We're not like NYC in several respects:
1. An attorney is not needed to prepare a contract.
2. We are not to be called or referred to as brokers unless we have a broker's license.
3. Closings can happen much faster here - - we need to allow 30 days for condo approval and sometimes HOA's require approval (may happen before then and sometimes can be longer but that's the general time frame.) We have very few restrictive co-ops which can muck up the sale. Fastest I've experienced was 15 days contract signing to closing.
Although lawyers are not needed to draw up real estate contracts in Florida I do suggest that my client's retain one to review a contract or to add a clause that requires legal verbiage. Some clients do and some don't. I'd say it mostly depends on the price of the property. Residential real estate attorneys I've worked with work together with the other side to get the transaction done; there's no confrontational agenda and no grandstanding like you may experience with NYC lawyers. Usually a maximum of 3 days for attorney review.
JOAN LORBERBAUM MOORE
Broker Associate, GRI
9858 Clint Moore Road
Boca Raton, FL 22496