I thought that you might appreciate a different perspective. I have quite a bit of family in Florida. My parents, brother, and several cousins - mostly East coast - West Palm down to Boca Raton (very nice developments). Over the years they have all known people that have chosen to buy real estate in FL without a lawyer and now regret the decision. I'm not saying that "you will get ripped off" without one. But I would urge caution. Florida is one funny state. Must be all that sun.
Here is a list of real estate lawyers in the Kissimmee area.
Please note - I am not saying anything whatsoever about any of the other posters - merely sharing the perspective of my own family that lives in Florida.
I would guess (and it's only a guess) that a real estate lawyer in Florida will run between $700-850 - that's what it costs in NJ so it shouldn't be more than here.
My wife and I have sold to British buyers and my question to you is are you buying a Holiday Rental, if so I would suggest you spend a little time with an Account to better understand how is best to set things up.
As stated below a lawyer isn't needed just a good Realtor, Title Company, Home Inspector and if it's a Holiday Rental a good Property Management Company.
If you are going for a foreclosure just remember it takes time and if you need a mortgage I can recommend a good company.
Take time to explore my profile located here on Trulia: http://www.trulia.com/voices/profile/Real_Estate_Pro-Orlando
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As Tony says, a lawyer is not required; however, you are welcome to consult one at your own expense. The searches, etc. will be done by a third party Title Company and all monies will go through them.
Closing costs can vary significantly depending on whether it is a cash or financed purchase.
2-3% of the agreed purchase price is a pretty good rough estimate.
Are you thinking holiday home and/or rental property? I'd be happy to help you sort through the choices and walk you through the process.
We do not use lawyers in Florida, it is all done by a Title Company. Closing cost usually range from 1 to 3% of purchase price. But there are factors that affect the money required at closing such as if it is a cash or financing deal. Surveys, Insurance, Lender cost, Escrows.
Have you selected a unit to purchase yet?
Let me know if you would like to see Kissimmee condos, and if there is a specific community you prefer.