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!

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

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Real Estate Agents Who Practice Law: Why It’s a Bad Thing

August 27th, 2012 by Marc

I just commented on a post on Rain City Guide by the prolific and highly-regarded blogger Ardell DellaLogia.  She raises an interesting issue regarding the interplay between an unsolicited cover letter enclosing an offer from a potential buyer and laws that prohibit discrimination.  As I note in my comment, the issue is worthy of some in-depth analysis.  But having just returned to the office from a one-week vacation — :-( — I simply don’t have the time for such research and thought.  (more…)

Free Homebuyer Seminar Tonight! Bellevue 6:30p

July 6th, 2011 by Marc

Market conditions, saving money, finance options – lots of good information!   Come join us at the North Belleve Community Center, 4063 148th Ave NE at 6:30 pm.  RSVPs appreciated but certainly not required!  We’d love to see you.

The Home Buying Process with WaLaw Realty: Using a Lawyer as a Real Estate Agent

May 24th, 2011 by Marc

What’s it like to buy a house using WaLaw Realty?  How does the experience differ from using a traditional real estate agent to buy a house?

We’re quite a bit different than your average real estate agent, but we still provide the services you need. The difference starts with the fact that we are your lawyer as well as your agent, but it certainly doesn’t end there. Overall, we provide superior representation for a lower cost.  Now that’s different!

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Buying or Selling a Home with a Real Estate Agent: How They “Earn” Their Commission

February 22nd, 2011 by Marc

I came across an interesting tidbit in the Realty Times, a web site devoted to providing “consumers and industry professionals with helpful, informative news and advice.” The article educates agents on how they can “push back” against downward pressure on their commission, whether buying or selling. Apparently, “prospects” (the industry term for somebody thinking of hiring an agent) try to negotiate a lower commission because of “fear.” If the agent can address that fear — which may have one or more causes — then the agent will more likely get the “full” commission. (more…)

Realtors vs. Lawyers: “How will I benefit from WaLaw’s services compared to those of a REALTOR?”

October 5th, 2010 by Marc

This post is authored by Marc Holmes, the Designated Broker for WaLaw Realty.  Marc recently received this inquiry from a potential client.  Here is his response:

Thank you for the inquiry.  The two most obvious advantages that we provide to a buyer like you are superior representation and a large commission rebate.  Better representation should be especially important to you since you’re considering a bank owned home which means the seller will insist on using its own contract addendum which supersedes the terms in the standard MLS forms used by agents.  Real estate agents aren’t trained or authorized to advise a client on the meaning of custom contract documents but we, as attorneys, are fully capable of advising you on the meaning of such a document and the potential pitfalls that you should be careful to avoid.  Moreover, I’m currently dealing with this listing agent on another transaction so she and I are both familiar with one another and have a good working relationship which would benefit you especially if you wind up in a multiple offer situation.

 Second, we rebate the entire commission to you less our fee at closing.  In this case they’re offering 3% of the net sales price so if you offered the list price you’d would receive a net cash back rebate of $_____.  Typically this money is used to pay a portion of the buyer’s closing costs (as opposed to paying all of your closing costs out of pocket).  We can also negotiate for a seller contribution to closing costs if that would be helpful to you.