The buying, selling, and leasing of property can be a complicated business and far too many people decide to forgo the services of an attorney when conducting a real estate transaction. However, everyone in a real estate deal—including your broker—is out for his own interests. At Hite & Stone, we are committed to treating our real estate clients’ best interests as our highest priority. Whether you are the buyer, seller, landlord, or tenant, our attorneys will represent your interests and ensure that your rights are protected under the law.
What Does a Real Estate Lawyer Do?
While a real estate agent can help you find the right property, a real estate lawyer will make sure that your obligations are clearly defined and that your rights are upheld in any kind of real estate transaction. Hiring a lawyer to represent you will protect you against fraudulent titles, dishonest property lines, unfair contracts or leases, and much more.
Our real estate attorneys can help you with all of the following:
- Buying or selling a home. The process of buying and selling real estate involves a series of contracts including a brokerage contract, purchase agreement, and sales contract. Your attorney will review all contracts before you sign them so that you are protected from dishonest real estate agents, buyers, and sellers. Your attorney will also review the title search for accuracy and write a title insurance policy to protect you from title mistakes.
- Property foreclosures. If you are facing a foreclosure, our attorneys can advise you of your possible defenses and make sure your interests are protected. If you are considering buying a foreclosed property, an attorney is essential for writing contracts, conducting a title search, and generally protecting your investment.
- Landlord and tenant laws. As either a landlord or a tenant, you want to make sure your lease is fair and legally binding. Consulting with our real estate team can ensure that your legal rights are protected when renting a property.
- Land use and development. Zoning laws are complicated, as are local and state ordinances for land use. Consult our attorneys before making any commercial or residential real estate purchase that involves these restrictions.
For many people, buying or selling property is the biggest financial transaction they will ever make. Don’t risk your hard-earned money by failing to consult a real estate attorney during the process.
Two Generations of Legal Advocates
When Hite & Stone senior partner, Thomas E. Hite, Jr., was first admitted to the South Carolina bar back in 1978, his daughter’s life was just beginning. Two decades later, Heather Hite Stone joined her father in the family business, and was followed shortly after by her brother. Hite and Stone writes title insurance for their clients through Stewart Title Guaranty Company. Heather Hite Stone has been a licensed title agent for more than 10 years.
The values and work ethic that Mr. Hite passed down to his daughter and son continue to drive everything we do. For trusted, experienced, and reliable real estate legal services in Abbeville, SC, look no further than Hite & Stone.