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CT real estate lawyerWhen buying or selling a home, a purchase contract will be created once the seller accepts the buyer’s offer. This agreement will detail the terms of the sale, including important dates during the transaction and the requirements that both parties must meet. Contingencies are an important part of a real estate purchase contract. Buyers and sellers will need to understand the types of contingencies that may be included in an agreement and how these will affect them as they work to complete the transaction.

Types of Contingencies in a Real Estate Transaction

Contingencies are terms in a purchase contract that describe certain conditions that must be met during the transaction. In many cases, these terms will allow one party to back out of the transaction if certain requirements are not met. Common contingencies include:

  • Financing contingency - The buyer will need to qualify for a mortgage loan that will allow them to purchase the home. This type of contingency will allow the buyer to back out of the purchase if they are unable to obtain financing with certain terms, such as a specific interest rate or an affordable monthly payment.
  • Appraisal contingency - The buyer will want to make sure the home is valued at the amount they have offered to pay. This type of contingency will require an appraisal to be performed, and if the home is appraised at a value less than a certain amount, the buyer may back out of the sale, or the purchase price may be modified.
  • Home sale contingency - The buyer may need to sell their current home before they will be able to obtain a mortgage for a new home. This type of contingency will allow the buyer to back out of the sale if their current home is not sold by a certain date. To protect the seller’s rights, the contract may include a kick-out clause that allows the seller to keep the house on the market and back out of the sale if they find a different buyer.
  • Inspection contingency - The buyer will be able to complete a home inspection that may identify defects in the home or repairs that will need to be made. This type of contingency addresses how repairs will be handled or allows the buyer to back out of the sale if the seller refuses to correct the issues uncovered during an inspection.
  • Title contingency - A title search may uncover issues that will affect the parties’ ability to complete the transaction, such as ownership disputes or liens on the property. This type of contingency will allow the buyer to back out of the sale if these issues cannot be resolved before the closing date.

Contact Our Stamford Residential Real Estate Lawyer

Whether you are planning to buy or sell a home, The Law Offices of Daniel P. Weiner can help you negotiate a purchase contract that will protect your rights and meet your needs. To set up a free consultation and learn more about how we can help protect your rights during a residential real estate transaction, contact our Fairfield County real estate attorney today at 203-348-5846.

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stamford real estate lawyerDuring a residential real estate transaction, both the buyer and the seller will need to meet multiple requirements to ensure that the sale can be completed. In some cases, issues may arise that affect the title to the property, and if these are not addressed correctly, the sale may not proceed. Buyers and sellers will need to understand the different types of title issues that can play a role in a real estate transaction, and by working with an attorney, they can determine the best ways to address these matters.

Common Encumbrances and Title Issues

Some title issues that may affect the sale of residential property are known as “encumbrances,” and they involve a claim against the property by a third party. Other issues may affect the ownership of the property by the current owner or the ways the property can be used. Title issues that can arise during a real estate transaction include:

  • Liens - If a property owner owes money to a person or organization, a lien may be placed on their property, and these liens must be resolved before the property can be sold. These may include tax liens based on unpaid federal or state income taxes or local property taxes, mechanic’s liens used by a contractor or supplier to collect payment for work done on the property, or liens for unpaid child support or spousal support.

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Fairfield CT real estate attorneyThe requirements for purchasing a home vary from state to state. In Connecticut, a lawyer is required for any real estate transaction that involves title insurance. A title insurance agent must be a practicing attorney unless the agent received his or her title insurance license before June 12, 1984. Furthermore, as of October 2019, only lawyers licensed to practice in the state of Connecticut are permitted to perform certain real estate closings. Aside from these requirements, there are also many benefits associated with using a real estate lawyer when buying your home.

Peace of Mind During the Home-Buying Process

Buying a home is one of the most consequential decisions you will ever make. It is also likely to be one of the most significant financial purchases of your life. The process of buying a home can be complicated, stressful, and confusing. Mistakes can lead to massive legal and financial consequences. Working with an experienced real estate attorney gives you the peace of mind you need during this exciting, yet stressful, time in your life.

