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Purchases & Sales of Real Property

Davis Wright Tremaine’s real estate, land use, and environmental lawyers handle real property purchases and sales throughout the United States for local, national, and international clients. Our lawyers have counseled, structured, negotiated, and closed some of the largest and most visible real estate transactions in the United States in recent years, and we are regularly engaged by in-house counsel and other law firms to act as local counsel in transactions involving properties in Washington, Oregon, California, and Alaska.

Our clients include taxable and tax-exempt investors, developers, property managers, real estate investment managers, fund sponsors, real estate operating companies, lenders, and end users.

Property types include:

  • High-rise urban office and mixed-use buildings
  • Suburban office parks
  • Super-regional shopping malls
  • Strip centers
  • Hotels and destination resorts
  • Apartment complexes
  • Residential lot developments
  • Hospitals and medical office buildings
  • Timberlands
  • Energy generation and transmission facilities
  • Warehouses and production facilities
  • Mixed use projects

Transaction sizes range from the sale of individual assets worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to purchases of individual properties valued at more than $1 billion and multi-state portfolios of assets or interests in joint ventures or real estate operating companies owning properties worth well over $2 billion.

Equity and debt financing structures include establishment of special-purpose title-holding entities, traditional secured debt, participating debt, mezzanine debt, master leases, purchase options, real estate funds, real estate investment trusts and joint ventures with deal-specific control, incentive compensation, and cash distribution arrangements.

Our familiarity with current markets saves our clients laborious and costly negotiations by enabling the parties to focus on the most critical issues and identify the most efficient business and legal solutions. We have developed processes that streamline negotiation and documentation of the deal, satisfaction of closing conditions, and completion of the transaction. We know how to work effectively with important service providers (such as title companies, surveyors, appraisers, engineers, environmental consultants, and local counsel) and other key participants (such as lenders, underwriters, and government officials) whose needs must be anticipated and satisfied to ensure an efficient and successful transaction.

Our real estate, land use, and environmental lawyers collaborate with our tax, finance, energy, employment, and securities lawyers across geographic boundaries and sub-disciplines to marshal a team of the necessary scale and expertise to handle even the largest and most complex real estate transfers smoothly and efficiently.