Weekly News Roundup for November 10, 2017

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

For the first time in five years, not a single trophy property in Sydney, Australia was sold to a foreign buyer. Analysts believe recent tax increases are keeping away buyers from other countries.
The Illinois Attorney General filed […]

Weekly News Roundup for November 3, 2017

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Attorneys for a county in North Carolina filed a lawsuit against DuPont and Chemours, alleging the two companies poured toxic chemicals into the Cape Fear River.
Residents in one New York county hope a lawsuit they filed will […]

Weekly News Roundup for July 14, 2017

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Construction is underway on the Vista Tower, which will be one of the largest buildings in Chicago once it is complete. The skyscraper will be built partially with funds secured through the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.
Senators from […]

The Future of the EB-5 Program

Created by Congress in 1990 as a means to stimulate the economy and create jobs, the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program has become the most popular residency program in the world, in part because it is relatively inexpensive. Comparable programs in Australia, the U.K., or Canada have investment requirements of […]

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Weekly News Roundup for April 21, 2017

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Lawmakers continue to work on the details of extending the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program as the April 28 deadline draws closer. The program will end unless Congress decided to re-authorize it.

The Keystone XL Pipeline is back on […]

Greenfield Advisors Joins Trade Development Alliance Of Greater Seattle Part 2

This is the second in a two-part series. You can read part 1 here.

Greenfield Services for TDA Members

Greenfield has clients ranging from heads of state to local businesses. A recent advisory service aided President Barack Obama’s “Call to Action” initiative, which reached out to the U.S. private sector […]

Weekly News Roundup for March 10, 2017

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Airbnb, the popular rent-sharing company, recently raised $1 billion. Airbnb is now valued at $31 billion.

One of the pioneers of the rails-to-trails program passed away at the age of 69. David Burwell was the first president of […]

With a New Administration, Future of EB-5 Still Undetermined

With a new president, as well as a new Congress in power, the future of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program has remained a question mark. The program was recently extended through April 28 as part of a Continuing Resolution to keep the program funded, but Congress has yet to […]

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Weekly News Roundup for January 27, 2017

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

The Keystone XL Pipeline, which was blocked during the Obama Administration, could possibly move forward following directives signed by President Donald Trump to expedite both the Keystone and the Dakota Access Pipelines.

Homeowners viewed the value of their […]

Weekly News Roundup for December 30, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Noise from oil and gas operations such as hydraulic fracturing may increase the risk of health issues, according to a new study.

Doctors at a new children’s hospital do not believe officials are doing enough to address concerns […]

EB-5 Receives Another Extension, This One until April 2017

For more than a year, the fate of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program has been up in the air. Foreign investors, as well as attorneys, builders, and others involved with EB-5 funded projects, have seen the program receive two previous extensions. Earlier this week, the program received its third […]

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EB-5 Program Extended, But Only For a Short Time

For the second time in less than 12 months, the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program was extended as part of a federal spending bill that kept the government functioning.

Back in December Congress passed a spending bill that would run out at the end of last month. During the debates on […]

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Weekly News Roundup for September 30, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

A NASDAQ executive discussed the differences in capital raising for private and public companies.

Researchers in North Dakota tested a new way to remove salt from land where it was introduced during the hydraulic fracturing process. The new […]

As EB-5 Awaits Renewal, a New Option is Proposed

The controversial EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program is set to expire at the end of the month. Congress extended the program last year, just days before the deadline to continue it. At the moment, a pair of bills re-authorizing EB-5 are moving through Congress.

The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program allows those […]

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Weekly News Roundup for August 19, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

The Navajo Nation sued the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over last year’s Gold King Mine spill that sent millions of gallons of contaminated water into the Animas River.

Norway’s wealth fund downgraded the value of its United […]

Weekly News Roundup for July 1, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wants to see oil companies add more safety features to trains carrying oil through New York.

