Sunday, April 24, 2005 11:00 PM
If you are buying a house, either to live in or as an investment, you need someone in your corner who understands the law, who is permitted by law to give legal advice, and who can and will keep everything you say confidential.
State law forbids the "unauthorized practice of law." Your realtor, therefore, may not give legal advice. Similarly, a title company may not and will not give legal advice.
If your realtor is acting as "dual agent," then s/he is acting in the interests of both sides, and s/he is allowed to repeat anything you say to the other side.
You need an experienced real estate attorney in your corner. An experienced real estate attorney understands the law, is authorized by law to give legal advice, and is constrained by the ethics of his profession to keep what you say in the strictest confidence.
Here are two examples of why this is important:
Attorney David G. Christoffersen handles real estate transactions and disputes in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He has successfully handled hundreds of real estate closings since 1992. He is also a home owner, a real estate investor, and a landlord.
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