Entries from Searchlight Crusade tagged with 'listing agent'

Lipstick on a Pig: Selling the Property You Should Never Have Bought

Lots of properties have some kind of problem with them. Maybe you bought in full recognizance because of something else about the property, but probably not. Mostly it's directly a result of not spending the effort to find a good...

Real Estate is More Local Than Most People Think

When I'm doing my initial automated search for properties for my buyer clients, I always pay close attention to listings represented by agents out of the immediate area. Why? Because an agent from fifteen or twenty miles away probably has...

Transaction Coordinator: For The Agent's Benefit, Not The Consumers

The last few years, real estate agents and brokerages have begun charging a transaction coordination fee in addition to whatever their share of the sales commission was. The purpose of this is to pay a transaction coordinator, so your...

Dual Agency and Sellers Wanting to Keep a Buyer's Deposit

What can a seller do to get the deposit when the buyer backed out after the time limit and just won't sign off on the money? My real estate agent is not helping at all. The real estate office...

The Best Way To Create Problems For Yourself In Real Estate

Have a "looking for cheap" attitude, especially on services meant to protect you. It's great to have a "looking for value" attitude. If I cost more than someone else, it is in your best interest to ask why, and ask...

Do I Need A Deposit With 100% Financing Offers?

The answer is yes. Mind you, the only generally available 100% financing left is the VA loan, but few sellers are going to be willing to consider any offer that doesn't have a significant deposit. Consider the situation from the...

What Type of Real Estate Listing Agent to Choose

On a regular basis, I see advertisements for real estate offices that say "discount broker - full service". This is nonsense. Actually, it is a calculated lie. A discount broker has consciously chosen a business model whose economics do not...

There's No Such Thing as Full Service Agency for a Discount Price

You might get what you pay for. You don't get what you don't pay for, despite the fact that the local dog target loves giving discounters free puffery. I'm not against discounters. I'm very happy to do a discounters work...

Termite Work, Wood Destroying Pest Agreements: Avoiding Fraud

Every purchase contract I write includes an addendum for Wood Destroying Pests. In California, this is accomplished via form WPA, a one page addendum that requires an inspection and details responsibility for who makes repairs. The work needed is separated...

Find An Agent With Enough Time To Devote To Selling YOUR Property

Not very long ago, the purchase market in many areas of San Diego went through a phase that could only be described as "piranha feeding frenzy". This sort of market reinforces several pieces of advice I have given here....

RESPA Forbids Steering - Even "Just For Prequalification"

Agents rationalize this in all sorts of interesting ways, so let's just start by quoting the cold hard federal law. It's pretty damned clear: RESPA no person shall give and no person shall accept any fee, kickback, or thing of...

Property Advertisements: Trolling for Clients and Not Very Truthful

The first thing you need to understand in reading any property advertisements is that agents write them to get people to call. They are trolling for clients, not sales. Except in the case of someone who doesn't accept dual agency...

Multiple Offers: Weak But Increasingly Common, And It's Your Listing Agent's Fault

Listing Agents say they hate it when prospective buyers (of their listings) make offers on multiple properties, but they keep doing things to encourage it. It is both legal and simple for buyers to make multiple offers. All I have...

Properties With Accepted Contracts Aren't Available

This is one of the hardest things to get across to many people - agents included. A property with a fully negotiated purchase contract is not one that someone else can buy. They have a legal agreement binding them to...

Buyer's Agents Presenting An Offer In Person

This is a right given to buyers agents by my local MLS, and it's a good one, that I like to take advantage of whenever it is practical. The actual property owner - not the listing agent - does have...

Cash to Close - A Basic Primer

Cash to close has always been an underwriting standard, but more people are running into it as a reason why they cannot buy that property, why their buyers cannot perform, and why they can't get that refinance approved. With...

Fake Agent Scams

I am selling my home to this couple and from day one I wanted this to be strictly a buy-owner sale and they knew this but they brought in a Realtor and wanted me to give her 1% for paperwork...

Hourly Pay Instead of Commission For Agents

This was a comment on Real Estate Sellers Giving A Buyer Cash Back. The interesting thing is proposing hourly pay instead of commission for agents. That makes a lot of sense. Disclosing (net) cash back to the lender changes the...

You've Got a Great Offer, But Can The Buyer Consummate It? (Cash to Close and Appraised Value)

As a seller, a purchase offer is not money in your pocket. As a matter of fact, accepting the wrong purchase offer can cost you tens of thousands of dollars if the buyers can't consummate. I recently dealt with...

Misplaced Improvements in Real Estate

Every so often I'll say something about misplaced improvements. You may be wondering what a misplaced improvement is. Simply put, it's something that stands out above the surrounding properties so far that they pull it down. Like having a mansion...