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Choosing a Lawyer

Setting out to buy a home is always an exciting time, however some people can be overwhelmed by the process. As your agent, I am dedicated to help guide you through the process of finding, selecting, and purchasing your next home. Using my 360° Home Buying Plan will ultimately help you find a home quicker and cheaper. It can all be done in 8 easy steps.

The lawyer basically has two roles in a real estate transaction. One is largely administrative – the closing of the transaction which involves preparation of legal documents, handling of monies and so on. The other is largely protective – the assurance that the party which the lawyer represents will get what he or she bargained for. In that sense, a lawyer’s role may be seen as somewhat similar to that of a doctor. The lawyer uses certain processes and techniques to keep the “patient” healthy or to restore the “patient” to health if something goes wrong. At the same time, just as with medical issues, not every legal problem that arises can be easily cured or, in some cases, cured at all.

A very important part of the lawyer’s role is to provide clients with legal advice as to how best to proceed with a transaction. In the case of a purchase of property, this can involve crucial issues such as how to take title to a property, survey and zoning matters, mortgage considerations and so on. In the case of a sale of a property, a lawyer can provide guidance on how to reduce mortgage pay-out penalties, access funds more quickly and so on.

Finally, problems can and do arise in real estate transactions. Disputes can occur or unforeseen difficulties can arise. Again, the lawyer assumes the role of protector and defender. A skilled and experienced lawyer can often help turn a potential disaster into a happy ending.

In short, the lawyer acts as the manager of a real estate closing and as a guide, protector and defender of his or her client in the transaction.