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Lauren has represented buyers, sellers and developers in the acquisition, disposition and development of a wide array of commercial real property across the United States. She has experience reviewing, drafting and negotiating purchase contracts, leases, closing documents and other real estate agreements, as well as handling real estate due diligence for a variety of transactions, with a focus on title and survey review. Lauren brings a unique perspective and insight on curative title matters and the overall closing process from her prior experience working in-house with a title company.

While Lauren’s real estate practice has encompassed a variety of fields, she focuses her practice on clients in the renewable energy industry, and has contributed to acquisitions involving renewable energy farms, as well as water rights. She enjoys working on projects that will help the environment, the local community and the world as a whole, and she’s enthusiastic to play a role in a rapidly growing industry.

Introduction

The Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act of 1978 (AFIDA) requires that foreign investors who acquire, transfer, or hold an interest in U.S. agricultural land report such holdings and transactions to the Secretary of Agriculture on Form FSA-153.[1] The underlying purpose of AFIDA was to create a nationwide system for collecting information pertaining to the foreign ownership of U.S. agricultural land. The information collected from these disclosures is used in preparing periodic reports to the President and Congress concerning the effect of such holdings upon family farms and rural communities.[2]

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Farm leases are a common occurrence on land being developed for solar and wind energy projects, due to the size and rural nature of land sought for development. While title searches will discover written leases that are made of record with the county clerk, farm leases are often verbal “handshake” agreements, meaning they go undetected during a standard title search. It is always recommended to conduct a site visit and inquire as to the existence of any grazing or crop operations when entering into a real estate contract for land intended for development. If a farm tenant is leasing a portion of the project property, such lease may need to be terminated, particularly in the context of a solar energy project that will require more surface use of the land.
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