Property Problems After Closing? How A Real Estate Attorney Can Help

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You finally closed on your new home. The paperwork’s done, and the keys are yours. As you start moving in, it feels great. Then you notice the sink doesn’t drain or the garage door is about to fall apart. Now what? Many new homeowners feel confused or worried dealing with problems left behind by the sellers. No one wants to instantly sink money into a house they just bought. But there are legal protections in place for buyers facing undisclosed property issues early on. And a real estate attorney can help guide you through the process. Here are key ways they can help.

Property Problems After Closing? How A Real Estate Attorney Can Help

  • Review the Sales Contract and Reporting Deadlines – There are strict time limits on when and how buyers must disclose issues they uncover. Miss these and you may lose certain legal rights. Your real estate attorney will determine the deadlines and make sure your concerns are documented on time.
  • Assess Repair Costs and Negotiate – A real estate attorney can provide objective estimates on repair costs and reach out to sellers on your behalf. Most want to make things right to avoid lawsuits down the road. An attorney can negotiate politely but firmly to reach an agreement.
  • Explore Violation Claim – If sellers knowingly hid major defects, this crosses into legal liability. A letter from your attorney shares that you are conferring with counsel on next steps. In some cases, previous owners will quickly remedy problems once they know attorneys are involved.
  • Guide Court Filings – If all attempts to settle fail, a real estate attorney can file official complaints and represent your case seeking damages. They know how to compile evidence and statements for the best shot at favorable rulings.

The world of real estate contracts and property laws can quickly get overwhelming. Protect your rights and your wallet by having an attorney in your corner. Contact our office today to discuss your rights as a homebuyer.