Real Estate & Finance

Real Estate & Finance Attorneys Serving Newport News, VA and all of Hampton Roads

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The Real Estate & Finance Practice Group at JBWK draws on a broad range of experience and knowledge to assist our clients in both residential and commercial real estate matters.  The firm’s attorneys can provide legal counsel relating to the acquisition and financing of real estate, litigation and resolution of disputes relating to real estate, and real estate tax issues.

Acquisition & Financing

JBWK provides legal services relating to the purchase, sale, financing, refinancing, and development of residential, commercial, and industrial real estate. Our attorneys have extensive experience in the various aspects of real estate transactions, including  contract negotiation, land use issues, zoning, and in choice of entity considerations. This experience has proven instrumental in helping our clients develop many of the premier office buildings, retail and commercial shopping areas, residential single-family, condominium, townhouse age-restricted communities, and mixed-use projects throughout Hampton Roads.

Representative business clients include:

  • Institutional Lenders
  • Builders
  • Real Estate Brokers
  • Commercial Real Estate Developers
  • Corporations involved in regional and national manufacturing and distribution
  • Trade Associations
  • Shopping Centers
  • Leasing Agents
  • Hotels
  • Resort Properties
  • Healthcare Campuses
  • Condominiums

The attorneys who practice in our real estate section provide comprehensive services including:

  • Commercial and Residential Negotiations and Settlements
  • Title Examinations
  • Distressed Business and Real Estate Workouts
  • Leasing Agreements and Leasing Management
  • Tax-Deferred and Reverse (1031) Exchanges
  • Contract Preparation and Review
  • Construction Agreements
  • Financing
  • Land Use Planning and Rezoning
  • Commercial Development
  • Chesapeake Bay and Wetlands Regulations
  • Corporate/LCC Organization

With the experience gained through service on bank boards for various institutions, we provide financing sources and services in lending for development, construction, acquisition and refinances. We act as counsel to individuals and entities such as lenders, title insurance companies, surveyors, appraisers, brokers, home and pest inspectors, insurance providers and management companies.


Real estate transactions often present opportunities that require resolution through litigation or other forms of dispute resolution.  Our attorneys specialize in both state and federal litigation, as well as engaging in mediation and arbitration on behalf of our clients.  Protecting and preserving a client’s interest in real estate frequently requires judicial intervention to resolve controversies and our firm has the experience and knowledge necessary to achieve our clients’ goals.

Examples of the services our attorneys provide for our clients include:

  • Litigation of Contract and Lease Disputes
  • Eviction Proceedings
  • Specific Performance Actions to Enforce Sales Agreements
  • Partition of Real Property
  • Suits to Clear Title to Property
  • Appeals from Adverse Zoning Board Decisions
  • Actions to Declare Contract and Declaration Interpretations
  • Injunctions from Violation of Covenants and Restrictions, Trespass, Waste, Water Diversion
  • Landlord/Tenant Litigation and Collections
  • Mechanic’s lien and Miller Act Claims
  • Boundary disputes
  • Condemnation Defense


Tax planning is an integral part of any real estate transaction. Taxes can be deferred or controlled through various practices, among them the sale of an entity, exchanges of like kind property, and seller financing. We offer tax advice to buyers and sellers on the consequences related to a purchase and sales. Allocation of assets independent of the real estate can have significant implications on the taxability of the transactions.  The attorneys of JBWK are prepared to assist our clients in all aspects of tax planning.

Members of our Real Estate & Financing Group


Experienced Local Real Estate Attorneys Serving Newport News, Hampton, York County, Poquoson, Gloucester, Williamsburg and all of Hampton Roads

CALL: 757-347-2823