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The REALTOR for Attorneys -- Helping Lawyers Buy & Sell Houses

LawyersYou've heard all the lawyer jokes and so have I. 

In fact, let me let you in on a little secret:  There's only one lawyer joke.  All the rest are true stories.

There's a lot of law involved in a real estate transaction.  There's agency law, contract law, property law, tax law, condominium regulations, homeowner's association rules, escrow accounts, and more.  Some states like New York require attorneys to write the real estate purchase contract.  In Virginia & D.C., real estate agents fill in the blanks on a form contract provided by the local associations.

In the D.C. metropolitan area, I've heard it reported that approximately 1 in 4 adults holds a law degree, although not all practice law.  If you are an attorney looking to buy or sell a home, you may find it beneficial to work with a REALTOR who speaks your language.

REALTOR / AttorneyIntroducing THE REALTOR FOR ATTORNEYS:

Brian Block, Esq., REALTOR / Attorney

Here's some background about why you should consider trusting your real estate needs to me.

I graduated from highly-ranked George Mason Law School in 1998.  For 2 years, I practiced banking litigation at a medium-sized law firm in D.C. representing major banks suing the U.S. government in the aftermath of the 1980s S&L crisis.  Following that, I worked a year in securities law advising on private placements and public offerings as well as some general practice.

After a short time handling legal matters on my own for private clients, I entered real estate in early 2002.  Reaching out to area attorneys to help them with their real estate needs, I shortly became "Of Counsel" with a real estate litigation firm in Old Town Alexandria.  For 3 years while I built my real estate sales business, at the law firm, I learned the real estate business ins and outs from the legal perspective.  

 

Learn about The Difference Between Realtors & Lawyers

 

I learned what can go wrong with a real estate transaction. 

 

95-97% of real estate deals go smoothly.  Everyone shakes hands at the settlement table.  Sellers get their money.  Buyers get the keys to the new house.  Everybody is happy.

These were not the people who showed up at our law firm.  The people who walk in the door at a real estate litigation firm are those 3-5% that have big problems.  Lots of money at stake.  Nobody's happy.  I've seen deceit, fraud, trickery, and big bucks litigation.  These are deals that went really wrong.  I've been to settlements where the parties did not want to see each other let alone sit at the same settlement table.  I've seen defaults, judgments, and class action lawsuits.

I understand contractsAs a REALTOR, I incorporate my knowledge and experience of the law to best serve my clients.  While I'm not representing my clients as an attorney nor practicing law, I bring those skills to the table.  My job is to ease the anxieties and prevent those 3-5% of transactions from going awry.

Thus, as a result, many of my clients do end up being attorneys themselves.  There seems to be a comfort level. 

I can speak legalese. 

I've even had the stereotypical 20 minute discussion with attorney clients over comma placement. 

I understand contracts. 

I understand property. 

I can negotiate.  

 

Here's a little chart to help you make a wise decision:

 

 

Brian Block, Esq.

 REALTOR / Attorney

Average Real

Estate Agent

Graduated Law School

YES!

NO

REALTOR > 5 Years

YES!

NO

Can Explain Contract Terms

YES!

NO

Real Estate Broker’s License

YES!

NO

Knows the Rule Against Perpetuities

YES!

NO


As an attorney, you need to concentrate on your billable hours.  Why not leave the stress of the homebuying or home selling process to a REALTOR / Attorney that you can trust?

Contact Brian Block, Esq. today!

 

 

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Comment balloon 60 commentsBrian Block • April 29 2008 01:52AM

Comments

Impressive, I'm glad I don't have to compete against you for clients !!  If I were a Realtor in your area, i'd consider using you myself HAHAHA!!!!
Posted by Chad Baird (Re/Max Spirit) about 10 years ago

WOW, Brian, good for you!

 

 

Posted by Donna Marie Godfrey (Godfrey Properties) about 10 years ago
Brian - Very impressive indeed.  There's no doubt who I'm referring folks too in your area.  And take it easy on me as far as the retainer if I ever need your services myself:-)
Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) about 10 years ago
Nice job how many agents can spell "Perpetuities" let alone understand the rules.
Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) about 10 years ago
Wow! A reported  1 in 4 adults holds a law degree in your area? I thought it was tough here in CA where 1 in 52 adults has a real estate license!
Posted by Vickie Nagy about 10 years ago
I like the the little table.  I will have to use that myself down the road.  That is some powerful ammunition
Posted by Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com (Real Estate One) about 10 years ago
Real estate attorneys are a "special breed."  My neice is one... I can see where attorneys would probably feel comfortable dealing with "one" of their own.
Posted by Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, ... a small office, delivering big service! (Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC) about 10 years ago

Great marketing leverage there Brian!  We have an attorney/REALTOR in our office and I envy his knowledge base as it can be quite powerful for his clients.

