July 2, 2019

Mortgage rates slide lower, but Americans are still concerned over home affordability - The majority of Americans continue to remain concerned over the affordability of homeownership, according to a new study from Freddie Mac, despite mortgage rates Opens a New Window. falling to their lowest level in years.

How The Gig Economy Is Shaping The Commercial Real Estate Sector - Urbanization is upon us. Millennials and Gen-X’ers are finding that life in the city is simply more attractive and convenient than their parents found life in the suburbs. And big urban metropolis are responding by forging out green space, adding more residential real estate and improving overall infrastructure.


May 10, 2019

The problem with debt ‘solutions’ is they can sometimes make things worse – Americans are slipping ever deeper into hock. To cope, many people turn to debt consolidation loans, cash-out mortgage refinancing and retirement plan loans that promise relief but could leave them worse off.

Cannabis stocks tumble; Cronos surprises with small profit – Cannabis stocks fell Thursday, swept up in the broader stock-market decline as trade tensions between China and the U.S. ramped up after President Donald Trump threatened further tariff retaliation.

January 21, 2019

4 innovative ways to improve healthcare employees’ well-being – “Physician, heal thyself.” Facing increased errors, inadequate patient care, and high turnover rates, healthcare facilities are heeding this age-old advice with initiatives to improve the well-being of their doctors, nurses, and administration staff.

5 warning signs a real-estate deal is too good to be true – Higher home prices make homebuying these days no easy feat. So when you find a house or property listed with an affordable price tag, it’s only natural to want to snatch it right up.

January 4, 2019

Securities Arbitration—Should You Hire an Attorney? – The vast majority of interactions between investors and investment professionals are positive. However, sometimes the relationship doesn’t go as planned, and the situation can’t be resolved by communicating directly with your firm or broker. In such a situation, you may find yourself considering arbitration or mediation .

Your 4-Point Plan for Paying Off Holiday Debt – Though the holidays are often hailed as the most wonderful time of the year, they’re also frequently the most expensive. It’s not surprising, then, that the average American racked up $1,054 in debt during the 2017 holiday season. But what’s perhaps even more disturbing is the fact that as of late November 2018, a good 15% were still paying off the previous year’s debt.

Turning to Arbitration to Resolve Landlord/Tenant Issues

Many landlord and tenant disputes can wind up in court. This often results in a lengthy, frustrating and costly process for landlords. Tenants may also feel the brunt of this process and may face significant consequences such as a lawful eviction and costs they cannot afford. Arbitration offers an alternative to this process.

It is a consensual, private and binding alternative to resolve landlord/tenant disputes. Unlike mediation, the arbitrator has the power to impose a decision on the parties. The process is confidential, so what is said during the process and the result usually cannot be revealed. Arbitration also offers greater authority to the parties who can decide how to structure arbitration, how much time the parties will each have to present their case and the extent of discovery. This provides greater control to the parties to determine how the process will work.

Arbitration may be required if there is a mandatory arbitration clause included in the lease. In these situations, the parties may waive their right to bring their disputes to court. If a party takes the case to court, the proceedings will usually be stayed so the parties can pursue arbitration.

Arbitration is becoming increasingly common in many communities to resolve landlord/tenant disputes. It is used to help parties resolve issues related to rent arrears, contract disputes, environmental issues, rent reviews, neighbor disputes and other issues that arise in the landlord/tenant context.

During arbitration, the parties present evidence, their own testimony and the testimony of other witnesses. After hearing both sides, the arbitrator makes a final ruling, or award. This award is typically binding and usually cannot be appealed.