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Real Estate

Why Work With a Real Estate Lawyer?

You’ll Gain Confidence With Us on Your Side

All of your questions will be answered with confidence because, as experienced real estate attorneys, we know how real estate transactions and resolving property disputes work.
 
Nothing surprises us. You can lean on us for any issue or problem that arises during the process.
 
Our attorneys can help you make informed decisions when it comes to your real estate transactions and can assist in any real estate disputes.
 
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Residential & Commercial Real Estate Transactions

With more than 60 years of combined experience in all aspects of real estate law, our real estate attorneys can provide you with thorough representation and advice.
 
We represent buyers, sellers, developers, and contractors.
 
We advise our clients regarding residential and commercial agreements, closings, liens, title searches, land use and zoning matters, boundary or easement disputes, agreements of sale, foreclosures, government takings, and tax or sheriff’s sales.

FAQ About Real Estate Lawyers

Do You Need an Attorney to Buy a House in PA?

While it is not required to have an attorney for a real estate transaction, it is advisable to have a real estate attorney to review what is likely to be the largest and most complex purchase of your lifetime. Most title companies do not have attorneys. Therefore, they cannot give legal advice.
 
Consequently, when a defect in the title found, there is nothing that they can do, and they just cancel the transaction.
 
At our firm, we can provide advice and actually move forward with the litigation that is needed to clear the title and make the conveyance work. In our firm, you are getting double expertise — a licensed and approved title agent, as well as a licensed attorney.

What Does a Real Estate Lawyer Cost?

We base our title insurance fees on the state recommended rates. This keeps the closing cost as low as we can. These fees are paid out through the settlement.
 
We outline all the costs, including taxes and recording fees early on in the process to give you an idea what may be needed to close.

Types of Real Estate Litigation

The real estate litigation lawyers at Clymer, Musser & Sarno represent real estate developers, business owners, and individuals to resolve real estate disputes and transactions. Here are a few types of real estate litigation that we commonly handle for our clients.

1. Foreclosure

The legal process where the lender attempts to recover the balance of the loan from the borrower, who has stopped making payments. The borrower mortgaged the property or, in other words, gave the lender a security interest in the property. Foreclosure is the process of selling the property to get back the money owed. The process begins with litigation in the Court of Common Pleas, followed by Writs to have the Sheriff sell the property at a Sheriff’s Sale.

2. Ejectment

After purchasing a property, typically after a foreclosure, the new owner may find that the previous owner, tenant, or squatter is still occupying the property. As the Sheriff merely sells the property, the person who was foreclosed on may have stayed the entire time. The new owner now must remove that person to take possession; the legal way to do so is through the process called Ejectment. Ejectment involves filing a suit in the Court of Common Pleas and showing rightful ownership to take possession.

3. Quiet Title

When anyone owns property, they want to be able to say they have the property “free and clear.” However, sometimes there is an old mortgage, lien, easement, restriction or even fraudulent activity still attached to the property. Quiet Title Action is getting the Court to clear that title and quiet anyone else’s claim to it.

4. Agreement of Sale

When agreeing to purchase a property, an Agreement of Sale contract establishes the parameters of that purchase. The contract also sets a time frame for the settlement date and any contingencies related to the acquisition.

5. Easement

An easement is a legal right to use or cross another’s property for a specified purpose. Common examples are utility easements allowing telephone lines, gas lines, etc.; however, sometimes easements can be more inconvenient to the owner. In some cases, an easement may grant access across one’s land to another or, even worse, restricts the landowner from doing something that would otherwise be permissible.

Schedule a Consultation With a Lancaster Real Estate Attorney

Clymer, Musser & Sarno, P.C. is an experienced real estate law firm serving Lancaster County and Central PA.

Call us at 717-299-7101 or contact us online. We respond to emails in 1 business day or less.

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