York Real Estate Attorneys

Representing Business and Individual Real Estate Clients Throughout Pennsylvania


Pennsylvania Real Estate LawyerWhat is a Real Estate Attorney?

Hoffmeyer & Semmelman’s  real estate attorneys handle matters involving purchase, sale and refinancing of residential, commercial, industrial and investment properties. Our legal team is available to help our clients with all phases of the purchase and sale of real property. The head of our Shrewsbury real estate practice, William F. Hoffmeyer, is so well-respected in the legal community that he frequently serves as an expert witness in disputes throughout Pennsylvania. Bill literally wrote the book on title searching.

Due to William Hoffmeyer’s almost 50 years’ experience in real estate practice, our firm is especially well known for handling complex matters. We handle real property matters for both individuals and businesses throughout Pennsylvania.  Contact our York PA law office  for help with all of your real estate needs.

Do I Need a Real Estate Attorney?

Many people do not believe that they need an attorney to help them purchase or property. These days, with the complexity and number of documents involved in any real estate transaction, failure to have experienced legal representation is a serious mistake. It is crucial that you have strong, knowledgeable lawyers on your side to protect your rights.

How we can help:

Real estate contracts

Whether you need a real estate contract drafted or reviewed, we have the experience to know what your contract should and should not contain. Real property contracts in Pennsylvania are lengthy and complicated. You should never sign any contract without first having an attorney review it. But you most definitely should have an experienced lawyer review any contract which involves the most expensive investment you may have in your life.


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A properly written real estate deed is a critical part of the transfer of property.

The deed is the document which transfers real estate from the seller to the buyer. An improperly written deed can lead to nightmares years after you purchase your property. There are a number of types of deeds, including warranty, quitclaim and special purpose. Your lawyer must know both the appropriate type of deed and how it should be worded to make certain you are protected. All deeds have certain, very basic requirements:

  1. Deeds must be in writing.
  2. The person selling the property (the grantor) must have the legal right to sell the property. He also must be a competent.
  3. Both the grantor and the grantee (the buyer) must be properly identified.
  4. The property must be properly described and defined.
  5. Certain language must be included in the deed to properly convey (transfer) the property.
  6. The deed must be signed by all people who own the property. If it isn’t, you will have a very serious problem. Sometimes new owners find themselves stuck in the middle of a divorce or estate dispute. It is critical that you make sure, with the help of your lawyer, that you truly have a proper and complete transfer of the property in question.
  7. The deed must be properly delivered. In other words, either the person receiving the document or someone with proper power of attorney, must receive the deed. Sometimes you will want an attorney to take on this role for you.
  8. If the grantee rejects delivery of the deed, this can cause problems for the grantor. It is critical to make certain that the deed is accepted.


As the mortgage crisis showed us, mortgage documents are frequently complex and unclear. These long documents can have all sorts of gotcha language contained within them. A lawyer can make certain that you understand what you are signing so you can avoid trouble down the line with unclear terms. We also assist in foreclosure matters.

Security agreements

Security agreements are part of what is called a secured transaction. A secured transaction is normally required when one person lends money to another, but requires more than a signature on a piece of paper to secure that loan. In such cases, the grantor requires that the grantee have a collateral. This collateral is often your home or other real estate. Making certain that the agreement provides proper protection for the loan is critical, as is making sure that the recipient of the loan is not giving away too much. Having a lawyer write or review your security agreement is very important.

Title searches

When you purchase real estate, you want to make sure the title is clear. William Hoffmeyer actually owns his own title search company. Founded by Bill in 1967, York Abstracting Company is a trusted leader in real estate title abstracting, real estate title insurance, real estate title research, real estate lien checks, and property information services. With this experience, we are in a position to know title insurance more than most.

Securing of title insurance

Title insurance is a critical part of a real estate transaction. The title insurance protects you if it turns out that there is a problem with your title. Purchasing the correct title insurance is extremely important.


The day of settlement is very exciting for everyone, regardless of whether you are purchasing property for personal use, investment purposes or your business. It is very easy to allow your excitement to overwhelm your ability to focus on what is happening. You will be presented with numerous documents to sign. It is best to have a lawyer by your side to protect your interests on this important day.

Mineral, oil and gas rights

Pennsylvania has valuable mineral, oil and gas in many parts of the Commonwealth. It is important that you understand your rights in the financially valuable items that can be obtained by businesses seeking to take advantage. If you are approached by a business which wants to buy your mineral, oil and gas rights, make certain you are properly represented by knowledgeable counsel. We can help you make certain that all of your rights are protected.

Who Needs a Real Estate Attorney?

York Home Buyer Attorney

We represent both individuals and businesses throughout Pennsylvania.

Our legal team offers representation which is recognized for its high quality. In our real estate practice we represent:

  • Home buyers and sellers
  • Condominium and planned unit developments
  • Homeowners’ associations
  • Tenants and landlords
  • Lending institutions
  • Real estate developers
  • Title insurers of real estate

What Can a Real Estate Attorney Do?

Our practice also involves litigation of all real estate matters. Our litigation experience means that we are always prepared to try your case when necessary. Matters we frequently handle in court include:

  • Denial of permits
  • Actions to quiet title
  • Ejectments
  • Evictions – residential and commercial
  • Defective construction matters

Who Do I Contact for Help With Real Estate Matters?

In any matter you might encounter with real property, the Pennsylvania real estate lawyers at Hoffmeyer & Semmelman are here to help. Contact us today at 717-846-8846.

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Our Pennsylvania real estate team is well-respected throughout the Commonwealth. We represent both individuals and businesses. Contact us today to learn how we can help you.