Real Estate

Buying a home is one of the most expensive investments you can make. Retaining a real estate lawyer to help you navigate the extensive legal process is just as important as hiring a real estate agent to deal with your negotiations. Real estate attorneys specialize in various affairs associated with the sale, transactions, and even disputes. They will also review all of the paperwork before you close on the home and will advise you of any problems they may find. A number of states require the presence of a real estate lawyer during closing. Even if your state doesn’t, it’s still a good idea to have someone there to represent your interests.

Transactions
Transactions can be stressful for anyone buying or selling a property. An experienced real estate lawyer is well informed of the rules and regulations of real estate transactions and what they entail. They can help you gain a better understanding of inspections, appraisals, leases, contracts, and other legal documents and processes involved with selling or purchasing a property. They will also provide you with answers to any questions you may have regarding transactions. A licensed real estate lawyer can revise or draft documents and will review the purchase agreement to make sure the entire process remains honest and transparent.

Title Insurance
Title insurance protects buyers and lenders from sustaining financial losses associated with defects in a property’s title. The most common type is lender’s title insurance which is purchased by the buyer. This is mandatory if the buyer has to take out a loan from a public mortgage lender. Owner’s title insurance is often purchased by the seller to protect the equity property for the buyer. A real estate attorney can aid you in procuring the necessary insurance so you can be covered for a variety of issues that may arise before and after the purchase goes through.

Disputes
Sometimes, unpleasant situations may arise during the buying process that realtors may not be able to help with. A real estate attorney can provide you with legal advice should you become entangled in a property dispute. They can offer advice on subjects such as zoning violations, property taxes, appraisals, and property management. Lawyers can also provide you with legal representation during real estate litigation and will draft required documents, participate in hearings, and file necessary appeals. Whether buying or selling a home, retaining the services of a real estate lawyer can keep you and your assets protected.

Foreclosure
If a homeowner defaults on several mortgage payments, a lender can put foreclosure proceedings into action. The process can vary according to what state the property is located in and it can last up to six months. Foreclosure can be a very complicated, stressful, and expensive process. There are a number of ways to avoid foreclosure proceedings before they can begin. A real estate lawyer can provide legal advice and inform you of your possible options. Hiring a qualified real estate attorney can also guarantee that you are properly represented in court if a lawsuit becomes a necessity.