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What Are Some Steps to Buying a House?

Buying a house is a major event that requires careful planning. It’s not something that you can rush into without knowing some basic steps and information regarding the process. Many legal issues can come up during the process of buying a house. However, you can avoid many types of legal disputes by understanding some of the steps to buying a house.

The following are some steps and tips associated with buying a house:

  • Do some research: The more informed you are before you begin, the better. Research the different areas you’re looking at for prices, community, safety, etc. You should also research your own budget and your own needs and desires. Know what you want- Indecision can be costly later on in the long run.
  • Start early on your mortgage search: If you won’t be able to secure a home loan, it will be extremely difficult to proceed with the home purchasing process.
  • Connect with a real estate agent or broker: They can offer you some guidance and provide you with additional leads on houses.
  • Shop around: People rarely buy the first house they looked at. Take your time to compare prices and models and see what’s best for you.
  • Make an offer: This is not as simple as it seems. Some sellers require you to put down earnest money to show that you’re serious about buying.
  • Home inspection and appraisal: An inspection can help to determine if there’s anything wrong with the property. Similarly, an appraisal might be necessary to determine the value of the home. These types of determinations will be key during negotiations.
  • Paperwork/negotiations: Before you close the deal, there’s going to be a lot of additional paperwork, background checks, and negotiations. Be prepared to sit down with the seller and discuss prices, purchase agreement terms, etc. This is where the services of a lawyer might come in handy.
  • Closing: This is the final stage where the papers are signed, loose ends tied up, and formal agreements are made. At this point the transaction becomes legally binding. This is also the stage at which payments, fees and costs are wrapped up. Again, the presence of an attorney is highly beneficial during this stage.

If any legal issues do come up when buying a home, they can delay the process. Certain legal issues like title defects or record disputes need to be settled before the closing process can be completed.

Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with Buying a House?

Purchasing a home is a complex process that involves different laws and regulations. You may wish to hire a lawyer for help if you are considering buying a house. A qualified attorney in your area can provide you with legal advice and guidance during the process. This will be especially useful during such stages as negotiating and closing. Also, your attorney can represent you if you need to file a legal claim in court.

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Last Modified: 04-16-2014 10:18 PM PDT

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