What to Look for in a Lawyer to Help with FSBO

What to Look for in a Lawyer to Help with FSBO

Selling a for sale by owner (FSBO) home can prove to be quite a challenge. While you may be able to manage the first few stages of the home selling process on your own, the latter parts will require some legal assistance. This is where a real estate attorney can come in handy. With their legal expertise, they can help guide you through the FSBO process and while reducing your legal liability. 

Since you’ll be working alongside the real estate attorney throughout the FSBO process, it’s crucial to find the right one. So here are a few things you should look for when hiring a real estate lawyer.

Knowledge of Local Laws

Since the laws can vary depending on the state, it’s essential that you find a real estate attorney that has extensive knowledge of local laws. For one, they should possess a license to practice law in the state. And it can also be helpful to get a real estate lawyer familiar with the laws of your city, in particular. 


Not every lawyer is equipped to handle legal matters surrounding real estate. But aside from looking for a lawyer specializing in real estate, you should also consider one with experience in FSBO. It would be best if they have a considerable track record and substantial experience in the real estate field. They should also be familiar with the whole FSBO process. When screening real estate lawyers, you can ask them if they’ve handled FSBO cases before and how many.

You may also have unique circumstances for your situation. Perhaps the co-owner of your property is not being cooperative. In situations such as this, you’d want to have a real estate attorney who has experience handling similar cases. This way, things can go more smoothly.

Good Communication Skills

If you’re going to work with someone, you have to be able to communicate with each other properly. This is especially important when you’re dealing with legal matters. Good communication skills allow you to avoid misunderstanding and miscommunication that can lead to bigger problems. 

You can tell whether a real estate attorney has great communication skills based on your initial consultation with them. Prepare some questions to ask them regarding FSBO and see how they respond. They should be able to clearly and patiently explain things to you.

A good real estate attorney should also be responsive. You will likely have more questions and concerns throughout the FSBO process. So, they should be able to answer your calls or reply to your emails in a timely manner.

Positive Reputation

Checking a real estate lawyer’s reputation before hiring them can help you avoid working with a problematic and sketchy individual. Their reputation will also help verify their legitimacy. With a quick Google search, you’ll find everything you need to know about your real estate attorney. You can check reviews and testimonials from past clients to see if they really are as good as they say they are.

Final Thoughts

Hiring a real estate attorney can help, especially when you’re dealing with an FSBO property. However, it’s important to screen the lawyer first to see if they are the right fit for you. Aside from having the knowledge and experience in the field, they should also possess good communications skills and a positive reputation.

How Can We Help You?

If you are interested in selling as a  For Sale By Owner, you’re in the right place. Get the legal assistance you need to sell your FSBO property. Saman Saba is a real estate attorney in Maryland working to empower real estate sellers and buyers so that they may make better and more informed decisions regarding one of their most important assets: their residential properties. 

In an effort to help you successfully sell your property as a For Sale By Owner, we have prepared a FREE FSBO Success Packet which includes:

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