Due Diligence and Preparing Legal Documents

A real estate lawyer can ensure that you fully understand the terms and conditions contained in the numerous contracts you are signing. This prevents you from agreeing to anything that you do not intend to agree to. A lawyer can also perform a title search to look for any property liens or other hindrances. Sometimes a home has a lien on it unbeknownst to the seller. Many lenders will refuse to loan money for a home with a lien on it. Unknowingly acquiring a home with a lien on it can land you in major debt. Your real estate attorney will also review the sales agreement and closing documents and ensure that the terms are what you have agreed to. If a legal dispute regarding the purchase of your new home arises, your attorney will advocate on your behalf and help you resolve the issue.

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CT real estate lawyerBuying a home is too important for you to finalize the purchase without inspecting the home first. Finding major problems with your new home after you have moved in may force you to pay for expensive repairs or leave you stuck in a flawed home. Most real estate contracts include a home inspection contingency clause, which gives the prospective buyer the right to hire a professional home inspector and to cancel the contract if the inspection report concerns them. The buyer should at least be aware of the problems so they can be factored into the selling price. Here are six parts of a home inspection where problems can arise:

  • Foundation and Basement: A weak foundation can threaten the stability of the home. Signs of foundation problems may include cracks in the foundation or moisture in the basement, The foundation problem could be something that can be repaired or may be caused by the land the house was built on.
  • Roof and Attic: Missing tiles or dark spots could be a sign of a weak spot or leak in the roof. Even if the roof is not currently leaking, it may not be long before the weak spots become leaks unless they are repaired. The extent of the existing damage may determine whether the roof needs to be reshingled or replaced.
  • Electricity: An outdated electrical system can be dangerous and expensive to repair because it will require tearing into walls. Signs of a weak electrical system may include light switches that do not work and insufficient power for operating appliances.
  • Plumbing: An old or weak plumbing system can also be an expensive fix and cause extensive water damage if not addressed. Signs may include leaks and poor water pressure.
  • Drainage: Gutters and downspouts should be attached and directing water away from the home. A poor drainage system can cause water damage to multiple areas of the house.
  • HVAC: Proper heating and cooling are more than issues of comfort. An inefficient HVAC system can raise the cost of your energy bill.

Contact a Fairfield County Residential Real Estate Attorney

Finding major damage or needed repairs during a home inspection should affect your final decision on purchasing the home and what price you are willing to pay for it. A Stamford residential real estate lawyer at the Law Offices of Daniel P. Weiner can advise you during your real estate transaction and make sure your contract protects you. Schedule a free consultation by calling 203-348-5846.

 

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CT real estate lawyerIf you are thinking about selling your home, you may be exploring your various options. While many people choose to utilize the expertise of a real estate agent, it is possible to sell your home on your own. “For sale by owner” or FSBO sales come with advantages as well as disadvantages. Selling your home without a real estate agent’s assistance is a significant undertaking that will require a great deal of your time and energy. Consequently, it is important to be fully educated about the FSBO process before embarking on this endeavor.

Will I Save Money By Selling My House on My Own?

By now you probably already know that real estate agents make their living by taking a commission from home sale proceeds. Many individuals look into FSBO sales because they do not want an agent’s commission to be deducted from their sale profit. While selling your home on your own does eliminate this particular cost, there is no guarantee that an FSBO sale will save you money on the whole. In fact, it is possible that the profit you will make from the sale will be even less than it would have been if you did work with a real estate agent. Selling your property for too little is one of the most common pitfalls that FSBO sellers fall victim to.

Consider the Amount of Control and Responsibility You Want to Take On

Some people want to be as involved in the home selling process as much as possible. Others are too busy with their family or career to take on a great deal of home-selling responsibilities. If you sell the home on your own, you will maintain complete control over the sale. You will choose the listing price and details as well as the marketing strategy. You may also need to negotiate with experienced real estate agents and prepare your home for showings. You will need to evaluate your own desires and abilities to know if an FSBO sale is right for you.

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