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Frequently Asked Questions About Texas Real Estate Law

The Dallas real estate law attorneys at Palmer Lehman Sandberg, PLLC, have decades of experience in all aspects of residential and commercial real estate. To schedule a consultation with a dedicated real estate lawyer, please call us at 214-242-6444 or contact us by email. Our law firm serves clients throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

What are the legal requirements for a real estate contract in Texas?

Texas law requires that real estate purchase contracts be in writing and signed by the parties involved. The contract should include a legal description of the property, the sale price, and any other terms agreed upon by the buyer and seller. Our real estate lawyers can draft or review a purchase-sale agreement that meets your needs and protects your interests.

How does community property law affect real estate ownership in Texas?

Texas is a community property state, which means that property acquired during a marriage is generally considered jointly owned by both spouses. This can affect the sale of property and how property is divided upon divorce. The attorneys at our firm have extensive experience in real estate law, as well as divorce and family law. We can advise and represent you in all matters related to divorce and community property division.

What is title insurance and is it required in Texas?

Title insurance protects against past title issues that may arise after you purchase property. Common examples of title issues include liens or ownership disputes. While Texas law does not require title insurance, lenders typically require it before they will provide a mortgage.

What should I know about disclosures when buying or selling real estate in Texas?

Sellers in Texas are required to provide buyers with a disclosure notice that outlines the condition of the property, including any known defects, malfunctions or damages.

How do property line and easement disputes get resolved in Texas?

Disputes over property boundaries, easements and rights-of-way are common and can be resolved through litigation, mediation or out-of-court settlements. At Palmer Lehman Sandberg, PLLC, our real estate lawyers can advise on the best course of action for your specific situation. We are experienced trial attorneys and will not hesitate to litigate on your behalf in court if the other side refuses to do what is right. We are also skilled negotiators with a long record of successful outcomes through mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

Can someone legally sell property if they have a mortgage on it in Texas?

Yes, a person can sell property that has a mortgage; however, the mortgage must be paid off at the time of sale, typically using the proceeds from the sale.

What is adverse possession in Texas and how does it work?

Adverse possession is a legal doctrine that allows a person to claim ownership of land under certain conditions, such as using the property openly and continuously for a period of 10 years in Texas, among other requirements.

What are deed restrictions and how do they affect property use in Texas?

Deed restrictions, often enforced by homeowners’ associations (HOAs), can control various aspects of property use, such as the type of structures allowed, landscaping and maintenance standards.

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If you have questions about real estate law in the Dallas area, please call our law office at 214-242-6444 or complete our contact form to arrange a consultation. Our real estate law attorneys have more than 35 years of experience. We are here to help you find solutions.

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