Do You Need A Lawyer to Buy A House?

18 Jun

MetroBoston, Publication Date June 18, 2012
By Attorney George Warshaw

If you are getting a mortgage the bank will hire an attorney to examine the title and conduct the closing. Do you really need to hire and pay for your own lawyer as well?

The role of the lender’s attorney is to implement the loan, not advise the buyer on legal matters or assist in the purchase and sale agreement.

If a title examination shows an easement giving someone the use of or the right to go across your property, as often occurs, the lender usually won’t care but the buyer might.

Or if an examination reveals a restriction on the color you can paint your house, the ability to add a deck, or a myriad of other common matters, the lender will likely not care.

Chances are you won’t even be told about any of a number of matters affecting the property. They’ll just be listed in a form that you might not even see at the closing.

Don’t count on the lender’s attorney to provide any advice if a problem arises. Their job is to collect the money, clear any liens, pay the seller, and get the lender’s papers signed.

So be a smart buyer: save the pennies on something else. Hire your own attorney and get personal legal advice.

©2012 George Warshaw

George Warshaw is a real estate and estate planning attorney in Massachusetts. He represents buyers and sellers of homes and condos in Massachusetts, and prepares wills, trusts for individuals and families. George welcomes new clients and questions at


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