Real Estate

Carpenter, McGuire & Dewulf have a comprehensive real estate practice. The lawyers in our real estate group regularly advise clients regarding commercial and residential purchase and sale transactions, commercial and residential leases, farm transactions, title claims, easements, zoning and plating issues, developments, condemnation proceedings, tax-deferred like-kind exchanges, and property tax assessment disputes. Our clients include mortgage lenders, developers, real estate brokers, property managers, utility companies, landlord, tenants, title insurance companies, other businesses, cities, nonprofit organizations, and individuals. Our attorneys work to protect their client’s interests in commercial and residential real estate transactions. Although a real estate agent can often provide sufficient assistance, more complex purchase agreements require a lawyer’s eye. Our attorneys can review or draft a sales contract to ensure that it protects your interests.

Our services include all of the following:

Commercial, Farm and Residential Purchase Transactions

⦁ Drafting, reviewing and negotiating purchase agreements, including installment contracts.

⦁ Examining abstracts and preparing title opinions.

⦁ Reviewing and negotiating title insurance policies.

⦁ Assisting with financing.

⦁ Preparing and reviewing mortgage loan documentation.

⦁ Preparing and reviewing closing documents.

⦁ Handling closings.

⦁ Organizing real estate auction sales.

Residential Farm and Commercial Leasing

⦁ Drafting, reviewing and negotiating lease and management agreements.

⦁ Counseling regarding landlord-tenant law.

⦁ Advising regarding disputes between landlord and tenants enforcing lease agreements.

Mortgage Lending (Finance & Financial Institutions)

⦁ Drafting, reviewing and negotiating mortgage and loan agreements.

⦁ Counseling regarding the enforcement of mortgages and other security agreements.

⦁ Litigating to enforce mortgages and other security agreements.

⦁ Purchasing and negotiating title insurance policies.

Title Claim Resolution

⦁ Reviewing and advising regarding title defects.

⦁ Resolving title defects by reforming mortgages, negotiating settlements and subordinations, and performing other services.

Property Tax Assessment Disputes

⦁ Advising regarding property tax assessments.

⦁ Appealing property tax assessments

Land Use Regulation and Real Estate Development

⦁ Advising regarding zoning, platting and other land use regulations.

⦁ Representing clients at hearings regarding zoining, platting and land use issues.

⦁ Drafting and reviewing development agreements.

⦁ Drafting and reviewing plat documents.

Energy (Renewable Energy)

⦁ Advising regarding wind easement agreements and other utility easements.

⦁ Advising regarding land use issues applicable to energy facilities.

⦁ Advising regarding security interests in ethanol and manufacturing facilities.

Real Estate Litigation

⦁ Foreclosing on mortgages.

⦁ Litigating to enforce lease agreements.

⦁ Appealing property tax assessments.

⦁ Filing and foreclosing various types of liens.

⦁ Forfeiting real estate installment contracts.