REAL ESTATE PRACTICE GROUP

Christopher J. Ema - Director

For over 40 years, the Firm’s real estate attorneys have represented clients in all types of real estate transactions. We pride ourselves on responding to calls and e-mails promptly and providing you with friendly, personalized attention with an eye towards achieving a smooth and seamless transaction. We provide a wide variety of professional legal services involving both commercial and residential properties. On the residential side, a home is often your largest lifetime investment and with this is mind it is imperative that your interests be protected. Similarly, if you are a seller, there are just as many pitfalls involved with selling a home as there are with buying one. This is especially true if you are considering a “for sale by owner” transaction. Additional pitfalls present themselves in today’s economic downturn as many sales are “short sales” since the offering price is less than the full mortgage amount that the bank is owed. Having a real estate attorney that is experienced in completing a Florida short sale will help in working through the myriad of issues present in this situation. From the initial offering to the final closing, our skill and experience can help you get the results that you desire in a timely and cost-effective way. Our practice includes:

  • Negotiation and preparation of offers for purchase and sale
  • Review and explain condominium documents
  • Resolve issues which may arise during the pendency of the sale
  • Explain the mortgage financing process and coordinate and consummate the mortgage loan closing
  • Cure title defects
  • Prepare closing documentation
  • Address and resolve closing disputes
  • Examination of title and provide required lender and owner title insurance
  • Landlord/tenant disputes
  • Negotiation and preparation of leases
  • Conduct real estate closings and provide escrow services

The Firm is an authorized agent for Old Republic National Title Insurance Company which is one of the nation’s highest rated title insurance underwriters. The Firm received the President’s Circle Award from Attorney’s Title Insurance Fund, Inc., recognizing the top 100 agents out of a membership in excess of 4,600 members in 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Due to recent changes in Federal law, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has made sweeping changes affecting the mortgage lending industry.  In its reaction to changes, the lending community engaged an independent risk management firm to vet and weed out settlement service providers, including the Firm. We are pleased that the Firm was fully vetted and has been approved by the lending industry’s only independent, comprehensive risk evaluation and ongoing monitoring program to continue to provide the quality closing and settlement services to which our clients have become accustomed, services with an eye towards not only efficiency, but to consumer protection and security.