SARASOTA — A  Sarasota law firm paid $2.1 million for an office building near the county courthouse.

The firm of Hodges, Avrutis & Foeller plans to relocate to the two-story building at 201 N. Fletcher Ave. around Aug. 1 after making some upgrades.

The firm, which now leases space on Wood Street, will occupy the second floor of the 9,653-square-foot building, which was built in 1998. The firm focuses on representing creditors in the collection of delinquent accounts.

Michele Fuller of Ian Black Real Estate, who represented the buyer, will work to find a tenant for the first floor. She said the downtown area is experiencing a "healthy demand" for owner-occupied properties.

"We’ve come to a time when companies are doing well and are looking to purchase and have a hold on the real estate market in the downtown area," Fuller said.

Hodges, Avrutis & Foeller, as 201 Fletcher LLC, bought the building from B & B Building LLC, a company managed by Barbara W. Du Treil and Louis R. Du Treil Sr., according to state records. The seller purchased the building for $1.6 million in August 2012, records show.

Stacy Rosenberg of Ian Black also represented the buyer. Ian Black, Steve Horn and Melissa Harris, all from the real estate agency, represented the seller.