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For Sale by Owner Transactions with a Lawyer: A Faster, Cheaper and Safer Alternative

In today's hot real estate market, many sellers are considering the "For Sale by Owner" (FSBO) approach to expedite the process and save on commission fees. While it may seem daunting to navigate the legal aspects of a real estate transaction without professional assistance, hiring a lawyer to handle specific tasks can make the process smoother, more secure, and cost-effective. This article will explore the benefits of partnering with an attorney, like Robert J. Kull from Wood Kull, for FSBO transactions, including the services they provide, the flat fee payment structure, and the potential cost savings compared to working with a real estate agent.

Lawyer Services for FSBO Transactions

When you choose to sell your property as a FSBO, Wood Kull can provide invaluable support and guidance to protect your interests and ensure a seamless transaction. Here are several key services Wood Kull can offer:

1. Ordering and Reviewing Title Work: To guarantee a successful sale, Wood Kull will order a title search to confirm the property's ownership and identify any liens or encumbrances. They will then review the title work to identify and resolve any potential issues before proceeding with the transaction.

2. Drafting and Coordinating the Signing of the Purchase Agreement: Wood Kull will draft a legally binding purchase agreement that outlines the terms and conditions of the sale, such as the purchase price, closing date, and any contingencies. They will also coordinate the signing process between the buyer and seller to ensure all parties are on the same page.

3. Providing Legally Required Disclosures: Depending on your location, you may be required to provide certain disclosures to the buyer, such as information about the property's condition, any known defects, or environmental hazards. Wood Kull will help you fulfill these legal obligations and protect you from potential liability by providing all legally required disclosures, including the Seller’s Disclosure Statement.

4. Holding Earnest Money Deposits: To secure the buyer's commitment, Wood Kull can hold any earnest money deposits in escrow until closing. This provides an additional layer of protection for both parties, as the funds are held by a neutral third party.

5. Coordinating the Closing Process: Finally, Wood Kull will work with the buyer, their lender, and any other involved parties to coordinate the closing process. They will ensure that all necessary documents are prepared and executed, and that funds are disbursed appropriately.

Flat Fee Payment Structure

One of the main benefits of working with Wood Kull for FSBO transactions is the flat fee payment structure. Unlike real estate agents, who typically charge a percentage-based commission, Wood Kull offers their services for a predetermined flat fee payable at closing. This arrangement allows sellers to know exactly what they're paying upfront, eliminating any surprises or hidden costs.

Cost Savings Compared to Real Estate Agent Commissions

When you consider the flat fee charged by Wood Kull for FSBO transactions, you'll likely find that it is significantly lower than the commission paid to a real estate agent. Depending on the property's sale price, agent commissions can amount to thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars. By partnering with an attorney, sellers can potentially save a substantial amount of money while still benefiting from professional guidance and expertise.


In a hot real estate market, "For Sale by Owner" transactions with a lawyer can provide a faster, cheaper, and safer alternative for sellers. By offering crucial legal support, a flat fee payment structure, and potential cost savings compared to real estate agent commissions, Wood Kull can help sellers navigate the complex world of real estate transactions.


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