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3 Mistakes People Make When Hiring a Real Estate Attorney

door-sign-469588_1280In New York, you want to hire a real estate attorney. It’s too risky not to. Most people make the same few mistakes?

Mistake #1: Wait until after they have found their ideal apartment or house and have an accepted offer.

Why is this a mistake? The pressure is on. You need to find a real estate attorney now and don’t have the time to really do a good job finding someone.

Mistake #2: In a rush, they ask a few friends for recommendations.

Why is this a mistake? Just because a friend liked their lawyer, doesn’t mean that you will click with them as well. Also, your friend might have picked a lawyer who doesn’t have the expertise that you need.

Mistake #3: Hire the cheapest lawyer they find.

Why is this a mistake? A good real estate lawyer will spend the time working on your behalf and will save you money – or at the least will not cost you more – in the long run. This is probably the biggest transaction of your life and not worth saving a couple of hundred bucks.

Take the time and find the right real estate attorney for you.

5 comments to 3 Mistakes People Make When Hiring a Real Estate Attorney

  • Well said. I do agree with you. People often make these three mistakes when hiring a real estate attorney. Even me, made the same mistakes. Another greatest mistake is that hiring without knowing the experience of the attorney. Thanks a ton to the author for helping to identify the mistakes.

  • Max Jones

    I’m glad that you talked about being careful to not just take any recommendation for a real estate attorney. You bring up a good point where you may not have the same preferences for a real estate attorney as a friend or family member. I’m going to have to see if we can get some recommendations for a real estate attorney to help us get into our new home, but we’ll be careful to look into them before we choose! Thanks for the warning!

  • I appreciate your suggestion to find a real estate attorney ahead of time. My husband and I are going to be purchasing our first house sometime soon. Maybe it would be best to start looking for a real estate attorney so we have one lined up when we’re ready to make a purchase.

  • I like that you mention that just because someone recommends a good lawyer does not mean that you’ll get along with them. That’s why I think it’s important to meet with as many as you can, or at least speak to them over the phone. By doing this, you can get a better sense of how they treat clients and how their expertise can help you.

  • It’s great to learn how to hire a real estate lawyer without making mistakes. I like how you said to hire one early in the process, so you save yourself enough time to find the best lawyer. I don’t hire anyone without weeks of research, so a lawyer shouldn’t be any different.

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