Buying a Single-Family Home
A home is more than shelter. It's typically our most valuable asset, our security for retirement. Unlike in other states, Vermont real estate attorneys play an indispensable role in the purchase of a home, helping buyers ensure the home meets their expectations and doesn't become a financial sinkhole, legally. I can help whenever you need, but I can do the most for you if you'll consult me early, before you make an offer. Click on the tabs below to learn more.
Zoning & Permits
I'll provide critical assistance whenever I'm contacted but will be most helpful if contacted before you make an offer. An offer, if accepted by the seller, becomes a binding contract, determining the respective rights and responsibilities of the parties for the duration of the transaction. Many buyers don't appreciate that buying a single family home can raise concerns not covered by standard forms found online, or by a typical real estate agent's form, and a buyer shouldn't accept whatever form the seller may provide, as it may be one-sided. I take pride in helping buyers like you prepare and negotiate a customized, buyer-sensible form of offer that is appropriately protective of your rights.
A home's look and feel catches our attention. But I worry most about its title, i.e., the bundle of legal rights that determines if you can use the home as you want. Some try saving a buck by hiring an attorney who offers a fixed fee, i.e., doesn't have much incentive to dig, if digging is needed, or who may even farm out the entire title review to someone who is relatively inexperienced or not even an attorney. I offer something different. I personally check the title, every time, and, if it's not sound, I'll help you get the seller to fix it, and, if the seller can't, cancel the purchase so you can find another home. Click on the buttons to learn more about my experience and how titles can be bad.
Good title isn't enough if the home doesn't comply with zoning, or lacks or doesn't comply with essential permits. A review of zoning and permits is therefore essential in every transaction. I've exceptional experience in these regards, and if you hire me, I'll be sure that the zoning and permits are consistent with your expectations. Click on the buttons to learn more about my experience and examples of how defective zoning and permits can ruin the joy of home ownership if your attorney, by rushing or through inadvertence, fails to find the problems.
My experience allows me to help you navigate the entire home-buying process, from contract to closing. I'll be instantly responsive whenever you have a question or problem. I'll provide you a comprehensive but easy-to-understand report about the state of title, zoning and permits. I'll also negotiate appropriate documents, including the deed. And, on request, I'll provide appropriate assistance to you at closing.
I'll provide you a comprehensive but easy-to-understand report about the state of your prospective home's title, zoning and permits, but, to better protect you, I'll recommend you purchase a title insurance policy for a one-time premium. Learn more about why title insurance makes sense by clicking the button below.