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Expert Advice on Buying a Home: An Interview with Lawrence Weisberg of Weisberg & Associates

By Lawrence Weisberg

Please tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

​I am primarily a dirt and corporate lawyer that once in a while walks into court to help a client that's having real estate related legal issues. But the firm's focus is on residential and commercial real estate transactions and closings, as well as corporate-related work. Everything from initiating the process, creating entities, setting up trusts and then putting the transaction together - all the way through closing clearing title and any issues along the way. As a subset of that we typically handle situations like loss-mitigation related issues, partnership and corporate disputes, title issues and partnership dissolutions.

What are common things that you've seen go wrong during the purchase and sale process?

​Typically they are communication problems. I've had the realization that there are almost always solutions that will satisfy everyone but you have to make the effort to create the solution. Sometimes it is very simple, but you can't just duck and hide. You have to work to solve the problems. Failure to deliver condo docs that leave the seller exposed later in the process or missing a deadline for inspections can be a real headache. But again, there are solutions.

What are some of the main ways that a real estate lawyer can help when you're buying a home?

They can calm you down and take the time to explain the key issues, and not allow you to get caught up in issues that are not important. A real estate lawyer also helps by keeping the transaction simple and reviewing the contract BEFORE signing to ward off potential problems early on.

What is one of the biggest challenges for homeowners when it comes to closing?

​​Financing. Most homeowners are not prepared to deliver all of the necessary paperwork and don't analyze the numbers early enough on.

How can a buyer help make sure that a sale goes smoothly?

​​It's useful to set a time schedule and communicate with the processor. Also just being honest with the attorney and real estate agent through the process so they can best represent you. Being decisive is also very helpful.

What advice would you give to first time home buyers?

​​Be organized. Keep track of timelines. Communicate.

What's the best way for people to contact your company?

​​Call 561-362-7355 or email info@weisberglegal.com.

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