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 $1.3 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.

Ohio Bill Would Create Credit Protection Type Laws for Land Contracts



A land contract provides a rent-to-own structure which enables someone to purchase real estate with little to no cash down payment.  Called contracts for deed or land installment contracts in some states, land contracts require the buyer to make monthly payments towards purchase of the real estate to the seller. Part of each month’s payments […]

HUD Charges Idaho Landlord with Familial Status Discrimination



On May 31, 2019, HUD charged the owners and manager of an Idaho rental property with violation of the familial status provisions of the Fair Housing Act (FHA). HUD alleges they refused to rent a home to a couple with seven children. What is Familial Status Discrimination? When first adopted in 1968, the FHA only […]

Five Things that Should be in Your Property Management Agreement



Most commercial real estate owners hire professional property management.  Selecting a property manager is important because a good manager can help an owner maximize the return on its investment.  But it’s important that owners include key provisions in the property management agreement. 1. Manager Compensation Commercial property managers usually charge the owner a fee based […]

Understanding Subordination Non-Disturbance and Attornment Agreements



Commercial tenants may be perplexed when months or years after signing their leases they are asked to sign a Subordination Non-Disturbance and Attornment Agreement (SNDA). The landlord may tell tenants simply that they “need the SNDA for the mortgage lender.” Tenants may not have a choice but to sign the SNDA. A clause in their […]

You Want Me to Move Where? Tenant Relocation Clauses in Office Leases



Many commercial real estate leases contain tenant relocation clauses, which allow the landlord to require that the tenant move to different rental space. Since relocations are uncommon, tenants may not pay attention to those clauses when negotiating their leases. However, the terms in the relocation clause can make–or break–a tenant’s business when triggered. Why Landlords […]

What to Look for in a Tenant Buildout



When leasing commercial real estate, tenants need to budget for the buildout. A buildout includes adding walls, doors, outlets, cabinets, and anything else that constructed in the rental space. In office leases, the lease usually requires that the landlord pay the cost of the tenant’s buildout. How Leases Describe Buildout Obligations No matter what the […]

If You Think You Know How Your Office Lease Square Footage is Calculated, Guess Again!



You might think you can easily verify the square footage in your office lease.  After all, it is easy to calculate the square footage of the living room in your new home to plan for furniture placement. You use a tape measure to measure from wall to wall in both directions. Then, as you learned […]

What to do if You Aren’t Happy with Your Real Estate Agent



What happens if you aren’t happy with your real estate agent or broker? The answer might be in the listing agreement you signed. Other times, you may have to negotiate a change to or cancellation of the agreement. Know the Types of Real Estate Professionals First, some background. There are two types of licensed real […]

Ten Seller Deliveries at a Commercial Real Estate Closing



When buying a house, the seller typically will sign a deed and hand over the keys. However, commercial real estate transactions are usually more complicated, and most sellers of commercial properties have more deliverables. Buyers who do not get these items from sellers at the closing may find themselves trying to track down the sellers’ […]

Ten Items for Your Real Estate Due Diligence Checklist



Commercial real estate purchase contracts usually include a due diligence or inspection period (Due Diligence Period). During the Due Diligence Period, the buyer should evaluate the real estate to confirm it is suitable for the buyer’s needs. Following are ten things which should be on every real estate buyer’s due diligence checklist. 1. Title and […]