Real Estate and Land Use

Hartley, Rowe and Fowler has been involved in thousands of commercial and residential real estate closings in our 30-plus years as a firm. Our real estate attorneys provide legal services and support covering the full spectrum of real estate matters. Clients receive the benefit of our expertise in writing effective purchase, sale, and construction contracts, as well as residential and commercial leases. We offer representation to individuals and businesses, including buyers, sellers, landlords, tenants, mortgage companies, national and community banks, construction and development companies and real estate investors.

Our attorneys and staff understand what property ownership means to businesses and families. We have the experience and expertise to meet your real estate transaction needs with innovative and practical solutions.

Commercial Real Estate
For over thirty years, our commercial real estate attorneys have represented builders, developers, and lending institutions in the arena of commercial real estate. We have extensive experience in managing all the legal aspects of acquisition, development, construction, leasing and closing of commercial projects. Our representation on behalf of these clients includes a broad range of multi-family, office building, shopping center, hotel, condominium, convention center, and industrial property, as well as planned residential and mixed-use communities. We also work closely with real estate investors and can facilitate and provide expert advice on 1031 Tax-Free Exchanges.

 Key Contacts: Walter P. RoweRobert J. KauffmanScott P. Newland

Residential Real Estate
Buying or selling a home can be a life-defining event. At Hartley, Rowe & Fowler, we have handled thousands of residential real estate transactions since 1975. For buyers, sellers, and lending institutions, we provide services including title examinations and review, drafting and negotiation of contracts and closing documents, and closing the deal itself. From the negotiation of the contract to the closing table, our attorneys can identify potential problems before they arise, provide practical solutions, and complete the transaction in a cost-effective and timely manner, ensuring a smooth closing. The firm has been certified by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  

Please see our Residential Real Estate Closing Information page for information before your closing. Directions are to our offices in Douglasvile or Vinings are located on our Contact page.

Key Contact: Jeffrey P. Richards

Hartley, Rowe & Fowler represents both landlords and tenants in all types of residential and commercial leasing transactions, including office, shopping center, and ground leases, as well as lease-purchase agreements. Our expertise enables us to provide clients with a comprehensive understanding of what provisions may be negotiated for the client's advantage, what provisions may be acceptable to lending institutions, and what is customary in the industry, given the client's particular set of circumstances. Furthermore, the firm's team-oriented approach provides clients with access to any ancillary services that may be necessary to complete the lease, such as business formation and assistance with zoning matters.

Key Contacts: Walter P. RoweRobert J. KauffmanScott P. Newland

Our attorneys provide complete foreclosure services throughout Georgia. We represent all types of lending institutions in attempts to restructure loan agreements with defaulting borrowers and, when necessary, foreclose upon secured property. When handling a wide variety of commercial and residential foreclosures, it becomes apparent that each foreclosure can be unique and pose its own set of special challenges. As a result, we approach each foreclosure or workout with an open mind and an eye toward creative problem solving.

Key Contacts: Walter P. RoweRobert J. KauffmanScott P. Newland

Navigation of zoning codes is often a daunting process. The firm regularly represents national, publicly traded companies, developers, local businesses, and individuals in all types of zoning matters before local governments and regional and state agencies. Hartley, Rowe & Fowler attorneys are experienced in every significant type of land use matter, including zoning, comprehensive plans, and planned-unit developments. We assist clients in obtaining zoning map and plat amendments, special use permits, variances, building permits, and zoning opinion letters. Our expertise allows us to guide clients through the complex process of zoning compliance.

Key Contact: Joseph H. Fowler

Real estate matters often require knowledge and command of many different areas of law. Being a multi-disciplinary firm allows us to provide the professional staff and resources to address a broad scope of issues, including those related to corporate, banking, and litigation matters.