Real Estate Law

Gavel and House Model — Grandville attorney in Grandville, MI
The Law Office of James L. Koetje has the experience to represent clients from the more complex to the more routine real estate matters. Our staff, includes licensed real estate agents and members of the National Association of Realtors, Michigan Association of Realtors and Grand Rapids Association of Realtors. Having a law office which also has specific licensing as real estate agents helps us understand the industry as we work with agents, title companies, buyers, sellers, and banks. Most real estate agents and title companies handle a majority of home closings in Michigan. However, the purchase of a home is one of the largest purchases an individual will make. Hiring an attorney to review purchase agreements, title work, and closing documents is a small price to pay for the largest purchase of your life. We pride ourselves on quality of work and timeliness of the services we provide. Because real estate transactions both commercial and residential encompass such a wide range of services, we encourage you to contact our office to schedule an appointment to review your situation. Some real estate matters we can assist in preparation of, representation of, and review, include
  • Purchase Agreements
  • Land Contracts
  • Easements
  • Closing Documents
  • Tenant Evictions
  • Lease Agreements
  • Title Examination and Review
  • Zoning and Land Use
  • Property Tax Assessment and Appeal
  • Construction Contracts and Liens
  • Private Road Easements
  • Mortgages
  • Business Purchase with Real Estate
  • Merger and Acquisition
  • Mortgage Foreclosures
  • Litigation of Real Estate Disputes
Our firm has helped hundreds of clients in both commercial and residential real estate matters. We are constantly developing creative solutions to the most challenging real estate matters.

Frequently Asked Questions I am buying a house . Do I need to hire an attorney?
Yes. Many clients call at the last minute unsure of whether they need to hire an attorney when buying a house especially when they have a real estate agent representing them. Most real estate agents are not attorneys and encourage the hiring of an attorney to ensure the protection of their client. Typically closings are scheduled at the last minute upon approval of financing. Our firm can get an "attorney's packet" e-mailed to us either by the bank or title company and review prior to closing.

Do you have a Land Contract forms?
Our firm can prepare a Land Contract and Memorandum of Land Contract . We prepare the Land Contract according to your needs and situation whether you are the seller or buyer.

What is the foreclosure process?
In today's economic decline many homes are being foreclosed. If you home is being foreclosed you should contact our office to discuss possible solutions.

Does the Law Office of James L. Koetje represent client's in litigation of real estate transactions?
Yes. Whether it is a residential or commercial transaction or dispute, our office has extensive experience representing client's in negotiating pre-lawsuit settlements of dispute and representing clients in real estate litigation.