Differences between Lawyers For Real Estate and Realtors

2 Big Differences Between Realtors and Lawyers For Real Estate

We may be Realtors but, first and foremost, we are real estate lawyers.  As lawyers, we are able to – and legally required to – provide representation to our clients that is far more sophisticated than what you’ll get with a real estate agent who is not also a real estate lawyer.

1. Duties to Clients; Protecting a Clients’ Interest.

The vast majority of real estate agents are ethical and do their best. But by law, their duties to clients are limited.

On the other hand, lawyers have clear and unequivocal duties to their clients that cannot be compromised. And lawyers certainly won’t (and can’t) represent both the buyer and seller in any buy/sell transaction. The client’s interests must be paramount, without any question or doubt.

Who would you rather have on your side?

2.  Legal Counsel and Advice

Real estate agents are only authorized to fill in pre-printed forms that were drafted and approved by a lawyer.

Agents aren’t supposed to provide legal counsel to a client, so they’re not authorized (or trained) to explain these same contracts and legal terms to you. Have a unique situation and need some language added to a contract? They’re not authorized to do that either.

When it comes to title issues, agents aren’t equipped to help you either. They can’t give clients any opinion on the condition of title or the significance of the information in a preliminary title report and how it may affect you. That puts BOTH buyer and seller at risk that could come back to bite you months and years down the road.

Lawyers are lawyers because we’ve been trained and authorized to practice law.  Our education requirements consist of a four-year college degree plus a three-year graduate degree from law school plus passing a grueling 3 day bar exam, widely known as the toughest bar exam in the nation.   It’s a lot of work and dedication and on top of that, we then have the experience of assisting thousands of clients with their legal issues.

If you have a question about your contract,  we can answer it. If you are concerned about an issue or aspect of the transaction, we can deal with it. If you are worried about a defect in title, we can address it.  Can your non-lawyer real estate agent do any of that? Simply put, no they cannot.  If they were cautious and competent (and not all are)  they would have to advise you to seek out and pay for an attorney to get up to speed on the matter and review the documents, all of which would cost you money and cause delay.

You’re looking at a purchase worth at least hundreds of thousands of dollars. It’s only common sense to hire lawyers for real estate who are able, authorized, and obligated to fully protect your legal interests.


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