West Palm Beach Real Estate Attorney
West Palm Beach is home to some of the most lucrative real estate in the country. In this dynamic market, you don’t have to be a CEO or real estate mogul to benefit from the services of a Florida real estate attorney. Whether you are purchasing residential real estate or commercial real estate, it is critical to have an advocate on your side who understands all the legal aspects of real estate contracts. At Bruce S. Rosenwater & Associates, P.A., our West Palm Beach real estate attorneys have the knowledge and insight you need, and we’ve assisted many clients in successful real estate transactions, as well as real estate development, property disputes, and foreclosure.
Do I Need a Lawyer to Review a Real Estate Contract?
Real estate contracts can be extremely complicated documents. Reading one can almost seem like reading a novel, albeit a very boring and verbose novel written in another language. If you do not understand the legal terms and jargon, you could be entering into a contract that may not represent your best interests. An experienced real estate attorney can determine whether a real estate transaction is fair and advantageous to you. Our firm has helped clients avoid pitfalls and leverage opportunity in real estate matters involving:
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Is Buying Commercial Real Estate Different than Buying Residential Real Estate?
Many people wonder if there’s a difference between buying and selling commercial real estate, as opposed to residential real estate. Generally, the biggest difference is the amount of money involved. Commercial real estate may encompass several units of properties that have been combined to create a larger unit, and land values drive up cost in areas with commercial zoning, especially where real estate is designated for retail and office developments. Commercial real estate transactions are also governed by different rules than residential transactions and may take several years to complete. Our firm handles both commercial and residential real estate transactions in Palm Beach County, knowing they cannot and should not be treated in the same manner.
Florida Real Estate FAQs
The West Palm Beach real estate attorneys at Bruce S. Rosenwater & Associates, P.A. represent clients in all phases and types of residential and commercial real estate transactions, including real estate contract review, closings, zoning, and real estate development. We also handle property disputes, evictions, HOA issues, and foreclosures. Here, we answer some frequently asked questions about the legal aspects of real estate dealings in Florida. For advice regarding your specific real estate concern, please contact our West Palm Beach office.
What Is a Title Examination?
A title examination takes place as soon as the attorney handling a real estate closing receives the title search report from the underwriter. The title search report includes any deeds, mortgages, judgments, easements, restrictive covenants, liens, and/or divorce settlements linked to the property being bought. The closing attorney looks closely at all the documents found during the title search to determine the current status of title and to identify any issues with it. This title examination is critical to ensure the real estate you buy is free from any encumbrances.
What’s Involved in Commercial Real Estate Transactions?
Buying and selling commercial real estate in Florida involves many steps. But while the process may be lengthy and complex, if the transaction goes smoothly and you get what you bargained for, you can feel good about your investment of time and money. The general steps include drafting and negotiating a letter of intent, drafting and negotiating the purchase and sale agreement, conducting a due diligence investigation, drafting and negotiating the documents necessary to convey clear title, satisfying pre-closing conditions, and closing the purchase and sale transaction.
Can I Get Zoning Changed in Florida?
Land in Florida is generally zoned for a particular use or purpose, such as residential, commercial, industrial, historical, and environmental. As a property owner, you may want to do something on your land that isn’t permitted by its zoning designation. But it is possible to get a zoning variance, a special use permit, or change the zoning designation in some cases. To obtain a variance or change in zoning, you must carefully follow all procedures within the zoning ordinances, which can be very specific. An experienced real estate attorney can increase your chances of making a successful rezoning request.
Can I Get Compensation for a Damaged Tree in Florida?
Yes, under Florida law, you may recover your actual damages if someone damages a tree on your property. Actual damages are what you paid for the tree, what it would cost to replace the tree, and diminished property value. This compensation is available to you even if the damage was unintentional.
Talk to a West Palm Beach Real Estate Attorney Before You Sign on the Dotted Line
Unless you are an expert on the legality and nuances of Florida real estate transactions, you need the advice and counsel of an experienced real estate lawyer to protect your interests. Even real estate professionals who have expertise in contract interpretation may not have the time or patience to sort through all the complex provisions in a real estate contract. In this case, a knowledgeable real estate lawyer from our firm can partner with you to achieve your goals. Do not take chances on real estate attorneys in West Palm Beach without significant experience. Choose the law firm with a track record for looking out for clients’ best interests—call Bruce S. Rosenwater & Associates, P.A. today and schedule a consultation.