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!

WOW! Our March Free Homebuyer Class is Nearly SOLD OUT!

March 14th, 2012 by Marc

Next Free Home Buying Seminar is April 18

WaLaw Realty continues its series of Free Homebuyer Classes on March 21st and April 18th.

We’re thrilled at the response to our second free homebuyer class set for March 21.  We’ve had 20 people reserve a seat, although two have cancelled so we still have two seats available.  If you hurry, you might still be able to secure one of them.  Otherwise, reserve your seat now for the April 18 class.  Our Topic?

Is the Home Seller Responsible?

We’ll be discussing the various ways in which a seller might be liable to the buyer after closing.  Needless to say, this is an excellent class for sellers as well.  As always, though, the real focus will be on the questions asked by the attendees.  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…

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!!

Seattle Home Buyer Seminars – Our 2012 Schedule

January 12th, 2012 by Marc

Looking for a Home Buyer Seminar in Seattle?

UPDATE: All remaining classes will be focused on issues relevant to First Time Homebuyers.  New, updated topics below.

Your Next Home? Join us for our Home Buyer Seminars in Seattle

WaLaw Realty is offering free workshops for Seattle and Eastside home buyers again in 2012. Join us at our offices in Lower Queen Anne on Wednesday, May 16 and June 20 at 6 pm.

Once again, WaLaw Realty is offering a free home buying workshop to anyone interested in learning more about the Washington home buying process or WaLaw Realty.  In fact, we’re offering five of ’em!  These classes will run from 6pm to about 8pm here at our new office in Lower Queen Anne.  We’ll provide pizza, beer and soda.

Whether you’re a first time homebuyer or an old pro, you’ll undoubtedly learn something new at these free home buying classes.  Plus, you’ll learn about the WaLaw model that combines the services of a real estate agent with the skills of an attorney, all for a fee substantially less than what you would pay a typical agent.  Are you a seller?  Don’t worry, you’ll still pick up some valuable information, and of course we’ll answer your questions.

Free Home Buyer Seminars for 2012:

Each class will have a unique theme, although every class will be driven primarily by the interests and questions of the attendees.  We like talking — we hate lecturing!  So even if you think you know everything there is to know about a particular theme, we’re confident you’ll still be glad you came.  Our schedule:

February 15: The State of the Market  This was a great class where we shared our insight and opinions on the current and future state of the local housing market.  

March 21: What Every First Time Home Buyer Should Know  What are the important steps in the process?  Where do I start?  How can I save a ton of money?  And any other question you might have….  THIS CLASS IS SOLD OUT  Feel free to stop by, but we can’t guarantee a seat. 

April 18: Is the Seller Responsible?  This home buying workshop will also benefit sellers who want to learn more about their potential exposure to a buyer after closing. 

May 16: Traps for the Unwary First Time Home Buyer  While not exactly “traps” there are certain legal issues that could be a very unpleasant surprise to a naive buyer.  Learn about them so you can avoid them.  Plus, we’ll address other common issues relating to the homebuying experience, and we’ll make sure all your questions are answered. 

June 20: Financing for the First Time Home Buyer: Where to Get It, What Happens if It Fails  Most everyone needs to borrow money to buy a home.  Come to this home buying class to learn about some of the ins and outs of the financing process and how the contract can protect you if your financing fails.  Plus we’ll address other issues that might surprise a first time home buyer, and we’ll make sure all your questions are answered.  REGISTER AND GET DIRECTIONS TO OUR JUNE 20 HOME BUYER CLASS  »

Register today for our next Home Buying Class

Registrations for our June class are now available. Click here for a MAP & DIRECTIONS and to RSVP.  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!

About the Presenters:
Craig Blackmon and Marc Holmes are Seattle attorneys whose legal practice, Blackmon Holmes PLLC, is focused on residential real estate. Craig and Marc own and operate WaLaw Realty LLC, a real estate brokerage that provides the services of a real estate agent (such as MLS listings for sellers and access to listed properties for buyers) plus the professional legal representation of an attorney – for a flat rate.

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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