The number 1 rule to buying a property in the USA is to make sure you have a lawyer. You
wouldn’t buy a property in the UK without a solicitor would you? Within this area we have a
selection of articles that relate to the legal facets of property in The US.
Legal tips for renovating in the USA
If you’re thinking of buying a fixer-upper, you must familiarise
yourself with local and state laws applicable to renovations. You should
also check out the age and safety of the property you are buying because
there are some regulations concerning lead and asbestos that may affect
All states require you to apply for permits prior to doing any work in
order to protect you from unsafe practices or dodgy contractors. Permits
may be required for something as More...
Buying land to build on in the USA
If you’re itching to get your feet wet in the American property
market, but are not sure that you are ready for a residential property,
maybe you should consider buying a plot of land in the US. You could either
keep it as an investment to sell at a later date or keep it indefinitely
with the intention of building your dream home at some point in the future.
Either way, you should consider this purchase to be equally as important as
buying real estate. In other words, get legal More...
Lessons to be learned: a buying story from the USA
Even with the best will in the world, real estate purchases can and do go
wrong. It’s easy to get swept up in the euphoria of owning a property
abroad and America may seem like a country where dreams are fulfilled and
everyone lives happily ever after, but this article may help bring you back
As we all want to keep up with the Joneses, let’s use the
“Smith” family as an example of a real family who bought into
the American dream and it all More...
How to Find Good Legal Advice
You may think that seeking legal advice when buying a property in America
is an unnecessary expense, but real estate law can be a little quirky and
you may find those quirks difficult to understand without a real estate
lawyer (solicitor) on your side.
Real estate lawyers are necessary to help you understand and negotiate
terms and they will conduct a search on your title to ensure there are no
liens attached to the property. Simply put, they will make sure the person
What to Look for in your Contract
Unless you are trained in real estate law you will find real estate
contracts complex, so it is always advisable to obtain legal representation
when purchasing a house in the US. However, there are a number of things
that a buyer should also be on the lookout for.
The mortgage agreement is usually the first piece of paperwork you will
receive unless you have obtained a mortgage in the UK. The first part of
the mortgage agreement is known as a Good Faith Estimate—this More...