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Do you really need an attorney for a real estate purchase?

Buying a home is an exciting process, but it is also a process that can come with certain challenges and risks. This is why many Florida homebuyers find it beneficial to work with an experienced legal ally from the very beginning. This is a significant legal and financial step, and it's worthwhile to be careful and cautious as you move forward.

If you want to buy a home, you know you will have to sign a purchase contract. By doing this, you are agreeing to the terms in the contract. Before you sign, it's crucial to ensure you are not inadvertently exposing yourself to financial loss or legal complications down the road. From contract drafting and review to advocating for your interests in an unexpected situation, you will find it helpful to have a legal ally on your side at every step.

What's going to happen? 

If this is your first home purchase, you may not know what to expect from the process. After the buyer and the seller agree to the asking price, you will then sign a contract. The following things will then happen before you can move into your new home:

  • You will need to finalize your financing.
  • There will be a title search, as is a requirement for most lenders.
  • Official ownership will transfer to you at the closing.

This may seem like a relatively straightforward process, but with all financial and legal transactions, there is the potential for complications. The inspection could reveal serious issues with the home, or you may discover a clear reason why you need to back out of the contract.

The terms of your contract

The terms of your purchase contract matter. It is in your interests to avoid unclear or unreasonable terms. The standard forms often used by realtors may not be enough to fully protect you, and a review of a contract could prove that you need to negotiate new terms or draft a contract suited to your individual needs.

If you are about to buy a home, make sure you are not also buying into potential problems down the road. There are many reasons why it can be beneficial for you to work with an experienced attorney, and you can discover these during an assessment of your case. Before you move forward, make sure you are doing everything possible to protect your interests.

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