Massachusetts Real Estate Attorneys
Handling a Wide Range of Real Estate Matters
From offices in Burlington, Methuen, and Boston, DiBella Law Offices, P.C., represents borrowers, purchasers, sellers, investors, developers, lenders, landlords, tenants, and business users in a wide range of real estate matters. We have more than a decade of experience in transactions involving residential and commercial properties, as well as residential, commercial and multiple-use developments, warehouses, and other real estate assets.
Why Homebuyers Need a Real Estate Attorney
Massachusetts is a caveat emptor state for real estate transactions, which essentially means “buyer beware.” Because of this, buyers have to be ready to perform an immense amount of research in regards to purchasing property. If a new owner finds out after a purchase that the basement floods or that the roof leaks, he has no recourse against the seller and will be left with the cost of making those needed repairs.
But that doesn’t mean that sellers don’t have any obligations to a buyer. In Massachusetts, sellers are required to tell buyers about the presence of lead paint in a home that was built before 1978, and if there is a septic system on the property, sellers are required to give the buyer a Title 5 Certificate indicating that the system is up to standards and that it has passed inspection.
In Massachusetts, this is the only information a seller is required to provide. But an attorney knows which questions should be asked, and knows how to perform the research needed before a home is purchased.
Our real estate lawyers at DiBella Law Offices, P.C., will not only recommend a home inspection, but have a list of trusted home inspectors that you can rely on.
Massachusetts, the Attorney State
Massachusetts is considered an "attorney state" in residential real estate transactions. This means that both buyers and sellers need a lawyer representing them during the transaction. This is unlike other states, in which real estate transactions only involve a buyer, seller, real estate agent, and a title company.
Sellers and buyers will be able to use the bank’s attorney if they do not have one of their own. Lawyers for the bank will be representing the bank’s best interests, while an attorney hired by the seller or buyer will be able to represent those interests alone.
An attorney will be able to negotiate and prepare an offer to purchase, as well as advise on an offer to purchase and the clauses within it. An attorney can also help sellers in the purchase of their new home after the sale, and can assist both buyers and sellers should issues arise during the offer stage. An attorney can also help with the mortgage process and help buyers understand what the commitment letter from a lender states. In addition, attorneys assist sellers and buyers with the closing process, review the documents with the seller or buyer, and explain the legalese that might be contained within.
Attorneys are not just necessary by law for all Massachusetts real estate transactions: they’re a resource that can protect both buyers and sellers.
Our real estate practice has been a signature of our Massachusetts firm since its founding and we continue to provide superior real estate counsel to our clients. Contact our offices online today to learn more.
The real estate cases we handle include the following:
- Property acquisition
Providing Valuable Legal Advice
Because of the varied nature of our clients’ real estate needs, we have developed expertise in a broad range of matters. Our Massachusetts real estate lawyer and team are involved in virtually every type of real estate transaction. We are equally capable of representing the needs of the seller or the buyer in a real property transaction, the tenant or the landlord in a lease negotiation, and the borrower or the lender in a loan transaction.
Our firm has proven to be extremely valuable as advocates for either side because we know the issues likely to be considered by opposing counsel. If you are in need of specialized real estate services, such as owner’s title insurance and declarations of homestead, we can help.
Massachusetts Commercial & Residential Real Estate Attorney
We have been involved in hundreds of residential and commercial real estate transactions and have the experience necessary to successfully help our clients reach their end goals.