Fort Lauderdale Real Estate Closing Attorneys
Legal Guidance for Property Transactions
Real estate closings in Florida can be challenging if you don’t have an experienced attorney on your side. There are a number of complex decisions that need to be made throughout the process. At the law firm of Stok Kon + Braverman, our skilled attorneys have handled a variety of commercial and residential closings. Our firm is a fully bonded member of Secure Settlements, which audits closing best practices. This allows our lawyers to offer many benefits to our clients, including an automated process that is efficient, transparent, and less vulnerable to human error.
The Closing Process in Florida
Even straightforward property transactions sometimes take between 30 and 45 days to close because of the intricate steps that must be followed. Once the buyer and seller have finalized a purchase agreement, an initial escrow report is made by the buyer. After the escrow funds are deposited, the buyer’s lender (if the purchase is being financed) or real estate agent (if the purchase is a cash transaction) will seek title information from the attorney selected by the buyer.
Lawyers process the paperwork by ordering documents containing vital information about the property, including all relevant tax information, loan payoff statements, inspection reports, surveys, and more. An attorney will typically order an independent title search from an insurance underwriter, who will verify that there are no encumbrances on the property. Encumbrances can include liens, divorce settlement agreements, and other contracts that could interfere with the transfer of title.
After the attorney obtains the report from the insurance underwriter, the title inspection stage begins. The lawyer then issues a title commitment to the buyer (and to the lender if necessary) based on the information in the title report. The seller will also be verified as the legal owner of the property (if this is true), and the attorney will make note of any outstanding debt on the property.
After it is determined that the title is clear, a lawyer will then draft the necessary closing documents, which will eventually be approved by both the buyer and seller. These documents typically include the deed, bill of sale, affidavits, Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA) certificate, and closing statement. Ultimately, a date and time is set when both the buyer and the seller will sign the closing documents to codify the agreement. The closing attorney attends this final meeting.
Years of experience serving people and entities throughout Broward County have given us the skills necessary to manage the complicated process of real estate closings. The lawyers of Stok Kon + Braverman will help move you through the requirements for transferring title in an efficient manner while explaining all of your options and obligations. Our team will work diligently to review your real estate transaction and help resolve any issues that arise.