Real Estate Services

Phillips Preiss provides public and private clients with a variety of real estate advisement services which draw upon the firm’s expertise in the interaction between market factors, physical planning, policy and social needs. Please scroll down to read more about our work in Development Strategies, Market Feasibility, Condemnation, and Statutory Relocation Services.



Phillips Preiss works on behalf of both private property owners and public agencies in eminent domain proceedings to provide expert planning and market evaluations of taken properties before the courts. Our services include:

  • Advisement to agencies and property owners on land use issues affecting negotiations and potential litigation.
  • Preparation of expert planning reports for use by agencies and property owners in negotiations and litigation.
  • Appearance and the provision of expert testimony before Commissioner’s hearings; and where property acquisitions are subject to litigation, in New Jersey courts.

Phillips Preiss’ services have provided the basis for fair and equitable valuation of property, resulting in voluntary settlement between “taking” agencies and property owners; or where litigation has ensued, have provided the courts with a basis for informed rulings on value.


Statutory Relocation Services

For over 25 years, Phillips Preiss has provided statutory relocation services to government agencies in accordance with the requirements of the federal and New Jersey State relocations laws. 

The statutory obligations for public agencies who displace residents and businesses as a result of the implementation of public projects are specified in the federal Uniform Relocation and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970 and Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 24; Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition for Federal and Federally Assisted Programs (49 CFR Part 24); and in New Jersey, the Relocation Assistance Law, N.J.S.A. 52:31B-1 et seq., Relocation Assistance Act, N.J.S.A. 20:4-1 et seq., and Regulations for the Provision of Relocation Assistance, N.J.A.C. 5:11-1 et. seq.

Phillips Preiss provides full management and execution of the relocation process in compliance with these laws—including preparation of Workable Relocation Assistance Plans (WRAPs), required in New Jersey for submission and approval of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (NJDCA); and under both the federal and State statutes, the management of the relocation process itself, entailing assistance to displacees in obtaining replacement locations and assistance with the relocation process, the evaluation of benefit claims and preparation benefit recommendations to the displacing agency, and the overall management of benefit payment and certification process.

Phillips Preiss has previously provided or is currently providing relocation services to these governmental agencies, counties and municipalities:

  • Jersey City Redevelopment Agency
  • City of Jersey City
  • New Jersey Turnpike Authority
  • Rockaway Valley Regional Sewerage Authority
  • City of Pleasantville
  • Township of Hanover
  • County of Burlington
  • Essex County Improvement Authority
  • Township of Cinnaminson
  • Borough of Fort Lee
  • Union County Improvement Authority
  • Borough of North Arlington
  • Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority
  • New Jersey Meadowlands Commission