When Should You Talk to a Real Estate Attorney?

We are often asked when a client should talk to a Texas real estate attorney. Below is a list of some situations where the advice of a real estate lawyer would be beneficial.

BUYING OR SELLING COMMERCIAL OR RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE

Including single and multi-family properties, retail shopping centers, mid-rise office buildings, convenience stores, and other multi-tenant space.

REFINANCING YOUR COMMERCIAL OR MULTIFAMILY PROPERTY

Including apartment complexes, retail centers, and other multi-tenant space.

INVESTMENT PROPERTIES

When you start looking for real estate investment property or become a landlord.

LEASE RENEWAL

When your lease is up for renewal.

CONSTRUCTION

When you are hiring a construction company to perform a job.

23 thoughts on “When Should You Talk to a Real Estate Attorney?”

  1. This seems like a pretty exhaustive list. I guess I’d need a real estate lawyer if I ever needed to sell a single or multi family home. That must be because property transactions involve a lot of binding paperwork.

    1. Hi LNWeaver, it may be a good idea to consult with a real estate attorney if you ever needed to sell a single or multi-family home. Sometimes we find that your broker is perfectly equipped to handle the transaction. Other times, issues come up that require more complex legal assistance. We think it’s better to find out as early as possible in the transaction process, rather than days before closing.

  2. My wife and I finally decided to sell our home. We didn’t consider the possible legal implications that come with it! I can definitely see why now would be a good time for us to hire an attorney! They could see us through all of the legal things.

    1. Thanks for reading and commenting, Braden. We are here if ever you have another transaction where you see we could be helpful. Have a great day!

  3. I had no idea that you needed to hire a real estate attorney when hiring a contractor to build your home. We are planning on getting our house custom built and wanted to know all we could before we start this process. As I see it, taking the time to check ith the BBB can help ou find the best attorney that can help you get all your documents in order as you prepare to get the house of your dreams.

  4. It’s nice to know when to talk to a real estate attorney. I didn’t know it was smart to talk to one if we want to hire a construction company to do some work. If we’re hiring a landscaping contractor to work for us, does that count?

    1. Hi Ridley, it absolutely does count, depending on the size and scope of the project. Landscaping contractors have the same rights and remedies against a homeowner as construction contractors do. If the job is of significant scope, it may be worth it for an attorney to take a look at the agreement up front.

  5. My husband really wants to buy a new house because our family has outgrown our old one, but I don’t want to do that until I’m sure it’s a safe and practical investment. Before reading this, I didn’t know that real estate attornies can be helpful even just for basic residential real estate. In my opinion, when making an investment this large you can never be too careful. We will definitely keep this in mind as we continue considering getting a new house! Thanks.

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  7. I didn’t know that it is best to hire a real estate attorney when buying a house. My wife and I have been talking about buying our first house in the next year or so. I’ll have to mention this to her and see what she thinks.

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