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A lawyer for real estate advises and represents individuals and companies in the legal aspects of buying, selling, leasing, and investing in real estate. Real estate lawyers can provide services related to any real estate transaction, including residential sales and purchases, commercial leases, and property management agreements.

You need a real estate attorney because they know all about these issues that come up when buying or selling property or real estate law. Real estate law covers a wide range of topics, including:

  • Landlord/tenant rights and responsibilities
  • Title transfers (buying and selling property)
  • Property rights and restrictions, including easements and covenants that limit how you can use your land or what you can do with it
  • Building codes, zoning regulations, and other laws that govern the construction, renovation, and development of new buildings on existing land

Types of Real Estate Contracts

Real estate contracts are critical to buying and selling, but they can be tricky to understand. Here's what you need to know about the different real estate contracts and how a lawyer can help you navigate them.

  • Purchase Agreement Contract

    A purchase agreement contract is a contract that grants the seller of a property the right to sell and transfer ownership of the property to a buyer. The contract includes information about the property, such as its location and size, and details about what the buyer can expect when they purchase the property. It also provides information about how much money will be exchanged between buyer and seller, including any fees paid by either party at closing. This type of contract is typically used with properties listed for sale.

  • Lease Agreement

    A lease agreement is an agreement between two parties that allows one party (the tenant) to use another party's (the landlord) property for a specific amount of time in exchange for rent payments made by the tenant each month. The contract specifies whether or not utilities will be included in rent payments, what kind of payment schedule will be used (monthly or weekly), and how much money needs to be paid in the security deposit before move-in day.

  • Contract for Deed

    This is a real estate contract in which the seller retains legal title to the property until the buyer pays off the purchase price. The buyer can only take possession of the property once they've paid off the debt. This type of contract is often used when someone needs help getting financing or can't afford to pay cash upfront.

  • Power of Attorney

    A power of attorney is a document that gives someone else authority over your finances and other important decisions. At the same time, you cannot make those decisions yourself—for example, if you're incapacitated due to illness or injury. Power of attorney usually lasts indefinitely unless it's revoked by one party or another.

Why Hire a Lawyer for Real Estate

The real estate market is complex, and it can be challenging to know what you're getting into. That's why it's essential to have a lawyer who can guide you through buying or selling a home. Here are some of the services they can offer:

  • Title Due Diligence

    Title due diligence is a service provided by lawyers to review the property's title to ensure that it is free from problems and defects. A lawyer will review the title history and any current liens on the property to determine whether or not any problems would affect the sale, lease, or financing of a property.

  • Advice on Property Acquisition & Leases

    A lawyer can help you make informed decisions about purchasing or leasing real estate. They will advise you on issues such as whether or not it is in your best interest to buy or lease, how much money should be invested in maintenance and repairs, how long leases should last, and what kinds of precautions should be taken when entering into a contract with another party who will be occupying space on your property.

  • Joint Development and Redevelopment

    Joint development involves two parties sharing responsibility for building something together (such as an apartment complex). Re-development involves one party taking over ownership of an existing building that needs updating before it can be used again (for example, if a business goes bankrupt). In either case, a lawyer can help ensure that both parties comply with all applicable laws.

  • Documentation and Negotiation

    The first service is documentation and negotiation. With this service, the lawyer will help you with all the documentation required to get a loan or mortgage for your property. This includes preparing all the documents necessary for the application, such as:

    This includes preparing all the documents necessary for the application, such as:

    • Personal information form
    • Affidavit of domicile or residence (for borrowers)
    • Affidavit of income (for borrowers)
    • Statement of assets and liabilities (for both borrower and guarantor)
    • Power of attorney (if applicable)
  • Project Finance & Transactional Advisory

    Real estate transactions also include financing projects through loans and other forms of debt financing, such as bonds and mortgages. A lawyer can help with this process by reviewing documents related to the project's finances, helping you understand them, and advising you on how best to proceed based on laws governing real estate financing projects.

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How Much Does a Lawyer for Real Estate Cost?

Real estate attorney hourly rates are often in the $150 to over $400 per hour range, while fixed fees for home closings might range from about $500 to as much as 2,000, depending on location or other variables. It's important to note that the cost of your real estate attorney will vary based on the complexity of your case and the attorney's experience.

Real Estate Agreement Tips

When you're buying a house, it's easy to get caught up in the excitement of the moment and forget about the details. But there are some important things to remember when signing a real estate agreement.

Here are eight tips to keep in mind while you're signing on the dotted line:

  • Look at the Real Property Report

    This report will give you information about the previous owners of the property, and their financial history. It will also include any outstanding loans on the property.

  • Look at the Municipal Stamp of Compliance

    This stamp shows that all taxes and fees have been paid, and that the building is up to code. It should also identify who is responsible for these fees (the seller or buyer).

  • Included Chattels

    The chattels are things like appliances, furniture, and other items included with the sale of a home. These items do not need to be listed separately on an agreement; however, if there are any disputes about their value or condition, you may want to add these details in writing as well as photograph them before moving in so that you have evidence later on if needed.

  • Purchase Price

    Make sure that both parties agree upon an acceptable price before signing anything official together!

  • Effective Date

    Effective date is the date when the real estate contract becomes effective. The contract becomes effective only after it is signed by both parties.

  • Insurance

    The agent should provide you with insurance information and copies of any policies that cover the property.

  • Disclosures

    A buyer’s agent must disclose all known material facts that are relevant to the property, including structural defects.

  • Inspection

    The buyer’s agent must be willing to accompany you during inspections, but they may not attend every inspection or accompany you on every walkthrough (depending on the agreement).

Key Terms for a Real Estate Agreement

Here are the key terms that must be included in a real estate agreement.

  • The property address
  • The date of the agreement
  • The names of the parties involved in the agreement
  • The price of the property and how it is to be paid for
  • Whether or not there is a time limit on when the contract expires
  • Agreement to Sell
  • Earnest Money Deposit
  • Seller's Disclosure and Warranties
  • Buyer's Inspection of Property
  • Offer to Purchase and Contract of Sale


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