For Sale By Owner – Learn from a real estate attorney how to Buy or Sell it Yourself

March 8th, 2017 by Claire

The Holmes Law Group and WaLaw Realty are offering a workshop on Wednesday, March 29th to anyone interested in buying or selling a home For Sale By Owner and cutting out the commissions.

Pizza, beer, and a lot of great insight whether you’re a first timer or old pro – all for just $5.  Real estate attorney and managing broker Marc Holmes has helped several hundred clients buy and sell homes on and off market. He will discuss:

  • The myth of “Full Service”and the superstar “Neighborhood” agent (every neighborhood has one and they’re usually not that super)
  • Pros and cons of FSBO versus listing in the MLS 
  • Tools and resources for marketing a home FSBO 
  • For buyers, how to find homes For Sale By Owner
  • Correctly pricing the home (probably the thing sellers most frequently get wrong)
  • Dealing with potential buyers and the agents that call
  • Seller disclosure requirements and protecting your interests (whether buying or selling)
  • The offer negotiation process
  • The title and escrow process

6pm to 8pm here at our office in Lower Queen Anne.  Audience feedback and participation is encouraged so we can tailor the talk to address the interests of the folks who attend.

RSVP here. We look forward to seeing you!

For Sale By Owner Seminar & Workshop – Learn from a real estate attorney how to buy or sell a home without paying 6% in commissions

July 10th, 2015 by Claire

WaLaw Realty is offering a free workshop on Thursday, August 13th at 6 pm to anyone interested in buying or selling a home For Sale By Owner and cutting out the 6% commission traditionally paid to real estate agents.  The class will run from 6pm to 8pm here at our office in Lower Queen Anne.  We’ll provide pizza and beer plus a lot of great insight – all at no cost to you!

Whether you’re a first timer 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:

  • Tools and resources for marketing a home FSBO (and how buyers can find off market deals)
  • Correctly pricing the home (probably the thing sellers most frequently get wrong)
  • Dealing with potential buyers and the agents that call
  • Seller disclosure requirements and protecting your interests (whether a buying or selling)
  • The offer negotiation process
  • The title and escrow process

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 For Sale By Owner Class.  We look forward to seeing you!

Seattle-Bellevue Home Buyer & Seller Seminars – 2015 Schedule

March 25th, 2015 by Claire

walaw-home-buyer-seminarsWaLaw Realty has historically conducted four to six free home buying & selling workshops per year.  These classes typically run in the evening from 6 pm to 8 pm at our office in Lower Queen Anne and we’re considering a lunch time class.

We provide pizza, beer and soda and give buyers and sellers an opportunity to hear from an experienced real estate attorney and broker on topics like these:

  • State of the local real estate market (it’s not all bidding wars even if that’s what it feels like)
  • Top 10 Things Home Buyers should Know to protect themselves
  • Advice for Home Sellers to sell their home quickly, for the best price, and avoid future liability.

We plan to host at least a few classes in 2015 and would like to know if folks would be interested in a lunch time class from noon to 2 pm?  Folks will be welcome to drop in and stay for as long as they like and then pop out.

Let us know by email (marc@walawrealty.com) or in the comments if the lunch hour is a good option for you or if you prefer the usual evening class.

FREE Home Buying & Selling workshop

July 29th, 2014 by Claire

Once again, WaLaw Realty is offering a free workshop on Thursday, August 21st 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!

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!

Last Two Homebuyer Classes Focused on First Time Buyers

April 13th, 2012 by Marc

Home Buying Seminars Popular with First Time Home Buyers

Based on the incredible response to our “First Time Home Buyer” class — and the less-than-incredible response to our other two classes — we’ve decided to tailor the last two classes for first time homebuyers.  So if you’re a first time homebuyer, come learn about the process, how to protect yourself, and how you can save a bunch of money.  Register now for our next class on May 16.  We hope to see you!

Free Home Buyer Seminar – March 21

February 21st, 2012 by Marc

What Every First Time Home Buyer Should Know

WaLaw Realty Continues Its Spring Series of Free Homebuyer Classes on March 21

WaLaw’s next free class for home buyers — sellers welcome too! — is Wednesday March 21.  Once again we’ll have free pizza and beverages (both kinds) so we can stay focused on the topic at hand rather than our grumbling tummies.  The class will again take place at our office in Lower Queen Anne.

Seminar for First-Time Home Buyers

This month’s topic: What every first time home buyer should know before buying a house.  We’ll talk about the buying process from start (getting pre-qualified for a loan) to finish (turning YOUR keys to open YOUR door), including “traps” for the unwary.  For example, did you know that the IRS requires the buyer to determine whether the seller is a foreigner and thus subject to taxation?  And if the seller IS a foreigner, the law requires the BUYER to withhold 10% of the sale price and to forward those funds to the IRS?  Learn about this legal obligation that most buyers (and almost all agents) do not appreciate.

As always, we’ll make sure everyone’s questions are answered before the night is over.  So come meet Marc and learn about the homebuying — and selling — process.  Reservations appreciated but not required.  We hope to see you!!

Our First Free Homebuyer Class is Feb 15

February 2nd, 2012 by Marc

This is the first of five seminar/workshops we have scheduled. To see dates and topics for all our Home Buyer Workshops, click here.

If you’re thinking of buying a home in 2012, stop by our first Free Homebuyer Class of the year at our brand new office in Lower Queen Anne!  We’ll have our “WaLaw refreshments” on hand (pizza and beer/soda) and we’ll be discussing the current state of the Seattle housing market.  Thinking of selling?  You’ll benefit as well.

We’ll also be discussing our unique business model in the real estate industry and how you can save thousands of dollars by using our flat rate real estate brokerage services.  Attendance is free, and reservations are appreciated but not required.  We hope to see you!


Home Buying Due Diligence: Online Property Research Tools for City and County Property Records

October 3rd, 2011 by Marc Holmes

Search City and County Records Before Buying a Home

Home Buying Due Diligence - Online Property Search

The King County Parcel Viewer is one of many Online Property Research Tools for City and County Property Records accessible online.

So you’ve found a property that you’re interested in buying or maybe you’ve already got it under contract and you’re looking for all the information you can find to help you understand what kind of house or condo purchase you’re dealing with. There are numerous online home buying tools you can use to conduct due diligence. Here are some I use all the time. (more…)

Property Search Tools: Top 5 Online Home Buying Tools

October 1st, 2011 by Marc Holmes

Online Home Buyer Search Tool from Redfin

Redfin has a Well Respected MLS Search Tool. Create Different Searches and Receive Email Alerts for Each One.

Today there are literally hundreds of websites and online search tools you can use to buy or sell a home. At WaLaw Realty, we charge a low flat fee so our clients save the commission usually paid to a real estate agent. Here are our recommendations for tools you can use to find the home that’s right for you. Give us a call if you need more tips!

If you’re like many of our buyer clients you may be thoroughly frustrated with the lack of quality inventory out there right now.  Our clients are scrubbing the MLS daily but just can’t find what they’re searching for.  (more…)