Having the right real estate documents, that have been negotiated effectively and drafted accurately and in compliance with relevant laws, can be essential to the success of a real estate project. A real estate contract includes the terms of the particular real estate transaction but also includes many other important concerns between the parties.

Real estate contracts can address how potential disputes will be handled; address financial responsibility for any property losses and defects; address what happens in circumstances of financial default and a variety of other issues and concerns the parties to the transaction may wish to address. A real estate contract protects the parties and can also govern the transaction into the future which can be valuable to the contracting parties.

Drafting real estate documents is one important aspect of the real estate process that should be carefully considered whether executing a contract for purchase or sale. Real estate documents can include residential purchase and sale agreements; commercial purchase and sale contracts; mortgage financing documents; for sale by owner purchase and sale agreements; warranty deeds; deeds in lieu of foreclosure; lease-purchase agreements; residential and commercial leases; title insurance and real estate closing documents.

It is important to be familiar with how to negotiate, draft and execute a valid contract that will protect the parties and outline the agreement between the parties for present and future purposes. Understanding contract basics is essential for parties entering into a real estate transaction and careful guidance can help with what can sometimes be a complex process.