Owning a land or a house, whether as a piece of investment or as a dwelling place, remains an outstanding life accomplishment. To achieve this, real estate developers are often there to assist in making this dream a reality. However, before you engage that real estate developer, it is important and in your best interest to read these short notes drawn from industry practice. 

1. Estate Developers often move the goal post

Be careful with Estate Developers especially when you’re paying in installments. They’re specialists in moving the goal post and changing the rules in the middle of the game. Let your lawyer be by your side every step of the way!

2. The Danger in Installmental Payments

The longer the period of your installmental payment, the higher your risks. If you can, do your best to pay up quickly.

3. Estate Developers have Already-made Stories

Estate Developers have already-made stories well-prepared to deal with your troubles when you begin to react to their breaches. These stories hover around a) cost of building materials, b) shortfalls in projections, c) unfavorable economic conditions, d) need for more capital.

4. Don’t be Desperate

Avoid putting yourself in a position of desperation. Estate Developers are mean and can hardly be moved. You need to be calculative and ensure that all pockets of agreements are understood and duly executed.

5. Secret Pricing

Estate Developers will offer you a property at a given price. But later, they will come up with what they call “pre-construction price” and “offered price”. The latter is often higher. Initially, this distinction might not feature anywhere until it is time to deliver the property.

6. Close the Gaps for Price Increase

It is in your best interest to involve your solicitor to close all gaps and windows that will allow for unnecessary price increase by the Estate Developer.

7. Avoid Hidden Charges

Enquire at the initial stage about what Estate Developers often call “associated fees”, legal costs, and other costs. Determine the applicable costs, fees and charges in good time to avoid problems. They’re experts in using hidden charges to nail you! Look beyond their adverts because oftentimes, they will make bold advert statements stating: “NO HIDDEN CHARGES”. 

8. Estate Developers Fear No One

Be warned that Estate Developers are skilled in frustrating subscribers. They are brutal in negotiations during conflict. They fear no one including law enforcement agencies. Be careful. Tighten all loose ends in the relationship and make proving your case easier.

Introducing Law Practice as a Business

Dear friends, I’m happy to announce the publication of my latest book, Law Practice as a Business

Law Practice as a Business discusses a critical aspect of law-practice business—the business of making money in legal practice. It shares some of the vital business strategies and distinct ideas peculiar to the legal industry. The ideas are presented with clarity of thought and simplicity of language. Hopefully, this keeps you relaxed while activating your logical and innovative mind. 

In addition to my knowledge and personal experience, the fundamental business aspects of legal practice discussed in this book also draws from the ideas of well-accomplished legal practitioners and scholars, locally and internationally. Therefore, some of the opinions expressed in the book are authoritative. The ideas are not only authoritative but realistic, with proven degrees of success. 

This book is meant to be a source of information, inspiration, and motivation for all categories of lawyers—especially young lawyers—as well as the lay in law, including law students and people in service-based businesses.


Book Price and How to Get a Copy

Law Practice as a Business is N7,000 (Seven Thousand Naira) only per copy, excluding delivery cost. To grab a copy or more for yourself and your learned friends, kindly make payment to any of the following account details: 


Azubuike Stephen Ifeanyi 




Azubuike Stephen Ifeanyi 


You can share evidence of payment via email (siazubuike@gmail.com) or WhatsApp (+2348063868497) and provide your delivery address. 

You can also purchase the book at my online store, https://stephensbooks.net/.

NB: For law firms, legal departments, and other organisations, Law Practice as a Business is also available for bulk purchase and is deliverable to all locations. To place requests, please email siazubuike@gmail.com. You can also reach me via call/WhatsApp on +2348063868497.

The book is also available in Lagos and Abuja at the following locations:

1. Ikeja Bar Centre, Lagos High Court, Ikeja Division. 

2. Udom Emmanuel Book stand, Federal High Court, Ikoyi. 

3. Infusion Lawyers, Vibranium Valley, 42, Local Airport Road, Ikeja. 

4.  Mr. Alex, Federal High Court, Abuja, 08035991379. 


Stephen Azubuike
Author: Stephen Azubuike
Stephen is a lawyer with expertise in Commercial Dispute Resolution and Technology Law practice. He is a Partner at Infusion Lawyers. He has successfully argued cases from the High Courts of various jurisdictions to the Appellate Courts on behalf of financial institutions, other corporate bodies and multinationals. He has advised a number of both established and startup tech companies. He tweets @siazubuike.
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