1. Who pays the real estate commission?

    Reader Question: We are preparing to place our home for sale in the spring market. As we interview real estate agents, they differ on who pays the real estate commission in the transaction. This difference is curious to us. How would you answer the question? Monty’s Answer: Who pays the real estate commission is an […]

    May 13, 2019
  2. Must a home be listed in the MLS to be "for sale?"

    Reader Question: Must a home be listed in the MLS to be for sale? What, if any, legal issues would be caused by offering on a home that’s off the MLS but was on it recently? Should the seller’s agent re-list it before one makes an offer? Monty’s Answer: Any seller is free to sell […]

    May 5, 2019
  3. Should we own a home, or not?

    Reader Question: Should we own a home, or not? We have been married for six years. We have rented till now and have saved enough for a twenty-percent down payment with a tidy reserve. A variety of concerns make us wonder if we should buy a home. The economy appears to be doing well, but underfunded […]

    March 10, 2019
  4. What is a housing cooperative?

    Readers Question: What is a housing cooperative? Monty’s Answer: When researching for a housing cooperative here are five tips. A housing cooperative is a form of ownership that creates an interest in an abode through stock ownership in a company, as opposed to a deed to a parcel of real estate. It could also be […]

    March 4, 2019
  5. Are there country-wide real estate agents?

    Reader Question: My wife and I are getting closer to retirement, and we can go anywhere we want in the USA. We want to find the right lake or mountain home. I am looking for a single agent/source to help us find what we want anywhere in the USA. I am discovering that real estate […]

    February 22, 2019
  6. Who invests in commercial real estate in the US?

    Reader Question: I am researching commercial real estate. Who invests in commercial real estate in the US? Monty’s Answer: The definition of commercial real estate is buildings owned by an investor or investors to generate income from rent. According to the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), the total size of the commercial […]

    February 17, 2019
  7. Are real estate appraisals flawed?

      Reader Question: ​Why do​ appraisals use comparative analysis as a means for valuing a home? This approach is flawed as most of the time they do not take into consideration the upgrades one has made in their home, plus the layout of the yard and landscaping that enhances one’s home. Why don’t they use […]

    December 10, 2018
  8. We bought a one-hundred plus year-old home and discovered a foundation problem after moving in. Do we have recourse?

    Reader Question: We bought a one-hundred plus year-old home. Tenants occupied it at the time of purchase, and we couldn’t move in for three months. It is our first house. It has a stone wall foundation and wooden beams supported by screw jacks. An addition has a concrete block foundation. The home inspection called for […]

    October 22, 2018
  9. I am considering investing in real estate. Can you explain how people avoid taxes just by owning property?

      Reader Question: I am considering investing in real estate. Can you explain how people avoid taxes just by owning property? Monty’s Answer: Real estate investors do not invest in real estate to avoid taxes. They invest in real estate to build wealth. Appreciation, income, and depreciation create wealth in real estate. Depreciation is also […]

    October 16, 2018