Steps to Home Ownership- #6: Hire a Real Estate Attorney

Now that you have an accepted offer, it is time to hire a real estate attorney to review and supply upcoming legal documents:

  • Binder
  • Inspection report
  • Legal documents associated with the property (potential tax liens, documented property lines, property title, etc.)
  • Contract

Along with your realtor, your attorney will be attending your home closing to ensure all documentation is correct and signed. Make sure your realtor and attorney have each other’s contact information because they will need to communicate with each other throughout the home buying process going forward. Poor communication at this point will delay the closing of the house.

To find an attorney, consider the following:

  • A good attorney will have a good reputation and will be readily recommended by those in their field and those who have utilized their services.
  • Online searches with positive reviews.

Just like hiring a real estate agent, make sure your attorney is a good fit for you. Their main focus is to make sure all the documentation is present and correct at the home closing and that the home closing is completed legal. Review all documents before signing and ask any questions you may have. A good attorney will take the time to discuss the documents in detail and ensure you understand and are comfortable with the home buying process.