Real Estate Law

From coops and condos to houses and commercial buildings: Whether you're buying or selling, leasing or borrowing, transferring to a trust or doing other planning, or you have a dispute involving real estate, let our broad experience work for you


Our experience practicing, litigating, teaching, and publishing in Real Estate Law enables us to advise and represent you in all kinds of real estate matters.


Real estate law is often obscure and complex. The Law Office of Jim D. Sarlis helps you cut through the fog and provides clear, useful legal advice in all types of real estate matters. We are experienced in situations involving both residential and commercial real estate, including co-ops and condos.

Maybe you are buying or selling. Or leasing or renting. Or lending or borrowing. We are able to advise you and help you complete the transaction.

Or maybe you own a home and are interested in doing some planning. After all, the family home is often the single most valuable asset a person owns. After decades of mortgage payments, many families have accumulated a large amount of equity.

Whether your goal is to transfer your home to a trust, or to make sure it ends up going to your children or grandchildren, or shelter the real estate so that Medicaid or other benefits can be put into place, we are able to advise you. We can also help you determine if a reverse mortgage is right for you.

We are also versed on complex issues such as litigation, adverse possession, constructive trusts, both prosecution and defense of all types of real estate litigation and foreclosures.

As a member of the faculty of Queens College of CUNY, Jim D. Sarlis has taught Real Estate Law in its paralegal program, which is governed by the American Bar Association.

Jim D. Sarlis is also the author of articles on real estate and related subjects. To view an abstract of a published article written by Mr. Sarlis on constructive trusts as they relate to real estate, click HERE. You can also go to our Articles & Bulletins and Blog sections for articles on real estate, as well as a variety of other topics, written by Jim D. Sarlis and others. Check out our Videos section, too. For example, to view a three part series of videos explaining Real Estate Transactions in New York, click HERE. In our Definitions section, we explain commonly used terms.