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What to Look for When Hiring a California Real Estate Lawyer

If you are selling or buying real property, there is a lot involved — from the initial offer to the final exchange of title. Since every parcel of real estate is unique, even a seemingly straightforward transaction can be complicated and difficult to navigate without assistance. In addition to working with a real estate agent, retaining a capable real estate attorney will make buying or selling a much smoother process.

In working toward successful completion of your real estate matter, it is important you have confidence in the lawyer you choose. Here are some qualities you should look for when hiring a real estate attorney:

  • Experience — Perhaps the most important attribute of a real estate attorney is their hands-on experience in land transactions. An attorney who regularly handles California real estate deals from contract to closing will be well-versed with issues and difficulties that can arise. An experienced attorney will also know the local real estate community, including agents and inspectors, and can make recommendations depending on your needs.
  • Communication skills — A successful real estate transaction often involves extensive negotiations. Because your lawyer speaks for you throughout the deal, you want to make sure he or she can convey your needs and preferences effectively to the other parties. Real estate negotiations can be highly detailed and it is imperative that all essential points are addressed and resolved to keep the deal on track. Skill in communication also involves being a good listener. You’ll want to make sure the lawyer you hire will understand what you want and also will accurately assess the other parties’ positions so that you can make informed decisions.
  • Responsiveness — A major benefit of hiring a real estate lawyer is the peace of mind they can provide in handling the transaction for you. You’ll likely have questions throughout the process. However, if your attorney is not accessible or responsive, stress and anxiety might result. When you first approach a California real estate attorney to represent you, be sure to evaluate how responsive they are to your inquiries. This can signal the behavior you can expect after you hire them.

At Penrose Chun & Gorman LLP in Santa Cruz, we handle real estate transactions throughout Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Clara counties. We would be pleased to meet with you to fully discuss your prospective real estate matter and to answer all your questions. Call us at 831-515-3344 or contact us online.

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