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Real Estate Roundup for Week of June 19, 2016

#x2022; Lyman Real Estate CEO Ron Lyman, CCIM, announced in a release that 6 Main St., Chester, has been leased to Sensible Organics, a fast growing brand of personal care and beauty products. Lyman#x2019;s Penny Parker acted as sole broker for the landlord and the tenant on the 5-year lease, which contains two 5-year renewal options. The 6 Main St. building is a classic brick structure, built in 1902 for the Chester Savings Bank. Last occupied by the Six Main Restaurant, it was completely renovated in 2012, with a main floor of more than 3,000 square feet, plus basement and parking lot for 20 cars.

#x2022; Kevin Geenty SIOR of The Geenty Group, Realtors, reported in a release the lease of a 2,299-square-foot portion of a 20,000-square-foot multi-tenanted flex building at 20 Research Parkway in Old Saybrook. Tenant is Iterum Therapeutics US Ltd., a biotech start-up firm. The Landlord is Mill Meadow Development LLC. Kevin Geenty SIOR was the sole agent in this transaction.

#x2022; The Geenty Group, Realtors, has announced the lease of an 800-square-foot unit at 233 Research Drive in Milford. The Tenant is Swipe of Ink LLC and the facility will be used as a silkscreen print shop, according to a release. The Landlord is D#x2019;Amato Investments LLC. Bill Clark, senior vice president at The Geenty Group, was the sole broker in this transaction.

#x2022; The Geenty Group, Realtors, has reported the lease of 5,600 square feet at 63 North Branford Road in Branford. The Tenant is Cambridge America LLC, which leased two commercial condominium units adjacent to a unit the company already owns and occupies, to expand its printed circuit board business. William Bansavage is the company#x2019;s president. Kevin Geenty SIOR and Kristin Geenty SIOR were the sole agents in this transaction.

Lifelong Ocalan and real estate attorney recognized for 50 years in Florida Bar

So he recognized the significance immediately when, years later, he found himself handling a real estate transaction involving the tourist hot-spot, which is now a state park, as an attorney with a local law firm.

Thats about as far as you can run around the table, Curry said.

This year marks his 50th year in the Florida Bar for Curry, who at 81 years old continues to work full-time at the downtown firm Ayres, Cluster, Curry, McCall, Collins, Bank and McClean, PA. With a focus on real estate law for most of his career, Curry has a represented several of the major developers that have shaped his once small and sleepy hometown over the years. These include the On Top of the World community, for example, and DeLuca Toyota.

Curry said he is looking to wind down his professional life soon, but in the meantime continues to enjoy the work that has kept him coming to the office for so many years.

Lanny Curry has been a real asset to the Marion County legal community, said Jimmy Gooding, who earlier in his career worked with Curry. Seldom do you find such a great mixture of intelligence, legal skills and humor.

Curry grew up in an Ocala that looked far different than it does today. The city was smaller in terms of residents, he recalled, but bigger in terms of tourists, who came for attractions like Six Gun Territory and Silver Springs. Because his grandfather worked at Silver Springs, he said, he was largely free to roam where he wanted there. After the tourists left at 4 pm, he said, he would often head to the Native American encampment to fish with the Seminoles.

When Curry left Ocala for Gainesville and the University of Florida, he became the first person in his family to graduate college. Then came a five-and-a-half year stint in the Navy that earned him the US Naval School of Underwater Swimmers certifications that hang on his office wall today. As an executive officer in the Navys diving program, he trained Navy and Marine officers out of Key West between trips around the country to recover mines, torpedoes and, in some cases, bodies.

It was a fun assignment, Curry said, aside from one memorable trip to an icy Lake Erie in January.

After the Navy, Curry returned to the University of Florida to attend the Levin College of Law. He passed the Bar in May 1966, and then headed back to his hometown.

Ive had opportunities to go other places, he said. They didnt sound as good as here.

After a few years as an assistant public defender and in litigation insurance work, he found his niche in real estate law. He joined his current firm in the early 1970s, he said, and has remained there since. As is typical of real estate lawyers, he said he interacts more with city and county officials than he does with judges at the courthouse.

Gooding, who also works in real estate law, said he picked up lessons by watching Curry interact with local government staff. He said he is a great example of professionalism and respectful communication. That is underscored by the 30-year AV rating Curry has maintained through Martindale-Hubbell; that is the highest certification offered by the legal peer-review agency.

Wayne McCall, an attorney in Currys firm, likewise credited him with being a thorough lawyer. McCall said he grew up in Ocala as well, so he has known Curry and his family even before they started working together at the law firm.

One of Currys most recent achievements took place outside the legal community. He took the lead in relocating Johnny Reb, a 23-foot-tall statue depicting a Confederate soldier, from a tucked-away corner of the courthouse to a prominent location at Ocala-Marion County Veterans Memorial Park in 2011.

Curry, who counts relatives who fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War, said he thinks the new site is a better fit for the statue.

It means something to a large section of the community, he said.

Curry is married with two children and three grandchildren. His father, LV Strick Curry, served for years on the Marion County Board of Commissioners, and his brother, Craig Curry, is a former Ocala mayor. Landis Curry is among the 226 attorneys the Florida Bar recognized for 50 years of good standing during its annual convention last week.

Contact Nicki Gorny at 352-867-4065, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or @Nicki_Gorny.

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How to avoid real estate cyber scams

Phishing, hacking, wire fraud -- these are all ways people attempt to steal from others online. As our lives become more and more dependent upon cyberspace, the chances of being caught in a cyber scam have become even greater.

Most people have heard of the Nigerian prince scams or phishing emails asking for Social Security or banking information, but many people don't realize they need to watch out for possible scams when buying or selling their homes. Cyber crimes have become increasingly sophisticated over the years. The people perpetrating them focus on situations where a lot of money is changing hands, making real estate transactions an ideal target.

The National Association of Realtors recently warned its members and consumers about a wiring scam that has occurred during the closing stage of the homebuying and selling process. Hackers will break into the email accounts of consumers and real estate professionals to get details about a real estate transaction. The hacker will then send an email to the buyer, for example, pretending to be someone involved in the closing process. The email says there has been a last-minute change and requests the buyer wire their down payment to a particular account. That account happens to belong to the hacker.

While it may seem like there are hundreds of ways for a criminal to take advantage of a consumer online, there are just as many ways consumers can protect themselves. Here are a few tips to help homebuyers and sellers avoid real estate scams:

Do not send sensitive information via email. Do not send banking information, your Social Security number or anything else that could be used to compromise your identity over email. Use only encrypted email if you absolutely must send personal or sensitive information.

Do not click on unverified email. If you do not recognize the name or email address of the sender, do not open the email. Beware of any attachments or downloadable files from unknown email addresses; they can contain viruses or provide a way for a hacker to access your computer.

Do not use unsecured Wi-Fi. Using an open connection can leave you vulnerable to hackers and scammers. Only access sensitive information on your home computer or on a secured network.

If you suspect fraud, tell someone. If you suspect that fraud has or is in the process of occurring, contact all parties in the transaction immediately. Also, report the incident to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center or the Federal Trade Commission.

Denise Creswell is president of the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors. A Realtor is a member of the National Association of Realtors who subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics. Contact her at 615-473-1663 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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