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Although most cases involving real estate are handled in state or local courts, some must be litigated in federal court. Our real estate attorneys at Gross McGinley, LLP, in Allentown, PA, are well-versed in federal laws that apply to real estate throughout the United States. Whether you are involved in a commercial or residential real estate dispute or transaction, our skilled team safeguards your interests and protects your rights.

Federal Real Estate Laws

Real estate transactions are often complex with myriad legal and financial nuances. Real estate law encompasses a range of matters, including residential and commercial transactions, land use, zoning, and title or deed issues. The federal government has the right to regulate all commercial enterprises that affect interstate commerce, including matters involving real estate.

Federal real estate cases often involve the financial aspects of real estate law, including mortgages, liens, foreclosures, and bankruptcy.  After the housing crisis of 2008 and the great recession that followed, federal courts became much more inclined to initiate prosecutions for mortgage and real estate fraud.

The Truth in Lending and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Acts protect the rights of the consumer. They require lenders to disclose interest rates, the buyer’s right to cancel loans, and how to resolve disputes that might affect their mortgage rates. Signed into law in 2010, The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act enables borrowers to file civil lawsuits when lenders have acted unfairly if the acts resulted in monetary losses.

The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, or national origin in the sale or rental of housing, mortgage lending, and insurance. Violations of this law may be litigated in federal court.

Environmental issues may also come into play when dealing with real estate law on the federal level. Our real estate attorneys have a track record of success representing clients in all types of federal real estate cases.

Real Estate Fraud

There are many different types of fraud that can be committed in the real estate sector, including:

  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Foreclosure fraud
  • Predatory lending practices
  • Artificial inflation of property values
  • Escrow fraud
  • Lying or omitting important information on financing documents
  • Syndicator fraud (collecting funds for nonexistent or illegitimate investing opportunities)

Although there is no general federal statute associated with real estate fraud, it is often prosecuted under the federal wire fraud statute. Penalties for this type of white-collar crime can be severe – a conviction can result in significant prison time, restitution, and hefty fines. The best way to avoid committing an unintentional error is to have our real estate attorneys assist you with your commercial or residential transaction.

Often, strategies for defending against real estate fraud charges rest heavily on the element of intent. To prove real estate fraud, the government must show that an individual or entity intentionally defrauded another individual or entity. Whether you are a business or an individual facing fraud charges, our real estate lawyers work collaboratively to develop solid defense strategies that get results.

How Our Real Estate Lawyers Can Help

Our skilled real estate lawyers and litigation attorneys have specialized knowledge and know-how, and are licensed to practice in federal court. Our multidisciplinary team has handled federal real estate matters for financial institutions, lenders, developers, real estate agents, brokers, investors, and individuals. We can assist you with issues such as:

  • Residential and commercial real estate transactions
  • Property acquisitions and dispositions
  • Land development
  • Environmental issues
  • Land use restrictions and disputes
  • Zoning regulations
  • Eminent domain
  • Assisting with federal, state, and local government approvals for a wide range of projects
  • Representation and appeals in federal and state courts
  • Commercial and construction litigation
  • Tax lien and levy avoidance
  • FTC and antitrust matters
  • SEC violations

Our attorneys are seasoned negotiators who work to help clients settle real estate matters inside and outside the courtroom.

Why Choose Us?

Whether you’re dealing with a breach-of-contract lawsuit due to a snag in a real estate transaction or need assistance with environmental issues surrounding a development project, our federal real estate attorneys can help. Our teams of attorneys and legal professionals take a cooperative approach, which enables us to use the depth and breadth of our collective knowledge to solve problems and create innovative, strategic solutions to meet your short- and long-term objectives. 

At Gross McGinley, LLP, our federal litigation attorneys stay abreast of the latest developments in federal, state, and local real estate law and legislation related to all types of business matters. We’re dedicated to continuously improving the legal services and representation we offer. We handle every case with tenacity, integrity, and respect. It’s not just about what we do, but how we do it – these values and our clients-first philosophy guide our teams in providing exceptional service and working toward the best possible outcomes.

Contact A Federal Real Estate Attorney in Allentown

The real estate lawyers at Gross McGinley, LLP in Allentown, PA, are dedicated to keeping your best interests at the forefront and fighting to protect your rights. For more than 40 years, we’ve provided top-notch legal representation to clients in Pennsylvania and beyond. To schedule a consultation with a federal litigation attorney, contact us online or call us at 610-820-5450 today.

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