A jury found that Emigrant Savings Bank offered predatory loans to minority homeowners. Six plaintiffs were awarded […]

Weekly News Roundup for June 24, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

The first trial between Porter Ranch, Calif. residents and Southern California Gas Company has been delayed. A pretrial hearing has been rescheduled for later in September.

A Seattle developer was fined $1.2 million for using unlicensed advisors to […]

Weekly News Roundup for June 10, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Following another oil train derailment, regulators are looking into increased safety measures for trains transporting oil, especially near populated areas.

An energy plant in Oregon is at the center of a property tax fight that has lasted for […]

Weekly News Roundup for June 3, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Hopeful EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program applicants are seeing their applications delayed while potential EB-5 projects are investigated over allegations of fraud.

Old gas and oil wells may be buried underground, and they can be dangerous to builders, who […]

Debate Continues Over Future of EB-5 Program

In recent months, Congress has been discussing how the EB-5 program should proceed. A recent bill was proposed that would change some of the key provisions in the program in an effort to assuage allegations of fraud.

The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program allows those living in other countries to obtain […]

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Weekly News Roundup for May 27, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Ohio lawmakers are pushing for earlier resident notification regarding potentially contaminated water. Legislators cited the recent contamination in Flint, Michigan, as the reason for demanding a quicker response.

Peru declared an emergency in a jungle area that was […]

Weekly News Roundup for May 20, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

China’s investments in the U.S. real estate market have added 200,000 jobs to the U.S. economy. China is the top participant in the EB-5 Immigration Investor Program, which provides visas to overseas investors and their families in exchange […]

Weekly News Roundup for April 22, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Residents testified in a construction defect lawsuit earlier this week against the country’s largest homebuilder, D. R. Horton.

In New Hampshire, towns are coming together to deal with the lead contamination of their water. The consortium will work […]

Weekly News Roundup for April 15, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Officials in the United Kingdom are working to fight global warming while still heating homes. One option is to use hydrogen, which burns cleaner than natural gas and doesn’t give off carbon dioxide.

Voters in New Orleans voted […]

Weekly News Roundup for April 8, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

The City of Miami has filed multiple lawsuits alleging that various banks violated the Fair Housing Act by targeting minorities for loans with predatory terms, which cost the city money. Wells Fargo has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to […]

Weekly News Roundup for April 1, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

The U.S. economy slowed in the last quarter of 2015 as corporate profits and inventory investments declined, but increased consumer spending helped lessen the blow.

Investors have filed a class action lawsuit alleging that Wells Fargo ignored issues with problem […]

EB-5 Debate Continues as Application Backlog Builds

Late last year, Congress was working furiously to prepare a budget that would avoid a government shutdown. As legislators debated and worked, time was running out for the popular EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, which would expire in December 2015 if Congress did not renew it.

The EB-5 program was under […]

Weekly News Roundup for March 4, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

A study conducted by Integra Realty Resources for the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) Foundation found that natural gas pipelines didn’t affect property values or insurability in the locations studied.

A Superior Court Judge upheld a Georgia transportation […]

Weekly News Roundup for February 19, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Residents of Flint, Michigan affected by the lead-contaminated water are considering joining lawsuits that could reach a billion dollars in claims and damages.

The Sierra Club filed a lawsuit to reduce wastewater injection from hydraulic fracturing in Oklahoma. The non-profit […]

Weekly News Roundup for February 12, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

During her testimony before the Senate Banking Committee, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said that although the Fed hasn’t ruled out a March rate increase, it might wait to act. The Fed is also investigating the viability of implementing […]

Weekly News Roundup for February 5, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

The tax assessor for Porter Ranch is looking into tax relief for the thousands of property owners affected by the methane leak that was discovered in October.

The methane gas leak near Porter Ranch, California has made headlines. However, it […]

Insights from the 2016 Las Vegas EB-5 Conference

Last year Greenfield Advisors began working with clients involved in the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, providing a variety of services. As part of this new venture, I attended the 2016 Las Vegas EB-5 Conference. The event was structured as a series of panel discussions on topics ranging from likely […]

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Weekly News Roundup for January 15, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

BP continues to cut its global workforce as oil prices continue to plummet. The price of oil has dropped 75% in the last 18 months, reaching a 12-year low of about $30 a barrel.

