Entries from Searchlight Crusade tagged with 'law'

Listing Agreements: Exclusive Right to Sell Versus Exclusive Agency

There are actually several different kinds of listing agreements. They get their names from the rights conferred when you sign the contract. The vast majority of agreements concluded are either Exclusive Right to Sell or Exclusive Agency. Exclusive Right To...

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...

What Does Escrow Do?

This is a question that gets asked a lot. Escrow is nothing more or less than a neutral third party that stands in the middle of a real estate transaction and makes certain all of the i's are dotted and...

What Do Loan Qualification Standards Accomplish?

If you don't know the answer to this, don't be embarrassed. Lots of alleged professionals forgot the answers to these questions for several years, if indeed, they ever knew. It seems like quite a few still don't know the answer...

FSBO Horror and Failure to Disclose Property Defects

I keep getting search result hits for the string "fsbo horror." It's an amalgamation because I haven't done any postings on this specific subject. Both buyers and sellers have problems relating to For Sale By Owner issues. For sellers, the...

Magical Thinking About Mortgage Loans

(This is an updated reprint of an article written in February 2007. The Era of Make Believe Loans that made it easier to qualify people for inflated loan amounts ended abruptly a few days later, but the sort of thinking...

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...

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...

Can You Change Lenders After the Loan is Approved?

This question brought someone to the site Can I change lenders after the loan is approved? The answer is yes, but you need to start the loan process all over again. Actually, you can change lenders any time you want...

Non-Recourse Purchase Money Loans in California

do you agree that a non recourse loan on a single family home is loaned with out financial risk to the borrower... if they do not want to keep their home when the market drops below what they owe,...

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...

Probate and Foreclosure and Planning Ahead

This question brought someone to my site: If my house is going into foreclosure but the house is also in probate, can the lender actually go forward with the foreclosure sale while the house is in probate? The short answer...

Demands Listing Agents Make That Aren't in Their Clients Best Interest

One of the things I see all the time is notations made on the listing that demotivate buyers agents, or give them a reason not to show the property. This practice has had a drastic fall off for a while,...

Procuring Cause and Multiple Agents

Dear Mr. Melson, If you sign two or more non-exclusive buyer's agent agreements in your search for a home to buy, how do you avoid putting yourself at risk for a procuring cause situation from either agent, or even the...

What Does It Mean To Fall Out Of Escrow?

I got this question in an email, and almost blew it off, but then I realized for every person who actually asks, there are probably at least a dozen who are unclear but don't ask, and I apologize that...

Buying Teardown Properties and Condemned Buildings

Dear Mr. Melson: My husband and I are great fans of your Searchlight Crusade essays. Excellent work! In today's mortgage-mess market, will lenders reject loan applications from average buyers (not investors) wanting to purchase acreage with a teardown outside the...

Vampire Properties

I just went out doing some general market scouting. Looked at ten properties, and at least three were of a sort that I've started calling "vampire properties." Vampire properties are one more reason you want a good buyer's agent, and...

What Happens To Equity During and After Foreclosure?

"what happens to your equity when the bank forecloses" was a question I got. The answer is that most, if not all, will be dissipated by the foreclosure. Let's say you own a home currently valued at $500,000, that you...

California's Home Equity Sales Contract Act

A while ago a reader gave me a heads up that Illinois HB 4050 was hurting residents of certain poverty stricken Illinois Zip Codes. Now I have to pick on my own state: California law generally requires special handling of...