Buying a home is not the only time you may need a real estate attorney. For example, if you are selling your home, you will want to have a real estate attorney on your side. A real estate attorney can assist with these aspects when selling your home.
Thing #1: Solve Documentation Issues
When selling a home, one of the issues that can hamper your efforts to sell your home is titling or dead issues that involve documentation that wasn't properly handled years ago. For example, there may be an old open permit for work on your home.
An attorney can arrange to get the home inspected and a certificate of completion issues to close the sale. Or the driveway may run through a neighbor's property, but a proper easement was never filed. An attorney can get the easement added to the property. Or there may be an add-on to the home that doesn't have any permits for it; the attorney will handle the permit process. If there are documentation issues with your property, an attorney will figure out what they are and wrap up the documentation for you.
Thing #2: Help with Repair Issues
After a home inspection is completed, there are often repairs that have to be addressed. An attorney can help determine if you should repair the issue or if you should take money off the sale of the home and disclose that that money is intended for the repair. In addition, an attorney will ensure that all repairs are handled in a manner that will not create legal issues for you down the road after you sell the home. You don't want to get sued for not disclosing or properly addressing a repair issue found during the home inspection.
Thing #3: Mediate with Multiple Sellers
If you are a group of individuals who own a home, selling the home can be a little trickier to handle. A real estate agent will act as a third party and help resolve issues with the sale between all of the property owners. In addition, a real estate agent can work to ensure that the sale of the home doesn't present a conflict of interest for any of the parties involved.
Thing #4: Protect You from Buyers
Finally, a real estate attorney can help protect you from the action of buyers. A real estate agent will be able to give you their legal advice when it is worth it to renegotiate a sale with a buyer and when it is best to walk away. In addition, they will ensure that a buyer doesn't put you through the wringer with unreasonable demands.
As a seller, you will want to employ a real estate attorney to represent your interests. They will help resolve documentation issues, advise on repairs, and let you know if a buyer is unreasonable. They can also help navigate a sale where multiple owners are selling the property.