Happy Belated Birthday to Us – Saving Buyers & Sellers Beaucoup $$ Since 2009

March 31st, 2014 by Marc Holmes

WaLaw Jersey (1280x720)So we’re very excited to be sponsoring our first sports team – Teeball in Magnolia – and it’s not too surprising that my 5 year old son picked this number for his jersey.  I took this photo a few days ago and have looked at umpteen times since but only now did it dawn on me that we’re 5 too!  WaLaw Realty was officially formed in February 2009.  Perhaps I overlooked it because I’ve always considered our start date to be when we rolled out the website which was late that summer.

In any case this seems like as good a time as any to reflect on the past 5 years.

–          $134,858,159 in total sales volume

–          $2,860,535 in buyer rebates and seller commission savings

–          Average buyer purchase price – $688,619

–          Average seller sales price – $568,657

–          Average buyer rebate – $14,038

–          Average seller savings – $12,239

–          Most expensive buyer purchase – $3,100,000 with a rebate of $65,844

–          Most expensive listing sold – $1,700,000 with a commission savings of $34,245

–          Least expensive buyer purchase – $168,000

–          Least expensive listing sold – $115,737

And we did all of this with a fraction of the staff and overhead of traditional brokerage companies.  Boo yah!!

I am incredibly lucky to have an incredible staff and the best clients in the world.  I can’t wait to see what the next five years brings!

NEW DATE – Free Home Buying & Selling Seminar in Seattle – Perfect for People Trying to Figure Out This Crazy Real Estate Market

February 19th, 2014 by Claire

Once again, WaLaw Realty is offering a free workshop on Thursday, March 27th (previously March 20th) to anyone interested in learning more about the process of buying or selling a home here in Washington.  The class will run from 6pm to 8pm here at our office in Lower Queen Anne.  We’ll provide pizza and beverages (beer and soda) plus a lot of great insight – all at no cost to you!

Whether you’re a first time homebuyer or an old pro, you’ll surely learn something new at this class.  Real estate attorney and managing broker of WaLaw Realty, Marc Holmes, will discuss the current state of the market including the impacts of low inventory of houses for sale, how to best handle multiple offer situations, as well as common and no-so-common pitfalls of buying and selling a home.  Audience feedback and participation is encouraged so we can tailor the talk to address the interests of the folks who attend.

Marc will also answer any questions about WaLaw’s flat fee business model that combines the services of a real estate agent with the skills of an attorney, all at a cost that is a whole lot less than what you would pay a typical agent.

Click Here to Register Today for our next Free Home Buying & Selling Class

Registration is appreciated but not required.  We’ll be setting up the other classes as time rolls on, and we’ll make sure to blog about each one when they’re open for registration.  We look forward to seeing you!

Happy New Year!

January 2nd, 2014 by Claire

WaLaw Realty rebates a total of $913,804 in actual dollars back to clients in 2013.

WaLaw Realty’s Craftsman Home Listing Featured in the Seattle PI’s Real Estate Profile

April 3rd, 2013 by Claire

We listed this beautiful craftsman home just last week, and found it featured in the Seattle PI’s real estate profile of Central District homes for sale. Look at it there, right on the front page! And good news, as of this very second it’s still available!  http://bit.ly/10xwGPE

Want to know more about how WaLaw Realty can help you save money on a house purchase in the Seattle and Eastside region? Check out our services for home buyers and home sellers!

Seattle Craftsman home for sale

WaLaw Realty is Hiring! We Need a Real Estate Attorney & Broker!

March 6th, 2013 by Claire

Times are good at WaLaw Realty, which means we’ve got lots of new business and we’re searching for exceptional people to help us better serve our clients.

We are building something entirely new in the real estate industry and the response we’ve received so far has been fantastic. Now we’re ready to go to the next level and we need people who will embrace our vision and who have great enthusiasm, a willingness to work very hard, and a “No-is-not-an-option” attitude. WaLaw seeks a highly motivated, client focused attorney to help it grow.  The attorney will primarily provide legal and brokerage services to transactional clients.  The legal services include contract drafting and negotiating, reviewing title reports, working with title, escrow and mortgage companies, reviewing closing documents.  Brokerage services include occasionally showing homes and formulating market value opinions based on comparable sales.  There will be opportunity for additional real estate related matters such as drafting and reviewing easements, covenants, tenancy in common agreements, etc.


