Buying a house is easy—right? You see something you like, you make an offer, the offer is accepted, and the Realtors take it from there. Before you know it, you’re moving into your new home. Selling is even easier! Once you get the house ready to put on the market, your real estate agent pretty much handles it from there. And if you believe this, I have some oceanfront property in Columbus I’d like to sell you.
Many things can go wrong between seeing a real estate listing and closing on your dream home. The first thing we tell our real estate clients is not to make assumptions about how smooth a real estate transaction is going to be. Instead, we encourage them to be proactive to avoid the pitfalls and disappointments that can happen with any home purchase or sale.
When We Are on Your Team, You Will Not Be Disappointed
The fact is, there is no way to know just by touring a house what problems might be lurking beneath. There could be liens on the property, boundary line disputes with neighbors, undisclosed roof leaks or mold in the basement, tenants who refuse to leave—you name it. When you are on the selling side of a deal, you are just as vulnerable to deception or fraud. And just because a real estate agent is involved, that doesn’t mean everything is on the up and up.
When you are proactive and hire an attorney to review a potential property transaction for you, you can avoid heartbreaking and costly problems. Among our services for residential real estate clients include:
- Documents. We prepare and review purchase agreements, mortgage documents, transfer paperwork, property surveys, and more. Successful real estate deals depend on legally binding documents and contracts that work in your favor. Boilerplate forms and Realtor-provided paperwork will not cut it.
- Closings. When real estate transactions fall apart, it often happens at closing. We make sure everything is in order before our clients go to closing and hold all parties to their agreements throughout the process. Unlike Realtors, we get paid whether the deal goes through or not, so we are not motivated to push through a deal that is not in our client’s best interest.
- Deeds. A property deed is a legal document that transfers property ownership from a seller to a buyer. A deed contains a description of the property, the property boundary lines, and the names of the seller and the buyer. We can quickly and accurately prepare deeds for any property within the state of Ohio.
- Titles. Having a clear title is essential to a trouble-free real estate transaction. When you have your own attorney conduct the title search and take care of any title concerns that arise, you know your investment will be protected. We do thorough title searches and will offer honest advice about whether a property is worth fighting for.
Our real estate transaction clients come from all walks of life: first-time buyers, investors, vacation-home buyers, and retirees. We help them with everything from starter homes to condos to luxury properties. If you are planning to buy or sell a house in Ohio, we urge you to be proactive and talk to our team about how we can help you.