Practice Areas

Commercial Real Estate

Schreeder, Wheeler & Flint relies on a diverse group of highly experienced and knowledgeable lawyers to handle a wide variety of commercial real estate transactions, and has earned a reputation as a firm that achieves results. The firm combines a practical approach in the structure, negotiation, and documentation of a transaction using specific expertise and strategies learned after our attorneys' many years of experience. This experience enables us to see many ways in which real estate offers a promising return to our clients and helps us structure transactions that skillfully accommodate differing interests among the parties. While primarily focused in Georgia and the Southeast, we have expanded our practice to a national scale to meet the needs of our clients.

The experience of our attorneys in this practice area is longstanding and multifaceted. For instance, in development, the firm has represented local, regional and multinational companies, as well as individual builder-developers, in land assembly, subdivision, construction, debt and equity financing, and ultimate operation and sale of numerous types of developments, including residential subdivisions, condominiums, office, shopping centers, apartments, hotels and mixed-use developments.

In lending, the firm has represented lenders and developers in securing construction and permanent loans throughout all of the states in the Southeast and many others. The real estate collateral has included residential and office condominium developments, shopping centers, hotels, restaurants, apartments, mobile home parks, warehouses, and pledged residential mortgages. Lender clients have ranged from national banks, insurance companies, and multinational credit corporations to local community banks.

In equity finance, the firm has represented real estate syndicators acquiring existing properties and properties under development, registration-exempt securities offerings, tax structuring, and resolution of investor disputes.

In zoning and other government relations matters, the firm has represented developers and lenders in litigation to remove all zoning from an Atlanta parcel to permit construction of a shopping center, rezoning, obtaining exemptions from mortgage taxation, transfers of privately licensed sewer systems, state regulation of condominiums and timeshare sales, and obtaining special purpose permits for elderly housing.

In tax-exempt financing, the firm has represented lenders, developers, and public authorities in connection with both publicly- and privately-placed financing exempted from taxation under various provisions of federal law for housing, downtown development, and industrial development, including credit enhancement for bond purchasers, issuer representation, and restructuring defaulted issues to preserve tax exempt treatment

The firm has also represented lenders, developers, and owner-operators in construction and permanent financing of retail centers; anchor and local tenant leasing; litigation with tenants; and sales. The properties have ranged from rural and urban strip and specialty centers to regional malls. The firm has also represented lenders, developers, syndicators, sellers, and buyers for planned multifamily unit communities, family and elderly apartments, conventional and HUD- and FMHA-assisted rental housing, resort and conventional residential condominium developments and personal care facilities for the elderly, and properties utilizing lower income housing tax credits. Our attorneys also represent developers and operators of vacation ownership resorts, private residence clubs, condominium hotels, and marinas. We have handled the structuring and formation of ownership entities; acquisition of property; negotiation of construction loans and construction contracts; drafting the ownership declarations, disclosure documents, purchase contracts, closing documents, rules and regulations and owners association documents; filing of appropriate state registrations in more than twenty states; negotiating the hypothecation and the sale of end-paper financing; negotiating working capital loans; and master affiliation agreements with exchange companies.

This practice area is led by Clifford A. Barshay. For any questions or additional information about our commercial real estate practice, please contact Cliff at 404-681-3450 or

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