Heck, if your spending a relatively insignificant amount (unless $8K is downpayment?), surely u can come up with another $500 or so to be represented by attorney. The value of a real estate attorney can be the difference between losing funds or being delayed, which can cost you money due to unforeseen events.
Once, I built home. Attorney included clause in sales contract that in event builder did not meet construction deadline--which he agreed to in signed P&S Agreement between us, and upon completion to convey home to us, he would forfeit the house in whatever state it was at the time, including land, with no further payments due from us (we paid builder upon completion of trades: e.g., foundation done, he got $5K, roof put on, he got $2K, and so on until house completed, all funds paid out.).
Near deadline, I heard builder really scrambling, pulling guys off other jobs, etc., in order to meet that deadline. Do you think builder would have done that if not for agreement made by attorney (we never would have thought of that) to which builder agreed in order to get money to start job?
In end, although we always hate to pay money for 'advice', sometimes (not always) it's route to go--but again, as first paragraph states: depends on how much ya got to lose.