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Residential Real Estate Transactions for Buyers
Over the past two decades, Oppenheim Law has represented first-time home buyers and sophisticated home buyers purchasing multi-million dollar homes. Our unmatched experience stems from our involvement in thousands of real estate transactions over the years. We are capable of guiding buyers through the entire purchase process and keeping our clients away from real estate pitfalls into which the unguided are prone to fall. Our Firm is known for its detailed attention to each and every client we represent. In representing buyers, our primary goal is to make sure that you are fully educated as to what you are acquiring. This goes beyond the face of the home listing. To be certain that your investment is sound, you need an experienced attorney who can fully inform you of any defects, legal encumbrances, liens and other issues the property may have that are not apparent to the untrained eye.
Residential Real Estate Transactions for Sellers
In representing sellers, Oppenheim Law is here to make sure that your real estate transaction flows smoothly from the point of your initial listing to closing. The ultimate goal in representing a seller is to make sure that the proceeds of the sale falls into your hands without any difficulties or surprises. In order to achieve this goal, it is key that sellers know the legal condition of their own property. For instance, a common service provided is making sure that all types of existing liens on your property are taken into consideration during your transaction.
Having closed over $1.5 billion worth of real estate transactions, the Firm takes a great pride in representing a number of major financial institutions in connection with their commercial and residential lending needs. Particularly, the Firm is engaged in lender representation for negotiating the appropriate documentation concerning securing assets such as real estate, personal property, stock, and other tangible and intangible property. The Firm regularly serves as title agent, providing title insurance to these financial institutions and private lenders in connection with such transactions.
Real Estate Development
Building is experiencing a remarkable rebound, and business is booming again. Oppenheim Law has over 25 years of experience in assisting developers in conceptualizing development projects from acquisition to disposition. We have the resources to help you with your negotiating and financing needs. Our years of active experience within the real estate development industry give us the capability to assemble a custom team of experts to assist your unique development challenges and objectives. Oppenheim Law has served as counsel to numerous high-end luxury condominium and home developments in South Florida.
Commercial Real Estate
The business real estate lawyers at Oppenheim Law have over 75 years of combined experience providing legal services and advice in the commercial real estate industry. We work on common and complex commercial real estate transactions for businesses of all sizes. We build relationships, we build partnerships, we build trust.
Oppenheim Law assists both commercial landlords and tenants in achieving their contractual objectives. We have over 25 years of experience in drafting and negotiating commercial leases and negotiating build-outs and concessions for tenants. We are also experienced in helping both commercial landlords and tenants in enforcing leases and defending claims of lease default.
Commercial Loan Workouts
A commercial loan workout is an excellent alternative available to commercial property owners that are struggling to pay off and satisfy their current commercial loan. The ultimate goal is to convince the bank/lender to accept an acceptable settlement figure. Acceptance of this figure by the bank/lender will cause the loan to be satisfied and discharged. To achieve such an ideal outcome, skilled and experienced negotiation tactics are a must.
Home/Condo Owner’s Association Law
Oppenheim Law has decades of experience representing homeowner’s associations. We realize the difficulties that managers, developers and board members of HOAs face when dealing with HOA laws that are continuously being modified. From issues ranging from the collection of HOA dues and amendment of HOA bylaws to HOA turnover issues, our team is prepared to provide your HOA with the finest legal representation.
Tax Liens and Tax Deed Certificates
When property taxes are not paid, the taxing authority issues tax certificates that are sold at a public auction to pay off the taxes assessed by the tax collector. The tax certificate is a secured lien over the property, and is not a transfer of ownership. However, if the tax certificate is outstanding and unpaid for two years, the owner of the certificate may apply for a tax deed and end taking ownership of the property.
Breach of Real Estate Contracts
Real estate disputes often arise because a party to the transaction has committed a breach of contract. A common dispute is when a seller wrongfully refuses to transfer title to the buyer or when either the buyer or seller has defaulted on a purchase agreement or other contract in connection to the real estate transaction. Unless otherwise limited by the legal document, there are four basic remedies available to the wronged party.
Real Estate Agent/Buyer-Seller Disputes
The acquisition of real estate property is usually an individual’s or entity’s largest capital expenditure. The real estate agent and client may not always be on the same page due to the variety of variables contemplated by parties when undertaking a real estate transaction. The dynamics involved in such transactions often lead the parties of the relationship to believe that there is a complete meeting of the minds when there really was only a partial mutual understanding or perhaps none at all.
