Coudersport, PA asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania

Q: Do I need a lawyer to sell my house?

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2 Lawyer Answers

Charles Snyderman

  • Wilmington, DE

A: No. But if you are selling your house without the assistance of a real estate agent, it would make sense to consult with an attorney.

Harper J. Dimmerman

  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: Although I agree with Mr. Snyderman that there is no actual requirement that one must utilize an attorney to sell his/her house, the disclosure laws in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania can be quite strict, considering that even an innocent misrepresentation can be actionable after the real estate is transferred. In my experience, ensuring that the proper disclosure is given, even before an offer in made by the buyer, can be an extremely important part of the process. Once the agreement is signed by both parties, generally the buyer's agent or the title company will request information from the seller. A lawyer may also be able to simplify those questions or to tender the necessary information. Finally, making sure that you are receiving all monies to which you are entitled is another task an attorney can help with. Best, Harper J. Dimmerman, Esquire (LLF)

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