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What does a New York purchase and sale agreement cost? If you are buying or selling real estate in New York, this is a question you may ask. Let’s explore this question and review some general information about purchase and sale agreements and why they are necessary in real estate sales.

Based on ContractsCounsel’s marketplace data, the average cost of a project involving a purchase and sale agreement in New York is $623.00.

How Much Does a New York Purchase and Sale Agreement Cost?

A New York purchase and sale agreement, sometimes called a real estate purchase agreement, is a legal contract executed by a seller and a buyer. This agreement lays out the terms and conditions of the sale and provides the buyer with important information about the property.

A purchase and sale agreement is necessary to buy property in New York. This contract provides both parties with legal protection throughout the escrow period before officially closing the deal. For this reason, many people hire a real estate attorney to draft the purchase and sale agreement.

What’s Included in a New York Purchase and Sale Agreement

A New York purchase and sale agreement will include basic information about the property, necessary tasks and requirements needed to complete the sale, financing information, and other important provisions regarding the transfer of property.

Some examples of provisions you will find in a purchase and sale agreement include:

  1. Party identification. The names and addresses of the seller and the buyer entering the contract.
  2. Property to be sold. A legal description and the location of the property.
  3. Items included in the sale. The parties can negotiate which fixtures, furniture, and other household items will be sold with the property.
  4. Purchase price. The amount the buyer has agreed to pay the seller for the title to the property.
  5. Contingencies. Contingencies are conditions that must be met for the sale to be finalized.
  6. Deposits. Most real estate transactions require an earnest money deposit due upon signing of the purchase and sale agreement. This shows the buyer’s commitment to going forward with the sale.
  7. Closing date. At closing, the property will be transferred from the seller to the buyer.
  8. Signatures. The contract must be signed by the seller, buyer, and brokers.

Purchase and sale agreements can be customized to fit the needs of the parties so buyers and sellers are free to add and negotiate additional terms.

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Common Contingencies in a New York Purchase and Sale Agreement

Contingencies are provisions that are added to the purchase and sale agreement that allow the buyer or seller to terminate the contract if the condition is not met. Contingencies are used to protect both parties and ensure that the deal is fair.

It is common to see the following contingencies in a purchase and sale agreement:

  • Financing. The buyer must secure financing to purchase the property for the deal to move forward. The agreement will usually include a date the loan must be approved by.
  • Title. The seller must have a clean title to the property that is free from liens and encumbrances.
  • Home inspection. A home inspector will look over the house and ensure there are no significant defects in the home or property.
  • Home sale. In some cases, the buyer will make the purchase of the new property contingent on the sale of their current property.

If any of these conditions are not met by the designated date, the parties will have the legal right to terminate the purchase and sale contract with any repercussions.

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New York Purchase and Sale Agreement Drafting

Purchase and sales agreements are required in New York to complete the sale of real estate. Without a well drafted purchase and sale agreement, both parties are at risk of issues and disputes throughout the home buying process.

It is common for parties who are selling or purchasing real estate to hire an attorney to draft a valid purchase and sale agreement. An experienced attorney will be familiar with New York laws and can create a legally binding contract that protects both parties.

New York Purchase and Sale Agreement Review

Typically, the seller’s attorney will draft the purchase and sale agreement. If you are the buyer, you should hire a separate attorney to represent your interests. It is important that you fully understand the contents of the contract and what obligations you must fulfill.

A real estate lawyer can review the terms of the purchase and sale agreement and make sure that it is fair and protects your rights as the buyer. Your lawyer will be able to explain the contract to you, so you are fully aware of all your obligations in the deal.

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New York Purchase and Sale Agreement Drafting Cost

If you hire a real estate lawyer to draft a purchase and sale agreement, you will incur legal fees. A lawyer will charge for the time it takes to draft the contract in may include additional fees for consultations and attending closing.

ContractsCounsel’s marketplace data shows purchase and sale agreement drafting costs in New York are $500.00.

New York Purchase and Sale Agreement Review Cost

If you hire a lawyer to review a purchase and sale agreement, you will also incur costs. A lawyer will bill for their time reviewing the agreement, client meetings, and attending closing.

ContractsCounsel’s marketplace data shows the average purchase and sale agreement review costs in New York are $708.40.

How Do Lawyers in New York Charge for Purchase and Sale Agreements?

Hourly Rates for Purchase and Sale Agreements in New York

Many New York real estate lawyers bill clients using an hourly rate fee agreement. Under this rate structure, the attorney will bill for the number of hours spent working on the case. This can include travel time, phone meetings, and even reading and returning emails.

ContractsCounsel’s marketplace data shows the average hourly rate for a real estate lawyer in New York ranges from $250 - $400 per hour.

Flat Fee Rates for Purchase and Sale Agreements in New York

Some lawyers prefer to quote their clients a flat rate fee instead of keeping track of hours. Under a flat rate fee agreement, the lawyer will estimate how many hours will go into the project, then quote a fair price for all legal services. Most lawyers require flat rate fees to be paid upfront, but some lawyers will agree to a payment plan.

It is important that a client asks the attorney what is covered in the flat rate. Extra meetings, communications, or revisions are usually not included and could cost more.

ContractsCounsel’s marketplace data shows the average flat fee rate for a purchase and sale agreement in New York is $623.00.

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