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Witnessing Lease Agreements: What Did, and Did Not, Change

Prior to July 1, 2020, some landlords and tenants did not realize their lease agreement contained a minor defect which undermined the enforceability, in whole or in part of the lease agreement itself. Leases for a term of more than one year were distinguished under Florida law and an interest in real estate for a […]

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Industrial Real Estate in the New COVID-19 World

The long-term effects of the COVID-19 global pandemic should boost demand for industrial and logistics focused real estate in Florida and throughout the country in large part because of the following reasons: Acceleration of E-Commerce: Even as the country slowly re-opens, many believe that consumer behavior and the proclivity towards e-commerce will persist, causing the […]

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Becker’s Glenn Spiegel Weighs in on Next Steps for Retailers After COVID-19 on CGTN

As the Novel Coronavirus forces retailers to close their doors, many are wondering how they can sustain business and afford the rent. With retail sales down and business grinding to a halt, some are inquiring if force majeure clauses in their contract will apply to the coronavirus, something that will give relief to some and […]

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Becker’s Real Estate Practice in Tampa Grows with Addition of Terri Thomas

April 1, 2019 — TAMPA, FL – Becker, a multi-practice commercial law firm with attorneys, lobbyists and other professionals at offices across the Eastern Seaboard, today announced that Terri N. Thomas has joined the Real Estate Practice as a Shareholder based in the firm’s Tampa office, where she will focus on commercial real estate. Ms. […]

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Simple Protections for Buyers in Commercial Real Estate Contract Negotiations

When entering into a contract to purchase commercial real estate, experienced investors and developers generally understand that dozens of things could go wrong before the closing date that would prevent the closing from happening or could make the acquisition less than attractive, giving the buyer pause as to whether to close at all. As such, […]

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“Top 10 Reasons for Due Diligence,” Southwest Florida Business Today

Even if you are a sophisticated and seasoned commercial property owner, each transaction and each property is different and commercial experience alone does not replace the need to thoroughly perform due diligence on each property being purchased. Tyra Read outlines the questions that should be answered by your due diligence. Read the full article from […]

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Hugo Alvarez Serves as the Bridge Between Developer and Bank for $51 Million Construction Loan

Miami-based apartment developer Estate Investments recently obtained a $51.35 million construction loan to proceed with Soleste Alameda, a two-building, 306-unit residential development. Of the $51.35 million, $46.7 million will be financed by Arkansas-based Centennial Bank. Becker shareholders Hugo Alvarez, Michael Boutzoukas, and David Blattner represented Centennial in the deal. Hugo, who acted as the bridge […]

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