Karl Schmitz III, P.A. Real Estate Attorney
Attorney Karl Schmitz, III P.A.




Real Estate Matters.

  • Acquisition and Development

    We represent clients in the acquisition, development, construction, leasing and sale of shopping centers, single-use commercial properties, hotels, development parcels, residential and multi-family properties, single-tenant net-leased properties, and mixed-use projects.


    Examples of recent engagements in this area include: Fed/Ex Ground Facility acquisition (New construction), 340 Unit Multi-family apartment community, the acquisition and development of mixed-use exclusive residential sub-divisions, development of Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn Express projects, grocery anchored shopping centers and out-parcel sale/leasing and development, single tenant net and ground leased properties.


    We assist individual investors, developers and real estate investment consortia in evaluating and structuring acquisitions, dispositions and leasing of properties and portfolios.  We have represented developers on shopping centers anchored by major grocery tenants, and our experience includes all aspects of site acquisition, including title, purchase agreements, joint development agreements, reciprocal easement agreements, access agreements, survey review, and coordination with the client’s development arm from acquisition to disposition of the project.

  • Leasing

    Many business people consider entering into real estate leases or subleases to be “routine” transactions, and frequently they are. But leases may carry a variety of business and legal risks, and sophisticated clients understand that a well-negotiated lease can save time and money. Many

    lease and sublease transactions require an assessment and allocation of costs, benefits and risks.


    We have the experience, market knowledge and business savvy to help clients sort through dense leasing documents, and complex construction and development issues. We also understand the need to negotiate and document the transaction quickly, while minimizing the client’s legal and business risks.


    Our experience includes: representing landlords and tenants in a variety of leasing transactions, including build-to-suit leases, turnkey leases, tenant improvement allowance leases, subleases, office leases, retail leases, and warehouse and industrial leases.

  • Real Estate Finance

    There is a dizzying array of financing options available to the real estate investor, however each option carries some risk.


    We are experienced in assisting our clients to understand those risks and how to approach each transaction with the goal of selecting the best financing to suit their needs.  While we do not provide tax advice, we do work closely with our client’s tax professionals to ensure that the proper tax planning is incorporated into the client’s financing goals.


    Our experience includes:

    assisting clients with traditional financing, securitized  recourse and non-recourse debt, SBA financing and hard-money investment lenders

  • Single-Tenant Properties

    Single-Tenant properties can be a desirable investment opportunity for the commercial investor, or the individual or family looking to secure a return on their money.


    We have over  years experience in all aspects of representation of single-tenant investors including the acquisition, disposition, lease negotiation and restructuring, investment entity formation, I.R.C. Section 1031 like-kind exchanges, and development.


    Our clients include: major private equity investors, family limited partnerships and individuals.

    Tenants include: national drug chains, gas station convenience stores, casual dining and fast food restaurants, and small retail. We have been engaged to represent clients through the country, and engage local counsel as required to meet the clients’ needs.

  • The “Business” of Real Estate

    Our goal is to provide the client with the quality business organizations advice, as part of their real estate investment goals.


    Many clients both domestic and international, understand the need to have the proper structure in place prior to the acquisition of real estate investments, and for those clients, as well as the individual, we work closely with the client’s existing (or recommend the engagement) tax professional, to achieve tax and liability protections, while working towards reaching the clients real estate goals.


    Our experience includes: the formation of corporations, limited liability companies, and limited liability limited partnerships within the state of Florida, and internationally, and we actively work with counsel in other jurisdictions in the formation of non-Florida entities.

  • Small Business Sale and Purchase

    Our business clients may not have real estate interests, other than as a tenant for leased space, yet are interested in acquiring or selling an existing business.


    When this occurs, we assist the client in structuring of the business contract, determining, with the assistance of the client’s tax professional, whether an asset sale/purchase or an equity sale/purchase is in the client’s best interests, review the financing options and ultimately the final acquisition or sale of the business.


    Our experience includes: mergers and acquisitions of small businesses (under $2,000,000 gross annual revenues), family businesses, partnerships, corporations and limited companies.  We additionally facilitate the sale and purchase of business assets without representation of either party, as an independent closing agent.


701 Enterprise Rd. E. Unit 502, Safety Harbor, FL 34695   |   Pinellas: 727-450-0778   |   Hillsborough: 813-963-2066   |   Fax: 888-225-3202


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