When you visit a law firm for a real estate closing, the attorney makes it seem like a very easy process – – that is his job. A real estate attorney makes the process of buying and selling homes, purchasing rental property or drafting lease agreements as stress-free for his clients as possible. However, the nature of real estate transactions is quite complex and the volume of paperwork required to effect a legal transfer of property can be overwhelming. Therefore, having a real estate attorney represent your interests in a real estate transaction early in the process will help relieve some of the frustration and stress associated with buying and selling real property.
The Stephen R. Manning Law Office strives to take the stress out of buying or selling commercial and residential real estate by offering sound, practical legal advice for every phase of a real estate transaction.
Stephen R. Manning works with buyers, sellers, lenders and realtors to ensure that each step in the commercial and residential process is as smooth as possible. From negotiating sales contracts to drafting offers to purchase and performing title searches, drafting closing documents and recording the necessary documents to transfer title, Stephen R. Manning Law Office will be there to provide the advice and assistance of an experienced real estate attorney.
You want a closing attorney who understands Massachusetts real estate law to represent you when you are making one of the biggest investments of your life. You need to trust that your attorney will take every step to make sure that your interests are protected and that everything goes smoothly at your real estate closing. Whether you are the buyer or the seller, you can benefit from the real estate experience of the Stephen R. Manning Law Office.
If you are selling real estate, your real estate lawyer will:
• Prepare (or review if a realtor has already drawn up a sales agreement) the sales agreement to ensure that all terms are legal.
• Prepare the deed to convey title.
• If title issues arise during the title search, your attorney can work to correct those issues so that closing may proceed.
• Attend the closing with you and review all documents prior to you signing them.
• Arrange for the transfer of security deposits.
• Ensure that all documents are filed with the county offices to satisfy any liens or mortgages that are paid at closing.
If you are a purchaser, your real estate attorney will:
• Review the sales agreement and explain any terms that you do not understand.
• Conduct a title search to determine if the present owners have clear title to the property and search for any title defects.
• Determine who must transfer title of the property so that you have clear ownership after closing.
• If title defects are discovered during the title examination, the attorney will help to clear those defects so that the closing may proceed.
• Review all restrictive covenants, easements or other items of record to ensure that you are aware of those documents and understand that you are accepting title subject to those restrictions, easement or covenants.
• Prepare and review with you all mortgage documents required to obtain your loan (if you are borrowing money) to purchase the property.
• Prepare the deed, if the seller does not have an attorney of his own.
• Arrange for title insurance to protect you from losses due to title defects.
• Record all documents necessary to transfer legal title free of encumbrances other than your mortgage.
We serve clients in Western Massachusetts and Cape Cod, including the Counties of Berkshire, Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Worcester, and in Barnstable County on Cape Cod, including, but not limited to the following Towns: Agawam, Barnstable, Chatham, Dennis, East Longmeadow, Hampden, Hyannis, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Monson, Osterville, Springfield, Wilbraham, Worcester and Yarmouth. Our office is conveniently located at 200 North Main Street Suite 2 East Longmeadow, Massachusetts 01028. Call us today at (413) 525-1119 so we can help you with your real estate needs.