  • Position requires a JD, Washington bar license in good standing, and Washington real estate broker’s license (or eligibility to obtain a broker’s license).
  • Past experience in residential real estate, title, escrow, and/or mortgage lending strongly preferred.
  • We don’t do any selling but we routinely deal with sales people so sales experience is a major plus.
  • The skills required to be successful include strong negotiation and advising skills, ability to execute quick and effective decisions, superior problem solving skills, and strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must have reliable car and insurance.

To apply for the position please forward resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to Info@WaLawRealty.com,   We’re extremely busy so no calls please.

First Time Home Buying Seminar in Seattle – Learn from the Experts!

February 4th, 2013 by Marc

WaLaw Realty continues its series of free Home Buyer Classes for the Seattle and Eastside area on February 28.  Our topic?

This could be you – attend our free First Time Home Buyer class to find out how!

What Every First Time Home Buyer Should Know

We’ll talk about tools available to help you in your initial home buying search, what to do when you find “the one,” how to make sure it really IS “the one,” and how to save a bunch of money in the process.

As always, we’ll have lots to say about what first-time buyers need to know when buying a home, but the goal is to make sure all of your questions are answered.  So bring your questions!  Plus, we’ll have pizza and beverages (beer and soda) so we can focus on the topic at hand without being distracted by hunger or thirst.

Last year’s turnout for this First Time Buyer seminar was really great. If you think you might attend, please RSVP so we can make sure we have enough food and drink on hand.  But last-minute walk-ins are welcome too!  We hope to see you.

Free Home Buying Seminars in Seattle – Perfect for First Time Homebuyers

January 2nd, 2013 by Marc

Interested in Buying a Beautiful Craftsman in Wallingford? Learn How to Buy It for Less

Once again, WaLaw Realty is offering a series of free home buying workshops to anyone interested in learning more about the home buying process here in Washington or WaLaw Realty.  These classes will run from 6pm to 8pm here at our office in Lower Queen Anne.  We’ll provide pizza and beverages (beer and soda) plus a lot of great insight – all at no cost to you!

Whether you’re a first time homebuyer or an old pro, you’ll surely learn something new at these free home buying classes.  If nothing else, you’ll learn about the WaLaw model that combines the services of a real estate agent with the skills of an attorney, all at a cost that is a whole lot less than what you would pay a typical agent.

Are you a seller?  Don’t worry, you’ll still get lots of valuable information, and of course we’ll answer your questions too.  So whether you’re a buyer or a seller you’ll find any of these free seminars to be full of helpful and useful information about the home buying and selling process.

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Primary Residence Exemption to COD Income Extended Thru 2013 – Great News for Short Sellers!

January 2nd, 2013 by Marc

[The following is NOT legal advice.  For legal advice and counsel, you must consult an attorney or in this instance some other tax professional, and not a blog.]

Primary Residence Exemption May Apply to This Home in 2013Principal Residence Tax Exemption Extended by Law Avoiding Fiscal Cliff

Later today — if he has not done so already — President Obama will sign legislation avoiding the “fiscal cliff” for at least another month or two.  (Insert rolled eyes here — is it really in the nation’s best interests to repeatedly address our financial issues on a temporary and piecemeal basis?)  This legislation includes fantastic news for sellers here in the State of Washington: The principal residence exemption to cancellation of debt income has been extended until the end of 2013 (see Section 202 of the act, link above).

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October Home Sales & Closings

November 15th, 2012 by Claire

Congratulations to all of our clients who sold or bought a home last month using WaLaw Realty, totaling over $63,000 in rebates! Typically, the market tends to slow down in the fall, when the rain settles in and the kids get back to school – but 2012 is proving to be an unpredictable year. And once again we are busier than ever, and showing no signs of slowing down.

Check out our closings and rebates below, and for more information on the buyers side of the home purchase process, we just posted a great article (and info graphic!) here.

WaLaw Sellers

Modern elegance on Queen Anne
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Seattle Home Buyer’s and Seller’s Savings – It Still Feels Like Summer Edition!

October 9th, 2012 by Claire

Last month we posted all about our buyers and sellers savings – summer edition. Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like September was summer edition part II!  Our clients saved a grand total of over $90,000 in September, that’s a lesson in back to school savings. Thinking of buying soon? Craig outlines the need for buyer representation in his latest blog post, “What is a buyers agent? Does a buyer need a buyer’s agent?” or this one on how our real estate agent commission rebate works.

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