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My wife and I are first time buyers who will most likely be ready to make an offer on a NYC coop in the next week or so. I had assumed that this involved simply offering a price to the owners (the apt we have in mind is for sale by owners), reaching agreement, then putting it all in writing and having it reviewed by our lawyer. says not to make oral offers, but to have an attorney draw up a written offer to send to the owners.

Here are my questions:

- Do people agree that offers should be in writing?
- Does anyone think consulting an attorney is not a necessity for homebuyers?
- What should an attorney do for us is in this process, and what should we expect in terms of fees?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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