[Wine] United Built Homes, The Pros and Cons Of Hiring A Real Estate Lawyer

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Fri Jan 4 04:58:33 CST 2008

United Built Homes, The Pros and Cons Of Hiring A Real Estate Lawyer

You're travelling in a foreign country and you get arrested for something
that you didn't even know was against the law. The potential fine is huge,
more than you earn in 10 years. Would you represent yourself in front of
judges who might not even speak your language? Not if you had any sense you
wouldn't. You'd probably hire a lawyer.

Let's think about that. Most people are not willing to risk 10 years salary
when they're in front of the judge, yet those same people are willing to
risk that same amount of money, or more, whenever they buy real estate in a
foreign country.

What's the risk? There are plenty.

Not being fully aware of the laws that affect the ownership of real estate
for starters. In some cases, you're not only subject to the laws of real
estate ownership which affect any property owner in that country, but there
may be special laws which affect only foreign owners as well as local laws
which differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

Perhaps you're not an expert at reading the language that the purchase and
sale agreement is written in. Maybe you'll overlook terms or conditions that
would be a deal-breaker if you were aware of their presence.

And then there are all of the considerations which affect any buyer whether
they are a foreign national or not. Things like zoning or permitted use
laws, neighborhood or condo association by-laws, environmental restrictions,
tax issues, and all of the other little gremlins that can pop up and turn a
great deal into a great deal of misery.

Those are the kinds of things that a Real Estate lawyer is trained to
handle. It's not good enough to have your family lawyer or corporate lawyer
review the deal. If you want an iron-clad real estate purchase and sales
agreement which addresses all of the unique and common issues that you face
as a real estate buyer in a foreign country, then you need to hire a real
estate lawyer who is licensed to practice in that country. Nothing else is
"good enough".

So, if the advantages of hiring a Real Estate lawyer are so obvious, what,
if any are the disadvantages of using one for your foreign real estate

First, a Real Estate lawyer will add cost to the transaction because of his
or her fees. While these costs are usually not excessive, they are a

If you are a seasoned buyer of real estate in a particular country then you
may not need a Real Estate lawyer to guide you through the intricacies of
property ownership.

Using a Real Estate lawyer may cause the deal to close at a later date due
to his or her need to review and revise the purchase and sale agreement.

I'm not really sure, however, if these can be labeled as disadvantages
considering the amount of money that you are about to invest in a deal where
legal ramifications that pop up later could haunt you for life and drain all
of the equity and more out of your foreign property.
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