I made my start working in the corporate world in computer application development for about 15 years. When I transitioned to trying to start a couple of small businesses and get into entrepreneurial work, such as developing golf courses, I ended up working closely with a lot of attorneys. I thought to myself – I know as much as some of these lawyers! I decided I would go to law school and find out if that were really true and here I am, about 15 years later, with my own practice.
I’ve been around real estate my entire life and it has always been something that has interested me. My parents owned rental properties that we rehabilitated and rented out. When I was doing small business work, I was actually working with a contractor that was doing lot development. I was helping him to improve his business and, ever since then, real estate has been something that I’ve enjoyed. I do a fair amount of real estate with my practice now and I used to work for a home builder.
Real estate has always been a passion and something that I’ve enjoyed as a transactional person. I took classes in real estate during my law degree, but I didn’t major in real estate law. A lot of it is figuring things out, learning practically, and going from there. Real estate law is a great field for someone who enjoys helping people, which is why I have such a passion for it.
While I do way more residential real estate, I am also involved with many transactions that involve commercial real estate. I’m involved with a title company that I use for settlements and some of my other real estate prep work, but I’ve been involved with commercial deals with the home builder, as well as landlord/tenant work, development work, and business concept development.
Whether you’re a first-time buyer who is looking for your first home, someone buying and selling a home simultaneously, or someone who wants to start a business, this book is for you. This book is for anyone who is dealing with a business that has real estate involved. It’s for landlords trying to resolve disputes with tenants, tenants trying to resolve disputes with landlords, property owners trying to make sense of selling, or anyone trying to determine the ramifications of buying or selling property and how to plan and prepare for complications that may arise.
It’s my hope that you come away from reading this book with more knowledge than you had when you began reading. How you use that knowledge, how long you retain it, or how society evolves and changes, is a harder thing to determine. While I can’t guarantee the longevity of the value of this information, given an ever-changing world, I hope that this book will help you on both immediate and future real estate transactions.
Residential Real Estate In Pennsylvania
Residential real estate in Pennsylvania entails the buying and selling of a primary residence as well as buying and selling a property as a landlord who rents a primary residence to a tenant. It can also encompass those who are buying, repairing, and flipping houses and properties. There’s a little bit of a hybrid area there between commercial and investment properties versus residential real estate.
Commercial real estate is generally categorized as real estate that’s going to generate income or has the potential to generate income or a return on the investment in some form. As the market shifts, sometimes things don’t pan out the way you had hoped, but that would be the easiest way to differentiate between commercial and residential real estate.
Real Estate Attorneys vs. Realtors
In a general sense, anything that a realtor does, an attorney can do. Realtors are very skilled at marketing properties and generating a market for those properties, which isn’t something that I typically do in my practice. What really sets real estate lawyers apart from realtors, however, is that realtors aren’t licensed to handle any legal issues that may arise during the real estate transaction. Only a licensed real estate lawyer can counsel a party on legal matters that arise during real estate transactions.
In this regard, your representation is broader if you’re working with a real estate attorney versus a realtor in Pennsylvania. While they each have their own niche and typically will work together to bring a deal to fruition, a real estate attorney is going to have the fuller scope of experience and ability to get you all the way through the process.
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