Elizabeth Whitman is a real estate attorney and broker who has represented clients in more than $1 billion in real estate transactions. From her office in suburban Washington, DC, Elizabeth represents real estate owners, and securities sponsors throughout the nation.

Elizabeth Whitman

About Elizabeth Whitman

Elizabeth Whitman is an attorney and broker who has represented clients in more than $1 billion in real estate transactions. Elizabeth's law firm, Whitman Legal Solutions, LLC, is located in suburban Washington, DC and represents real estate owners and securities sponsors throughout the nation.

Understanding Commercial Lease Types



Commercial leases are not one-size-fits all. The type of commercial lease will vary depending upon the asset class and building class and the landlord’s and tenant’s needs.

Residential Landlords’ Guide to Assistance Animals



News reports recently have included much discussion about The Air Carrier Access Act and FAA regulations governing assistance animals on airplanes.

Mortgage or Deed of Trust?



When real estate purchasers apply for a loan, they call it a mortgage. In about 35 of the states, a mortgage is what they will sign at closing.

Negotiating Common Area Maintenance Charges in Commercial Leases



When signing a commercial lease, tenants may look at only the base rent amount. They are surprised when common area maintenance (CAM) charges result in a monthly rent bill that is higher than expected. Tenants may receive an additional surprise at the end of the year when they receive a bill for a CAM shortfall. […]

Fair Housing Act Primer for Multifamily Owners



Fifty years ago, on April 11, 1968, The Fair Housing Act (FHA) became law. At first, the FHA only prohibited housing discrimination based upon race, color, religion, and national origin.

Registered Land Uncommon but Still Exists in Some U.S. Urban Areas



When you buy a car, you get a certificate of title, which names all lienholders for the vehicle. But when you buy real estate you expect to receive a deed and to have to do a title search to determine whether there is a mortgage on the property.

Choosing an Ownership Structure for Your Real Estate Investment



don’t think much about how they take title. Yet, real estate ownership structure can play a key role in meeting the investor’s economic goals.

Don’t Turn Your Letter of Intent into a Binding Contract



LOIs can be valuable tools in a commercial real estate transaction, but if they aren’t carefully written, they can create a binding contract.

How Real Estate Investors Can Defer Taxes Using Section 1031 Exchanges



It has been said that the only things certain in life are death and taxes. Real estate investors cannot cheat death. However, they can defer taxes on the gains from the sale of their real estate using Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code.

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