Our firm offers a complete spectrum of real estate services – from closing/title services to Buyer, Seller, Lender and Landlord/Tenant representation.
As a closing/title agent, we provide full escrow, title and closing services, with a focus on promptness and professionalism. It is our dedication to our clients and transactions which drives us to handle each closing with the care and attention needed for a timely, smooth and successful closing.
Likewise, in our representation of Buyers, Sellers, Lenders, Landlords and Tenants, we strive beyond simply preparing and reviewing documents (be it for closings or leases). Rather, we ‘go the extra mile’ to ensure that our client’s interests and represented and protected, because to us, the long term goal of preventing future problems for our clients is just as critical as the short term goal of ‘closing’
Often, unwanted surprises arise, from a party refusing to close, to a foreclosure, to a defect in a property’s title. The combination of our experience, in both real estate transactions and litigation, has enabled our firm to represent individuals and businesses in matters ranging from foreclosure and eviction (landlord, tenant, lender and borrower rep) to quiet title, suits for damages, and specific performance actions.
As in any business, questions and disputes often arise. For Real Estate Agents, issues related to commissions, FREC complaint representation, listing agreement interpretation and other contractual matters, are unavoidable. Armed with knowledge and experience in both transactional and litigation arenas, our firm has enjoyed the pleasure and privilege of representing numerous Realtors and Brokers in a wide array of concerns and proceedings.
The Functions of an Attorney on a Real Estate Transaction:
- Review the contract, and explain to you all the provisions and contingencies
- In proper legal language, add any contingencies needed to protect your interests
- Inform you of your legal rights and obligations
- Obtain a title search, evaluate the status of the title, and require appropriate legal remedies to clear any defects
- Check for unrecorded municipal liens
- Advise you on what the title policy does not protect against, so you understand any issues with the marketability of the title
- Prepare or review the closing statement and other closing documents
- Interpret and counsel you about all legal documents related to the title and transaction, including deeds, mortgages, and closing statements
- Advise you on how you should take title to the home if you’re buying, and how it affects your estate
- Prepare a bill of sale to cover personal property such as curtains and appliances that you and the other party agree shall remain in the home
- Inform you about the income, estate, and gift tax consequences to your estate
- Review the property survey and discuss with you any potential problems
Issues Which May Arise Without an Attorney’s Involvement in a Real Estate Transaction:
- Unnecessary taxes or expenses because purchase contract terms weren’t negotiated in your favor
- A contract that isn’t enforceable, complete, or consistent with your original intent
- Breach of contract caused by a lack of full understanding of the terms and its contingencies
- Lawsuits that can result from not understanding responsibilities for the seller disclosure
- Finding out someone else has, or is claiming to have, rights to your property
- Problems with the title that make it difficult for you to sell the property in the future