Our Lawyers Represent Residential and Commercial Property Buyers and Sellers, Landlords and Tenants Throughout the San Francisco Bay Area
Real estate transactions can involve a variety of complex legal issues. Whether you are looking to buy, lease or sell, maximizing the value of the deal while also mitigating any potential liability requires a clear understanding of the particular legal issues involved. It also requires a comprehensive and strategic approach to due diligence, contract drafting and negotiations.
Our lawyers bring decades of experience to representing residential and commercial property buyers and sellers, purchasers and tenants in all types of real estate transactions. We serve clients throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, including several well-known developers and other businesses. We represent individuals in home purchases and sales as well, and we take the same systematic and custom-tailored approach regardless of whether our client is selling a custom home, leasing an office, or buying a large mixed-use property.
Full-Service Legal Representation for Real Estate Transactions in San Francisco
Within our real estate transactions practice, we advise and represent individuals and businesses with respect to all aspects of sale and leasing transactions. Our lawyers routinely serve as counsel for matters including:
- Pre-purchase due diligence and title review
- Commercial real estate purchase and sale transactions
- Residential real estate purchase and sale transactions (including single and multi-unit properties)
- Easements, licenses, covenants and other encumbrances on commercial and residential properties
- Commercial and residential lease agreements
- Tenancy in common agreements
- Homeowners’ Association formation (and declarations of CC&Rs)
Our services include contract drafting and negotiation, tax mitigation, regulatory and statutory compliance, and general advice and counseling.
Forming Real Estate Entities
We advise our clients regarding the formation of limited liability companies (LLCs), the use of real estate investment trusts (REITs), and other entities. We can assist with the formation and governance of these entities.
Establishing and Managing Homeowners’ Associations in the San Francisco Bay Area
We serve as counsel to many homeowners’ associations (HOAs) in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our lawyers have significant experience creating new homeowners’ associations, assisting with the management and administration of HOAs, and assisting with collection and other property owner-related issues as well.
Helping Homeowners and Homebuyers Avoid Costs When a Sales Agent Is Not Needed
For residential homeowners, sales agent commissions can significantly reduce the profitability of your investment. While an experienced sales agent can be helpful – and in fact indispensable – if you need to find a buyer for your home, if you already have a buyer lined up, then engaging an agent may be unnecessary. Likewise, as a buyer, if you can help your seller avoid paying real estate brokerage commissions, you may be able to leverage this to pay a lower price for your new home.
We work with buyers and sellers who have agents, however, there are complexities to their transactions. We also work with buyers and sellers who do not have an agent, particularly those who have already identified a buyer or seller for their property (ie, they have already identified the other side of the transaction).
If you do not need the assistance of an agent to help you find a buyer or find your new home, then hiring a real estate attorney to facilitate the transaction directly could be the most cost-effective option for all parties involved.