we listed our home for sale - we have a verbally accepted offer- list agent told us that an attorney is not necessary - is that the norm in FL?

Asked by Jennifer Sigmon, Oakhurst, NJ Thu Jan 2, 2014

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Phil Rotondo, Agent, Melbourne, FL
Fri Jan 3, 2014
It may be the norm; but if you will sleep better using an attorney, by all means do so.
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Meir Aloni, Agent, Plantation, FL
Thu Jan 2, 2014
In Florida, title co.can do the job that, to my understanding, in NY only attorneys are allowed to handle..
Most Title co. are owned by a real estate attorney or have them on staff; so any legal question can be answered by them...

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Mark Doring, Agent, Coconut Creek, FL
Thu Jan 2, 2014
This is true. In the state of Florida an attorney is not required to close a transaction. The title company will provide the lien/title search and guarantee clear and marketable title upon transfer.

If you feel that you need an attorney to oversee the transaction and review all documents you can hire one independently.

Mark Doring
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Danielle Sha…, Agent, Cape Coral, FL
Thu Jan 2, 2014
We are a title closing state. Attorneys are not typically used in Closings here although if you feel more comfortable that way your agent should be able to recommend one.
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Lila Lopez, Agent, South Miami, FL
Sun Jan 5, 2014
Good Afternoon Ms. Sigmon,

The use of a real estate attorney is not mandatory. With that said, depending on how your contract is written, you may want to have the additional protection of getting a real estate attorney involved given that there are often times events that occur where you will want that representation. Although a real estate attorney can do the closing here, or a title company may have an attorney in their offices, they will merely address issues to the transaction as a whole, and not separately represent you. If you feel that you want the added protection and peace of mind, then it would be well worth the fee you would pay which can range somewhere between $500-$1000, as a flat fee. Good luck with your home sale.

Lila Lopez, CRS, CDPE, e-pro
RE/MAX Advance Realty
homesbylila@yahoo.com
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Lila Lopez, Agent, South Miami, FL
Sun Jan 5, 2014
Good Afternoon Ms. Sigmon,

The use of a real estate attorney is not mandatory. With that said, depending on how your contract is written, you may want to have the additional protection of getting a real estate attorney involved given that there are often times events that occur where you will want that representation. Although a real estate attorney can do the closing here, or a title company may have an attorney in their offices, they will merely address issues to the transaction as a whole, and not separately represent you. If you feel that you want the added protection and peace of mind, then it would be well worth the fee you would pay which can range somewhere between $500-$1000, as a flat fee. Good luck with your home sale.

Lila Lopez, CRS, CDPE, e-pro
RE/MAX Advance Realty
homesbylila@yahoo.com
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