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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.

8 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.

  • Elsa Anderson

    Basically, it’s important to give time and careful consideration when hiring a real estate lawyer for your home selling or buying project. That’s nice to learn since we are planning to move this January and still haven’t started our search yet. I’ll be sure to heed your advice and start asking around to learn where I could get myself a reliable real estate agent. Thanks!

  • Vivian Black

    I like how your advice basically boils down to people needing more time and better assessment when it comes to hiring a real estate attorney to avoid any problems. That is because rushing and choosing the cheapest attorney could potentially cost you more than what you are intending. A good real estate attorney is an investment that would be able to pay for itself and more with their top-notch service. I’ll be sure to keep these tips in mind and avoid rushing in and being too cheap when getting an attorney to have my back in the real estate game. Thanks!

  • Dona

    Very useful information! Thanks for sharing!

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