Entries from Searchlight Crusade tagged with 'sellers'

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...

Is Remodeling Likely To Show A Profit?

My general rule of thumb is "Remodel for your own enjoyment. If you're lucky, you'll get some of your money back when you sell." The remodeling industry has made a very large amount of money seducing people into believing...

Real Estate "Pig In a Poke"

Over five hundred years ago in Europe, there was a con game that was more practiced than any other con game in the history of the world. It was simply the thing to try on the new rube in...

Agents "Buying" Listings: Promising the Undeliverable and Hurting Their Clients

Quite a lot of the time when I view a property, I get requests for feedback. Usually it's an automated email. Other times, it's some office assistant who wants to fax me a form which will "only take a...

What is Real Estate Worth?

One of the most common questions in real estate is "What is this property really worth?" The easy answer is the same as the deepest, most profound one I can come up with, "Whatever you can get someone to pay...

Why Do Purchase Escrows Fall Apart? (And Why Is It Happening More Often?)

There have always been real estate transactions that fall apart. The reasons why they fall apart are as varied as the people who enter into the transaction in the first place. Let's get back to the very basics for...

You Never Have To Sell to a Any Particular Offer

Must you sell if you list at a specific price and the broker comes up with a qualified buyer? in the US in general, no you do not have to sell, but you could still be liable to the...

Is The Good Faith Deposit At Risk?

Many agents seem to answer this question differently depending upon whether their client is the prospective buyer or seller, according to what they think will make the client most comfortable. When their client is making an offer, "No, your...

For Sale By Owner Issues

I've been taking a long look at the world of For Sale By Owner and similar concepts lately. With the digital revolution, you always want to be watching the tide to figure out if you're in a business that's about...

Top Ten Reasons Your House Isn't Selling

No, I'm not a David Letterman watcher, for reasons having to do with turning into a pumpkin before his show starts. I'm going to treat it a little more seriously than he does, as this is a serious subject,...

Seller Paid Closing Costs (or, When Your Prospective Buyer Has No Money)

In many transactions when I originally wrote this, the buyer has absolutely no money, or an amount that was not sufficient to pay the costs that they would traditionally be expected to pay in order to close the transaction. Today,...

A Good Listing Agent's Most Difficult Task

The general public may not understand this, but the most critical parts of a listing agent's job all take place before the property hits the market. The most difficult task of an agent who wants to successfully list property is...

Short Sales of Real Estate, aka Short Payoffs

A while ago I wrote an article called, "What Happens When You Can't Make Your Real Estate Loan Payment." This is kind of a continuation of that, as I got a search that asked, "What is necessary to persuade a...

Why You Want To Price Your Property Correctly From Day One

This article is for sellers who want to put their property on the market priced too high "just to see if we can get it." I know where sellers get this notion. A lot of people are out there...

What Happens When You Over-Price Real Estate?

Short answer: It almost certainly won't sell! The first thing that happens is that when it goes onto the Multiple Listing Service, all the agents who see it know that it's overpriced. Even on the public part of MLS, the...

Sixty Second Public Service Announcement About Selling Real Estate

Here was an idea I had: Pack a list of the most important things consumers need to know about buying real estate, as packed into the words I can say in sixty seconds without sounding like an over-clocked squirrel. Here...

Pretending the Service Equation is Simpler Than It Is

Way back when I was just out of high school, I was doing a lot of things with my time. Working, dating, competing on the fencing team, gaming of various sorts. But every once in a while, I dropped...

Real Estate: Know What Can Be Fixed and What Can't, What's Profitable and What Isn't

It's a well known fact that not all factors in real estate are equally important, and not all property investments perform equally well. A critical part of successfully choosing the right property, whether it's for investment or personal use, lies...

Negative Equity and Short Payoff Scams

Saw a sign driving: "Negative Equity? Sell and Get cash!" Notice that it doesn't claim that you can do so legally. I saw another of these signs on the way to the office this morning. When things are going sour,...

Consumer Due Diligence on Real Estate and Mortgage Loans

Or: Please don't believe everything you read on the internet! Rarely a week passes by that I don't get a request from someone to link to their website or article. I'm happy to link to good sites and good articles...