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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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CT real estate lawyerConnecticut families, like the rest of the country, have been deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many individuals have had their work hours significantly reduced while others were laid off permanently. Parents have had to find alternative childcare or were forced to stay home from work to watch their children. The financial implications of this virus continue to be wide-reaching. Fortunately, the federal government has taken steps to alleviate at least some of the financial stress caused by the lockdowns. The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently announced extended suspensions on real estate owned (REO) evictions and single-family foreclosures.

Financial Relief for Homeowners

The COVID-19 pandemic has reduced the financial resources of millions of families throughout the United States and across the globe. Many Americans have spent sleepless nights worrying about being unable to pay their bills and losing their homes due to foreclosure. Some even feared homelessness. In response to the significant financial harm caused by the pandemic and associated lockdowns, both state and federal government agencies have instituted changes designed to provide financial relief.

Extended Suspension of Foreclosures and Evictions

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) declared a cessation on single-family home foreclosures. The Federal Housing Financial Agency (FHFA) followed suit shortly afterward and ordered Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to temporarily freeze foreclosures. These moratoriums were originally set to expire at the end of August. Fortunately, the FHFA has extended the foreclosure and eviction moratoriums until December 31, 2020. The foreclosure suspension only applies to single-family mortgages that are backed by the Federal National Mortgage Association and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Company. The real estate owned eviction moratorium applies to Enterprise-acquired properties that were obtained through foreclosure or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure transactions. This extension is expected to protect more than 28 million homeowners from foreclosure and eviction.

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CT real estate lawyerAre you on the hunt for a house to call home? For first time home buyers, the purchasing process can seem overwhelming and you may be so excited to finally own a home that you jump the gun. When you make an offer on a house, you will complete lots of paperwork that includes the terms of your offer. It is always advisable to work with a real estate attorney while drafting these documents to properly outline your offer and avoid paying more than necessary. Connecticut does not require homebuyers to hire a real estate attorney, but their expertise can keep you from falling victim to unnoticed contingencies included in the seller’s proposal.

Financial Details

It is unlikely that you will forget to include your payment offer on the home while drafting your offer contract; however, this is hardly the only financial consideration that must be done in the purchasing process. Be sure to do your research on the interest rate environment since you will likely have to take out a mortgage to finance your home. It is imperative that you list an interest rate that is affordable in the long term. Any loans that you may need to take out for the purchase of the home should also be listed.

Closing Costs

Just because you are purchasing the home does not necessarily mean that you should be solely responsible for all of the closing costs. If you want the seller to pay a portion of these costs, known as a seller assist, this must be included in your offer agreement. Closing costs are not normally included in the property price, meaning the total cost of the sale will be higher than the price tag cost. It is fairly common for sellers to assist with the closing costs, and even more so if the homebuyer offers a higher purchase price contingent upon the seller’s assistance with the closing costs.

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CT real estate lawyerDepending on where you live, or where you are looking to buy a house, you may or may not need a real estate attorney by your side. Some states require attorneys to be involved in all real estate transactions while others leave it up to the buyer or seller’s discretion. Connecticut is one of the few states that does not require a lawyer to be present at all real estate closings. Some may see this freedom as a benefit of living in Connecticut; however, this lack of legal assistance can lead many Connecticut homebuyers into rocky waters.

When Am I Required to Hire a Real Estate Lawyer?

Connecticut statutes do not require attorneys to be involved in the buying or selling of real estate. However, there are two descriptions included in Connecticut law that give the state’s provisions regarding real estate attorneys. According to Connecticut statutes, the following situations warrant the involvement of a real estate lawyer:

  1. Real estate attorneys must be involved in transactions requiring title insurance.
  2. Certain activities or services throughout the real estate transactions requiring title insurance.


If It is Not Required, Why Hire an Attorney?

Some homebuyers will solely rely on their real estate agent, assuming that they can give them advice on how to navigate the contractual discussions with the seller. While real estate agents may have general knowledge of real estate transactions, homebuyers should never rely solely on their real estate agent for help. There are a number of areas that a real estate attorney can assist you with, including the following:

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