Real Estate Law

Real estate transactions can occur at any point between purchasing, leasing, occupying, selling, or terminating the use of land. They can cover construction on the property, management of the property, commercial leasing, and maintenance, as well as the interests and rights considered to be legally connected to the property. Below, I will discuss some common challenges involved with real estate transactions.

Obstacles When Buying Land & Property

When buying land, it is primarily important that you are aware of liens, easements, and zoning laws. A lien gives an entity, such as a bank, the right to maintain ownership of a parcel of real estate until a debt is satisfied. Discovering an unexpected lien on a piece of land or property you wish to acquire can be disheartening and set back your plans. Likewise, it is smart to identify any easements in place before finalizing your purchase. Easements grant others the right to use or cross land for a specified purpose. Such intrusion can be unwelcomed and beneficial to know about up front. Zoning regulations can also pose an issue, especially for those buying land or commercial property. These laws govern the types of structures that can be built on a lot of land, as well as the kinds of activities allowed to be engaged in there. Thus, you must ensure that the land or property you are purchasing is able to accommodate your plans without limitation. For these reasons, it is crucial that you work with a professional who can uncover such roadblocks.

Selling Real Estate & Dividing Land

Some of the same issues can affect sellers, but there are a few additional items that may pose a problem when you are selling land or property. For instance, when selling your land, home, or business, you may be surprised to find that even though all of your personal debts are satisfied, there may be some still owed by previous owners. This is especially true if your land or property was sold by issuing an illegal deed. It may seem unlikely that such circumstances would fall upon you, but these issues do occur, and they can prevent you from being able to complete a sale.

Subdividing land presents its own unique challenges. For example, if your land is over an acre in size or if you want to divide it into at least two or three lots, municipal oversight will likely be required. This is increasingly true if the lots do not have access to an existing public road or if utilities and infrastructure must be built. City ordinances, neighborhood covenants, and deed restrictions may all regulate the layout needed for lots of land in your area. An attorney educated in real estate law can ensure your plans are able to be completed without worry.

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Navigating Commercial Leases

Lease agreements can be just as complex as other real estate contracts. It is essential for you to understand what every section of your lease is really saying before you sign the document. Leasees often assume that their landlords are the ones responsible for ensuring that the space meets all legal requirements, but this is not always the case. Consider the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for a point of reference. This act states that all businesses open to the public must be handicap accessible. If your building is not, you do not want to be held financially responsible for making the necessary repairs. However, in the case that a dispute between you and your landlord does happen, your lease contract may even specify how those disagreements are resolved. Ideally, it is best for your contract to mandate that disputes be handled via mediation or arbitration as these alternatives are often the easiest and most cost-effective. Litigation can be very costly, especially for a young company. An attorney can help you through the resolution process, but more importantly, he or she can ensure that your lease contract is drafted fairly in the first place.

Advantages of an Attorney over a Realtor

As you can see, the purchase, sale, subdivision, and leasing of real estate is not something you should undertake alone. Many turn to a realtor to assist them in such transactions, but realtors are not trained to handle every obstacle that may surface in each circumstance. Furthermore, conflicts of interest may arise when working with an individual who is paid only when a property or parcel of land is sold, particularly if you are the buyer. My clients find me to be an effective negotiator who is always on their side, and I’d love to be on yours as well.

Neither Your Home or Business Should Be a Source of Stress

A real estate sale should benefit both the buyer and the seller, but when it doesn’t, I am here to help. No matter the size of your land or property, I work to protect you. I have years of experience helping my clients buy and sell real estate, divide land, and enter into successful commercial lease agreements. After all, you spend the bulk of your time at home or in the office, so it is essential that both places offer a supply of peace and security rather than trouble.