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) about 10 years ago

Thanks for all your posts . It must be worth a lot of billable hours.

I would have referred my clients to you if you were in Pa.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 10 years ago
Brian if I were a buyer looking for a home in your area it would certainly be an advantage to use your services. You can't beat having a Realtor and attorney rolled into one package - thats what I call one stop shopping :)
Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) about 10 years ago

Brian~

 Good to know that you are out in the world practicing. I want to know about the future of environmental law as it pertains to REALTORS...and our responsibilities to clients.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 10 years ago

I R a reel astate agint agnet agent, and I can too spell perpootie peputurity pertuitfity, aw heck, Brian--good post and good way to market yourself!

Posted by Kent Simpson, Real Estate Is About People (Realty One Group Mountain Desert) about 10 years ago
Hmmm, even after finding out I'm just an "average real estate agent" I will woman-up and say you've certainly found a great niche. I've always been told that carving out a niche means carving out a continuous flow of business. Well, actually I just made that up but I have been told that niche marketing was the way to go. :-)
Posted by Toni Hogan (ToniHogan.com) about 10 years ago

Good Morning Brian...Great marketing! 

One of my son's has a law degree from Georgetown.  I tried talking him into real estate  [truth be told, I suggest it to many people because I enjoy it so much] but he declined.  So did his brother but my daughter has her license.

Glad you are in this field.  We need top-notch agents like you.

Kathleen

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) about 10 years ago

I'd like to vouch for the fact that even though Brian is a competent Realtor, he actually has passion for what he does.  He's just full of personality and has a keen sense of humor.  Not only would fellow attorneys be in good hands, they'd have a lot of fun during the transaction.   :-)

 
Posted by Natalie Langford, Winchester, VA Real Estate (Realty Negotiations) about 10 years ago
I am glad I now know who to contact with all my legal questions about real estate!  Great post Brian!
Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) about 10 years ago
Brian - Very informative - You are now on the top of my list for referrals to your area - I know that your clients will be well looked after
Posted by Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results (RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage) about 10 years ago

Gee Whiz, Brian - as if your good looks and brains weren't enough...

You get my vote - but then you already had it.

 

Posted by Ted Baker, MidFloridaMediation.com (Carmody and Associates LLC) about 10 years ago
Good Job! Though Pa is one of those States where Lawyers use in Real Estate is minimum. Your Blog is Great.
Posted by Jeri & Henri Gutner, CRS,GRI (Realty One Group Legacy) about 10 years ago
You have all the credentials that one would want on their side for sellers or buyers!  I wish you were closer to the hampton roads area!
Posted by n d (Naoma Doriguzzi) about 10 years ago
You are one smart cookie.  As the ex-wife of an attorney, I see great value in knowing the law when it comes to real estate.  I have even toyed with the idea of going to law school.  I am going to subscribe to your blog :)
Posted by Emily Lowe, Nashville TN Realtor (The Lipman Group | Sotheby's International Realty) about 10 years ago
Nicely done, Brian.  The table kinda sums it up really quickly.  Good job - congratulations on the featured post!
Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) about 10 years ago
Brian, I am impressed, to say the least. I would think you would get all the business when competing. Seems like a hands down decision to me! I'm thankful you aren't in Huntsville, Alabama, lol! Best of luck to you and I will certainly keep you in mind for referrals in your area!  Elizabeth
Posted by Elizabeth Cooper-Golden, Huntsville AL MLS (Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group)) about 10 years ago
Brian, my clients seem to fall into two groups.  They all seem to be journalists or lawyers, many of whom I worked with at Public Citizen or during the Carter administration, or people they refer to me.  I think having spent a past life working as an "ordinary citizen" for a public interest group that was dominated by lawyers really helped me to understand a lot of the thought processes.  I've found lawyers to be pretty easy to work with, and it's especially important for those of us not licensed to practice law to make sure that we don't!  Congrats on the gold thingie!
Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 10 years ago
That was a great post. You definitely got a lot going for you. I like the little chart at the bottom...hehe.  
Posted by Christy Powers, Pooler, Savannah Real Estate Agent (Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners) about 10 years ago

Brian,

I can certainly appreciate your post.  I worked for a real estate attorney for seven years.  That was my stomping ground that jump started me into the r.e. industry, so when you say,  "'ve been to settlements where the parties did not want to see each other let alone sit at the same settlement table.  I've seen defaults, judgments, and class action lawsuits." Oh, I get it, it ain't over 'til it's over.

