Angela, I would remove the glasses long enough to view how consumers, particularly from out of state, view Realtors here, in a market providing consumers with many of the tools that, absent the paperwork, are often accomplished by Realtors. It's not just me- as mentioned, the Dept. of Justice also questions the practices that cost consumers here more money, due to the unwillingness (is that a better word?) of Realtors to step up to the plate and actually DO the paperwork without benefit of an attorney, should a consumer want to save that money. In New York, Realtors are NOT "filling in the blanks" in order to accomodate consumers that make a savings choice. They can, and they don't.
That's a choice made by Realtors, not consumers. Attorney review isn't something that HAS to happen, particularly if both sides of the transaction have an agent that understands FIDUCIARY to their client (not "customer"). Angela, have you done contracts for your buyers? If so, my apologies. If not, I didn't think so. No Realtors are permitted to give "legal advice", however in most states (I spent 23 years in Colorado- came to NY six years ago and was shocked) agents explain each area of the contract; buyers are told to get legal advice if they don't understand it; buyers understand it, and it's facilitated with fewer problems, and much comprehension by all. Just my experience, and certainly a debate that is understandable- it's a message that I relay on behalf of consumers. It's that pesky fiduciary thing.