1. I want to make a proposal to my next door neighbor to buy his property. Do you have any suggestions as to how to approach them?

    Reader Question: I want to create a successful real estate proposal for a property owner. These are modest houses in a decent neighborhood where we own other rentals. One is vacant. We have a rental right next to the homes I would like to purchase. I have become somewhat of a friend of the homeowner to […]

    September 22, 2015
  2. I want to give buyers permission to move in my home before closing. What do I have to do to be legal?

      Reader Question: Pre-closing occupancy is okay with me. I am selling my home myself. The buyer wants to move furniture in before closing? I want to do it legally. Help! Thanks, Mary T. Monty’s Answer: Your question is one of the thorniest situations in real estate transactions. The potential of alienating the buyer by saying […]

    September 14, 2015
  3. All the owners except one keep their homes sharp. One owner's house looks like a junkyard. Can we sue the owner for loss of property value?

    Reader Question: Can you tell me if a homeowner can sue a sloppy neighbor or the city for not taking action on a neglected property? We have owned our home for fourteen years now. The neighbors take good care of their property. But, three years ago the pristine property across the street was sold. The […]

    September 1, 2015