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REAL ESTATE

Levy & Partners represent purchasers, sellers, brokers, developers, landowners, tenants, and condominium associations. If you are involved in a dispute involving real estate, our attorneys can review the facts of your situation and explain the legal options that may be available to you.

Our real estate litigation team has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of their clients and work on a contingency-fee basis. This means our clients are not charged by the hour and we only receive a fee if we successfully resolve your case.

Our attorneys have obtained significant recoveries in cases involving design and planning negligence, breaches of commercial leases, purchase and sale agreements, landlord-tenant disputes, and construction claims. If you have a real estate matter that you would like to discuss, contact us today to find out how we can help.

Common Types of Real Estate Cases

Our attorneys handle all types of real estate disputes, including cases involving:

Breach of a Real Estate Purchase or Sale Agreement: If a real estate seller who has signed a contract for the sale of real property breaches the contract and refuses to transfer title, our attorneys can pursue a number of legal remedies for the aggrieved buyer. These include monetary damages and specific performance. Specific performance is an order issued by a judge requiring a party to perform under the terms of a breached contract.

Our attorneys also represent sellers of real estate in disputes with buyers who have not honored their obligations under a contract for the sale of real property. When a buyer breaches a real estate contract, our attorneys can help the seller obtain damages stemming from the breach, including compensation for any expenses associated with the property while the resale is pending.

Failure to Disclose Latent Defects in Real Estate Transactions: Our real estate litigation team also represents clients in cases where a seller of real estate has failed disclose a latent (hidden) defect to the buyer. Under real estate law, sellers have a duty to disclose any known defects to the buyer of the property. If you purchased a residential or commercial structure and the seller failed to inform you of any defects in the property, our attorneys may be able to file a lawsuit against the seller seeking compensation for the financial harm you suffered. In addition, our attorneys may be able to file a lawsuit against the real estate broker who sold you the property.

Wrongful Conduct by a Real Estate Agent or Broker: Real estate agents have a fiduciary duty to act in the best interest of their clients. If this duty is violated, our attorneys may be able to file a breach of fiduciary duty lawsuit against the broker.

We also represent clients in cases involving real estate agent fraud. To have a valid claim for fraud, your attorney must prove that the broker committed an intentional act to harm or defraud his or her client.

Other Cases: Our real estate litigation team also represents clients in lawsuits involving:

  • Breach of commercial leases
  • Breach of development agreements
  • Partnership and limited liability company (LLC) disputes
  • Misrepresentations in connection with the purchase or sale of real estate
  • Disputes involving easements or adverse possession, including quiet title actions
  • Water rights
  • Negligent design, planning or construction
  • Construction contract, warranty or defect litigation
  • Environmental and compliance issues, including cases involving indoor air quality
  • Insurance disputes
  • Physical damage to real estate
  • Inverse condemnation against a governmental entity for taking real property
  • Cell phone tower litigation
  • Tenant default

Because we handle real estate claims on a contingency-fee basis, our clients are not burdened by any upfront fees, and we only receive only a fee if we are successful in recovering an award or settlement in your case.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is a real estate transaction?

A real estate transaction is described as the legal process of transferring ownership of property from one party to another. Real estate transactions may involve commercial or residential property and may range in value depending on the worth of the property.

How can an attorney help with a real estate purchase or sale?

Purchasing or selling a home or commercial property is a complex transaction. It is also most likely one of the largest financial transactions you may deal with in your lifetime, making it all the more important to ensure that your interests are properly protected. A real estate attorney can help by guiding you through every step of the transaction, conducting a deed and title review, reviewing and explaining all documents before you sign and otherwise protecting your legal rights. This can facilitate a faster and more beneficial transaction while avoiding costly, unnecessary delays or expenses.

What is a deed?

A deed is a legal document that transfers property from one party or parties to another. This is one of the most important documents associated with a real estate transaction.

Why is a title review important in a real estate transaction?

A title is a document that shows evidence of right or ownership of real property. If you are purchasing a home or commercial property, it is important to make sure the title is reviewed. The proper transfer of ownership will depend on whether the title is clear and can help you avoid future problems if you wish to sell the property at a later date.

What is the difference between residential and commercial property?

Residential property is generally any structure or land intended for private housing. Commercial property, on the other hand, is used for business or industrial use. Some examples of residential property include single-family homes, townhouses and condominiums. Examples of commercial property include office buildings, parking garages, shopping malls, apartment buildings and farm land.

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