1. Is the offer to purchase binding?

    The most powerful document Without question the offer to purchase is the most powerful document you will be asked to sign in a real estate transaction. In many respects, the physical closing at the title company is simply a confirmation of what happened days, weeks or months earlier. This point in time can be stressful […]

    June 15, 2021
  2. Our friends just had their loan canceled by the lender. They are crushed. How can a lender cancel a loan they already approved?

    Reader Question: Our friends are homebuyers devastated. Their lender pulled the plug just before closing. We are in the process of closing on our first home purchase. We are excited but at the same time very edgy. Our friends were a week ahead of us on their home purchase. They didn’t offer details, but how […]

    May 24, 2021
  3. You have written numerous articles over time about different problems with home inspections. What is your current opinion of home inspections? 

      Reader Question: You have written numerous articles over time about the problems with home inspections. We are near our savings goal and preparing to buy a home. What is your current opinion of home inspections?  Monty’s Answer: Home inspection laws came into existence because home sellers were unaware of the defects, hid, or made […]

    May 3, 2021
  4. Is America in a housing bubble?

      Reader Question: Is America in a housing bubble? We are attempting to downsize our lifestyle with a smaller home. In both instances we made an offer, someone outbid us. Our home is free and clear, so we are cash buyers. We don’t want to sell until we know we’ve got a place to go. […]

    April 5, 2021
  5. Is 2021 a good time to sell our home?

    Reader Question: Is 2021 a good time to sell our home? We are in our late fifties. Our kids are grown and on their own. