Issue No.252, November 17, 2021

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The Billion Dollar Problem of Philadelphia’s Tangled Titles
Philadelphia prides itself on being a city of homeowners, and it has been for generations. This phenomenon extends across all demographic groups—nearly half of Black households here (48 percent) own the homes they live in, the highest rate of any of the largest U.S. cities.

Land Surveying’s Evolution from the Doomsday Book to Drones
All real estate traces its roots back to land surveying, it’s the very foundation the property industry is built on. Centuries of deal-making form a chain of ownership all the way back to the very first surveys. Technology is changing land surveying, evolving the way we understand land and ownership at the center of every transaction.

How Industrial Drones Are Revolutionizing Real Estate, Construction, Agriculture, Military and Logistics
Industrial drones are reshaping several sectors including real estate, construction, agriculture, military and logistics. Smart, self-operated drones are revolutionizing different industries by transforming the way businesses and individuals perform functions that involve continuous supervision and efficient transportation.

Stages of an Eminent Domain Proceeding in Colorado
In Colorado, eminent domain (also known as condemnation) proceedings take place in several stages. These proceedings are similar to, but not the same as, other civil trials. Most attorneys — let alone property owners — do not have experience with the special statutory procedures that apply in eminent domain cases.

Mobile ID: The future of identification for Notaries?
It may sound like future tech, but you may see it sooner than you think. Remote notarization introduced the public to technology-driven methods to identify signers such as knowledge-based authentication (KBA). Now, a handful of states are rolling out a new concept called "mobile ID" — an identification document stored on a mobile device.

California Court Finds for Defendant Bank in Adverse Possession Dispute
The California Court of Appeals, Fifth Appellate Division, recently found for defendant Citibank, N.A. (“Citibank”) in a dispute over the ownership of property in an unincorporated area of southern California. See Bailey v. Citibank, N.A., 66 Cal. App. 5th 335 (2021).

Federal Court Holds 99.9% Ownership Does Not Constitute Being "Wholly Owned"
The United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania recently granted a title insurance company's motion for summary judgment finding there was no longer coverage after the insured owner conveyed its property to its 99.9% owner.

Property transfer agreement honored at death
In a recent case, a New York appellate court held that the decedent’s contractual promise to leave his 50% interest in a condominium to his partner by right of survivorship was enforceable, even though a new Deed to the condo adding the survivorship right had not been made before the decedent’s death.

What Does 'Two Business Days' Actually Mean In Real Estate?
A commercial purchase and sale contract required the seller to obtain estoppel certificates from building tenants and deliver them to the buyer “two business days” before the Closing Date for the deal.

Equity Erased Pt. 1: Real estate deals strip elderly, poor of homes and land
Many were elderly or Black homeowners in distress. Some were vulnerable to a Reconstruction-era property law abused so often that it has been rewritten in other states, but not North Carolina.

Senator Bats For Squatters
Opposition Senator Sophia Frazer-Binns says Government must move urgently to remove the 60-year provision in law that people who have been squatting on Crown lands must satisfy before they can pursue legal ownership.

Do daughters have same right to father’s property as sons?
According to Section 8 of the Hindu Succession Act 1956, read with the Schedule referred therein, daughters being Class I legal heirs, have the same rights as sons to the properties of their father, if the father dies intestate (without a will).

Anatomy of an NYDFS Enforcement Action for Violating New York’s Cybersecurity Regulation
Cybersecurity and data privacy’s arc is at its three-quarter turn, having gone from a pure IT issue only five years ago to the inclusion of legal with the passage of constantly evolving state regulatory laws and now the forecasted extension of those laws—enforcement. The final turn will be the passage of a uniform federal law to tie this current patchwork together.

Fed-up landlord makes website outing squatters
Adrianna Nava — a single mom who battled to evict her own nonpaying tenants for 10 months — said she’s been so moved by horror stories from other homeowners, she created a website to help identify potential problem tenants before they move in.

Dallas man in custody in alleged deed fraud scheme involving over $1.6 million in stolen property
 In an indictment, William Baldridge is accused of fraudulently transferring the titles of 20 homes in Dallas, Harris and Tarrant counties to companies he controlled. Prosecutors say the stolen properties are valued at more than $1.6 million. “I'm hopeful that he will be held accountable,” said attorney Carla Rankin, who represented Baldridge’s ex-wife in a child support and child custody case.

The new footage was shot by Sky Tech One, a video production and 3D-rendering company based in Long Island City. The video was created using an FPV drone and takes a look at the never-before-seen exterior and interior angles of the Library’s central building.

Cone of Silence: The Glasgow Ice Cream Wars of the 1980s
Joe Steele wanted to proclaim his innocence any way he could. For him, that meant Supergluing himself to the gates of Buckingham Palace. In April 1993, Steele, of Glasgow, Scotland, was on a supervised prison release to visit his mother in Garthamlock, a suburb of Glasgow, when he gave his escort the slip, fled to London, and was soon found by authorities after both handcuffing himself to the railings outside Queen Elizabeth's home and using an extra-strong adhesive to affix his fingers to it. It took an hour for firefighters to remove him.

Back in the Day: James Bates’ 1982 master’s thesis on Fairfield from 1940-1945
James Bates and his wife Mayrene moved to Fairfield in 1970 when he retired from the U.S. Air Force. The couple had met at Tennessee State University in the early 1950s. After leaving the military, James got another bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree at Sacramento State University.

Everything You Thought You Knew About ‘Hobo Code’ Is Wrong
Rail riders past and present leave messages for each other, but not the ones you’ve probably heard about.