When you make an offer on a home, your real estate agent assists you through the negotiation process. When you strike a deal, the agent will draw up a contract for sale. When you sign it, you lock yourself into the deal. Lawyers are experts in contracts. If there’s any language included in the contract that you don’t fully understand, a real estate lawyer can explain it to you. If retained promptly after the contract is signed, a lawyer can also make favorable changes to the standard contract.
Someone has to make sure that the home you are buying is free and clear of liens and title defects. Lawyers are experts in title issues and can explain to you limitations on the use of your property. They will also make sure that you get adequate title insurance in case a hidden or unknown defect in the title is discovered in the future.
Lenders typically require you to sign a lot of paperwork. A lawyer will review that paperwork with you to make sure you understand it and to prevent you from signing any inappropriate or unnecessary documents.