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Real Estate Transactions

We represent clients throughout Montana in all types of real property transactions. Whether you are an individual preparing to buy your first house or build your dream home, or you are a business owner seeking to build on undeveloped land or lease a commercial venue, we can help you make informed decisions while mitigating your risk and maximizing your available remedies in the event of a property-related dispute down the line.

Full-Service Representation for Montana Real Estate Transactions

Our attorneys have significant experience in real estate transactions involving residential, commercial, farm, ranch and vacant properties. We also regularly represent clients in transactions involving construction, mineral rights, water rights, easements, rights of way, homeowners’ associations (HOAs), real estate financing and other related matters. Further, we assist our clients with administrative and regulatory matters (such as obtaining permits and zoning variances), allowing us to offer full-service representation for all legal issues related to the acquisition and use of real estate in Montana.

Our real estate transactions practice includes representing buyers, sellers, landlords, tenants, developers, contractors and other clients with respect to:

  • Commercial real estate purchases and sales
  • Commercial real estate leases
  • Condominium and homeowners’ association (HOA) matters
  • Contractor and subcontractor agreements
  • Design, construction and development contracts
  • Easements, rights of way and other land access transactions
  • Farm and ranch purchases and sales
  • Mineral and water rights transactions
  • Mortgage/deeds of trust and other secured real estate financing transactions
  • Residential real estate purchases and sales
  • Windfarm leases and easements
  • Cell tower leases

In addition to drafting and negotiating the agreements necessary to complete these and other transactions, we also assist clients with due diligence, title examinations and all other matters incident to real estate transactions in Montana.

Speak with a Real Estate Lawyer in Shelby, MT

If you would like to speak with one of our real estate lawyers, we encourage you to get in touch. To get started with a confidential initial consultation, please call 406-434-5244, or inquire online today.

FAQs: Protecting Your Rights in Montana Real Estate Transactions

If I am buying a home in Montana, should I hire an attorney to represent me during the process?

While your real estate agent can handle basic contract negotiations and help you deal with inspection-related issues, there are a number of ways that homeowners can benefit from hiring an attorney. For example, from determining property boundaries to interpreting the effect of any encumbrances (such as easements or rights of way), an attorney can help make sure you are getting what you pay for.

I received a construction contract from a builder. Is the contract negotiable?

Although builders will often attempt to present construction contracts to prospective homeowners on a take-it-or-leave-it basis, all contracts are negotiable. Furthermore, these contracts are often heavily one-sided, and buyers who do not negotiate can often find themselves in unfavorable positions with only limited legal remedies available. Our attorneys can review your contract and determine whether any negotiations are necessary.

I am preparing to lease office or warehouse space for my business. What do I need to know?

Commercial real estate leases contain a number of complicated provisions, and prospective tenants must carefully review their leases to ensure that they have adequate rights with regard to everything from adequate parking access to renewal of the lease at the end of the initial term. We are experienced in representing landlords and tenants in commercial leasing transactions, and we can help ensure that your lease fully addresses your business’s needs.