In buying the first house, a lot of buyers will be worried about getting the mortgage and the perfect property, but not the attorney. If you are getting a mortgage, or even buying in cash, you ought to make sure that every legal aspect of the contract and transfer is not an enigma to you. Also, you can get a better deal if you negotiate and since this is something that attorneys do on a daily basis, the probability that they will get a better deal than you is high. After both sides have come to an agreement, your attorney will take a closer look at the wording and terms of the contract so that there are no hidden clauses which might be used to your disadvantage later.
Anyone can sell you a house and if they point you to one and say that it is theirs and they are selling it, you will be inclined to believe if there is no way you can prove that it is not theirs. Title searches are a must for cautious home buyers because they ascertain that the property owner is not impersonating someone else. Buying a property that does not belong to the seller you are dealing with will not make it yours and you will be kicked out by the original owner if this gets to their attention. Besides losing the home you thought was yours, finding the person who conned you will be near impossible. This is why you need a lawyer on your side because he will do a thorough title search and if he does not find anything wrong with the property, you will be free to make the purchase.
Also, title searches will allow you to pick out financial implications which may come with the home like taxes which have not been settled or cases where the house is already used as collateral in loans or debts. In the event that you end up acquiring a property that already has these issues, you will suffer the consequences and legally the previous owner will not be accountable. The knowledge will help you force the seller to set the record straight or reduce the price. Another thing you should know is that transfer of property is not something that you can do anywhere without consideration of what the law says about that. The process should be done in the presence of an attorney.