And yes, attorney's do want someone who can speak their language or someone who will learn very quickly without their help. 

Posted by Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant (Real Skillz-Clear Marketing for Your Real Estate Vision) about 10 years ago

Brian:

So true. One question: is 20 minutes the longest time you've debated over the placement of a comma? Hmmm, think I've got you beat by two days, although it involved the placement 3 commas. LOL. Great marketing!!

 

Lisa

Posted by Lisa Lambert, Esq. 1031 Exchange Expert (The Law Offices of Elisabeth A. Lambert) about 10 years ago
CHAD:  I appreciate the compliments.  Thanks!
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
DONNA:  Thanks for stopping by!
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
Now that is what I call speaking to the people who you want to do business with.  BRILLIANT!  I've helped two attorneys buy real estate this year...in fact...meeting one of them and his girl this evening for dinner.  Congrats on your gold star stranger! :)
Posted by Shannon Lefevre, Shannon Lefevre, PA Your Naples Smart Girl (John R. Wood Properties) about 10 years ago
Just a quick question, are you allowed to give legal advice to your real estate clients?  Are they hiring you in both capacities?  Just wondering.
Posted by Delete Account (Just Delete It) about 10 years ago
JASON:  Thanks for your comments.  Feel free to send your folks down this way.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
TERRY:  Very funny yet true!
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
VICKIE:  Yep, D.C. is a very highly educated area.  Lots of lawyers.  Lots of law degrees -- lawyers, lobbyists, Congressmen, etc.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
RUSS:  Thanks.  The table really provides and easy comparison, doesn't it?
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
GARY:  Thanks for your comment.  There is definitely that level of comfort.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
DEBE:  Thanks for your comments.  I imagine that agent you know is quite successful.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
GITA:  Thanks for your comment.  Feel free to refer any relocating clients to me if they are moving to Virginia or D.C.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
BILL:  Thanks for your comment and affirmation.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
JANEANNE:  Thanks for stopping by.  I can't say that I have much knowledge about environmental law, though that is a big field these days.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
KENT:  Cute!  Thanks.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
TONI:  Thanks for your comment and I'm sure that you are an above-average agent!  Finding a niche can be very helpful indeed.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
KATHLEEN:  Thanks for your compliments.  Feel free to have your son give me a call if you want to help sway him.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
ANDREW:  Yes, I do ask my clients to sign a disclaimer/disclosure stating that I am only representing them as a REALTOR unless they enter into a separate written fee agreement for legal representation.  I also ask that they do not take anything I say as legal advice.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
NATALIE:  I appreciate your sincere recommendation.  Thanks!
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
JEREMY:  Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
KATHY:  I appreciate you putting me at the top of your list for D.C. and Virginia referrals.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
TED:  Thanks for the compliments and the vote.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
JERI & HENRI:  Thanks for stopping by and commenting.  I appreciate it.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
NAOMA:  Thanks a bunch.  Why don't you move up here?
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
EMILY:  Thanks for your comments and for subscribing to my blog.  I really appreciate that.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
JASON:  Thanks a bunch, my friend.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
ELIZABETH: I really appreciate all your comments and certainly wish it meant I got all the business, but there's lots of competition here.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
PATRICIA:  Thanks for your comments.  I think that any REALTOR working in the D.C. area can't avoid working with a good number of attorneys.  It's just our demographics.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
CHRISTY:  Thanks for reading and commenting.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
REBECCA:  Glad you see where I am coming from on this post.  Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experience.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
LISA:  2 days discussing a stinking comma (or three)!  Wow!  Very funny.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
SHANNON:  Thanks for your comments and compliments.  Hope you had a great dinner.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
SARAH:  While yes I am allowed to give legal advice to clients since I am an attorney, I typically shy away from that and only represent clients in one capacity -- as an agent.  If they want legal representation they can hire me separately or hire another attorney. 
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago

Smart marketing technique.  Good for you for finding your niche.

Posted by Denise Shears (Shears Virtual Advantage) about 9 years ago

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