Two Kentucky utility companies will spend millions […]

Greenfield Advisors Now Providing Expert Due Diligence to EB-5 Investors

 

CARTERSVILLE, GA and SEATTLE, WA, December 22, 2015 – Greenfield Advisors is expanding its services into the world of EB‑5 immigrant investor visas by utilizing the company’s strong team of analysts and economists. In addition to business plans and economic impact reports, Greenfield Advisors will offer due diligence of […]

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Why Many EB-5 Investments Fail, and How Greenfield Advisors Can Help

On the surface, EB‑5 legislation brings together investors with capital from abroad and businesses with opportunities for investment in the United States. The EB‑5 Immigrant Investor visa program aims to further the U.S. economic goal of job creation while offering the foreign investor the prospect of obtaining a U.S. […]

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Weekly News Roundup for December 18, 2015

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) unanimously voted to raise the target federal funds rate 0.25%, the first time the Federal Reserve has raised interest rates in almost a decade.

The EB-5 Immigrant Investor visa program will likely be extended […]

Weekly News Roundup for December 11, 2015

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has found additional private properties near Coldwater Creek in Missouri that have radioactive contamination from old nuclear processing waste storage sites.

Environmentalists and residents living near fracking sites have been criticizing the conclusions of […]

Weekly News Roundup for November 13, 2015

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Railroad bridges across the country are not receiving necessary repairs, and this could become a big problem as more oil trains roll across the country.

Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) is asking Congress to add oil train safety provisions in the […]

Weekly News Roundup for November 6, 2015

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

President Obama rejected TransCanada’s application for a presidential permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline, citing concerns about the project’s contribution to climate change.

For-profit schools have been under attack by government agencies for predatory lending practices. Now the focus is […]

Weekly News Roundup for October 23, 2015

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Global investment in commercial real estate reached $407 billion in the first half of 2015, its highest level since 2007. New York City accounted for almost 10% ($40.1 billion) of that global investment, followed by London ($19.4 billion) and Los Angeles ($19.3 billion).

The Blackstone […]

Weekly News Roundup for October 16, 2015

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Private equity firm Blackstone Group LP recently announced that it would pay $8 billion to acquire Biomed Realty Trust in one of the largest real estate investment trust (REIT) privatizations planned so far this year.

The House passed a bill 261-159 […]

EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Reauthorized until December

Amid all the discussion in Congress last month about a spending bill, the fate of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program was lost among the debates. However, talk of the future of EB-5 visas has included discussion on raising the amount of money needed to invest as well adding oversight […]

Weekly News Roundup for September 25, 2015

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

As Congress debates reauthorizing the EB-5 immigrant investor visa program, here is a look at the program from the perspective of Indian investors.

The City of Oakland, California has sued Wells Fargo over predatory lending practices. The suit alleges that […]

EB-5 Program Brings Jobs and Investments, Awaits Renewal

EB-5 Immigrant Investor visas are a hot topic for Congress this month, as the program needs to be reauthorized by September 30 to continue. The foreign investment program has been popular since it began in 1990, allowing businesspeople from other countries to gain visas into the United States as […]

Weekly News Roundup for August 7, 2015

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Since the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program is up for renewal on September 30, Congress has been considering reforms in the EB-5 visa process. One proposed bill would expand the program, adding a new category of visa called EB-6.

Canadian scientists […]

Weekly News Roundup for June 26, 2015

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Bi-partisan bills have been introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate to renew and reform the EB-5 immigrant investor visa program currently set to expire in September.

Commercial trophy property owners in Europe are looking to Chinese buyers, thanks […]

EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program

The Employment-Based Immigration Program is one of the United States’ citizenship and immigration services administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. EB-1 through EB-4 each provide a method for foreign workers, with particular skills and education, to obtain permanent work visas in the United States. EB-5, created in […]