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Real Estate

Businesses and individuals can be subjected to a vast array of challenges in a real estate transaction, such as financing and insurance issues, estate planning concerns, and taxation matters. As often the largest assets in any portfolio, real estate transactions require dedicated attention and an expansive range of skills to address effectively.

At Jaffe, we provide sophisticated legal services in the areas of commercial, industrial, retail, and residential real estate to private and institutional developers, builders, REITs, management companies, real estate brokers, and individuals. We pride ourselves on the quality of our work, quick response, innovative ideas, personal service, and a broad range of expertise in all areas of real estate. We are a full-service real estate practice group: If it has been done, we have done it.

We regularly counsel clients with respect to a wide range of matters, including land development, construction, land use, acquisition, sale, financing, joint ventures, troubled loans, loan workouts, leasing and property rights issues for commercial real estate that ranges from major office and manufacturing facilities, hotels, manufactured home communities and apartments to outlet malls, storage facilities, shopping centers, senior housing facilities, vacant land and mixed-use projects. 

Jaffe’s real estate attorneys manage all aspects of the sale and purchase of real estate for developers and investors. We work on single-asset and portfolio sales and acquisitions from beginning to end. In representing our real estate clients, we often involve our Tax, Estate Planning, Environmental, and Corporate practice groups in evaluating and counseling clients in every aspect of a transaction. From beginning to end and beyond, our Real Estate attorneys partner with you to achieve your investment goals.

Service Index 

  • Broker agreements
  • Letters of intent
  • Entity formation & tax structuring 
  • Operating agreements and joint-venture agreements
  • Purchase agreement drafting and negotiation
  • Title insurance and survey review
  • Zoning and environmental review
  • Management agreements
  • Lease reviews
  • Operating agreements and joint-venture agreements
  • Section 1031 exchange matters
  • Closing documentation
  • All financing-related matters, including review and negotiation of loan documentation

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News & Representative Matters

November 23, 2020

Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss Named to The Best Law Firms List For 2021

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Nov. 23, 2020 – Best Lawyers, the oldest and most highly respected peer review guide to the legal profession worldwide, has named Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss to the 2021 class of “Best Law Firms.” Jaffe CEO Jeffrey M. Weiss made the announcement. Recognition by Best Lawyers is based solely on peer review. ...

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November 19, 2020

14 Jaffe Attorneys Named as 2021 Top Lawyers by Dbusiness

SOUTHFIELD, MICH., November 19, 2020 – Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C. CEO Jeffrey M. Weiss announced that 14 attorneys were recognized as 2021 Top Lawyers by DBusiness. The Top Lawyers list is compiled via a peer review survey, polling nearly 20,000 attorneys in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw and Livingston counties. Each attorney was asked ...

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October 13, 2020

Brian Stone Joins Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C.

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Oct. 13, 2020 — Brian Stone has joined the Southfield office of Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C. as an associate in the firm’s real estate group. Jaffe CEO Jeffrey M. Weiss made the announcement. Stone will primarily focus on commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions, sales, financing and leasing of all types ...

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August 24, 2020

27 Jaffe Attorneys Honored as 2021 Best Lawyers In America

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Aug. 24, 2020 – Best Lawyers, the oldest and most highly respected peer review guide to the legal profession worldwide, has named 27 attorneys at Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss to the 2021 class of “Best Lawyers in America.” Jaffe CEO Jeffrey M. Weiss made the announcement. Recognition by Best Lawyers is based ...

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Representative Matters

  • Represented publicly-traded REIT in a $343.6 million acquisition of 31 manufactured housing communities
  • Represented publicly-traded REIT in a 66-year ground lease with the Port of San Diego for a ground up development of a destination RV park
  • Represented publicly-traded REIT in a $56.5 million acquisition of 372 manufactured housing sites
  • Represented publicly-traded REIT in a $1.68 billion merger and acquisition of 103 manufactured housing and RV communities.
  • Represented national storage property owner in the $100,000,000 CMBS refinancing of 23 self-storage properties.
  • Represented national storage property owner in the sale of multi-property portfolio in multiple states.
  • Represented publicly-traded REIT in a portfolio acquisition of 59 manufactured housing and RV communities in 11 states.