FAQs & Frequently Asked Questions


Why Lohse Law instead of another real estate attorney?

The main difference between Lohse Law and other real estate attorneys is competent and personal service at a reasonable price.  I personally work with each and every client taking the time to answer all of your questions.  I am the person that will work with you from day one until the matter is resolved.

This means that I cannot handle as many clients as other law firms that have a staff of legal assistants, paralegals, and interns doing the majority of the work on your file.  In order to provide you with the best legal service and attention, I try to limit my caseload to 15-20 clients.  Law firms that have a large support staff may be able to turn more files and have hundreds of clients, but that means that most of the legal representation is handled by a secretary, intern or paralegal.  That will not be the case when you hire Brian Lohse.

Do I need an appointment or can I just stop by?

Please make an appointment.  I am available weekdays during business hours and often on the weekends.  I understand that people may have questions pertaining to a real estate transaction on the weekend, so I do my best to get back to you on weekends as well.  

Should I call you? Or is email better?

If you call and I do not answer, sending me an email may get a quicker response compared to leaving me a voicemail. Emails will often be answered outside of normal business hours, including weekends.  Please note that if you call after hours, you can leave a message with my answering service and I will call you back as soon as I'm available.  My answering service can answer some basic questions, but they cannot provide any legal assistance.

How much are your Real Estate Closing Fees?

Selling a home:  Typically $295

  • If you are an out of state seller, or do not want to take off of work to attend the closing, I charge a $100 POA fee to cover additional time and  costs.

Buying a home:  $500 - $775 (several variables factor into price) 

  • Location of the property - What city or suburb?
  • Type of property - Is it vacant land, a house, condo, townhouse, multi-unit?
  • How are you paying?  Are you paying cash or getting financing?

Please note that the above fees are for single-family, non-investment properties. For more information on commercial or rental properties, please call.

How much do you charge for a Quit Claim Deed?

  • Option 1:  The most basic service that most people chose is for me to prepare the deed and grantor/grantee statement for $150 ($170 if you want the hard copy shipped to you).  With this option, it will be your responsibility to get the local transfer stamp (if required) and get the deed recorded with the County Recorder.  There is nothing legal about obtaining the local stamps and recording the deed.  It is just time consuming and there are fees that must be paid. 

  • Option 2:  The second option is the full service of preparing the deed, obtaining local municipal transfer stamps, and recording the deed with the county recorder’s office.  Total fees for this service ranges from $355 for townships that don’t require a municipal transfer stamp to $750+ for municipalities that do require a transfer stamp.  

How much money will I make from the sale of my home?

Many realtors will provide you this estimate.  However, if you are selling FSBO, or would like to figure it out on your own, you can use this Net Proceeds Worksheet to help you "guesstimate" what you will walk away with from your sale.  This worksheet is not exact, but should give you a pretty good idea.  You can find this worksheet on my Real Estate Services page.


Why does a Buyer need an attorney?

The average purchase transaction takes between 8 and 15 hours of legal work and time.  No closing is "quick and easy!"

  1. We will first discuss the overall process of purchasing the property;
  2. Review, explain, and negotiate any changes to the contract, if necessary;
  3. Negotiate repair and inspection items;
  4. Request rent rolls and leases for tenants in the property, if necessary;
  5. Discuss possession and moving-in issues;
  6. Discuss the different options for taking title to the property;
  7. Examine your title commitment to ensure the property is merchantable / marketable;
  8. Monitor deadlines;
  9. Explain contract contingencies;
  10. Explain fees and likely closing costs;
  11. Attend the closing to ensure compliance with the contract;
  12. At the closing, compare the loan documents with your loan agreement;
  13. Negotiate any last minute disputes; and
  14. Ensure the Seller’s attorney has properly executed all documentation so that the property and personal property transfers to you.

Real Estate Closings

Why does a Seller need an attorney?

The average sale transaction takes between 10 and 15 hours of legal work and time.  No closing is "quick and easy!"

  1. Review the signed contract and negotiate any changes or repair issues with the buyer’s attorney;
  2. Ensure the buyer’s earnest money is sufficient;
  3. Examine the buyer’s mortgage terms and ensure they are realistic;
  4. Ensure the tax prorations are fair;
  5. Review terms of any warranties;
  6. Order title commitment for title insurance;
  7. Order a survey if required;
  8. Order association information and acquire paid assessment letters, if required;
  9. Ensure municipal requirements are satisfied (stamps, water, inspections, etc.);
  10. Prepare the Deed to transfer title of the property;
  11. Prepare the Bill of Sale to transfer the personal property;
  12. If a tenant is deceased, prepare documents necessary to transfer the property;
  13. Attend the closing and sign on your behalf if you choose to not attend the closing;
  14. Prepare lease assignments and rent rolls; and
  15. Negotiate last minute disputes.The average purchase transaction takes between 8 and 15 hours.  No closing is "quick and easy!"