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Real Estate Law

The Law Firm of Timothy M. Ayres, LLC can assist you with real estate transfers to accomplish many goals, including asset protection and changing ownership of property after divorce. Our office can also assist with your real estate sale and will help you prepare all documents necessary to sell your home.

Real Estate Law FAQs

A Deed conveys or transfers ownership of real estate. In Pennsylvania, a valid Deed must be in writing, give a legal description of the property, and state the name of the new owner. The current owner who is selling or transferring the property must sign the Deed.

Our office currently represents sellers only. If you are buying a new home, you will need an attorney or settlement company who writes title insurance and can represent you as the buyer for the closing. We will be happy to refer you to a reputable attorney or settlement company to assist you.

Your first step is to market the home for sale. You can do this “for sale by owner” or through a licensed realtor. A realtor will help you negotiate with potential buyers and can write an agreement of sale when you accept a buyer’s offer. If you sell without a realtor, you or the buyer will be responsible for preparing an agreement of sale. Our office can prepare an agreement of sale if you are selling by owner. Once you are under contract, we can represent you in working with the buyer’s attorney or settlement company for the closing. This includes preparing your deed, clearing title issues, and preparing other documents that may be required for the closing. We will represent your best interest as the seller and ensure the transaction is completed smoothly and efficiently.

Most municipalities in the Greater Johnstown area, including in northern Cambria County, have ordinances that may require testing of your sewer lines. If you are selling or transferring real estate, you must check the requirements of your local sewer authority before completing the sale or transfer.

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