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Why You Need An Attorney When Buying a Home

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Most home buyers, usually first-time home buyers, are unaware of the need to have an attorney when buying a home. In addition to helping with the vast amounts of paperwork involved, an attorney can also help with the purchase negotiation to make sure that you are getting the best deal for you. It is important to contact an attorney as soon as you start looking for a home.

For help with purchasing a home in the Chicago Metro area, contact our attorneys online or by calling 312-957-8085 (toll-free at 888-350-3265) to set up an appointment.

Helping You Buy Your Home

When you come to Sacks, Goreczny, Maslanka & Costello, P.C. for help with buying your home, we will assist you by handling the following matters:

  • Draft, review and/or negotiate the contract to buy the home.
  • Negotiate repair issues when the home inspection reveals defects with the home.
  • Review the title report to make sure prior year property taxes are paid, all liens or mortgages against the home removed and all title defects cleared up.
  • Watch the contact deadlines for loan approval or sale contingencies and request extensions, if needed.
  • Review and verify the closing figures.
  • Attend the closing, review and explain all mortgage and title transfer documents to the home buyer.
  • After closing, review the recorded deed and title policy and forward the documents to the new home owner.

Any home purchase can be an exciting and sometimes confusing time for any home buyer. In Illinois, it is important to get an attorney involved to represent you as soon as possible.

Buying a Foreclosed Home

Negotiating a contract to purchase a bank-owned foreclosed home requires caution. In most cases, the bank is selling the property in "as is" condition. The bank is making no representations or warranties on the condition of the home: what you see is what you get.

Your contract with the bank should allow you to conduct a professional home inspection. Since the bank, in most instances, will not make any repairs to the home or provide any repair credits at closing, it is important to determine the condition of the home and to have the option to cancel the purchase if you discover any major defects. You also want to have all utilities turned on at the time of the inspection. Water, gas and electric must be functioning so your inspector can determine the condition of these systems.

Also, consider asking the bank to provide a survey or at least to allow you to obtain a survey. A survey is a diagram of the property you are purchasing. It will show where the home is situated on the lot lines and if it encroaches onto neighboring property. It will also let you know if the neighbor's home or improvements encroaches on the property you wish to buy. Never buy a home without obtaining a survey.

Especially in Illinois, it is important to involve your attorney right away when purchasing a foreclosed home. An experienced attorney can make sure the contract contains provisions protecting you as the buyer. If you are considering buying a foreclosed house in the Chicago metro area, contact us online or by calling 312-957-8085 to speak with one of our experienced real estate lawyers.

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