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Riverside Residential Real Estate Attorneys Representing Clients Throughout Southern California

At Wagner Zemming Christensen LLP, our Riverside residential real estate attorneys bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our clients. With the power and resources of a large firm and personal touch of a small firm, we will protect the rights and interests of our clients. For a strictly confidential initial consultation with an experienced California residential real estate lawyer, please call our Riverside law office today.

Residential Real Estate Transactions

Buying and selling a home is one of the most important financial transactions that you can make—it crucial that you put in the time and attention to get things right. When you are considering the purchase or sale of residential property, you will need to hire a California residential real estate attorney who can assist you. The process for buying or selling residential real estate is complicated, and it has many different parts for which you will need legal representation. Some key areas of residential real estate transactions include:

  • Title Examinations: A title examination is one of the most important parts of preparing for a residential real estate closing. It is essentially a review of all public records related to the property. A thorough title examination will confirm that the seller is the true and sole owner of the property and that there are no outstanding issues.
  • Purchase and Sale Agreements: Residential real estate deals involve a wide variety of contracts, including sales contracts, riders, agreements with the mortgage lender, and other types of agreements that result in contractual obligations. Residential real estate transactions rely on well-drafted contracts.
  • Drafting of Deeds: A deed is a legal document that is necessary in every residential real estate transaction. It is the key document that transfers ownership of the property from the seller to the buyer. Depending on the transaction, there are several different types of deeds, including special warranty deeds, general warranty deeds, and quitclaim deeds.
  • Zoning, Land Use, and Variances: In Southern California, residential property is generally subject to state and local zoning and land use ordinances. If you are considering renovating or altering property, it is imperative that you carefully consider all applicable regulations.

Residential Real Estate Disputes and Litigation

When you are purchasing or selling a residential property, it is important to be aware of the different kinds of disputes that can arise in the process and the ways in which California real estate laws will be applied. When there is a dispute, your residential real estate lawyer can engage in negotiations to resolve the dispute, and if it becomes necessary, WZC can ensure that terms are in place that will allow you to walk away from the deal without incurring any significant penalties. Some common residential real estate disputes include:

  • Mortgage Lender Issues: Most residential real estate transactions are financed by mortgage loans. Some examples of disputes with financial institutions and mortgage lenders include fraud, foreclosures, and predatory lending.
  • Contract Litigation: Contract disputes can arise for various reasons, from disputes concerning the sale of the property or negotiated terms to disputes from other agreements.
  • Failure to Disclose Claims: Disputes can arise when the seller fails to make disclosures upon transfer of residential property as required by California law. Our state has broad residential real estate disclosure regulations. Sellers are generally required to provide written, comprehensive disclosures to a residential buyer.
  • Title Disputes: In real estate law, ‘title’ is a term used to describe a bundle of legal rights over a piece of property. Generally, title disputes center around a disagreement as to who has a particular property right. These cases can involve many different specific issues, from questions over an existing lien to a chain of title problem.
  • Property and Boundary Line Disputes: It is not always clear as to where exactly one person’s property ends and another person’s property begins. A sharp dispute may arise over a residential property line or boundary line. When it comes to property line disputes, it will be critical to have a lawyer who has experience handling cases involving adverse possession under California law.

WZC Can Help You Today

At WZC, our California residential real estate lawyers are skilled, solutions-driven advocates for clients. If you have any questions about your rights or your options, we are more than ready to help. For a completely confidential initial consultation, please contact us today. With an office in Riverside, we serve communities throughout Southern California, including in Riverside County, San Bernardino County, Orange County, and Los Angeles County.

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