The Senior Attorney for Real Estate Transactions reports to the SVP Legal and Associate General Counsel and supports MAA by actively supporting real estate transactions related to acquisitions, dispositions, and related real estate development ventures. Negotiates, drafts, and advises on purchase and sale agreements, loan documents, joint venture agreements, commercial leases, easements and related documents. Actively participates in the closing process for real estate acquisitions and dispositions, loan transactions and joint venture transactions. Interfaces with property and corporate associates, buyers and sellers, government authorities, adjacent property owners and outside counsel in connection with real estate legal issues. Primarily focused on acquisitions and dispositions, the position provides legal expertise to real estate development transactions and supports with Treasury in secured and unsecured loan transactions and bond financing.
The successful candidate will embody and work to reinforce MAA's Core Values. Those values include:
Appreciating the uniqueness of each individual
Communicating openly and with integrity
Doing the right thing at the right time for the right reasons
Duties and Responsibilities
Drafts, edits, negotiates, manages, and advises on a wide variety of real estate transactions and contracts.
Advises the Transactions and Development teams on matters related to acquisitions and dispositions of real estate assets (operating or land bank assets). Advises the Transactions, Development and Construction teams throughout the life cycle of the development of new apartment communities.
Provides guidance to property and corporate management on contracts, liability, and other related matters.
Coordinate, assemble and review due diligence in connection with the marketing and sale of properties or financing transactions.
Work with brokers, outside counsel, title insurers, surveyors, third party contractors and other in-house personnel to understand due diligence, pursue curative work, and responds to information requests.
Assist with day-to-day legal issues related to declarations, reciprocal easement agreements, joint venture agreements, loan documents, commercial leases, utility easements and other agreements.
Assists with the management and oversight of property owners' associations. Assists with the completion of post-closing obligations after the sale or acquisition of properties.
Special projects and other tasks as assigned. Works cross-functionally with teams to mitigate legal risk and to ensure compliance related to real estate transactions and development.
Monitors and maintains awareness of laws and regulations governing real estate transactions and development.
Travels as needed for meetings, training, and/or company events.
Performs other related duties as assigned to meet the needs of the business.
Juris Doctorate degree and admission to the TN or GA Bar Association are required.
Five to seven years of commercial real estate and transactional or contractual experience required.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Legal knowledge and expertise related to real estate transactions and developments, especially contractual terminology, concepts, and requirements
Familiarity with legal issues and regulations relating to multifamily housing
Critical thinking and problem-solving skills applied to complex legal challenges
Executive presence and relationship management skills, including influencing and negotiation, with which to interact with all levels of the organization
Professional and effective verbal and written communication skills, including presentations and advocacy
Accuracy and attention to detail with qualitative and quantitative data
Computer skills with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
Ability to prioritize, manage multiple tasks and projects, and meet deadlines within a fast-paced environment
Ability to travel overnight for meetings and events
Skill and ability to collaborate within a team as well as operate independently
Ability to maintain confidentiality and maintain appropriate discretion
MAA recognizes that talented people are attracted to companies that provide competitive pay, comprehensive benefits and outstanding advancement opportunities. We offer a comprehensive benefits package* including, but not limited to, the following:
* Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
* Life and Disability Insurance
* Employee Assistance Program
* Vacation, Sick Leave, and Holiday Pay
* 401(k) Retirement Plan
* Tuition Reimbursement
* Adoption Reimbursement
* Apartment Discount
* Opportunities for promotion and internal career advancement
*Eligibility for benefit plans and programs vary based on hours worked and length of employment.
We are committed to providing service excellence and value to those who depend on us at MAA. Our people-first approach has been transforming properties into communities and apartments into homes for over 25 years. As the largest owner-operator of multifamily apartments in the United States - we are established leaders in the real estate space - bringing tremendous opportunities to those looking to build their careers. We invite you to explore our Brighter View and find your place at MAA!
MAA is a real estate investment trust (REIT) that focuses on the acquisition, selective development, redevelopment and management of multifamily homes throughout the Southeastern and Southwestern regions of the United States.
Our mission at MAA is to deliver superior service and value for our residents, employees and shareholders. We refer to this as creating "A Brighter View" and we are doing it every day.
In fact, we proudly display "Our Brighter View" plaques at every MAA office just to serve as a daily reminder of our focused mission. MAA is committed to remaining true to our rich tradition of service to each other, to our residents, and to our shareholders. We respect the privilege to providing value to those whose lives we touch.
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