The Contract Is With Our Attorney, Tom Hawbecker
Our home is now in Attorney Review which means that it's time to bring the lawyers to the table. Even more detrimental than choosing a part-time real estate agent, selecting the wrong real estate attorney can cause a lot of issues, too.
Tom Hawbecker of Hawbecker _ Garvey, LLC is my preferred real estate attorney and I am thrilled to bring him into the fray. There are a few key traits that make Tom a good match for our family:
- His practice concentrates on real estate matters
- He is extremely responsive to phone calls and emails
- He handles complex issues and manages to keep his clients calm (i.e. he has "bedside manner")
- He is fluid in reviewing closing documents and can swiftly explain legal documents in plain English
There are plenty of attorneys that have the same qualifications, but Tom and I see eye-to-eye on a business level and I appreciate that.
I may not have mentioned my full-time gig before on these pages, but I am a mortgage broker by trade. Tom and I first met at the closing table for a mutual client and he impressed me with how deftly the loan package was covered. His office staff was equally good during the loan approval process.
When my next home buying client went under contract, I referred Tom and he repeated his outstanding performance. I was hooked.
Now, to take a step back.
My wife is an attorney and when we bought our first home, we used an experiences attorney at her law firm to represent us. He was 20 years practicing, but had no experience with Real Estate law (except that he owned a home in the suburbs). We used him because (a) we didn't know any better, and (b) he was free.
Ugh. Our closing lasted three hours because the experienced attorney had no business closing our loan for us. He didn't understand what he was reading and ended up reading every boilerplate page, line-by-line. When a problem came up, he had no idea what to do, or how to handle it. We'll never make that mistake again.
I recommend Tom to all my clients, but some just want to go their own way -- I am okay with that most of the time. It's when they choose a family lawyer friend to help with the closing to save a few hundred dollars that I get nervous. The "family friend" may know that law and may be free, but the few hundred dollars saved in service costs is nothing next to the savings that can come from negotiating the finer points of a contract (i.e. seller tax credits).
Anyway, back to Tom Hawbecker.
Tom and Mario have a remarkably similar work-style, so from here on out, we should all operate as a well-oiled machine. As a part of countless purchase transactions year-over-year, I know that "the team" is more important to a successful closing than anything else and we've got a good one.
By surrounding ourselves with the best professionals that we know, we can sleep easier at night knowing that our home sale is in the best hands possible.