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!

Home Seller Seminar – Buying or Selling a Home in a Crazy Sellers’ Market

February 29th, 2016 by Claire

WaLaw Realty is offering a Home Seller Seminar on Thursday, March 24th at 6 pm to anyone interested in learning how to successfully buy or sell a home in Seattle’s crazy seller’s market.  The class will run from 6pm to 8pm at our office in Lower Queen Anne.  We’ll provide pizza and beer.  Tickets are $5 per couple and 100% of proceeds will be donated to the Housing Justice ProjectPlease RSVP on our Event Brite page.

Whether you’re a first timer or an old pro, you’ll learn something new at this class.  Real estate attorneys and licensed brokers, Marc Holmes and Kim Holmes, will discuss:

  • Current state of the Seattle/Eastside market
  • Tools and resources for marketing a home whether FSBO or through the MLS
  • Correctly pricing the home (what FSBO sellers most frequently get wrong)
  • Dealing with potential buyers and agents
  • Seller disclosure requirements and protecting your interests (whether a buying or selling)
  • The offer negotiation process
  • The title and escrow and the closing process

Audience feedback and participation is encouraged so we can tailor the talk to the interests of the folks who attend.

Marc and Kim 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 Home Seller Seminar.  We look forward to seeing you!

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!

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

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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Home Selling and Home Buying Savings in Seattle – Summer Edition

September 7th, 2012 by Claire

12 Closings in August = $187,260 in Rebates to WaLaw Clients

Have we mentioned lately how much we love our clients? In the month of August alone, we have had 12 clients close on their homes, and they collectively saved $187,260! No, that’s not a misprint, or a misplaced zero. Yes, our model really works!

As if the money wasn’t enough, they also had a great time – check out some of their testimonials. Congratulations to all of our August buyers and sellers.

 WaLaw Sellers:

Refined Kirkland 3 BR on 3/4 acre

 

 

Rebate: $5,693
Refined Kirkland 3 bedroom on 3/4 acre 

 

 

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FOUR closings in July!

August 9th, 2012 by Claire

Oh where has the summer gone? Time flies when you’re busy….and rockets at WaLaw. We’ve had four clients this month celebrating a closing, check them out!  (more…)

Two Huge Closings Push WaLaw Rebates Over $1.3 Million

June 22nd, 2012 by Claire

West Seattle Home Buyers Saved $17,121 with a WaLaw Buyer's Commission Rebate

West Seattle Home Buyers Saved $17,121 with a WaLaw Buyer’s Commission Rebate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to our clients who just closed on their BEAUTIFUL West Seattle home today. They saved $17,121 with WaLaw Realty, and have pushed our rebate total to over $1.3 million dollars. (more…)

The Economist view on traditional agents: “the realtor rip-off”

June 13th, 2012 by Claire

Why IS it so expensive to buy or sell a house in America?  We agree, people of The Economist.

If you’re in a particularly feisty mood, take a scroll through some of the comments…