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Libertyville real estate attorney REO property

As the Chicago region begins to emerge from the lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the housing market is flooded with prospective buyers looking to get a great deal on their next home. If you are searching for a new house, family members and friends may have suggested the possibility of buying a foreclosure property. A foreclosure property is real estate—in this case, a home—that is for sale by a lender because the current owner defaulted on the mortgage. Most defaults and foreclosures are caused by a failure to make the required payments.

A foreclosure sale is usually an auction, which means that it is possible to score a great deal, depending on the condition of the property. If a foreclosure property is put up for auction but not sold, the property reverts back to the bank and becomes a “real-estate owned” or REO property.

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Lake County real estate attorneysIf you are ready to buy your first home, congratulations! Being a homeowner comes with numerous benefits, but also many serious responsibilities. Your home will probably be the biggest financial investment you ever make, so it is essential to be aware of the obstacles you may experience in the home-buying process. Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or you are currently a homeowner interested in buying a new home, there are a variety of ways that a real estate lawyer can help you.

Limitations of Real Estate Agents

When someone prepares to buy a home, they may assume that the only professional they will need to consult with is a real estate agent or broker. A real estate agent can offer helpful support and advice on a variety of issues, however, his or her guidance alone is not enough to ensure the home-buying process goes as smoothly as it should.

One major limitation that real estate agents have is that they cannot offer guidance regarding any legal issues that arise during the purchase. Not only do real estate agents generally lack the legal knowledge and education needed to give quality advice about legal issues, doing so can actually threaten their broker’s license. A lawyer will be aware of the federal statutes, state laws, local ordinances, and case-specific regulations you will need to comply with in order to avoid legal problems with your new home.

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