Both buyers and sellers can agree that real estate closings can often prove to be nerve wracking experiences. Typically, closings involve the exchange of large sums of money, with each party involved having put in plenty of work during the buildup to the closing date. Also, real estate contracts feature plenty of legal jargon which can be hard to understand for the average person. Hence, it is imperative to select a good real estate attorney for your transaction, since it can go a long way in exonerating you from the burden involved such as putting all the needed paperwork in order, drafting the deed and making sure all the necessary documents are well prepared and ready to sign. To ensure you have a smooth home selling or buying process, here are some factors to consider when seeking the right real estate attorney.
First, consider beginning your search for a good real estate attorney early on in the process i.e. ideally almost the same time you begin your search for a new home/buyer. This is crucial since you require plenty of time to find a good, competent real estate attorney otherwise, you could end up picking any attorney at the last moment without any conclusive research.
Prioritize attorneys you already have a good relationship with. If you have ever hired a real estate attorney to assist with your real estate transaction and had a good experience with them, consider hiring them again. Since you already have some experience working with this attorney before, should have a solid understanding of how they handle real estate closing and the quality of services they offer. Since you approach this attorney as a repeat customer, he/she may be willing to handle your transaction at a lower fee. If you have never worked with a real estate attorney before, but have hired an attorney to assist with other legal matters, then consider asking that attorney if they happen to know any good real estate lawyers. Since the vast majority of lawyers have a general law practice i.e. are capable of handling various kinds of cases, real estate law only happens to be one such area which most general practice attorneys handle frequently.
Consider contacting the bar Association in your locality. By contacting the bar Association, you can be given a list of attorneys specialized in realistic law within your area. Using the state bar ensures that the attorney you ultimately pick is properly licensed to not only practice law within your area but also in real estate. Typically, to access such a list of attorneys, you could either give them a call or visit their website.