In Pennsylvania, you are not required to have a lawyer involved in your real estate transaction. Any lawyer fee that you pay should be voluntary on your part. I'm sure there is a reasonable explanation, so I suggest that you ask your agent about this fee.
In reference to your question about changes to the agreement on your part, your contract isn't final until both you and the seller agree on particular dates. If you make a change, you will need the seller to agree to the changes. If you need to make a change after both parties have agreed, simply have your agent explain to the selling agent why you'd like to change a date and I'm sure a reasonable change can be negotiated.
I've found that fairness almost always wins out in home sales negotiations. If your request is reasonable and fair, the seller will probably be willing to agree.
In your buyers agency agreement papers simply negotiate with your agent and both of you need to initial any changes made.
As your buyer's agent your agent should discuss with you before filling the contract. If for any reason there is some thing you don't agree, then the agent should draw a line on the first word and then have you & seller initial and date the changes.
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Here are additional questions for clarifications:
1. If agent (buyeragent) writes x days for some thing in the agreement and if you donot agree as a buyer, can you write y days just next to it with your initials?
2. As a buyer are you supposed to pay to your agent's lawyer apart from what you pay in closing costs as Attorney fees? Is this fee same as your agent's "lawyer fees"? Why buyer has to pay this lawyer? Buyer agent gets fees from the seller as per their agreements. According this agnet, his layer is the one who you as a buyer will meet on the settelement day.
Your help is appreciated.
Only if it is initialed by the other party. If anything is written on the contract and/or buyer contract that is not initialed by both parties involved it will void the contract. Anything written on the either contract should be done in front of both parties so you know there is an agreement and both can initial at that time.
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