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Pinellas County Real Estate

Selling and Buying Real Estate

Florida Bar Board Certified Real Estate Lawyer James W. Martin represents and advises clients in the sale and purchase of homes, offices, warehouses, stores, and land in Pinellas County, Florida, including environmentally-impacted land.

Florida is a common law state so selling and buying real estate in Florida is similar to selling and buying real estate in other states, but Florida has its own peculiarities. Construction lien laws, conveyancing laws, recording laws, environmental laws, zoning and building laws -– all of these vary from those in other states.

Florida abolished the doctrine of Caveat Emptor (Let the Buyer Beware) for residential property, but not for commercial and industrial real estate. So, it’s important for residential sellers to comply before selling Florida real property.

Selling Florida land and buildings using the standard Florida Bar and Florida Realtors contract forms generally favors buyers, so sellers need to modify those forms with addenda and amendments to level the playing field.


Residential leases differ from commercial and industrial leases in Florida. They are based on different statutes. So, they create different rights and duties.


The Florida construction lien law is unique in the country and requires owners, contractors and subcontractors to be alert and up-to-date regarding their rights and duties when Florida real estate is being improved.

Jim Martin has written four volumes of Florida real estate legal forms books, including these books available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, and Google:

Florida Real Estate Frequently Asked Questions

He has prepared the Florida Real Estate FAQ to answer some of the questions that real estate attorneys are asked regarding Florida real estate.

Articles on Real Estate and Contract Drafting

JIm Martin has also written articles published by the American Law Institute and The Florida Bar regarding real estate law and contract drafting, which are available as downloads on the Attorney Profile page for James W. Martin.

Florida Lawyer Jim Martin Blog Entries for Real Estate

Jim Martin’s blogs have many tips and comments regarding Florida real estate law. They are found in the Florida Lawyer Jim Martin Blog under the topic Real Estate, and can be further refined by clicking on a Tag. All blog entries can be seen in the Archives.

Real Estate Client Questionnaires

The Questionnaires page includes the Real Estate Client Questionnaire for clients to complete and send to Jim Martin with information regarding their real estate matter.

Real Estate As a Pinellas County Probate and Trust Estate Asset

The trust or probate estate of a Florida decedent often owns real estate in the form of a homestead, a home, a house, an office building, or land. St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida probate and trust estate attorney James W. Martin is also Board Certified in Real Estate Law by The Florida Bar.


If you have the need for a St Petersburg Pinellas County Florida attorney who is Board Certified in Real Estate Law by The Florida Bar, you may use the contact form below or call Jim Martin directly at 727-821-0904 or email him at jim@jamesmartinpa.com for a free initial consultation.

The text on this page was written by James W. Martin, Esq. and was last updated on May 18, 2023.

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