the mortgage was the mortgagors’ free act and deed as required by Massachusetts law.

The Aging Population and the Real Estate Community

  
  
  
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Written by: Paula G. Curry

My friend, Phil, turned 60 last month. He’s one of the first among my “peer group” – the people I hang around with, in other words – to achieve this milestone. There will be several others in the months and years to come. What effect will all of these older Americans have on the real estate world?

America, as a whole, is getting older faster than previously thought. By 2030, around 20% of our country’s population will be 65 and over. Estimates state that by 2050 there will be triple the number of seniors 85+, or about 19 million of us.

Thank you to our Solar Marketplace Update Panelists!

  
  
  

Upcoming Real Estate Industry Event from NAIOP Massachusetts

  
  
  

Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Releases Annual Report

  
  
  
Massachusetts Clean Energy

Written by: Ronald W. Ruth

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) released its superb Annual Report on the state of the clean energy industry in the Commonwealth.  The report includes plenty of positive news and generated lots of headlines. There are almost 80,000 workers engaged in clean energy, representing an almost 12% increase since 2012. Predictions for 2013 are for another 11% in job growth for the clean energy industry.   

The report deserves careful reading beyond the headlines.  Yes, there are cautionary notes that venture capital flows are slowing - but what is more significant is the breakdown of the state's clean tech industry. 

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Upcoming Event: Solar Marketplace Update October 3rd

  
  
  
Solar Marketplace Update October 3rd

Join us for a panel discussion on the Massachusetts Solar Energy market, results of the 2013 SREC auction, and financing projects under the new SREC II program.

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10 Things Real Estate Developers and Investors Should Know About Boston Zoning and Local Permitting

  
  
  
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Written by: Geoffrey H. Smith

Major real estate development projects like the former Filenes site downtown and the New Balance “Boston Landing” project in Brighton are clear indications private developers and investors are focusing their attention on Boston with renewed interest in large commercial and mixed use real estate development projects. Many of these developers and investors, especially those from out of state, may not be familiar with the local zoning and permitting framework applicable to their proposed projects. Below is a brief summary of just some of the issues developers and investors should consider when planning such projects in Boston that could have significant impacts on the viability of their project designs and negotiations. 

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