Real Estate Lawyers

The most significant personal financial transactions in the lives of almost everyone are the purchase and sale of a home. Whether you are buying or selling a home (or both), it is extremely important that you assemble a team of experienced professionals to assist you. This team must include a real estate broker, licensed engineer or home inspector, mortgage professional, and real estate attorney.

It is important that you hire an experienced, competent real estate attorney who can protect your rights and work together with the rest of your team. At Gervase & Mintz, we have handled thousands of real estate transactions on behalf of buyers, sellers and lenders, so we can see the transaction from the perspective of all of the parties involved. We also insure that you and all of the professionals working on your behalf are kept up to date on the status of your transaction from the moment you decide to use our services until the closing.

We understand that, particularly for the first time home buyer, the process can be very confusing and intimidating. We will assist you in every step of the process and can help you locate other professionals who will work on your behalf. Even a seasoned investor or an individual who has purchased and sold several homes will need an experienced real estate attorney to handle the many issues which can arise during any transaction.

Our office also handles purchases and sales of cooperatives and condominiums. These unique transactions can also be complex. It is essential that you retain a law firm with experience in these matters.

Purchasing a newly constructed home can be very exciting. It allows a purchaser a great deal of flexibility in designing his or her home, as opposed to purchasing a home which was built for someone else. These transactions present many unique issues, and it is essential that you hire an attorney who has experience in handling the issues which can arise with new construction.

Unfortunately, in these difficult economic times, many homeowners find themselves trapped in a situation where they can no longer afford to pay their mortgage. To add insult to injury, they later learn that they owe more money to the mortgage company than they can realize from the sale of their home. In these situations, a “short sale” may be the best option. In a short sale, the bank, realizing that it will not be able to receive the balance due on the mortgage at a foreclosure auction, may agree to accept a lesser sum and forgive the remainder of the balance due. Our attorneys are experienced in negotiating short sale transactions, and we can advise you as to whether such a transaction is in your best interest.