Smith Thompson Shaw’s extensive residential and commercial real estate practices provide a complete range of services, including contracts, closings, and title insurance. Our real estate attorneys represent individuals, developers, builders, commercial clients, investors, lenders and businesses in all proceedings and transactions that deal with real estate. We regularly handle referrals by other law firms throughout Florida to assist in complex legal real estate issues.
Fully understanding other aspects of real estate transactions in addition to legal work allows us to provide more thorough service. We employ staff members who have worked for lenders, appraisers, mortgage brokers and real estate companies to broaden our knowledge base. We draw on our years of industry experience and technology to manage every real estate case with individual attention.
Title Insurance Services
As a vital component of our real estate transactional practice, our in-house title staff routinely assists clients by examining title searches, preparing title opinions and reviewing the status of title reports. We are underwriters for First American Title Insurance Company, Title Resources Guaranty Company, Fidelity National Title Insurance Group and Attorneys’ Title Insurance Fund.
Development of Real Estate Projects
The firm has a strong history of representing developers and professionals in residential and commercial development. Among our clients are several of the area’s most active developers of real estate projects, including single family housing developments, planned unit developments, residential communities, office condominiums and buildings and residential condominiums.
We handle numerous loan foreclosures for both residential and commercial properties. Our clients include private investors, public banks, and private financial institutions. Along with prosecuting mortgage foreclosures for our clients, we track the foreclosure process all the way to public auction to ensure that our clients’ financial interests are protected. The firm offers a variety of services for mortgage holders, including collecting delinquent mortgage payments, filing foreclosure actions, bidding at foreclosure sales, and obtaining certificates of title. Moreover, the firm utilizes its attorneys’ knowledge of bankruptcy law to guide creditors through the bankruptcy process. The firm also assists debtors defending foreclosure and obtaining mortgage modifications.
We represent developers, owners, and associations of both residential and commercial condominiums. We provide a full range of services including formation, government approval if applicable, and sale and transfer upon completion.