3 Qualities That Make A Good Real Estate Attorney

Q: Gerald, I’m buying a property and trying to decide which real estate attorney to use. What should I be looking for? Dan, Saddlebrook, NJ

A: That’s a great question, Dan. If you haven’t dealt with many real estate attorneys I can imagine they all probably seem the same to you. What I’m going to do is give you 3 qualities you should look for in choosing the right real estate attorney:

1) Real Estate Specialization: does the attorney specialize in real estate or are they a jack-of-all trades. In general, you want someone who specializes in real estate law, in the same way if you needed surgery, you’d probably want to choose a doctor who specialized in surgery rather than a general practitioner

2) Experience: how much experience does the real estate attorney have? Find out how long they’ve been practicing real estate law and find out how many real estate transactions they’ve done- you don’t want to be the guinea pig and have your real estate attorney learn their craft while representing you

3) Level Of Responsiveness: may be the most important factor in choosing an attorney, because if they’re not available to assist you, they’re not going to do you much good regardless of their level of competence and experience. In order to gauge their responsiveness, one thing I’d suggest is to see how long it takes them to respond to your initial inquiry.

Thanks for your question, Dan—good luck. For more real estate tips and information, visit my blog at I’m Gerald Lucas and I’ll see you again soon.