Our real estate transaction practice includes legal representation of clients in both the residential and commercial markets.
Within the residential market, our work has been extensive. We have closed thousands of transactions since we began our practice, quantifying billions of dollars in monetary value. These closings have involved traditional purchase-sale transactions between consumers, short sales, real estate owned (or “REO”), and closings involving consumers, investors and institutional investors, as well as other professionals throughout the entire State of Georgia.
Our primary focus in closing residential transactions is ensuring the marketability and insurability of title to the real estate being conveyed. We also function as a settlement agent and financial conduit for the proper disbursement of funds to the respective payees in each transaction, among other things. As a law firm, our primary focus is ensuring the proper parties’ priority interests are properly secured.
Our commercial real estate practice involves much of the same legal work as our residential transactional work in that we ensure the marketability and insurability of title and function often as a settlement agent to the parties in the transaction. However, due to the nature of the transactions, more extensive legal representation is involved through the negotiation and drafting of legal opinions, intercreditor agreements, security agreements, subordination agreements, easements, and other relevant legal documents. We have represented buyers, sellers, and lenders in secured and unsecured transactions.
Administrative law involves representing clients before executive agencies of government at the municipal, county, state, and federal levels. We have represented clients before county-level agencies to obtain zoning changes from residential or agricultural designations to commercial designations. Our practice also involves obtaining variances within current zoning designations. Moreover, the firm has represented clients in property tax appeals before county tax assessors’ offices and before Boards of Equalization.
The depth of our experience in real estate law over the years allows us to bring value to our clients in assisting them in navigating the legal terrain they face. In short, it matters who represents you, and we feel that in our firm you have an experienced, valuable counselor. We are ready, willing, and able to bring our experience and resources to fulfill your legal needs.
Whether you need a law firm to handle a closing involving assets that have, or are being subjected to, the tax-deferral provisions of section 1031 of the internal revenue code, or you need a qualified intermediary to function and serve as the QI on the deal, our firm is capable to function in either capacity. We have closed deals in each area for over twelve (12) years, and are able to competently serve our clients in either context.
Real Property Development Services
Development of real property for either commercial or residential use requires expertise across professional functional areas, e.g. engineering, land planning, and environmental. The attorneys at Craig Long, LLC have experience working across functions and a team focus to work toward providing world-class legal representation to developers and builders. We have represented clients before administrative and legislative bodies, seeking either variances or zoning change approvals. In addition, we have experience representing builders and developers prospectively and proactively maintain clear title to the properties they are improving. Real property law is in our DNA. You can confidently rely upon the expertise of the attorneys of Craig Long, LLC to provide legal solutions to issues you face as a developer and builder.