Entries from Searchlight Crusade tagged with 'buyers'

Advertising a Sold Property As Available on MLS

This really ticks me off. I just got done going around about this with a clueless Realtor. According to them, it's not available. It's simply pending contract signatures. But it's showing as "Active" in MLS. This is not a minor...

Altering the Terms of A Real Estate Purchase Contract

A search hit that I got: What is the reasonable amount of notice to give when changing contract terms in California Unfortunately for this person, a real estate contract is not something like Lando Calrissian's bargain with the Empire in...

"Buy and Bail" or Buying One Home Before Foreclosure on Another

This has been a noticeable phenomenon for quite a while in San Diego. I've been loath to talk about it because I didn't want to be giving fraudsters ideas. Most lenders have now put into place safeguards against this measure....

How to Effectively Shop for a Buyer's Agent

This is easy. Much easier than effectively shopping for a loan or a listing agent. So easy that a congresscritter can do it. So easy that congressional leadership can do it. The only thing possibly moderately difficult to understand is...

The Escrow Process and Reasons for Falling Out

There are all sorts of reasons why escrow falls through, but they fall into three main categories. They can best be described as failures of qualification, failures of the property itself, and failures of execution. Before I get into the...

Listings from Non-MLS Websites

About once a week, I get an email from a client or prospect asking about a property they found on a site not sourced from MLS. These properties are pretty universally non-existent, at least as far as being for...

Wells and Community Water Systems

We read Searchlight Crusade every day and consider your essays a priceless education in avoiding the major pitfalls in the home-buying process. On behalf of all of us consumers, thank you so much for your hard work! Please comment on...

The Are No Schools That Teach What A Good Agent Needs to Know

I find it fascinating the number of people who will claim that because no college degree is required to become a real estate agent, that agents can't possibly be worth any significant amount of money. The reason no college...

Negotiation Requires More Than Dueling Ultimatums

Not too long ago, I started negotiating for a property. I did extensive research online, and and I and my clients visited several competing properties. We made an offer that was a little under 90% of the asking price, and...

Rent to Own and Lease With Option to Buy

This has always been a portion of the market, but right now, more and more people are emphasizing it, or at least the ones who are able. Actual Rent to Own is rare these days, a sign that the...

What If You Cannot Refinance Later?

People always assume they'll be able to refinance later. Even most of my articles have it as an implicit assumption. But what if you can't refinance later? There are situations where it happens. Many situations, as millions of people...

The Basics of What Should A Buyer Offer (and Should You Even Make An Offer)?

Dan, Okay, so now I'm in the process of just making an offer on a house and it's already getting confusing despite all my reading. It would have been worse has I not spent all this time reading but just...

Negotiations After the Purchase Contract: Seller's Allowances and Fixing Problems

I had made a request to repair that included $3700 credit for closing costs. I wanted to get things done like safety issues and more critical maintenance issues done. Our estimate said that it would be about $4900 to...

Finding or Creating a "Green" or Eco-Friendly House

With the current popularity of pursuing a "green" lifestyle and some sustainability (garden plot, edible landscaping, micro-orchard, etc.) in one's yard area, I value your input about what to look for in an older subdivision with larger lots that aren't...

"All of the Good Properties Get Offers So Fast!"

That's way up there on the list of complaints buyer's agents get. Probably number one, definitely no lower than number three, and it's only going to get worse when the markets recover. There's really only one honest response: "Well,...

When to Get A Buyer's Agent and Start Looking at Property

Once we figure out when we are going to be ready to buy, how early is too soon to get a buyer's agent and start looking. You are ready for a Buyer's Agent when you are ready to act...

What Buyers Need: What Sellers Should Want to Supply When Selling

(This is a companion article to What Sellers Need: What Buyers Should Want to Supply) Quite often, I hear people talking about the real estate market as if it's all some amorphous blob, and buyers and sellers are no more...

What Sellers Need: What Buyers Should Want to Supply When Making An Offer

(This is a companion article to What Buyers Need: What Sellers Should Want to Supply) Quite often, I hear people talking about the real estate market as if it's all some amorphous blob, and buyers and sellers are no more...

Real Estate: General Education versus Specific Expertise

Hi Dan, Your blogsite is great; I stumbled on it and find you very credible and knowledgeable. I have two questions for you, if you are looking for things to write about: 1) What are your views on the...

What Can You Do If You've Bought A Vampire Property or Money Pit?

Dear Mr. Melson, I was wondering if you could offer some insight re: the other side of the equation: what to do *after* you've bought a vampire property. We bought one, quite by accident, despite a house inspection by...