Materassi Legal was founded on two principles that guide the Firm’s approach to client service: first, that the expertise, work ethic and competence of large law firms can be delivered in a smaller practice context; and second, that the professional distance and outdated notions of decorum witnessed in many attorney-client settings is best replaced with a bridge of accessibility, understanding and cooperation that better serves the client.
For many people, buying a house is the culmination of the American dream. Likewise, selling the house can mark the end of long chapter of a homeowners’ life, the turning of a leaf, so to speak, as a family or individual moves on to new life experiences. In either event, the transaction may represent one of most important decisions in a person’s life.
Our practice is exclusively dedicated to guiding people though this process. Unlike many attorneys who merely “dabble” in real estate law, at Materassi Legal, we are privileged to engage in real estate law every day of our professional lives.
At Materassi Legal we strive to deliver a hands-on, cost-effective, solution-driven approach to client representation. Clients have access to the responsible attorney’s office phone, Email and cell phone and to a committed staff of experienced paralegals who are fully fluent in English and Spanish. Likewise, if clients need to meet with us outside of normal hours, such as in the evenings or on weekends, we do our best to meet their individual requests. Please feel free to contact us for assistance with any of your legal needs in real estate.
At Materassi Legal, we leverage in-depth knowledge of the real estate, mortgage lending and title insurance industries, creative deal making and seasoned negotiating skills, cost-effective service and a true passion for the achievement of our clients’ objectives. Clients can expect a medium to large firm experience in a personalized, small-firm setting. likewise, they never have to be concerned with us being unavailable due to court appearances or litigation related functions. Our experience and our practice are geared exclusively to the purchase, sale and financing of 1 to 4 family residential, multi-family, mixed use and commercial properties, including vacant land and development sites, as well condominiums and cooperatives apartments.
Marco Materassi, the founder of the Firm, is a graduate of Harvard Law School, Class of 1992 and Columbia College, Magna Cum Laude, Class of 1988. After graduating from law school, Mr. Materassi served as a judicial law clerk to the U.S District Court Judge for the District of Court of Puerto Rico. He entered private practice as an associate in the Manhattan office of Latham & Watkins, an international corporate law firm. His professional focus on real estate and secured lending began with numerous assignments stemming from the Savings & Loan crisis of the mid-1980s to mid-1990s. As many thrift institutions were declared insolvent by the Office of Thrift Supervision, the Resolution Trust Company began marshalling and disposing of the mortgage and real property assets of these failing institutions.
In the context of the complex unwinding and disposition of these assets, Mr. Materassi was introduced to real estate conveyancing, title insurance and secured mortgage lending. The day-to-day review of voluminous files containing deeds and mortgage related documents, UCC financing statements and security instruments, work-out agreements and title insurance reports and policies provided Mr. Materassi with on in-depth understanding of the interplay of the real estate industry, the primary and secondary mortgage markets and the title insurance industry.
Mr. Materassi has resided in Florence, Italy, Paris, France and San Juan, Puerto Rico and speaks fluent Spanish, French and Italian.
Mr. Materassi is a former Board member of the Queens and Long Island Chapters of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals. The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP), is a non-profit, trade association with 17000 members in over 60 affiliate chapters in 48 states, including: California, Connecticut, Arizona, Nevada, Texas, New Mexico, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Florida. NAHREP National is based in Washington D.C., and San Diego, California. Its members are real estate agents, brokers, loan officers, mortgage brokers, title officers, escrow officers, appraisers, insurance agents and more. They are from diverse cultural backgrounds as membership is not limited to professionals of Hispanic/Latino descent. NAHREP’s mission is to increase Hispanic/Latino home ownership rates by empowering the advisors that serve them. NAHREP accomplishes this goal by providing educational tools, a networking forum and the power of advocacy.
Mr. Materassi is a member of the Harvard Law School Alumni Association, the Harvard Real Estate Alumni Association and the Harvard Club of New York. He is also a member of the Columbia College Alumni Association.