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When Should I Hire a Real Estate Lawyer

By Jamie Richardson | September 17, 2017

A real estate transaction involves a lot of money and is often a long-term investment. The last thing you want is for someone to entrap you in a bad deal. While the real estate agent can offer some valuable legal advice, they won’t be able to provide complete legal consultation on the intricacies of the sale contract.

If you want to be completely certain that your sale agreement doesn’t have any loopholes, you need professional advice. This transaction requires legal expertise. A real estate lawyer will have all the legal expertise you need to help you and guide you through the process.

When should you go see a lawyer?

Many people consider a lawyer an unnecessary expense during real estate transactions and only approach them at the tail-end of the negotiations when they need to draft the sales agreement. We also recommend you visit a lawyer in the circumstances mentioned below:

● Making sure the contract has no loopholes – An experienced real estate lawyer will scan the sale agreement thoroughly and make sure there are no loopholes or omissions that someone else can exploit. They will tell you if they find any flaw in the draft and help you renegotiate the agreement.

● Explaining unclear or vague terms – The language of the sale agreement should be clear, precise, and concise. You need to understand what the agreement says and what kind of obligations it places on you. If you don’t know what’s written in the contract, you might face problems and legal troubles down the line. A skilled real estate lawyer will meticulously explain every detail to make sure you understand what you’re getting into.

● Title search – It’s important to understand how much property you will own after you purchase it. A title search will showcase clear boundaries of your property and if there are any types of liens on it. This ensures you have conflict-free property and you won’t face any legal trouble down the line.

● Large transactions – Buying a property is always an expensive affair but larger transactions can be even more complicated. For example, a smaller apartment will be an easier transaction but a large apartment complex can be a more difficult one. An experienced real estate lawyer will know how to handle all kinds of property transactions, including big and small so you won’t have to worry about legal issues, additional expenses, and other such problems.

Legal concerns

There are a number of legal concerns to look into before you purchase or sell a property or even sell it. When you sign an agreement or a contract, you’re bound to its terms and violating those terms can prove to be very problematic. Here are some considerations an expert lawyer will take into account:

● What are your options if there’s asbestos, lead-based paint, termites, or other structural problems in the property?
● Are all recent additions to the property legal and according to building code?
● Are there any conflicts in the title and boundaries?
● If the buyer intends to alter the property, what can they change legally and what can’t be changed? (this concern in is specific to protected and architecturally significant properties like old craftsman houses.)

Whether you’re buying or selling a building, a lawyer in real estate law will bring you his expertise and help you find the right deal.

Jamie is a 5-year freelance writer who enjoys real estate. He is currently a Realty Biz News Contributor.
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