If you are in the market to purchase or sell a property, even if you have done it before, the process can be overwhelming, time-consuming, and downright confusing. Sure, it is exciting as well, but the truth is that you need to be confident in making the best decision possible. Most homeowners and future homeowners don’t know the ins and outs of real estate law or expectations.
It is imperative that you find a team of professionals who can give you the information you need while expertly guiding you through the process. While most people know to include a Realtor on their team, too many forget the importance of partnering with an attorney. It is incredibly beneficial to have a real estate attorney to guide you through the process.
Benefits to Sellers
A real estate attorney is there to protect your best interests and make sure all bases are covered as you sell your home or property. It is easy to get overwhelmed and stressed out during the sale of your property, but having the right real estate attorney on your side can help ease this burden and get you to closing quickly. For sellers, the real estate attorney is there to make sure all necessary paperwork is in order, from signing the contract to closing. They ensure the selling process runs smoothly with no surprises. If there are surprises, your attorney will guide you through it and provide advice that puts your interests at the forefront.
Benefits to Buyers
Oftentimes, buyers carry the brunt of the work in the home buying process. A real estate attorney is there to protect one of the most important, and expensive, purchases of your life. They are responsible for ensuring all documents are in order, and that title searches and transfer of funds are completed correctly. They can also help during the inspection process, should there be any issues. Further, having experienced legal representation at closing can help ease your mind that your purchase will be done correctly and in a timely manner.
A real estate attorney is a definite asset for both buyers and sellers. At the end of the day, if something goes wrong on either end, you have a professional ready to take care of any problems and get the process back on track.
If you are finding yourself looking to buy or sell make sure to give the experienced professionals at Bell Law a call. They are available to answer any questions or concerns you may have to get the process started the right way.
Life as we know it has taken quite an unexpected turn due to the coronavirus pandemic. All aspects of daily life have been affected in one way or another, including the ability to buy or sell a home. Fortunately, the real estate market has seen tough times before and, in some ways, has been better prepared for this than many other businesses.
National vs. Local Market
While some areas have been hit quite hard by this pandemic, the local market seems to be adjusting quite well. In Illinois, real estate has been classified as an essential business, but otherwise, normal business operations have changed immensely.
Once known as a very hands-on, face to face, profession, the market has shifted to contactless video tours and drive-by showings. However, local realtors are still optimistic that once the stay at home order has been, lifted things will quickly return to normal.
Even though Chicago based realtors have seen the number of homes available to sellers decrease, they have also noted that motivated buyers are taking advantage of low-interest rates to get the dream home they may not have had the opportunity to get before. Not every city is as lucky as Chicago though, as New York City is struggling to get any sort of transaction going. Since most of the real estate in New York City are apartments and condos it has been virtually impossible to have any kind of showings. To complicate matters further, most virtual showings must rely on previously shot footage that wasn’t necessarily meant for that purpose, which doesn’t give the best impression of the property for sale. To make things worse, some buildings will not allow brokers or buyers into the property for any reason. This has made any transaction incredibly difficult.
Buying and Selling During Questionable Times
It’s no secret that purchasing a home is a huge undertaking in the most normal of times. While there is always the chance for some surprises during your purchase or sale, no one could have predicted this global pandemic.
Just before this pandemic hit, many buyers and sellers were merely days away from closing. Unfortunately, they learned later their closing fell through due to changing mortgage rates and complications. Some lenders have gone out of business due to the pandemic as well, leaving buyers and sellers in limbo with no option but to cancel or start the process all over again.
The uncertainty of what the future may hold is scaring off many buyers as well. With unemployment at an all-time high, it is difficult to be confident that your job is secure enough to get a mortgage. This has also put sellers in a hard position not knowing if it is worth it to keep the house on the market or wait until things improve.
While things may seem grim, the silver lining is that the real estate market has been hit before and bounced back. The same will be true this time around. Buyer and seller confidence will continue to increase over time. Real estate has always been about patience and timing, two things we all have plenty of these days.
If you find yourself in the market to buy or sell do not hesitate to reach out to the professionals at Bell Law for any questions or concerns you may have. We are here to advocate for your during the process.