April 10, 2012

Buying or Selling a Home

The Purchase Contract

When should we involve a lawyer?

Legal advice is most helpful—and least expensive—before you have committed yourself. If you are a buyer, you probably will want your attorney to enter the process when you are ready to make an offer and, certainly, before you sign an offer to purchase. If you are a seller, you probably will want to consult an attorney early in the process and before signing a listing agreement with a real estate agent.

>>What is an offer to purchase?
>>What might I include in my offer to purchase a home?
>>What is earnest money?
>>How is the offer negotiated?
>>How does an offer relate to the purchase contract?
>>Can oral promises constitute a contract?
>>When should we involve a lawyer?
>>What are the key provisions of the purchase contract?
>>What is an inspection rider?
>>What is an attorney-approval rider?
>>What is a mortgage-contingency rider?
>>May the seller refuse a mortgage-contingency rider or an inspection-contingency rider?
>>What happens to my earnest money deposit if we do not complete the sale?
>>Can a buyer sue a seller for backing out of the contract?
>>Are there any special considerations when you are buying a home from a builder?


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