As a Northern California real estate expert witness and veteran of the business, I have seen many clients hurt by the very person who should have been protecting them. The following true story, from a real estate legal dispute where I was the plaintiff’s expert witness, illustrates how much damage the wrong agent can do and why you need to be extremely thoughtful when you choose one.Read More
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By Don Dunning | August 18, 2013
“What gets us into trouble is not what we don’t know. It’s what we know for sure that just ain’t so.”
– Mark Twain
The current seller’s market has led to numerous properties receiving multiple offers. In an attempt to beat the crowd and gain an accepted bid, there has been a recent epidemic, in some parts of the Bay Area, of buyer pre-sale inspections, often without the seller’s knowledge or permission.
The theory is that the buyer can write a cleaner, more appealing, contract for the seller because of the omission of an inspection contingency. There is much more to the story.Read More
By Don Dunning | July 15, 2013
“Common sense is not so common.”
Despite its technical aspects, almost everything in residential real estate involves common sense, including negotiating for repairs after a home inspection. Successfully doing so requires knowledge of the business and of people and their circumstances. It is important to use good judgment. Not everyone does.
Although getting money back for problems is more difficult in a seller’s market such as we have today, there are situations where it is appropriate. Nonetheless, how you handle your request can be the difference between a successful closing and a frustrating sale that flops.Read More