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Unbundled Real Estate Services

  1. Negotiation Assistance:

    • Assistance understanding and navigating negotiations with potential buyers, sellers, or tenants by providing guidance on offers, counteroffers, and terms of the sale or lease.

  2. Contract Preparation and Review:

    • Drafting or reviewing purchase agreements, leases, and other legal documents.

    • Ensuring all legal requirements are met and protecting the client's interests.

  3. Drafting Conveyance Documents:​​

    • Drafting deeds, including Warranty Deeds, Quit Claim Deeds, Court Officer Deeds, Trustee Deeds, and the like.​

    • Typically includes Ground Water Hazzard Statements and Declaration of Value Statements.

    • Satisfaction of title objections, typically in the form of affidavits.

  4. Transaction Coordination assistance:

    • Guidance on the administrative aspects of the real estate transaction.

  5. Closing Services (Cash Transactions Only):

    • Facilitating the closing process, ensuring all necessary documentation is completed.

    • Coordinating the transfer of funds and ownership.

  6. Iowa Title Opinions (See information below).

An Iowa title opinion is a legal document that provides an attorney's professional assessment of the ownership status and any potential issues related to the title of a real estate property in the state of Iowa. This document is typically prepared by an attorney or a title abstractor who specializes in real estate law.

In Iowa, real estate transactions typically involve the use of abstracts rather than titles, which distinguishes the state's approach from the rest of the country. An Iowa Abstract is a historical summary or condensed history of a property's title, documenting all relevant events and transactions affecting the property. This abstract is updated periodically to ensure accuracy. In contrast, most other states rely on a Torrens or Land Title system, where a centralized office maintains an up-to-date title register for each property, streamlining the transfer process. While both systems serve the purpose of establishing property ownership and encumbrances, the key distinction lies in the documentation method and the frequency of updates. Iowa's abstract system involves a comprehensive historical overview, while other states use a more immediate and centralized title system.

The state's preference for abstracts can be attributed to historical and legal factors. Iowa has a long-standing tradition of relying on abstracts, which are comprehensive historical summaries of a property's title. This system aims to provide a thorough understanding of the property's ownership and any encumbrances.

One reason Iowa has been cautious about adopting title insurance is the belief that the abstract system, with its detailed historical record, offers a reliable and efficient means of conveying property information. Additionally, the state has historically viewed abstracts as a cost-effective and straightforward method for determining property ownership and addressing potential title issues.

While title insurance is commonly used in many states to protect against unforeseen title defects or claims, Iowa's real estate practices have favored the traditional abstract approach. It's essential to consult local legal experts and authorities for the most accurate and up-to-date information on Iowa's specific regulations and preferences regarding real estate transactions.

The purpose of a title opinion is to offer an informed legal opinion on the current state of the title to a property. It involves a thorough examination of the relevant public records, such as deeds, mortgages, liens, judgments, and other documents related to the property. The attorney or abstractor will review these records to verify the ownership history, identify any encumbrances, and determine whether the title is clear or if there are any defects or potential issues that could affect the property's marketability.

Key components of an Iowa title opinion may include:

  1. Title Examination: A detailed examination of public records to trace the ownership history of the property and identify any recorded documents that may impact the title.

  2. Legal Description: Ensuring that the legal description of the property is accurate and matches the information in public records.

  3. Liens and Encumbrances: Identifying any outstanding liens, mortgages, or other encumbrances that may affect the title.

  4. Ownership Status: Confirming the current owner of the property and verifying the chain of title.

  5. Legal Opinions: Providing legal opinions on the status of the title, potential issues, and any necessary steps to clear title defects.


It's important to note that a title opinion is not a guarantee of clear title but rather an informed legal opinion based on the information available at the time of the examination. If any issues are discovered, the attorney may recommend specific actions to address them, such as obtaining releases or clearing up discrepancies in the public records.

In real estate transactions, the buyer or lender may request a title opinion to ensure that they are acquiring a property with a clear and marketable title, free from legal challenges or unexpected claims. Title opinions play a crucial role in the due diligence process and contribute to the overall security and stability of real estate transactions.

Note: Unbundled Legal Services of Iowa does not directly provide market analysis, insights, and valuable advice on property value and investment strategies or engage in discussions about market trends and potential risks to ensure you make informed choices. However, we can assist you in connecting with a skilled real estate professional in your area, ensuring a comprehensive approach to your real estate needs.

What Our Clients Say

"extremely knowledgeable in real estate law..."

The sale was held up by various legal items, all of which Brian handled expertly. Brian is extremely knowledgeable in real estate law, and without him, the sale of my house would not have gone through, much less kept the original closing date.

During the process of my sale, Brian was always quick to respond to emails and text messages, and answered the many questions I had. He is an extremely dedicated attorney, and I have no problem in recommending his services to others.


Start Client Onboarding

Thank you so much for considering Unbundled Legal Services of Iowa! Please read the client onboarding process below.


Step 1 – Conflicts Check: We ensure that we haven't represented anyone else with conflicting interests.

Step 2 – Application Review: We assess if we can assist with your specific legal needs.


Step 3 – Appointment Scheduling: If you pass the conflict check, you are provided a link to schedule your consultation with the attorney. If we determine that you are conflicted out, we will notify you in writing.

To begin, kindly click on the "Get Started" button below. We'll conduct a conflicts check within 1-2 business days of receiving your form. If a conflict arises, we'll strive to provide you with a quality referral. If not, we'll promptly provided a link to schedule your consultation with the attorney. The consultation fee is $150, payable before the appointment, unless it pertains to a probate matter or mediation services. If approved, you'll receive valuable insights and a tailored plan to address your situation.

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