Sorry, folks, but Florida is wacky. How could it EVER be a good idea to use the OTHER party's attorney? NO disadvantage? What if there is a legal problem and the seller wants to sue you? If you were going to court for some other reason would you use the other person's attorney?
I am so glad I don't do real estate in Florida.
I am NOT an attorney and this is NOT legal advice.
La Rosa Realty
But, then, we routinely use attorneys here, not title companies, to handle our closings.
I don't know how much you're selling your house for, but to save $400-450 isn't much in comparison if it in any way compromises your position should there be an issue.
I will defer to your local "customs" so I am not attempting to give advice, as each area of the country does business in their own unique way!
The numbers should not change for you either way so it should not make any difference. Your agent should review the HUD1 or closing statement and make sure the HUD1 follows the terms of the contract. The fees from the lawyer are higher because the title insurance is paid for by the buyer and that is where both title companies and lawyers make their money. Go for it.
Prudential Florida Realty
It is up to the other party ( you) to decide if an attorney that will represent you should problems arise, is worth paying the extra cost.
An attorney that you may want to use for this sale, is worth consulting with so that you can make an educated decision on a very important legal transaction.
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Downing-Frye Realty, Inc.