Real Estate

Florida Real Estate Related Services

Cohen & Grigsby’s Florida Real Estate Group provides comprehensive legal representation on a wide range of residential and commercial real estate matters. Our Group’s seasoned practitioners work in tandem with our colleagues practicing in the areas of domestic and international taxation, environmental law and regulation, business entity selection and formation and securities law. Together, we are equipped to handle even the most complex real estate matters, including representation of international clients with real estate interests in the United States.

Real Estate Sales, Acquisition and Development

We provide counsel on all manner of real estate sales, acquisition and development matters. Our list of client projects includes luxury residential developments, commercial retail and office construction projects, industrial buildings, hotels, mixed use projects, raw land acquisition, manufacturing and recreational facilities, golf and country club communities, restaurants, shopping centers, and warehouses. We represent development and construction professionals, buyers, sellers, landlords, and tenants, assisting them in a myriad of issues including title examination, construction contract issues, project financing, taxation, environmental, and zoning matters. From drafting and negotiating letters of intent to finalizing purchase contracts and facilitating closings, the C&G Florida Real Estate Group offers start-to-finish representation for commercial and residential real estate matters.

Title Insurance and Transactional Services

Real estate ventures and transactions often necessitate the evaluation of title to real property, issuance of title insurance policies, evaluation of land surveys, and providing settlement and escrow services. We provide all of these services and are approved title agents for Attorney’s Title Fund Services, LLC, Chicago Title Insurance Company, Inc., and Old Republic National Title Insurance Company, Inc.

Real Estate Finance

Cohen & Grigsby’s Florida Real Estate Group handles all types of real estate-related financings including loans for property acquisition, development and construction financing, bridge funding, project and permanent financing, loan participations and syndications, loan sales, municipal bond finance and other tax exempt options, as well as the use of interest rate swaps. We advise clients on financing options provided not only by traditional institutional sources, but also from private sources. Whether the matter is a simple refinancing or the negotiation of a complex structure with mezzanine and senior commercial financing, we can help you navigate through the variety of issues.

Community Associations

Cohen & Grigsby has extensive experience in representing residential and commercial condominium associations as well as cooperative and homeowner associations, and golf and country club communities. We advise boards of directors on governance issues, draft document amendments and restatements, handle lien foreclosures, advise on covenant and rule enforcement, provide contract review and advise on housing discrimination matters. The Firm also has considerable experience in handling claims arising from hurricanes and other natural disasters.

International

Our Florida real estate attorneys assist international investors interested in acquiring, managing, and selling real estate interests in the United States. Our tax attorneys counsel foreign clients in real estate tax matters such as FIRPTA issues and international tax. In addition, our team is comprised of several attorneys who are fluent in German.

Tax Deferred Exchanges and Qualified Opportunity Zones

We are experienced in structuring and closing tax deferred exchanges of real estate involving both forward exchanges and reverse exchanges under IRC Section 1031 as well as IRC Section 721 exchanges. Our real estate team works closely with nationally recognized qualified intermediaries to facilitate these transactions in an efficient and economical manner. We assist clients in evaluating real estate investment opportunities in areas designated as Qualified Opportunity Zones.

Leasing

Our real estate attorneys represent both landlords and tenants in all aspects of lease negotiation including initial leases, amendments to existing leases, leases involving complex build-to-suit and tenant construction issues, and leasehold mortgage financing. We also counsel property owners and managers who are developing and leasing shopping centers and industrial parks.

Environmental Compliance

Many real estate transactions involve environmental evaluations and related concerns. With the assistance of lawyers in our Environmental Group, we help our clients meet the increasing challenges posed by environmental issues by assisting with the coordination of due diligence investigations and analyses, and responding to a host of other environmental considerations.

Mortgage Foreclosure and Collection

Our attorneys have significant experience in handling mortgage foreclosure and loan collection matters throughout Florida. We also counsel clients in matters involving loan forbearance strategies, loan restructuring and loan workout agreements.

Dispute Resolution

Not every real estate transaction or construction project proceeds smoothly. The dispute resolution experience that Cohen & Grigsby’s lawyers provide can be a valued resource. We represent individuals, builders, developers, associations and real estate professionals at all stages of dispute resolution. Understanding how to properly navigate complex litigation, mediation, arbitration, and administrative proceedings allows us to provide assistance in resolving disputes in an efficient manner.