Q: Do I need a lawyer to buy a house?
A: In most states, including, California, you do not need a lawyer to purchase a home. In some states a lawyer is required for some aspects of the deal, such as preparing the purchase documents, running a title search and closing.
Buying a house is a complex transaction and for most people the largest purchase they ever make, so having the help of an experienced real estate agent or lawyer who is familiar with the process is helpful. Real estate agents are generally paid by commission. The seller usually pays the commission to both the buyer and seller's agents. Lawyers are usually paid an hourly rate for this type of work.
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