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by W. Troy Swezey
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Purchasing or selling a home will probably be one of your largest and most important financial transactions. Before signing a contract to purchase or sell a home, both buyer and seller should consult an attorney to assure that the real estate transaction will be handled legally and professionally.
Although an attorney is not a required part of the process, particularly in many states where escrow companies will attend to all closing transaction details, an attorney can protect your interests and help you resolve any potential legal problems before entering a legally binding contract.
Sometimes buyers feel the need to sign a contract quickly and donít have time to initially consult an attorney. In these cases, buyers can include language in the contract that will allow their attorney time to give final approval on the agreement Ė usually within three to five business days. This allows both buyers and sellers to expedite the contract process without fear of inadequate legal representation.
Sellers and buyers alike should familiarize themselves with the real estate transaction process before selecting an attorney. Learning the formal steps in the transaction will help buyers and sellers choose the right attorney and proceed with confidence. Throughout the process, attorneys should attend to a variety of responsibilities, including consultation prior to the signing of the contract, preparing or approving the contract, examining documents and supervising the closing of the transaction.
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