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Crane Dunham PLLC has provided legal advice and experienced counsel to all parties in real estate transactions: seller, buyers, landlords, tenants, lenders and borrowers, homeowner associations, and others.

We also provide legal advice and advocacy at all phases of real estate acquisition, ownership and disposal, including formation of joint ventures and partnerships, purchase and sale agreements, lease negotiations, land use and entitlement, financing, buy-sell agreements, business disputes, receiverships, and litigation.

Most people quickly learn that the cost of litigation is often much greater than the cost of having an attorney review the documents prior to completion of a transaction. We therefore recommend that clients come to us first to make sure that to the extent possible risks and potential problems are anticipated and dealt with in advance, thereby minimizing costs of litigation later.

Among successful results obtained by Crane Dunham include the following:

  • Recovery of disputed earnest money deposits for over 130 buyers of a dozen newly constructed condominium projects in downtown Seattle and Bellevue, representing purchases of over $100MM in residential units
  • Rescue of an expiring master use permit for a proposed full service hotel in downtown Seattle – the “W” – and the first acquisition of transferrable development rights from the City of Seattle to add additional floors to achieve a height of 25 stories
  • The assemblage and rezoning of 13 parcels of property located in SW Snohomish County for creation of a new “urban center” adjacent to Interstate 5 and a designated shoreline of statewide significance and associated wetlands
  • Representation of landowners seeking annexation to the City of North Bend and relocation of Interstate 90 to allow for creation of a major outlet mall, high tech headquarters, and associated retail