Real Estate Defense Law
A property lien is a legal claim against real estate granting the holder of the lien a specified amount of money upon the sale of the property. There are two types of liens that may exist against a property: voluntary and involuntary liens. Voluntary liens are imposed by a contract between the creditor and the debtor. A common example of a voluntary lien is when a borrower purchases a property with a loan from a bank and the bank records a mortgage on the property. On the other hand, an involuntary lien is imposed by law. An example of an involuntary lien is when a lien is placed on a property for outstanding taxes and other unpaid debts.
Forged Deed & Loan Documents
A forged deed is a deed not signed by the owner, but rather by someone else claiming to be the owner without the true owner’s knowledge or consent. Such a scenario occurs more frequently than ever by unscrupulous individuals who fraudulently hold themselves out as owners of property in order to receive loans against that property. The lender will eventually foreclose upon the property, and the forgery will become apparent to the true owner of the property. Oppenheim Law has represented many individuals in this stressful situation.
In any real estate transaction, both buyers and sellers always strive and aim for a smooth transaction. Both parties enter into agreements so that each party knows their roles, rights, and duties owed to each other. However, the matters entailed in these agreements are often complicated or ambiguous and lead to disputes. One sort of dispute that often springs up involves the question concerning whether the buyer or seller is entitled to the money held in escrow when a real estate deal falls apart.
Over the course of the past decade, Oppenheim Law has developed an outstanding reputation for providing sound legal advice to the real estate development community. The Firm has been involved with the development of office buildings, mixed-use projects, residential developments, retail projects, multi-family residential projects and industrial and warehouse properties. By getting involved early in the project, we typically are able to assist our clients in the due diligence phase of determining the feasibility of a project, providing the legal representation for the acquisition or sale of a project, as well as providing advice concerning financing, construction, and development of a particular project. Real Estate Attorneys serving Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Miami-Dade & Florida State.
This law firm has developed a reputation for representing numerous high-end home builders in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.
Over the years, the Firm has developed exceptional relationships with a variety of other service providers in the real estate community. Thus, the Firm is frequently in a position to recommend lenders, sources of equity, surveyors, environmental investigators, appraisers, architects, and engineers as well as other professionals that may be helpful in connection with a particular project. Finally, since the law firm is the oldest firm in the City of Weston, we frequently appear before the Weston City Commission on behalf of various developers in connection with their requests for approval of their projects.
The law firm, through its sister company Weston Title & Escrow, Inc., is a title agent for Chicago Title Insurance Company, Lawyers Title Insurance Company, Attorneys’ Title Insurance Fund, and Commonwealth Title Insurance Company. The firm is typically one of the more active law firms in the greater Fort Lauderdale area in connection with the issuance of title insurance, and has been involved in more than 3 billion dollars’ worth of real estate transactions in the past 15 years.
Weston Title is an approved title agent for virtually every major banking institution in the greater Fort Lauderdale area.
Oppenheim Law regularly advises landlords of residential homes, office buildings and shopping malls and other commercial properties concerning their leasing needs. The Firm also represents tenants in connection with their lease negotiations with landlords.
Associations and Condominiums
The Firm, from its inception, has represented a number of homeowner and condominium associations, including having formed the Homeowners Association of Weston and serving as that association’s general counsel. In addition, the Firm, during the course of the past several years, has served as counsel to other homeowner associations in the Weston and Bonaventure developments, including the Presidents’ Counsel of Bonaventure.
Individual lawyers in the firm have served on the board of various homeowner associations and Mr. Oppenheim previously served as general counsel to the associations of the prestigious Arvida developed condominiums of Meisner Tower and Meisner Court located in Boca Raton, Florida. In addition, the firm has worked with a number of its clients in developing properties through the use of condominiums or Declarations of Covenants and Homeowner/Landowner Associations.
The Firm takes a great pride in representing a number of major financial institutions in connection with their commercial and residential lending needs. Particularly, the firm is engaged in negotiating the appropriate documentation concerning securing assets such as real estate, personal property, stock, and other tangible and intangible property. The Firm regularly serves as title agent, providing title insurance to these financial institutions in connection with such transactions.
Oppenheim Law | Real Estate Attorneys
2500 Weston Rd #209
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33331