Real Estate Law Overview

 Real estate law involves many processes especially when going through a transaction. Negotiation, sale, and security agreements, mortgages, licenses, escrow, zoning, titles, and ordinances are just some examples of the documentation involved in a transaction. Throughout the buying and selling process an attorney is mandatory; there are many documents which require a lawyer’s approval, advice, or signature.

The Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) states that consumers must receive information multiple times throughout a transaction and forbids payoffs that would increase the settlement service price. New regulations were added to the act on November 17, 2008 but took full effect on January 1, 2010. These regulations stated that loan originators must include a good faith estimate with loan terms and clear closing costs along with a new settlement statement in the settlement transaction.

Real estate disputes are another part of the industry which can get complicated. Litigation may be needed to settle property disputes, in which case you would need an experienced attorney. Situations which may need litigation include landlord-tenant disputes, boundary conflict, property damage, flooding, and property defects. If an issue can not be negotiated it is often taken to court.