Real Estate

Attorneys who practice in this area advise clients on a variety of issues that relate to land—regardless of whether those issues involve a small dwelling or a large shopping center. Some examples of the services provided by the attorneys in this area are—

  • Reviewing and preparing agreements to buy and sell property.
  • Reviewing and preparing leases for property, whether residential, commercial, or industrial.
  • Reviewing and preparing condominium agreements, whether for residential or commercial condominiums.
  • Reviewing and preparing construction agreements.
  • Evaluating the title to the property.
  • Facilitating the financing (usually through a mortgage) for the purchase.
  • Conducting the closing on the purchase of property.
  • Pursuing rezoning of property or other actions necessary to facilitate commercial development.
  • Assisting clients in receiving just compensation for their property when the property is taken by eminent domain.
  • Preparing documents to settle disputes between adjoining land owners.
  • Handling the foreclosure of mortgages when a borrower defaults on his or her payments to the lender.

In handling real estate transactions, Lanier Ford assists clients, particularly lending institutions, in complying with the following federal laws:

  • Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act.
  • Truth-in-Lending Act.
  • Credit Opportunity Act.
  • Fair Credit Reporting Act.
  • Fair Housing Act.
  • Federal Trade Commission Act.
  • Home Mortgage Disclosure Act.
  • Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act.
  • Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act.
  • Bankruptcy Code.
  • Condominium and Cooperative Abuse Relief Act.

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