When selling a home in Massachusetts, you have the option to hire an attorney. While this is common for buyers as well, there are a few reasons why we recommend legal representation for sellers.
In Massachusetts, sellers are required to draft the deed that transfers ownership from seller to buyer. Though closing attorneys typically offer this service, it would not include any type of legal advice or representation in other aspects of the sale. It’s worthwhile for you to pay a little more to have full representation – including deed preparation.
Purchase & Sales Review
In Massachusetts, real estate agents or review draft a preliminarya with purchase and sales agreement (P&S) templates and will generally draft P&S on behalf of the parties. These templates, however, don’t always include all terms that will protect your interests and rights as a seller. Additionally, your particular home sale may have specific conditions that need to be included in the P&S. When it comes to the addendum, it’s best for an attorney to draft and include it in the P&S agreement. It’s important to remember that a buyer’s attorney will often include an addendum with additional conditions that your attorney should review. Having a MA seller’s attorney review the document on your behalf is the best way to protect your interests.
Coordination for the Closing
In addition to the Purchase and Sales review and deed preparation, a MA seller attorney will obtain the necessary documentation for your closing. This includes obtaining mortgage payoff figures, providing documents requested by the buyer’s lender, and reviewing figures on the closing settlement statement. This can help ease some of the stress associated with a closing and allow you to focus on packing and moving.
Attending Closings or Power of Attorney Representation
Legal representation for sellers can also include attending a closing on a seller’s behalf. If you are moving out of state or are selling and buying on the same day, your attorney can attend your closing. After signing, your attorney will make arrangements to transfer funds from the home sale.
Coast to Coast Closings specializes in Massachusetts real estate law (and we are a Title Agent in NH), so we know the ins and outs of real estate purchasing and refinancing. We have the expertise and years of experience that come with handling thousands of real estate transactions, large and small, for people just like you. We can help you successfully complete your residential real estate transaction with minimal hassle and stress.
Our job is to ensure that all the required documents are in good order and properly completed and filed to avoid unnecessary delays and added expenses. We’re here to protect your rights and help you avoid future problems that can arise from a poorly drafted purchase and sale agreement; incomplete paperwork; and any state, federal, and local regulatory compliance issues.
We accommodate your schedule, not ours.
Buying a home can be stressful enough without the additional headache of trying to work around your attorney’s schedule. That’s why we work around yours. From title searches to closings, we make ourselves available when you need us, not when it’s convenient for us. To ensure that everything goes smoothly, we communicate with our clients clearly and often to keep them informed.
To make the process even easier, we offer highly competitive, guaranteed flat rates for all of our real estate transaction fees so you know upfront what your cost will be. We even offer flat-fee options for other services, including seller and investor representation.
Our real estate services include:
• Title and escrow services
• Loan closings
• Closing Disclosure (CD)
• Refinancing support services