Why You Should Call Your Lawyer When Buying a House

Especially if it’s your first time, buying a house can be a long, arduous, and daunting process. There are many risks involved in the course of negotiating contracts and pricing, and the closing process can be highly complex. Calling your lawyer to help you through this grueling ordeal will protect you and allow everything to go much more smoothly.

Potential Risks

There are a number of risks you have to face when buying a home. Even from the very start, there is a chance you may be taken in and come out worse off after your purchase. Having a skilled real estate lawyer with you will mitigate those risks, which may include:

  • Zoning law violations: Improvements made to the property should be within the limits of local zoning laws. These laws vary depending on the area, so an in-depth familiarity with those laws is necessary to ensure you aren’t inheriting any legal violations with your purchase. A legal survey of the plat can help you determine whether a house is safe to purchase in its current state.
  • Misrepresentation of the property: A seller may neglect to share certain information about the property, the property description or deed itself may be outdated, or the property may be misrepresented in some other way. Again, having a survey of the deed and plat can ensure you are fully informed about your purchase.
  • Hazards: Hazards on the property, such as asbestos, termite damage, mold growth, and so forth, should be disclosed. If an inspection detects these types of hazards, you need to be sure those are either taken care of or that you can back out without any unwanted consequences.
  • Contractual pitfalls: The purchasing process itself may involve some pitfalls that you’ll need to avoid. Depending on how the contract between you and the seller is worded, you may end up losing money if you don’t close on the purchase, or you might find yourself locked into a purchase you don’t actually want. Skilled legal services can prevent those kinds of issues.

Your lawyer can help you avoid these pitfalls and many others throughout the buying process. In the end, it’s safer to invest in a lawyer from the very start than to come up against a problem you did not anticipate.


Not only is it much safer to enlist a lawyer when you purchase a home, but it’s also much more convenient. Your lawyer can simplify the process not only by detecting potential risks but also by assisting with the massive amounts of paperwork and contractual negotiations involved in buying a house as well. This will allow everything to be handled as smoothly as possible while also ensuring you are treated fairly from start to finish.

Legal Clout

The legal clout your lawyer brings to the table cannot be understated. Sellers occasionally try underhanded maneuvers to get the most out of you or to push a sale, but having your lawyer with you can prevent those sorts of shenanigans. If you are looking to buy a home and need a skilled real estate lawyer with you, contact Hart & David today.

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