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Wheaton, IL real estate attorneysThere are a number of reasons that you may want to purchase a home that is being sold by the owner. It could be that the property has everything you have been looking for, or it could simply be a desire to complete an expedient purchase. Whatever the case, there are some risks that you should be aware of, and some factors you should consider, when purchasing a "for sale by owner" (FSBO) property. These risks and factors - and how you can effectively manage them - could prove to be crucial.

You May Have to Do Some Leg Work

Real estate agents are paid (and trained) to address many details for both the buyer and the seller. A FSBO owner, though interested in selling their property, does not have the same knowledge or experience, which means they may fail to provide you with important information. This oversight may not necessarily be intentional, but it is something you should be aware of. Furthermore, FSBO owners may lack the organizational skills needed to complete paperwork in a timely manner.

Be prepared for possible delays and never agree to anything until you have done your homework. At the very least, this should include an investigation on any previous insurance claims filed on the home, a market analysis of the area, research on zoning details and specific details of the property, and an experienced real estate attorney who can protect your interests by examining the contract and other details of the transaction.

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Wheaton real estate lawyersPeople often assume that a real estate agent is there to represent them and their interests. Sadly, this is not always the case. Neither state or federal law prohibits a real estate agents from having conflicting interests, and some exploit that loophole to the fullest extent possible. Learn more about “dual agency” among real estate agents, including how it could affect your next real estate transaction, and discover how our seasoned Wheaton real estate attorneys can minimize the risks. 

Dual Agency in Real Estate - What It Is and Why It Matters

In an ideal world, a real estate agent would work with only the buyer or the seller - never both. Sadly, dual agency is extremely common among agents. In this scenario, the agent provides services to both the buyer and the seller, and that allows them to keep the entire commission. In short, the only interests they are representing are their own, and that can create all kinds of issues in a real estate transaction. 

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DuPage County real estate lawyersFamily businesses can be a way for parents and children to bond, while also offering children a chance at a future they might not have otherwise had. Real estate investment is a different breed of family business, though. There are pitfalls that can leave you holding the debt and all that comes with it. This risk increases even further if you happen to have an adult child who is not quite ready to take on the responsibility. Does this mean you should not invest with your children? Not necessarily. The following can help you determine which decision may be best for your situation.

Taking an Honest Look at Your Child's Maturity Level

During the recession, a lot of real estate investors went under. Others flourished. What made the difference? It was often the ability to make sound, strong, and wise investment decisions. So, when wondering if you should partner with your children to invest in real estate, the first question you should ask is whether it is a sound and smart decision. You know your children best, so only you can truly answer this, but some things to look out for might include:

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