Residential Real Estate Closings & Brokerage Services Attorney Serving Auburn, New York and Surrounding Areas
Who I Represent, and How I Represent My Clients:
I represent both buyers and sellers in residential real estate closings as an Attorney for the closing. I am also available to hire for an hour of my time instead to answer questions you may have about property rights in general.
If a closing is what you need, are you buying property? If so, a new home can be a great start to the next chapter in your life. I know that you may have questions and concerns. I will promptly address them and keep the process moving along so that you don’t linger, surrounded by boxes, and waiting to get into your new place!
Are you selling your property? Some clients can’t wait to get rid of it! But, others can be quite upset about selling a home that they’ve lived in for a long time. I see this regularly in my representation. Your home is a part of you. I’ll show kindness and compassion during the process and do the best I can to make this transaction as smoothly as possible. I’ll keep you apprised of what stage of the process were in.
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Questions You May Have:
Every closing is different. The time it takes to close depends on how fast a Surveyor can get yours done, how long it takes to update the title and have the tax search done, whether title issues crop up, and how fast the other Attorneys work the case. I pride myself in doing my part efficiently and communicating effectively to move this along. I want to give you time to find new housing, but I also want to get into your new place as quickly as you need to.
You may have questions such as, when do I tell the other party at my new home or apartment that I’ll be ready to move in? How do I know when to have utilities turned on at the new place? When do I arrange for movers? I will answer your questions to the best of my ability as we go.
I once had a client who was very upset about leaving family property. It was a home she had lived in for 71 years. Her family had owned the whole street. She was also upset about not knowing when and how to transition to her new place. This was a person who needed regular reassurance, and I was there for her. In her state of mind, she didn’t think to tell me that she didn’t own half of her property until very late in the process. The half that her family did not own had always been mowed by them, the family children, including my client, had played on it for decades, etc. They considered it theirs. This does not necessarily create any property rights.
I arranged meetings with the other Attorneys and the Surveyor to go through the Abstract and figure out where the title problem was, and I did a lot of research to find out what to do when we had no idea who owned the other half of that property. I learned the right people to contact as well. It was a great learning experience, and I rarely give up until a problem or issue is resolved.
What Knowledge and Experience I Have:
I have been representing buyers and sellers with closings since 2016 and have had many interesting and sometimes complicated issues come up, such as the above! The good thing is that it broadened my knowledge in terms of what to look for in contracts and other closing documents, how to best advise clients, who to call for answers, and how to insure proper title.
The last thing you want is to have an issue come up years down the road. I am the type of Attorney who plays “offense” and “defense” in my representation. I consider what needs to be done now, and what could possibly turn into a lawsuit down the road. We don’t want this to happen! I’m here to protect you.
The Type of Care and Attention I Put Into My Cases:
Whether you are purchasing land only, land with one or more dwellings, a duplex, or other, I will work closely with the Real Estate Agents, Attorney for the other party, and Attorney for the bank to ensure that the process goes smoothly. There are often issues regarding clear title, subdivision of property if only part of the property is being sold, easements, rights of way, movement of underground pipes, etc. These are things the average consumer is not aware of. I have the skills and experience to know what needs to be done, and to get it done for you and with you.
It is important to realize that a consumer needs an Attorney for every step of this process. A command of the law and what needs to be filed is critical. Count on me to help you!
In addition to closings, I am a Real Estate Broker. If you need help actually selling your house or buying a new one, I or my Agent, my son Connor Terry, can help with that. We work hard to obtain a Buyer for your property as quickly as possible or to find the property that is right for you. We love to see the relief and excitement when clients find the home they’ve really been looking for!