1. We will be selling our home this spring. We want to find the perfect real estate agent. Is this an unrealistic expectation?

    Reader Question: My husband and I will be selling our third home soon. We want to find the perfect real estate agent. In all of our past buying and selling transactions, we have experienced some degree of angst somewhere in the process. After three purchases and two sales, we want everything to go smoothly from […]

    March 27, 2017
  2. The home inspector missed a foundation defect in the building that contains our unit. Do we have recourse with the inspector, the real estate agent, and the seller?

      An alert for condominium buyers Reader Question: We bought a condo unit in a mid-rise development on the west coast. We had the unit inspected, and the inspector turned up several repair issues. They fixed the repairs correctly. We closed on the unit and moved in. Within a couple of months, we learned that […]

    March 18, 2017
  3. We just received a low-ball offer for $245,000. We are very disappointed and stunned with the offer. How should we deal with this situation?

    Reader Question: Our home is for sale for $284,900. It has been for sale for two months. We just received a low-ball offer for $245,000. We are very disappointed and stunned with the offer. We feel like telling them to get lost. How should we deal with this situation? Monty’s Answer: The offer is about […]

    March 12, 2017
  4. We expect each agent will have a strong listing presentation. Do you have any specific recommendations about gimmicks or questionable practices?

    Reader Question: We are going to be listing our home soon to take advantage of the spring market. We will be taking your recommendation and interviewing multiple agents, and we expect they will each have a strong listing presentation. Do you have any specific comments for us that may help us spot gimmicks or questionable […]

    March 6, 2017