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Residential Real Estate

The ownership of real estate has been part of the American dream for centuries.  Your home is your castle, and for most people it is the largest single investment they ever make. Thousands of residential real estate transactions take place every day. Even though these transactions are commonplace, each one involves important legal issues that you should not take lightly.

O'Diam, Stecker & Sove Law Group has years of experience in residential real estate law. Our knowledge in this area is diverse because we not only assist individuals who are buying or selling a home, but we also represent many prominent residential developers and homebuilders. We understand residential real estate from the ground up.

Personal Representation

O'Diam, Stecker & Sove Law Group provides a wide range of real estate legal services for individuals. In Ohio, real estate agents and title companies handle the majority of residential transactions. Lawyers typically have little, if any, involvement in normal home purchases.
But there are occasions when you need legal assistance to protect your rights. When that occurs, it is worth a little of your time and money to have good legal representation. It is far less expensive to avoid problems before they occur than it is to fix them after it is too late.
The following is a sampling of the legal services in which O'Diam, Stecker & Sove Law Group can assist you regarding your personal residence transactions:
  • Reviewing standard real estate agent contracts for the purchase or sale of a home before they become binding on you
  • Representing buyers or sellers in preparing contracts for the purchase or sale of a home “For Sale By Owner”
  • Reviewing or negotiating financing documents from your lender
  • Structuring and preparing land contracts and other documents for private financing
  • Resolving title issues relating to your property
  • Recommendations on how to hold title on your deed to properly coordinate with your estate plan
  • Negotiating, preparing and reviewing contracts for residential construction or home improvements
  • Resolving zoning issues or obtaining variances from zoning requirements
Residential Development
O’Diam & Stecker Law Group also has extensive experience in residential real estate development. We represent developers of single-family subdivisions, apartment complexes and condominium projects throughout the Miami Valley. Our experience ranges from small private developments to one of the largest master planned communities in Ohio. No development project is too large or too small.
The following is a summary of the legal services that O'Diam, Stecker & Sove Law Group offers regarding residential real estate development:
  • Representing buyers or sellers in the purchase or sale of land for development
  • Negotiating and preparing purchase and sale contracts
  • Structuring and drafting documents for options, rights of first refusal and other creative purchase arrangements
  • Assisting with due diligence investigations
  • Advising on tax matters relating to property sale, acquisition or development
  • Reviewing or negotiating financing documents from your lender
  • Structuring and preparing documents for private financing
  • Resolving title issues relating to your property
  • Assisting with land use planning
  • Representation in zoning, planned unit development and subdivision proceedings
  • Assisting with the extension of public utilities
  • Creating protective covenants for development
  • Preparing condominium declarations and supporting disclosure documents
  • Creating and representing homeowners associations and condominium associations
  • Negotiating and preparing site development construction contracts
  • Preparing a standardized system of lot sale contracts, lot reservations, options and related documents
  • Assisting with mechanics lien compliance
  • Negotiating and preparing easements
Residential Construction
O'Diam, Stecker & Sove Law Group represents general contractors and subcontractors relating to new home construction. Building a home is a huge undertaking for the builder and the homeowner. It is important for the contractual relationship to be clear and understandable to everyone involved. Most construction disputes occur because of poorly drafted contracts. A well-drafted contract should be thorough, fair to both sides and should set proper expectations before any work begins.
The following is a summary of the legal services that O'Diam, Stecker & Sove Law Group provides for residential builders and subcontractors:
  • Negotiating and preparing custom home construction contracts between the general contractor and the homeowner
  • Negotiating and preparing subcontract agreements between the general contractor and subcontractors
  • Preparing a standardized system of contracts and mechanics lien documents for contractors and subcontractors
  • Assisting with mechanics lien compliance


The attorneys of O’Diam & Stecker Law Group, Inc., assist individuals, families and business owners with Estate Planning, Advanced Estate Planning, Tax Planning, Asset Protection, Elder Law, Medicaid, Veteran’s Benefits, Special Needs Planning, Estate Administration, Tax Planning, Tax Representation, Business Law, Business Succession Planning, Farm Succession Planning and Real Estate Law throughout the Miami Valley, including Dayton, Kettering, Oakwood, Centerville, Beavercreek, Xenia, Springfield, Springboro and Troy, in Greene County, Montgomery County, Clark County, Warren County and Miami County.



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