Massachusetts Home Buyers Series: Biggest Blunders of Home Buying #3 – Get It In Writing

by Jack Morrison on November 17, 2011

Real estate matters can get complicated. But I have one simple rule that applies across the board with no exception: GET IT IN WRITING. Unfortunately, many people fail to stick to this rule and unforeseen challenges inevitably pop up.

Before we delve into this topic, I wanted to let you know that I’m bringing you this monthly November series, “The Biggest Blunders of Home Buying” based on my popular free ebook for Massachusetts home buyers. I wrote this because I see first-time buyers making the same mistakes over and over. Our monthly series schedule is as follows:

  1. Finance First, Look Later
  2. Buy the Neighborhood or Location, Not the House
  3. Get Everything in Writing
  4. Get a Home Inspection
  5. How to Find the Right Attorney

If you missed one of the previous articles, feel free to check them out. Now on to our next topic: get everything in writing.

Biggest Blunder #3: Get Everything In Writing
First-time homebuyers are trusting people. Often, they believe and trust what a seller or their agent says. But legally, all transfers of real estate must be in writing to be enforceable. This is called the Statute of Fraud, and it prevents oral agreements from being enforced where the transfer of land is involved.

Bottom line, you must be specific as to what you want—and what you don’t want—when it comes to buying your first home. Don’t only get specific verbally; put it in writing. If you want all of the seller’s possessions removed from the premises prior to closing, put it in writing. You might feel silly or feel like you are pointing out something obvious, but why take the chance?

For more tips and must-do action items, get my ebook, “How to Avoid The 5 Biggest Blunders When Buying Your First Home (It Will Save You Thousands of Dollars And Hours of Time)” on the homepage of my Worcester real estate lawyer website.

If you have questions for a Worcester real estate lawyercall me, Attorney Jack Morrison, at 508-852-7800. Or, reach out via our contact form. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you. 

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