Anyone who has ever been in the market for a home knows how complex real estate transactions can be. From contract signing to closing, both buyer and seller must be aware of their legal obligations and rights in order to ensure that there are no unpleasant surprises awaiting them when the title is finally transferred. Local Real Estate Attorneys provide an invaluable service to both buyers and sellers when it comes to ensuring a smooth and legally binding real estate transaction. This is especially true when the property is being sold directly by the owner, without the assistance of a real estate agent. Real estate transactions are, after all, far more complicated than the sale of other kinds of personal property like cars or furniture. Real estate transactions often involve local regulations which must be considered before the deal becomes binding. Local Real Estate Attorneys have an in-depth knowledge of these regulations and can prove to be a valuable conduit between buyer or seller and the regulatory agency of the particular town or city. For example, Local Real Estate Attorneys can advise prospective buyers of vacant lots what, if any, restrictions apply to the development of the land they are interested in purchasing. Local Real Estate Attorneys can also advise a buyer of any easements the state or municipality might hold which could restrict the availability of the property for future use. If the buyer is considering taking a loan in order to purchase the property, Local Real Estate Attorneys will work with the legal department of the lending institution to see to it that they receive all the required documentation. Local Real Estate Attorneys will also conduct a title search to ensure that there are no existing liens on the property and that it is in fact legally occupied by the seller.