January 22, 2019 Substantive Law

Representing Immigrant Clients in Residential and Commercial Real Estate Closings

By Plinio De Goes Jr.

Reprinted with permission from Probate & Property, January/February 2019 (33:1), at 24-27. ©2019 by the American Bar Association. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any or portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association.

Although the Trump administration is calling for more restrictive policies on immigration to the United States, the foreign-born still made up 13.6 percent of the country’s population in 2017. Theresa Cardinal Brown and Jeff Mason, Immigration Trends and the Immigration Debate, Bipartisan Policy Center (Aug. 2017), https://bipartisanpolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/BPC-Immigration-Trends-and-the-Immigration-Debate.pdf. This sizeable group is not homogeneous. Although some immigrants are highly-educated tech workers with skilled worker visas and are likely to purchase properties in expensive markets, other immigrants labor in service sector jobs for lower wages and may be purchasing real estate in more affordable communities. Id. at 3. This article presents some basic concerns and advocates for an inclusive approach to representing immigrant clients in real estate closings.

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