Do I need a Real Estate Attorney?

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“Do I need a real estate attorney? Even for something easy like a sale?” I hear this question all the time. Here I am going to share with you the benefits of having a real estate attorney at your side during any real estate transaction.

Likely your real estate agent will help you find or list your next property, and may even review contracts with you, but they are not qualified to provide legal advice with respect to those contracts. A real estate attorney will walk you through your obligations of purchasing or selling and help you avoid common pitfalls which are expensive to fix after the fact. And at 20WestLegal, we help you get from contract to closing with the least worry and the least stress possible.

Aside from standard purchases and sales, there are additional legal caveats in particular real estate transactions which require a specialized attorney’s advice or representation. These include matters such as:

• Purchase or sale of an Estate Property;
• Title issue and Title Insurance;
• Purchase or sale of a condominium unit
• Sales contingent on the buyer selling an existing home
• For sale by owner transactions
• Purchase of a short sale or bank-owned property
• Purchase of rental property
• New Construction

In any event, if your transaction seems either straightforward or complex, we can help you navigate the ins and outs and ensure that you are protected. If you even start to ask yourself “Do I need a real estate attorney?” chances are we can help! Here are some additional considerations when buying or selling real estate.

Buying a Home

Are you buying real estate? 20WestLegal knows exactly  how to do that. For over a decade, Attorney Erica Endyke has helped individuals and businesses buy vacant land, homes, condominiums and every other kind of real estate you can imagine.

Erica will review your Offer to Purchase to ensure you have the many important Buyer Contingencies agreed to at the start. From there, she will help negotiate a Purchase and Sales Agreement, explaining your obligations and protections in the contract. Erica will remain in constant communication with your real estate agent as well as your mortgage lender to ensure that everyone is on the same page, at the same time. Erica will help you get from contract to move in or assume ownership with the least worry and stress possible for you.

As an additional bonus, Erica has developed relationships with many industry individuals whom you may need in the process: contractors for various repairs, lenders for your new purchase, agents to help with your purchase and more entities who can assist in this process.


Selling a home

Selling a home can be stressful. 20WestLegal can make it easier! Inspections, Payoffs, Repairs, Movers, Scheduling, Utilities……the list of things you need to worry about goes on and on. Let 20WestLegal shorten your list. Attorney Erica Endyke will guide you through the process of selling your home, every step of the way. All you will need to do is provide some basic information and she will take the driver’s seat so that you can focus on what really matters – getting excited about your next step!

In particular, Erica will draft the first Purchase and Sale, negotiating it to final signature-ready form. She will review the title search, draft the deed and other seller documents, obtain your mortgage payoff, attend the closing on your behalf and coordinate with your broker on any other issues that need attending. All you need to do is wait for the proceeds check to clear your bank.

And remember those people with whom Erica has developed wonderful working relationships for people buying a home? These contractors for various repairs, lenders for your new purchase, agents to help with your sale and others can be as helpful during the selling process.

Moving should be an adventure, not a burden. So regardless of what services you may need, if you are asking yourself “Do I need a real estate attorney?”, 20WestLegal is here to help you.

Categories: Real Estate