David J. Collier - Attorney At Law
David J. Collier
Attorney At Law
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9 Important Factors To Consider When Buying or Selling Real Estate In California Without A Realtor!
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Buying Or Selling Your Home


Perhaps you’re looking to buy a new home, or sell your own, without having to pay a real estate agent’s commission. Learn how it can be done – and done safely – with professional guidance to draft the contract, manage the disclosures, and even guide you through escrow and closing


Buying directly from an owner can be just as easy as buying a home with a real estate agent advising you. The main difference is that you will have to tackle several key logistical steps on your own, and you will want to work directly with several experts, just as an agent does.


You don’t need a real estate agent to sell a house. According to one source, about 20 percent of annual house sales are direct purchases between the buyer and the owner. If you choose to market your property on your own, you should talk with a reputable real estate attorney.
Meet David J. Collier
David Collier practices law in Sonoma County in the areas of Real Estate, Wills, Trusts, and Probate. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a double major in Mathematics and History and from UC Santa Barbara with a Master’s Degree in Mathematics.

After teaching math for a few years, David took over his family’s title insurance and escrow business, which he has owned and managed since 1998.

Since opening his own law practice in 2010, David has drawn on his unique background in real estate, title insurance, escrow accounting, land titles, business management, teaching - and even his degrees in math and history - to help his clients solve their legal issues related to estate planning, decedent estates, and real property.
Why David?
18 years’ operating a title and escrow company means I know the real estate business from all angles.
Background as math teacher means I know the numbers and how to help you understand them too.

Convenient location and mobile friendly communication style means reaching me is a breeze.

I’m responsive, friendly, and easy to understand. I will keep you informed, on-track, and in control. 
What Clients Are Saying About David
I used David to draw up a contract associated with property transaction instead of using a realtor to sell a large undeveloped parcel of land. His experience and knowledge associated with escrow, title companies and the process was invaluable. In a few short words.....you can't go wrong with David! He's one fine Esquire. 
~ Joe C. Kenwood, CA
Working with David for a family real estate transaction recently was a pleasure. He was very knowledgeable and professional and was able to make the process  go smoothly from start to finish. We would recommend him highly to others. 
~ Dr. George and Sue B
We were looking for an attorney to represent both the buyer's and the seller's side of a real estate transaction and all parties are very happy that we chose David to handle this for us. He worked with integrity and honesty and communicated well with both sides throughout the process. He also understood our time and price sensitivity and had the transaction complete on time and below budget. What might have been a stressful situation was handled ably by David. Thanks for the great service! 
~ Matt S.
David advised and helped me with several real estate related questions. His advice and work was very helpful and I would turn to him again. 
~ Jim, a Real Estate client

These testimonials or endorsements do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter. 
~ David J. Collier, Attorney at Law

Commonly Asked Questions
Is it legal to buy or sell a house without a Realtor?
While it may not be for everyone, it is perfectly legal to buy or sell a home without a real estate agent. Not only is it legal, but, with careful research, preparation and planning, you can potentially save thousands of dollars by going it alone.
If I buy a home without an agent, will the seller’s agent get all the commission? 
Without a well-written, agreed upon contract that establishes this, it can definitely happen. Many listing agents have client contracts with variable commissions and, if the buyer doesn't have an agent, the listing agent automatically gets the full commission that would normally go to the buyer's agent. 
Is it possible to use generic, or “boiler plate” real estate contracts?
Not having the right contract can jeopardize your deal. Your deal might not be enforceable because it is not in writing or your contract could be void due to a drafting error or mistake. In addition, your property could be tied up in escrow indefinitely due to vaguely worded conditions. Without a well drafted contract from an attorney, you might not address critical details such as closing costs, deposits, timing, inspections, and arbitration, rights after a breach, and the condition and title of the property.
Can I buy or sell a home without any representation?
Dealing with multiple legal contracts and processes when you buy a home is risky without a lawyer. A lawyer's services will generally cost far less than the commission collected by a buyer's agent and, in some states, a real estate attorney is required even when you have an agent.
David Collier is responsible for this Advertisement. None of the information in the report constitutes legal advice. To obtain legal advice, you must explain your unique situation to a licensed attorney. 
David J. Collier, Attorney at Law, 111 Santa Rosa Ave #222, Santa Rosa, CA 95404, (707) 636-4806 
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