There are many legal considerations that go into purchasing a home, such as developing contracts, reviewing title, and making sure that the closing goes smoothly. In order to make sure that the seller and the buyer are abiding by all laws, having a real estate attorney can be beneficial. The attorney can provide invaluable guidance on all aspects of purchasing a home. If you are considering purchasing a home for yourself and your loved ones, you may want to retain the services of a real estate attorney to aid the process from searching for listings to the final closing on the sale.
Why should I consider hiring a lawyer?
The value of an attorney when buying a home may not be clear at first. You may know people that were able to negotiate the entire transaction without any legal help, or you may not think that a lawyer will be able to do anything that you cannot do yourself. However, some states require that a real estate attorney be present whenever someone is interested in purchasing a home. While California law does not mandate a real estate attorney, there are many reasons why you should consider retaining legal services when purchasing a home.
When you have a lawyer, they can:
- Negotiate, oversee, and develop sales contracts
- Ensure that the terms of the contract are upheld through the process
- Check the title for liens or encumbrances on the property
- Represent your interests at the home closing
- Ensure conformity with all local zoning ordinances
- Ensure compliance with all state and local rules
- Enforce a contract if seller or buyer attempts to back out of the deal
In addition, there may be disclosure problems that can be acted upon with the help of a lawyer. For example, your basement severely floods whenever there is a rainstorm, but this information was never disclosed when you purchased the home. An attorney can help hold the seller or real estate professionals accountable if they should have known about these damages and failed to do anything about them or tried to cover up potential defects in the property.
Attorneys can provide numerous legal services to homebuyers making such a big purchase. If you are looking to buy a house, consider retaining the legal services of the Law Office of Steven R. Lovett. With an attorney you can trust, you can feel confident purchasing your new family home.