Windsor Mill, MD asked in Real Estate Law for Maryland

Q: What specific legal services will I need to sell my house directly to a buyer without involving a real estate broker.

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Cedulie Renee Laumann
Cedulie Renee Laumann
  • Crownsville, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: Typically you'd want an attorney to help draw up the contract (or review a contract presented by a buyer) and advise on mandatory disclosures. Depending on the situation an attorney might also assist with negotiation and/or attend settlement if so desired.

By law the buyer has the right to select the title company of their choosing, and if the buyer is getting financing most of the time the lender will have a recommended title company to conduct the closing. If the transaction involves seller financing, then the seller's attorney might also prepare the private party mortgage paperwork.

Each law firm / attorney sets their own fees, so you'd want to ask your selected attorney(s) how they handle this kind of representation, whether hourly, flat fee or otherwise. For instance, my law firm helps prepare residential real estate contracts for a flat fee. You are welcome to call to get more information, or reach out to any other real estate attorney of your choosing. While not legal advice or a promise to represent, I hope that this general information helps.

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