REAL ESTATE AND REAL ESTATE FINANCE
The firm’s Real Estate and Real Estate Finance department has earned a reputation of providing quality services at reasonable prices in varied aspects of real estate law. We represent clients in the acquisition, sale, leasing, development and financing of residential, office, industrial retail projects and community associations. Clients include developers, syndicators, landlords, tenants, lenders, sellers and investors.
Real Estate and Real Estate Finance Attorneys
Ronald B. Glazer is of counsel to the firm and a member of the Real Estate Business & Financing groups. He concentrates his practice in all types of development and investment real estate, creation and operation of condominium and homeowners’ associations, joint ventures and structuring mixed-use projects. He handles acquisition, sale, leasing, financing, development and operation for owners, developers, leasing and management agents, associations and lenders. Ron’s practice also includes alternative dispute resolution as an arbitrator of disputes. He has been trained as an arbitrator by the American Arbitration Association.
Prior to joining Astor Weiss Kaplan & Mandel, LLP, Mr. Glazer was of counsel to a suburban Philadelphia firm. He previously was a senior partner in WolfBlock LLP’s Real Estate Practice Group.
Mr. Glazer is considered a national authority in the field of condominiums and homeowners’ associations. He has authored a number of published articles on various aspects of real estate law and has chaired panels and lectured for numerous organizations, including the International Council of Shopping Centers, the National Banking Law Institute, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations, the Practicing Law Institute and several commercial program providers.
- University of Pennsylvania Law School, LL.B., cum laude, 1967
- Dickinson College, B.A., cum laude, 1964
- American Bar Association
- American College of Real Estate Lawyers
- College of Community Association Lawyers
- International Council of Shopping Centers
- Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Philadelphia Bar Association, former chair of Real Property Section
- Best Lawyers of America, included for over 30 years
- Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
- Whose Who in America
- Whose Who in American Law
- Whose Who in Real Estate
- Chambers USA
Presentations and Publications
- Pennsylvania Condominium Law & Practice, 1975
- Pennsylvania Condominium Law & Practice, 2d Ed., 1981
- Pennsylvania Community Association Law & Practice, 2009
Acquisitions and Sales
Representing clients in the purchase and sale of commercial real estate includes the drafting, reviewing and negotiating of letters of intent, purchase and sale agreements and conveyance documents.
When representing purchasers of commercial real estate, we also negotiate and review financial documents and provide our clients with a detailed due diligence plan. In helping our clients navigate through the due diligence process we will review title and survey matters, environmental matters and all other property evaluation documents. Additionally, we will also review, to the extent necessary, condominium documents, lease agreements and provide our clients with a summary of the relevant laws and ordinances in the jurisdictions where the property to be purchased is located.
Whether our clients are purchasing or selling commercial property, our goal is to guide our clients through the transaction process by maximizing our client’s information base so that they can make informed decisions and document the transaction to provide our clients with all necessary protections.
Our firm has represented clients in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania through numerous sales and purchases, including the purchase and subsequent sales of shopping centers, commercial condominiums, apartment buildings, strip malls, industrial complexes and stand-alone commercial structures.
Representation of borrowers in various types of real estate loan transactions
Representation of institutional and private lenders in acquisition and construction loan transactions
Loans to condominium co-op and homeowners associations
Representation of developers and purchasers in connection with new construction
Representation of homeowners and condominium associations
Counseling of clients in connection with the purchase and sale of existing housing
Community Association Law
In addition to preparing and updating documents to govern condominiums, planned communities and cooperatives, we represent developers in connection with turnover of control and construction defect litigation.
We represent individual and small groups of unit owners in connection with disputes as to how the association is being run and how unit owners are being treated.
We also represent associations in connection with implementation of the turnover of control from the developer, operation of the association, rights of the association and the unit owners, counseling and providing documentation for implementation of association policies (such as collections, access to records, transparency, dealing with troublemakers and issues under the Fair Housing Laws including discrimination and dealing with handicapped persons) and negotiation and preparation of management agreements.
Counseling of clients and the preparation of documents regarding the form of ownership, such as subdivisions, condominiums, co-ops or planned communities
Negotiations of contracts with architects and contractors
Declaration of condominiums for residential, commercial and industrial projects
Joint venture agreements
Reciprocal easement agreements
Extensive representation of both landlords and tenants in retail, office and industrial leasing
Representation of landlords in tenant eviction matters
Shopping Center/Retail Development
Astor Weiss Kaplan & Mandel, LLP handles shopping center/retail development transactions on a national basis. Their attorneys have completed development, redevelopment, leasing, and financing transactions for both owners and major retail clients in numerous states, including Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, New Jersey, Delaware, Michigan, Illinois, Washington D.C. and Maryland.
We have extensive experience in retail development and redevelopment of shopping centers including conceptualization and entitlement of new shopping centers; acquisition and disposition of existing and partially constructed shopping centers; construction and structured financing of shopping centers; tenant relocation; real property management; leasing and lease administration; construction administration; use restrictions and tenant exclusives; parking, access, visibility and signage rights; operating covenants; co-tenancy matters; percentage rent requirements; complex construction, operation and reciprocal easement agreements; joint development agreements; recapture/acquisition rights agreements; and retail condominium developments.
Our attorneys have worked on all types of retail shopping center transactions, including:
Target, Wal-Mart, Lowe’s and Home Depot anchored shopping centers
Community grocer anchored shopping centers
Movie theatre and entertainment complex transactions
Power centers, mixed use projects, and urban shopping centers
Free-standing drug store projects
Free-standing fitness centers for national tenants
Landlord and tenant retail leasing, ranging from anchor and junior anchor leases, to pad leases, to urban location leases, to mall leases, to leases of in-line space
Restaurant leasing and liquor license transactions
Sale of retail assets out of bankruptcy
Redevelopment transactions involving significant public inducements, PILOTS and incentives
Joint ventures with retail shopping center REITs
Structured finance, construction and mezzanine financing of shopping centers
REIT formation and TICS