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Real Estate and Finance Law

Joshua Fine counsels real estate professionals as well individual buyers and sellers in all manner of real estate transactions.  Our clients consist of lenders, borrowers, investors, real estate agents, brokers, leasing agents, property managers, landlords, tenants, buyers, and sellers.  Joshua Fine handles a wide array of real estate transactions and property deals with respect to both commercial and residential properties.   Our practice includes, but is not limited to:

  • Short Sales: Representing both buyers and sellers in the negotiation, purchase and lender-approval phase of the short sale process.  We even routinely handle complex transactions with 2nd mortgages, IRS liens, FTB liens or other liens that would seem to otherwise make close of escrow impossible."
  • Contracts: Drafting leases, purchase and sale agreements, property management contracts, trust deeds, promissory notes, and numerous other manner of real estate contracts;
  • 1031 Exchanges: Handling IRS § 1031 Exchanges, both as an attorney for clients or as a qualified intermediary/accommodator;
  • Loans: Representing both lenders and borrowers in hard-money loan transactions, and arranging for every aspect of the transaction from escrow to title, and avoiding California usury laws to developing creative financing;
  • Formation: Forming limited liability companies and corporations to engage in real estate activities or simply just to own a particular property, as well as advising investors on property acquisitions;
  • Syndicates: Forming real estate syndicates and handling the securities filings associated with these entities;
  • Foreclosures: Representing both buyers and sellers-in-foreclosure with respect to foreclosures, pre-foreclosures, REO transactions, and short sales; and
  • Compliance: Reviewing and/or filing CC&Rs, homeowner’s association rules (HOA rules), title searches and title insurance policies, trust deeds, quitclaim deeds, tenant in common agreements (TICs), and conditional use permits (CUP); Representing homeowners and investors with respect to easements, equity purchase rules, foreclosure rules, and landlord notices.


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