Destin Real Estate Lawyer

Detail-Oriented Real Estate Law and Title Corrections Services

Mark A. Violette has spent years working with realtors, local businesses and homeowners in the Florida Panhandle to resolve their real estate legal needs. His experience in transactional and litigation and knowledge will give you an insider's perspective when you retain his services.

Residential and Commercial Closings: We have represented the interests of residential and commercial property owners prior to and following the mortgage crisis. Consequently, our extensive real estate background can provide you with the following services:

  • Draft sale and purchase contracts
  • Conduct title searches and minimize risk regarding insurable titles
  • Determine whether liens are attached to the property
  • Review and analysis of contract terms and conditions

Short Sales: Where the lender agrees to take a lower price from a new purchaser in order for the homeowner to get out from under the mortgage and note. We make every effort to negotiate with the lender to release you from any further personal liability under the terms of the note. We can offer legal services in an attempt to mitigate any possible damages, including:

  • Draft protective language in the Sale and Purchase Contract for the buyer or seller;
  • Prepare pre-occupancy agreements for the buyer to get the buyer into the property while all parties wait for approval from the seller's lender;
  • Negotiate with lenders to reduce or eliminate any personal liability or deficiency judgments;
  • Provide Asset Protection advice; and
  • Discuss the full parameter of the issues involved in the short sale and compare and contrast between the short sale, deed in lieu and foreclosure.

For Sale by Owner: Although we advocate using a licensed realtor to list and sell your property, some people elect to proceed with selling their property without the benefit of a realtor. In such situations, we can assist in all aspects of the process, including:

  • Preparation of the sale and purchase contract and all required addendum
  • Advising on closing costs
  • Providing closing documents
  • Ordering the termite inspection and survey
  • Preparing the closing documents
  • Acting as escrow agent
  • Issuance of the title insurance
  • Handling the payoff of existing loans to ensure a clear real estate title
  • Addressing any title defects

1031 Tax Deferred Exchanges: In a typical transaction, the property owner is taxed on any gain realized from the sale. However, through a Section 1031 Exchange, the tax on the gain is deferred until some future date. If you are in need of a 1031 Tax Deferred Exchange, we can assist including:

  • Preparation of the 1031 Tax Deferred Exchange documents
  • Information and legal advice regarding the strict timelines involved
  • Ensure that compliance with all IRS requirements are understood and met
  • Coordinate with other companies involved, including the initial sale and subsequent purchase
  • Coordinate with your accountant and provide all required tax documents

Representing Homeowners and Condominium Associations: In the complex world of mass default with property owners and lenders failing to foreclosure in a timely manner, a competent real estate attorney knowledgeable in foreclosure litigation is a requirement for homeowner associations and condominium associations. We have extensive experience in the litigation process through representing all parties from lenders to property owners to the associations themselves. Based upon our diverse representation, our Destin real estate attorney understands all aspects of the process.

Being diversified yet specializing in real property issues allows our firm to provide personal legal services to the spectrum of real property matters. If you are in need of our services or have questions, please Contact Mark A. Violette, P.A., at 877-719-8285 for more information.

Okaloosa County, Florida, Real Estate Closings

Our firm receives referrals from realtors and lenders on a regular basis. Because we work with the industry every day, we know exactly what is going on, where; and it gives us a much better perspective on how to resolve your problem. We focus on the real estate industry because we understand it inside and out.

Whether you are buying a home, want to build a new set of condos or are in dispute with a contractor, we have the know-how to help you reach your goal.

To work with a lawyer who truly understands the Florida real estate industry, call 877-719-8285 or send us an e-mail to schedule an initial appointment.

Mark has provided residential and commercial real estate services for these clients as well as others in our area:

  • Bank of America
  • Beach Community Bank
  • Branch Banking & Trust
  • Compass Bank
  • First City Bank
  • First National Bank of Florida
  • First South Bank
  • Florida Coastal Mortgage
  • Foundation Financial Services, Inc.
  • Smart Bank
  • Hancock Bank
  • PrimeLending
  • Waterstone Mortgage
  • Northstar Mortgage Group, LLC
  • Regions Bank
  • Carriage Hills Realty, Inc.
  • Century 21 Wilson Minger
  • Century 21 Wimco Realty
  • Coldwell Banker
  • ERA American Realty of Northwest Florida, Inc.
  • Keller Williams Realty
  • ReMax Southern Realty
  • Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, Inc.
  • Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

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Mark A. Violette, P.A.
36008 Emerald Coast Parkway
Suite 201
Destin, Florida 32541

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