Your Home: A Legal Checklist

Your Home: A Legal Checklist

Resolve any financial obstacles before you sell

If your property has incurred any sort of debt, encumbrance or lien, you will need to take care of it before settling with your buyer. This obstacle can arise in any number of ways:

  • Federal, state or local tax liens
  • Civil court judgments
  • Child support or spousal support missed payments
  • Failure to pay homeowners association dues
  • General unpaid debts

Gather important documents

  • Deed
  • Evidence of encumbrances, liens, judgments, etc.
  • Surveys
  • Appraisals
  • Documentation of major repairs, damage or improvements
  • Any agreements made between tenants or co-habiting partners
  • Comparable sales in the area (if available)
  • Any agreements made between you as the seller and your real estate agent (if applicable)
  • Copies of restrictive covenants imposed upon the community


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