But, regardless of what is said about your buyers agent looking out for your best interest.. Or the title company closing it... it is well worth the $650 - $750 to have an attorney review the contract and legally look out for your best interest.
Was just at a closing where the title guy said just like this.... Survey? What survey? Easement? I don't know about an easement.. Sign this.. sign this... What Survey?I don't do that! Sign this, sign this.. O.k. take care!
I, also, would strongly suggest you obtain recommendations from agents regarding various attorneys and call them to find out their fees and availability. Most attorneys specializing in the practice of real estate law charge a flat fee to handle either a buyer or a seller and in the end, it is far more advantageous than needing to hire one to defend you in litigation that could ensue after your closing; all because something was not handled properly.
I wish you the best and you can email me at email@example.com, should you have any further questions.
While it's not mandatory in NJ I have to agree with John Sacktig. In north Jersey we typically use attorneys for buyers and sellers. I too have been experienced my buyers using a title company and their "on staff" attorney. The attorney was not always available when needed, sometimes taking a week to respond to an attorney letter or my clients questions. I just had a closing where the buyers (it was my listing) used a title company to close. The closing was delayed a week because the title company forgot to get one piece of vital information necessary for the mortgage company to clear the loan to close.
Since buying a home is the largest investment you will ever make, and given the multitude of problems that arise prior to closing, its well worth the expense of hiring an attorney who routinely does real estate transactions to
protect your interests.