Ward and Smith, P.A. is pleased to welcome Joanne H. Badr to our Asheville office. Ms. Badr has represented clients in a variety of commercial real estate matters, including the representation of developers in the development, management, and disposition of multifamily and affordable housing.
Her representation also has included asset based financings, state and federal grant and loan programs, and tax credit developments undertaken by developers and owners of affordable housing projects qualifying for low income housing tax credits, financed with conventional loans and bond financing. Ms. Badr has guided owners and developers of these projects through the process of working with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), North Carolina housing finance authorities, local housing authorities, municipal development agencies, private equity lenders, and banks. Ms. Badr also has been actively involved in the representation of commercial borrowers and lenders in closing purchases, sales, and refinancing transactions, and in the negotiation and preparation of commercial lease agreements.