Buying and selling a home in Massachusetts is not easy and the process is not straight-forward. While we cannot provide you with advice and counsel online, we invite you to contact us for a free consultation from an experienced MA residential real estate attorney.
Selling a Home in MA
For sellers, working with a MA residential real estate attorney early in the process can help save time and money. Is your title clear? Do you understand the market? Are you working with a real estate broker? How do you handle multiple offers? What conditions should be in the Purchase and Sale Agreement. While we highly recommend working with a real estate professional, some people choose to market their home on their own. Though this is much more complicated than most people imagine, we can help to minimize the risks, time and aggravation.
Buying a Home in MA
For buyers, once you have identified a home you are interested in purchasing, you need to begin the Due Diligence Process. What questions need to be answered before you are able to make an informed decision about purchasing the most expensive asset many of us will ever own?
The questions fall into three general categories: 1. The Property and structures; 2. The Title to the property; and 3. Applicable laws. A MA residential real estate attorney can help you evaluate these questions.
THE PROPERTY – On the Ground Concerns
Condition of the structure(s). Exact boundaries, fixtures, rights of others to use the property, environmental contamination, water rights, access, parking, structural condition of improvements, public or private sewer system, water supply, availability of utilities, to list a few, and how they affect the intended use of the property.
THE TITLE – Is title good and clear of record, and is it marketable and insurable?
The entire fee title interest including all air rights and subterranean rights, easements, restrictions and liens and how they may affect the intended use of the property. Have all applicable taxes been paid? Was the property purchased through a foreclosure sale, and if so, was the sale done properly?
APPLICABLE LAWS – How do they affect the intended use of the property?
Zoning, building and health codes, fire codes. For commercial property: Americans with Disabilities Act, applicability of any licenses, all environmental and other permits that may be required.
Consumer Protection Litigation
Unfair and deceptive acts and practices can take many different forms depending upon the business involved. If you feel you have been the victim of unfair and deceptive acts and practices in a consumer transaction and have not been able to work things out, you may want to consider a lawsuit.
MA Residential Real Estate Attorney
As MA residential real estate attorneys, we may be able to clarify what your rights are and what kinds of remedies are available to you. We will do our best to guide you in making the right decision when it comes to your home purchase. Contact us today for a free consultation.