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Why You Need the Services of a Real Estate Attorney

Real estate transactions in the Houston area involve complexities that are not always easy to understand. Paperwork has a way of piling up whether you are buying, selling or renting, and you may find yourself with questions about Houston real estate law that only a knowledgeable professional can answer. A real estate attorney can help clear up the confusion and ensure a smooth and safe transaction. They document and review real estate transactions, including purchases, leases, appraisals and inspections. They also help resolve environmental issues and title insurance.

What is a Real Estate Attorney?

Real estate attorneys specialize in the particulars of real estate law. Their job is to preside over proceedings in any way a client requires. An attorney brings experience that takes a level of risk out of real estate transactions and can aid all parties in understanding the associated legalities. If you have any nagging doubts or uneasy feelings about a real estate deal, it is a good idea to contact an attorney for support. That way, you will have a knowledgeable professional if you get confused or run into any problems as you are working through negotiations with a buyer or seller.

Real Estate Attorney Services

You should consider hiring a real estate attorney if you need help with:

  • Creation of documents such as deeds, rental agreements or purchasing contracts
  • Proper filing of deeds with local government offices
  • Negotiating terms with banks and brokers
  • Establishing a business
  • Doing a title search to determine if there are any liens or encumbrances associated with a property
  • Reviewing a sale before it becomes final to check for potential legal problems
  • Mortgage and trust deed foreclosures

Real estate lawyers are beneficial because they will be needed should something go wrong during a real estate deal that requires bringing the case to court. If a partner backs out or a deal falls through, an attorney can ensure that all parties are fairly represented.

Benefits of a Real Estate Attorney

Working with an attorney who knows your rights under Houston consumer law makes buying or selling real estate less overwhelming. A real estate attorney understands all of the laws that pertain to the transaction and can give you as much help as you need. As a seller, hiring an attorney frees you from having to juggle paperwork while trying to clear out your home and show it to prospective buyers. For buyers, obtaining the services of an attorney can make it easier to understand local rules and regulations and recognize any potential problems.

Business owners or investors looking to purchase new property may benefit even more from the services of a real estate attorney. Running a business and preparing for a move or expansion is hard enough without trying to understand everything about Houston business law. Attorneys who specialize in real estate law can also help startups obtain the documentation needed to get off the ground faster than trying to do it alone.

In every transaction, having an attorney guarantees that all legal requirements are met. This includes wording on deeds or contracts and any specific regulations regarding rentals that need to be included on leases. If negotiations are necessary, an attorney is equipped to handle what can sometimes be overwhelming.

Although some real estate transactions do not necessarily require an attorney, it can be helpful to have an expert to consult with in case a deal does not go as planned. Hiring an attorney gives you the peace of mind that comes with knowing that all possibilities are covered and you will not be blindsided by any unexpected legal troubles as you navigate your way through a real estate deal.

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30 Responses to Why You Need the Services of a Real Estate Attorney

  1. Bob Lowe says:

    Thanks for the post. I really think you can benefit from hiring a real estate attorney. I really like that they know the rights of the buyer, and is willing to fight for you. I also like that they will focus on all the legal paper work as well. I can see how that can free you up to work on other things.

  2. Nash Rich says:

    I think when there is a good sized contract for big things like real estate, it’s really good to have a professional who can go through it. That’s my opinion though, mostly because I usually miss things in contracts. I also liked the reason for negotiating. Thanks for the info.

    • DeSimone says:

      You’re not the only one who misses the small print. Most people do which is why they hire us. We go through all contracts with a fine-toothed comb.

  3. Alise Harper says:

    My husband and I are thinking about buying a new home and one of our friends mentioned getting a real estate attorney. I think it is really interesting that they will review the sale and make sure there are no legal problems. I think this would be important because then when buying the new house it can be a smooth process and everything will be done legally. I will have to look up hiring an attorney. Thanks for the information!

    • DeSimone says:

      It’s always smart to hire a lawyer to read over any sort of contract. It’s much cheaper to hire a Houston lawyer in the long run. One missed sentence in a contract could take you down financially.

