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!

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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Next Free Homebuying Seminar is June 20: Financing, Where to Get It, What Happens if It Fails

May 20th, 2012 by Marc

WaLaw Realty continues to conclude its 2012 series of Free Homebuyer Classes on June 20.  The final topic:

First Time Home Buyer Financing: Where to Get It, What Happens if It Fails

We’ll be discussing the various options concerning financing, how to find a lender who meets your needs, and how the contract can protect you if your financing fails.  As always, though, the real focus will be on the questions asked by the attendees, so even if you’re a seller you’ll be glad you came.  Our number one goal is to insure that all questions are answered.  Oh, and that everyone gets a beverage and a slice of pizza, too…

Otherwise, reserve your seat now for the June 20 class.

We hope to see you!

WaLaw Homebuyer Seminars a Screaming Success! We’re Already Planning for 2012

July 22nd, 2011 by Marc

We recently finished up our 2011 Free Homebuyer Seminar Series, and it was a raging success!  What did we learn?

  1. Pizza and beer trumps cookies and soda by a very wide margin; and
  2. If we offer pizza and beer, apparently people will come to us (at our office) and we don’t need to go to them (at libraries/community centers around the area).

So to summarize, Pizza and Beer ROCK!  You’d think I would have learned that lesson in college.

Given the success, we’re already thinking about our 2012 series.  We will, of course, keep you posted as the schedule comes together late this year or early next.

Thank you to EVERYONE who took the time to attend our classes.  And for those of you who missed out — you also missed out on some cool WaLaw swag (in addition to the cookies/soda/pizza/beer).  I hope you’ve all learned your lessons and you make it to one of classes in 2012….

Next Free Homebuyer Seminar July 20 – with Pizza and Beer!

July 7th, 2011 by Marc

2012 UPDATE: Our next series of home buyer seminars starts February 15th. Click here for info.

Our final Free Homebuying Seminar (sellers welcome too!) will happen July 20, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, at the WaLaw office, 2033 Sixth Ave., Ste. 990.  We’re kicking it up a notch or two this time – we’ll have pizza and beer!  We’ll still talk about the state of the current market, financing options (with Tom Goldsmith of Cobalt Mortgage), and how you can save lots of money in the transaction while protecting your legal interests.  But this time, instead of soda and cookies we’ll have some delicious NW microbrew on hand and fantastic pizzas from Serious Pie.  This is a great chance to meet Marc and Craig in a very informal setting.  Both buyers and sellers will learn lots of great information about the WaLaw model and the services we provide.  And did I mention the pizza and beer?  :-)

If you are planning to buy or sell your home this spring, you know that the real estate market has changed considerably. What’s an “REO”? What’s a “short sale”? How do foreclosures affect market values? Know your options!

Is This a Seminar for First Time Home Buyers? Who Should Attend?
The seminar is for anyone interested in learning more about buying or selling a home in today’s market including first time home buyers, repeat buyers, and sellers.

What: Workshop for Home Buyers and Home Sellers
Where: WaLaw Realty Offices, Downtown Seattle
Click here to RSVP and get directions to the Home Buying Seminar .
When: Wednesday, July 20th, 2011, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Cost: FREE

As usual, RSVPs are appreciated but not required.  We hope to see you!

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.

Next Free Homebuyer Seminar: July 6 in Bellevue

June 27th, 2011 by Marc

2012 UPDATE: Our next series of home buyer seminars starts Wednesday, February 15th. Click here for info.

WaLaw continues its series of free homebuyer seminars this summer on July 6, when we’ll be, like the Jeffersons, moving on up to the Eastside. We’ll be at the North Bellevue Community Center, 4063 148th Ave. NE, Bellevue from 6:30 to 8:30 pm (RSVPs appreciated but not required). We’ll be discussing the current state of the market and how you can save thousands of dollars in transaction costs. We’ll also be sharing our insight, as attorneys, on common pitfalls for home buyers — and sellers too! While its a “homebuyer” seminar, sellers will also gain valuable information.

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Home Buyer Seminar Tonight in West Seattle!

June 20th, 2011 by Marc

This class is finished. Join us for our next Home Buyer Seminar in Bellevue, WA, on July 6th.

Join us in tonight for our next home buying seminar.  We’ll be at the Southwest Seattle Library, 9010 35th Avenue Seattle, 6:00 – 7:45 p.m. RSVPs appreciated but not required.

Are you planning to buy or sell your home this spring? The real estate market has changed considerably and it’s more confusing than ever. What’s an “REO”? What’s a “short sale”? How do foreclosures affect market values?   (more…)

Don’t Forget Our Free Home Buyer Class

May 24th, 2011 by Marc

We’re offering free seminars on the home buying process. Our 1st (of 4) free home buying classes is 6:30 pm Wednesday, June 8 at the Ballard Community Center,  6020 28th Avenue NW  — sellers welcome too!  We’ll discuss the state of the market, financing options, and how you can save several thousand dollars in transaction costs.  Light refreshments will be served. RSVPs appreciated but not required. For more about our free home buying seminar (aka home buyer class), click here. We look forward to seeing you!

Free Home Buyer Seminars! Learn About the Housing Market, the Home Buying Process, and Financing Options

April 27th, 2011 by Marc

2012 UPDATE: Our next series of home buyer workshops starts Wednesday, February 15th. Click here for info.

Are you planning to buy or sell your home this spring? The real estate market has changed considerably. There are significant opportunities, and there are risks. Know your options! We have answers to questions like: What’s an “REO”? What’s a “short sale”? How do foreclosures affect market values?

We’ve scheduled a series of home buyer seminars around the Seattle and Bellevue area. We are co-hosting these events with Cobalt Mortgage. We’ll have complimentary refreshments, and we’ll discuss market conditions, mortgages, and paying real estate agent commissions versus paying a flat fee.

Is This a Seminar for First Time Home Buyers? Who Should Attend?

The seminar is for anyone interested in learning more about buying or selling a home in today’s market including first time home buyers, repeat buyers, and sellers.

Next Class:  July 20th Downtown at the WaLaw Realty Offices

2033 Sixth Ave., Ste. 990, Seattle, WA 98121
Click here to RSVP and get directions to the Downtown Seattle Home Buyer Seminar.
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