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There are a number of advantages to owning a home as opposed to renting. For one, your monthly mortgage payment goes towards the property that you own rather than just paying for a rental property. Additionally, depending on where you live in New Jersey, your mortgage payment may be the same or even lower than your rent payment. Consequently, owning a home can save you money in the long run while also providing you with a place to call your own.
Moreover, you may be able to deduct a portion of your interest rate or property taxes that you accumulate for that fiscal year on your taxes. You may also be able to deduct a portion of your home if you’re utilizing it as the home office on your taxes. You may also be able to obtain a home equity line of credit depending on the current value of your home.
With respect to tax benefits, it’s always best to consult an accountant to see what best tax benefits you can receive as a result of owning a home.
There are several important steps to take when buying a home. The first is to speak with a lender and obtain a pre-approval letter for a mortgage. This will not only give you an idea of your budget when you start shopping for the right home, but may make you a more competitive candidate in the eyes of the Seller. Once you find the perfect home, you will then sign the Real Estate Sales Contract and enter into the attorney review period.
Many times, a realtor will present a buyer with a standard contract, known as a New Jersey Realtors Standard Form of Real Estate Sales Contract. During the Attorney Review part of the closing, your real estate lawyer will not only review the contract to ensure that your interests are protected but also attach and include a rider or addendum to that contract that contains specific or additional provisions that may have been discussed but not included between the parties and realtors when you first viewed the home.
The attorney review period is a crucial stage in the home-buying process. After both parties have signed the contract, this period allows for a final review of all the terms and conditions. It’s important for two main reasons: first, it gives you the chance to back out of the deal if you’re not happy with something; second, it protects your interests in case there are any discrepancies in the contract. So, make sure you take advantage of this opportunity and get everything in writing before moving forward.
What is most important to know as a Buyer or Seller is that during Attorney Review, either party has the opportunity to cancel the Contract without issue at any time. So, if you are a buyer and are having second thoughts or are a Seller who may have a more enticing offer, either party may cancel the Contract during Attorney Review. This is why it is so important to choose an attorney like me to ensure that Attorney Review runs as quickly and efficiently as possible.
It’s important to find an experienced real estate attorney who can help you navigate the attorney review process quickly and efficiently. I specialize in helping my clients get out of the attorney review as quickly as possible so that they can avoid any potential issues that might arise from other offers.
As soon as we’re out of attorney review, the next step in the closing process would be the inspection contingency. Most buyers may not have the ability, time, or knowledge to inspect the home they wish to purchase when they first see it. Additionally, sellers may not accurately or thoroughly disclose all issues with the home in their seller’s disclosure.
It is my role to protect my client’s interests throughout the home inspection process. I walk them through every step of the inspection and help them understand the report so they can make informed decisions about any repairs that need to be made.
As a buyer, you have anywhere from 10 to 14 days after the attorney review period has concluded to to hire a professional home inspection company and conduct a thorough inspection of the home. I will go over this inspection report with you line-by-line and address any concerns you have about items that may not have been visible or noticeable when you visited the home.
As a first-time home buyer, another important contingency to be aware of during the Closing Process is the mortgage contingency. This contingency protects the buyer in case they are unable to obtain financing for the home within a certain time period, as detailed in the contract. Once the inspection contingency has been met, and everything looks good with the home, the next step is to continue working on and obtaining financing.
As a home buyer, you typically have 35 days from the conclusion of the attorney review to obtain a mortgage commitment. If you are unable to obtain a mortgage commitment from your chosen lender, I will personally assist you in finding a new lender that meets your financial needs. During this mortgage contingency process, you will also need to obtain a title for the property. I personally assist my clients in coordinating with a Title Company to ensure that the Seller conveys the property with a clear and marketable title, ensuring there are no property liens, judgments, title or ownership issues, or other transaction related issues that could negatively affect the deal.
After all of the required paperwork has been completed and reviewed, it is time to schedule the closing. I am present at every one of my client’s closings to make sure everything goes smoothly. Clients can sometimes feel overwhelmed by all of the documents they need to sign, but I take the time to explain each document line by line. I handle every aspect of the closing process so that my clients can simply enjoy receiving the keys to their new home on closing day.
With the guidance of a skilled attorney for Real Estate Law, you can have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that we’ll make it look easy.
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