  4. I thought it was interesting that a real estate attorney understands all of the laws that pertain to the transaction and can give you as much help as you need. That is very comforting since I always worry about the transaction of buying a home. I would have to be sure that the lawyer has worked with cases like mine. I want to be sure that I get the best legal help in my home purchase.

    • DeSimone says:

      You’d be surprised as to what information lawyers know. A Houston real estate lawyer knows all kinds of laws pertaining to the subject.

  5. I have always hated paperwork. It is tedious and mind-numbing work. It is made worse when there is a lot of legal jargon that I don’t understand. For this reason alone, I think it is worth it to hire a real estate attorney who understands the documents and can check them quickly and efficiently.

    • DeSimone says:

      Smart idea! We can take the legal jargon and put it in layman’s terms for anyone to understand. Better to be safe than sorry!

  6. Braden Bills says:

    I need to get a home, but I don’t know the first thing about home buying. I didn’t know that a real estate attorney could help with documents for me! That would be a great way to ensure that I handle everything correctly.

    • DeSimone says:

      It sure is! Unless someone is very well informed on real estate transactions and laws, we suggest hiring a real estate lawyer.

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  8. Kate Hansen says:

    Buying a house really scares me, but I like the idea of having someone help me through all the paperwork and make sure I’m getting a good deal. So I like how you mention that in every transaction, a real estate attorney guarantees that all legal requirements are met. I wouldn’t be so nervous to sign paperwork and buy a house if I knew the deal was legitimate. Thanks!

    • DeSimone says:

      You’re with the majority, Kate. Most people are nervous about signing any sort of large transaction such as a house purchase.

  9. I would ask and make sure that your lawyer specializes in the area of law you need. There are so many types of lawyers out there it is simple to hire the wrong one. I like that you mentioned how lawyers can clear up confusion and give knowledgeable advice.

    • DeSimone says:

      Definitely! You may seek out a certain type of lawyer just to find out that it’s not the correct lawyer for your needs. Always ask!

  10. I learned a lot about real estate attorneys by reading this article. I didn’t realize that a real estate attorney can help to create documents such as deeds and rental agreements. I hope that a real estate attorney can help us to avoid being ripped off the next time we are buying a home.

  11. Marie Watson says:

    Thanks for explaining the benefits of hiring a real estate attorney. You make a great point about how they will have the knowledge and resources to create documents like deeds, purchasing contracts, or rental agreements. I also like the idea of working with someone who understands how to properly file paperwork. My husband and I are thinking about selling our home, so it definitely seems like having a lawyer could be helpful.

  12. Steve Daniel says:

    This article will be very help for people who is really week in understanding the contacts, for a normal citizen it is always better to hire a real estate lawyer who can help in every possible way by the way Like your Negotiating terms with banks and brokers point.

  13. Thanks for the terrific read. You mentioned in your article that real estate attorneys can provide proper filing of deeds with local government offices, creation of deeds rental agreements or purchasing contracts. I had heard about real estate attorneys, and wondered what they provided to their clients. Handling the complicated paperwork and details of the contracts can be very hard for the average person, so it makes sense that many would seek out the professional help of an attorney.

    • DeSimone says:

      Exactly, Rachel. It would be unfortunate to sign paperwork without a real understanding as to what you’re signing.

  14. Braden Bills says:

    It makes sense that you would want to have a good real estate attorney if you’re trying to find a new home. They will make sure that you get a good deal on it! They know what they are doing when it comes to the real estate, after all.

  15. John Mahoney says:

    I appreciate when you talked about how a real estate agent can reduce the risks of disputes when dealing with real estate. It makes sense that consulting with several companies can help you find someone you can get along with and can educate you about how to get the most out of your properties. My parents are planning on adjusting their will and I wanted to make sure I helped them choose the best attorney to help.

  16. Another benefit of hiring a real estate attorney is that when you purchase or sell any property then an attorney can ensure that the terms and conditions are properly written on the agreement papers of both parties. A real estate attorney is a very experienced person who can fight for you and provide you proper compensation if you are a victim of any fraud.

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