Laws vary by state. Some states require a lawyer to assist in several aspects of the home buying process while other states do not, as long as a qualified real estate professional is involved. Even if your state doesn't require one, you may want to hire a lawyer to help with the complex paperwork and legal contracts. A lawyer can review contracts, make you aware of special considerations, and assist you with the closing process. Your real estate agent may be able to recommend a lawyer. If not, shop around. Find out what services are provided for what fee, and whether the attorney is experienced at representing homebuyers.
Your real estate agent will assist you in making an offer, which will include the following information: Complete legal description of the property; Amount of earnest money; Down payment and financing details; Proposed move-in date; Price you are offering; Proposed closing date; Length of time the offer is valid; Details of the deal. Remember that a sale commitment depends on negotiating a satisfactory contract with the seller, not just making an offer.