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New York State Institutes Important Real Estate Transfer Taxes

New York State has recently considered a number of real estate tax changes as a revenue raising mechanism for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and other budgetary needs. Lawmakers were initially considering a pied-a-terre tax, but have dropped this change for an increase to the New York State Transfer Tax. Currently, the New York State Transfer …

U.S. Sues Facebook for Fair Housing Act Violation. Are Realtors and Advertisers Next?

On March 28, 2019, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) sued Facebook alleging that Facebook’s use of its artificial intelligence tools caused violations of the Fair Housing Act in permitting advertisers to target property advertisements based on race and national origin. No realtors or advertisers were named in this law suit, but …