What should I look for in a real estate attorney?

Q: What should I look for in a real estate attorney?

A: It’s very important that when you’re talking to the attorney, that you have a rapport with them. You don’t want to feel rushed off the phone, and that your attorney is not giving you short answers when you want a long one.

Almost inevitably the first question when people call is how much do you charge. That’s important, but there’s more to it than price. Be really careful of somebody who’s saying they will do your closing for a discounted price. You want service. You don’t want to overpay for the service, but you also want a level of service. Be very careful of disasters with really cut, budget attorneys.

The other thing is you really want to make sure you’re dealing with somebody who has the experience, someone who is in the market constantly, because markets change dramatically and what used to be a standard may not be a standard anymore contractually. You need people who are really active enough so that A, they know what they’re doing and B, they can advise you on what is and is not a market norm. If somebody’s asking a question such as should I give a financing contingency, the answer to that question is different today than it was two years ago.