Residential Real Estate

Illinois Residential Property Settlement Lawyer

When making a major financial decision like buying or selling a home, it is a good idea to ask a qualified real estate attorney to review the many documents you must sign before the transaction is complete. To choose a real estate lawyer to answer your questions, consider whether the attorney focuses on residential real estate law or includes real estate as only one of many practice areas.

I emphasize convenient and cost-effective representation of both buyers and sellers during any transaction involving Illinois real estate, and I have handled countless transactions, including "for sale by owner" transactions. For answers to your residential real estate law questions, call me at 630.717.4242 or send me an e-mail.

Do not sign any real estate transaction documents before consulting a lawyer. If you have already signed a document and have questions, I may still be able to help.

You Need a Residential Real Estate Lawyer If ...

If you do not know the answers to the following questions, I urge you to contact me before completing the sale or purchase. I can review documents, write necessary paperwork, help make sure title is clear and attend the closing as your advocate.

  • What terms of your Agreement of Sale are negotiable?
  • What are your obligations once you sign the Agreement of Sale?
  • What is a Seller's Property Disclosure Statement, and when is it required?
  • Who holds down payment (earnest money) and how much is appropriate?
  • What is a mortgage contingency and how does it affect your transaction?
  • What is a home inspection contingency and what option is best for you?
  • What is title insurance, a title commitment and what issues are involved in a title encumbrance?
  • What are the common pitfalls encountered by "for sale by owner" sellers?
  • What is the best way to handle environmental issues such as mold or termites?
  • Can you terminate the Agreement of Sale?
  • What are liquidated damages?
  • What charges should you expect at the property settlement or closing?

If you have trouble answering any of these questions, I urge you to contact me for advice and information before moving forward with the deal.

Convenient and Effective Assistance with Home Purchases and Property Sales

I am a hands-on, one-on-one type of advocate. When you hire me for help, you get my services from start to finish. No matter the size of the deal, you will get all my best efforts and personal attention from me - your real estate lawyer - not an assistant or associate.

I have flexible scheduling options available for my residential real estate clients, and I am available to travel outside Naperville to meet with clients when necessary. I also make use of all current communications technologies and many transactions can be completed without any face-to-face meetings, if that would be more convenient.

Call Me Before You Buy or Sell Your Home

For clear, concise and effective advice that can save you time, money and headaches, call me today at 630.717.4242 or send me a note using the e-mail form on the Contact Me.