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REAL ESTATE

SELLING A HOME

Although selling a home can be less risky than buying, it can still be stressful, especially if you are coordinating the purchase of a new home with your sale. It helps to have an attorney to guide you through the emotional and legal issues surrounding the sale.

When I represent the seller, I review the contract to see if changes are necessary. I can help guide you through any contract changes the buyer may request as well as any inspection items that the buyer may raise.

Once the time period for the inspection and contract changes has run, I prepare the documentation needed for closing. You will need to give the buyer clean title and may have to provide a survey. I can order the items you need to close.

Once everyone is ready, I attend the closing and can help deal with any issues that come up along the way.

Sometimes, a seller needs to stay in the property for a short period after closing. I can help negotiate the terms of that agreement and follow through after you release the property to the buyer.

 

BUYING A HOME

Many first time home buyers are understandably nervous. Buying a home is a huge investment, and they are often scared. I can help them through their fears by answering questions, keeping them informed and being their advocate.

After the seller has accepted your offer, I can review your contract to see if any changes are needed. You should also get an inspection. I can help negotiate any items that came up.

If you are applying for a mortgage, you will need to have a clear loan commitment by the date set out in your contract. I keep an eye on that date to see if we need to ask for any extensions. If you are denied the loan, I send the letter to terminate the contract and get your earnest money returned.

At closing, I explain all the documents and review everything to make sure it is correct. I also can help you deal with any issues that pop up along the way. For example, prior to closing, you should have a walkthrough to make sure the property is in the same condition as date of offer, normal wear and tear excepted. Sometimes, an item that was working when you made the offer is now broken. I can help work out that problem.