We offer assistance for the following real estate transactions:

Commercial/residential closings

Managing a real estate closing involves a comprehensive sequence of actions:
  • Examination of chain of title
  • Survey for property defects 
  • Clearing the title 
  • Escrow agreement 
  • Loan, mortgage, and other financing documents 
  • Purchase and sale agreement 
  • Title transfer (seller to buyer)
  • Proper legal filings with county 
  • Real estate tax and trust documents
Commercial/residential financing
Managing a real estate closing involves a comprehensive sequence of actions:
  • Mortgage agreement 
  • Loan agreement 
  • Sale-leasebacks
  • Like-kind exchange 
  • Non-traditional financing
Title insurance
We handle actions needed to clear the title to your property along with being an agent for Attorney’s Title Insurance and providing our clients with escrow, closing and title services for your real estate transaction:
  • Search chain of titles 
  • Quiet title actions 
  • Probate matters
  • Encroachment 
  • Easement issues 
  • All types of title defects
Contract review and negotiation
We review and work diligently to draft contracts that are in your best interests. We consider and provide the following contract assistance:
  • Clear-cut agreements 
  • Clarification of basic issues
  • Explanation of contract terms 
  • Explanation of contract’s legal consequences
  • Options after signing the contract 
  • Negotiation of contract terms and provisions 
  • Addition of terms to protect your rights 
  • Elimination of provisions that create liability

Real estate litigation

Skilled in negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and litigation, we tailor our representation to suit your needs. We understand that litigation can be costly and seek to negotiate or resolve real estate disputes out of court whenever possible. However, if litigation is necessary to obtain a favorable outcome or simply to protect your interests, we do not hesitate to take your case to trial. We represent clients in real estate litigation that involves:

  • Contract disputes
  • Builder disputes 
  • Escrow disputes 
  • Evictions 
  • Landlord/tenant disputes 
  • Quiet title actions 
  • Foreclosure 
  • Mechanics’ liens 
  • Easements
  • Trust deeds 
  • Promissory notes 
  • Real estate broker negligence 
  • Breach of fiduciary duty 
  • Boundary disputes 
  • Neighbor disputes 
  • Zoning 
  • Deposit disputes 
  • Real Estate Recovery Fund
Rising debt and payment defaults are forcing many individual and institutional lenders to resort to foreclosure. Robert M. Kesten, P.A. represents individuals in lien or mortgage foreclosure actions, and we can evaluate and determine the best way to proceed. We handle all the necessary legal steps from filing for judgment foreclosure to selling property and delivering proceeds.

Why do you need a real estate attorney?

While a real estate agent or broker may be very helpful in locating an attractive piece of property, the legal aspects of the transaction are best handled by a real estate attorney. Real estate agents and brokers are committed to making the sale and collecting commissions, but may not have discovered that the chain of title is defective. They may not be concerned with whether the language of the purchase or sale agreement creates a liability for you.

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