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We can close your deal at title company prices. As St. Augustine real estate attorneys, we regularly assist sellers and buyers in every aspect of for sale by owner transactions (FSBO). When you decide to sell your home without a realtor in St. Augustine, the process can be very stressful and a lot of questions can arise, and we are here to help. As local real estate lawyers we strive to do everything within our power to take the stress off of you, and provide a streamlined process. If you have a specific question concerning a St. Augustine for sale by owner transaction, make sure to check our Frequently Asked Questions & Answers below.
Have Our Firm Will Draft your Sales Contract at No Charge
A very popular option we provide to clients in local fsbo sales is to put together their contract at no charge if they use us for the title insurance and closing (details below). The most vital piece of any real estate deal is the contract between the parties. A well drafted contract can protect you and provide a smooth closing process. A poorly drafted contract can quickly result in a failed closing, litigation, and the loss of thousands of dollars. As a service to clients, if you use us to perform your closing and issue your title insurance, we will put together your contract at no charge, and if the deal does not work out, you do not owe us any legal fees. If the deal does go through, you only pay us the customary closing fees and title insurance which is charged by attorneys and non-attorney closing companies alike.
The Standard Closing Process – A Short Guide to FSBO Sales:
Clients normally ask “is there a title company near me” in St. Augustine or surrounding areas. Our attorneys are licensed title agents, and can close your deal and issue title insurance at the same rates as title companies.
The following are steps involved in a normal closing, and can help serve as a guide to a St. Augustine for sale by owner deal:
- Step 1: The buyer finds a property they like, contacts the seller, and the parties enter into a formal written contract outlining the terms of their deal.
- Step 2: The buyer performs their inspection. In a normal contract, the buyer has a 15 day “Inspection Period” during which time they can back out for any reason.
- Step 3: After the inspection period passes, a title commitment is ordered by the closing attorney. The title commitment details any issues with ownership of the property, easements, or other title defects.
- Step 4: Around the same time a title commitment is ordered, a survey is also ordered. A survey is a drawing which shows where the home sits on the lot, and assures that the home does not “encroach” or cross over onto a neighbors land. A survey is normally required by a lender and as such is a buyer cost.
- Step 5: Once title is deemed clear, the parties are contacted to arrange a day and time for closing, and if a loan is involved, the Buyer’s lender is contacted in order to coordinate the receipt of the lender closing documents.
- Step 6: At least 3 days prior to the closing, the Buyer should wire their funds to the closing attorney. It can take more than a day for funds to clear, so this step should be done in advance.
- Step 7: The parties arrive to the St. Augustine closing attorneys office, sign the documents to consummate the deal, and the funds are transferred to the Buyer.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation Concerning Your Sale or Purchase
At Ginn & Patrou, our priority is to always ensure that our clients are guided properly and efficiently throughout the sale process. Our estate attorneys will work extensively to ensure that your specific needs are met. Contact our office today at 904-461-3000 to schedule a free phone consultation, or contact us online by clicking here.
Located in historic Saint Augustine, Ginn & Patrou is able to serve clients throughout Northeast Florida including Palm Coast, Ponte Vedra, Jacksonville, Daytona Beach, Palatka, Saint Johns County, Putnam County, Clay County, Duval County, and Volusia County.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I need a Contract for a Real Estate Sale?
At Ginn & Patrou, if we are performing the closing and providing the title insurance, we will put your contract together for you at no charge in most circumstances. We absolutely recommend that you always have a written contract in place for a fsbo sale, and there are no exceptions to this rule. A written contract defines the sale terms between the buyer and seller, including the sale price, who pays closing costs, the date and place of closing, and other important factors. A common contract we implement for clients is an “As Is” Contract approved by the Florida Bar and the Florida Realtors association. These contracts are written to address all of the issues that regularly come up in real estate sale, and are a great resource for clients. However, even on standardized contracts, you should use an attorney to assist you in filling it out. The failure to fill out a standardized contract properly can result in thousands of dollars being lost for unforeseen things like closing costs or taxes, and result in litigation.
What is an Inspection Period in a Real Estate Contract?
In a real estate contract, the “inspection period” represents the period of time in which the buyer can inspect the property and decide whether to purchase it. Usually this period is 15 days or less, and during that time, the Buyer can back out for any reason by giving written notice to the Seller. If the buyer does properly terminate the contract during the inspection period, their deposit is returned to them. However, during the inspection process, the buyer is responsible for the costs of all inspections, and for any costs involved in repairing any damage caused by the buyer during the inspection.
What Costs Are Normally Paid by the Buyer in a St. Augustine Real Estate Sale?
Normally in a real estate sale, the Buyer pays for the following charges:
- Recording fees on any Mortgages (determined by multiplying .0035 x the loan amount). For an example, the fee is $350 on a $100,000 loan.
- The cost of the loan policy to insure title for the lender (usually $250-$300).
- The cost of the survey (usually $350+, and much higher for large acreage).
- HOA/Condominium association transfer fees.
- Appraisal fees, all loan expenses, all property related insurance, and the municipal lien search.
What Costs Are Normally Paid by the Seller in a Florida Real Estate Sale?
Normally in a real estate sale, the Seller pays for the following charges:
- The fee for the owner’s title policy, which is set by Florida statute based on the sale price, and is $5.75 per thousand up to $100,000, and then $5.00 per thousand thereafter. For example, this fee is $575 on a $100,000 sale.
- The cost of any realtor fees.
- Documentary stamps on the deed which can be determined by multiplying .0070 x the purchase price. For example, documentary stamps are $700 on a $100,000 sale.
- The cost of the title search (usually $125)
- Any HOA/Condominium Association estoppel fees.
Have other questions? Contact our office today at 904-461-3000 to schedule a free phone consultation, or contact us online by clicking here .
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