- November 12, 2005 at 11:50 am #51358
Is there anywhere on the web that shows a average rate for work carried out by Lawyers? eg. property purchase, advice per hour etc.
- November 12, 2005 at 5:23 pm #59846
- November 12, 2005 at 7:15 pm #59848
- November 18, 2005 at 11:49 am #59884
Great site! I sold a house last year for 550 euros and was charged 1% just for the sale which was very straightforward. I think now I would have been wiser to negotiate an hourly fee, or better still not use a lawyer at all. Do posters think you really need one for a sale?
- November 30, 2005 at 2:31 pm #60078
I would definitely recommend having a lawyer. If you have an agent you trust, that’s great, but your agent is also acting on behalf of the other party as well (vendor/buyer). Our agent was fantastic, but they certainly wouldn’t have told us to proceed without a lawyer acting purely for us. Friends of mine found out that the house they were about to buy was a complete legal nightmare once their lawyer had done her searches, and so were saved loads of hassle down the line. They went for somewhere else. Lawyer’s are essential and can take a lot of stress out of the transaction, but make sure you have someone recommended to you and do try to negotiate on fees, as 1% can be extortionate depending on the amount of work involved.
- December 3, 2005 at 10:26 am #60101
In our area, the average lawyer’s fee is 1% of the purchase price when it comes to buying a property. When it comes to selling, some lawyers charge a fix fee, as they understand the work in question is very straightforward, as you have said.
However, when you pay 150,000 euros for a property your interests are not the same as if you pay 700,000. Therefore, price is based on the protected interests. Some lawyers, however, are confident that the work never has a price of 7,000 euros (as per the last example), and stop in 2,000 or 3,000 euros in these cases or reduce the percentage to 0.75%, for example.
Anyway, it is always good advice to hire a lawyer. Whan you buy a property, 1% for your peace of mind is not a fortune!
- December 5, 2005 at 12:01 pm #60141
Thats very sound advice lawyer, pity you aren’t based on the costa del sol.
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