If you are looking to purchase a home in New Jersey, you should enlist the help of a real estate attorney for many reasons. First, a real estate lawyer in New Jersey can guide you through the complicated paperwork involved in a real estate transaction.
Many home buyers choose to be represented by an attorney during the home buying process; however, it is not a requirement. Since real estate agents and brokers cannot advise you on legal matters, an attorney will be your advocate in contract negotiations and any disputes that may arise before or at a real estate settlement. While retaining an attorney is an additional expense, attorney fees will be much higher in the event of any legal action. An attorney you retain represents your interests only and can provide valuable assistance and advice. Shopping for an attorney is comparable to shopping for a real estate agent. Look for reliable recommendations. Choose an attorney who has experience with real estate transactions, has represented home buyers before and is right for you. Be sure to ask what services are performed and what they cost.
An attorney who acts as a general closing agent is usually retained by the lender or others involved in the transaction. This attorney does not represent the buyer in any dispute with the seller, lender or others involved in the transaction. Only an attorney you retain represents your interests as the buyer. To locate an attorney in your area, contact the New Jersey State Bar Association at 732- 249-5000 to locate your county bar association for a referral.
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