Kelly & West Attorneys, P.A. 6 Legal Questions To
Ask Before Buying A Home
We know it's easy to fall in love with a home and forget about all
those important legal questions you should ask before making an
It is important that you have these questions ready for
your attorney and the seller’s attorney before moving
forward with your purchase.
The answer may not always be what you want to
hear, but it will save you time, money, and many
headaches in the future.
It is wise to so some research
before making your purchase.
Here are some questions that we
feel are important to ask, because
real estate agents may not always
tell you upfront.
What should I look for in the property deed? A real estate attorney will make
sure that the property is transferred to the buyer without any defects shown
in the public records.
The property deed is the document
that says the home buyer legally
has ownership of the home or
Make sure to ask if there are any deed
restrictions that may prohibit certain
construction on the property or use of the
Are there any problems with the house? Make sure you ask questions about the roofing,
foundation, insulation, and any appliances or air systems that have been repaired or replaced.
It is the responsibility of the buyer to learn about any defects or problems with the home.
Are there any liens or claims on the property? An attorney
will do title searches and get title insurance for you after
you have entered into a written purchase contract. This
means we will examine any public records of present and
previous owners to find any liens or claims on the
And for a good reason; only after a title search
will you learn that something may be wrong with
the title to the land. The previous owner may
not own the land, or the property may have
claims that must be paid in full upon closing.
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