Step 5: Add a lawyer to your team

Similar to when you bought your home, it’s essential to have a lawyer handle all the various legal documents that change hands. Before you agree to a lawyer, make sure they’re experienced in real estate, ask how they structure their fees, and get an estimate of the other legal costs you can expect.

You’ve probably already worked with a real estate lawyer
The most logical candidate is the lawyer you hired when you bought your home. They’re already familiar with the property and may have even prepared the purchase documents. If you were satisfied with their work and fees, look no further.

Other ways to find a lawyer
Ask the people you trust like friends, family or business associates if they know a lawyer with substantial real estate experience. REALTORS® can give you the names of several lawyers, but can’t legally recommend a single one.

How your lawyer will help with the sale
Your lawyer will review important documents that require your signature. The most critical of these is the “offer” submitted by the buyer. You will be legally committed to anything you sign, so know exactly what you are agreeing to.

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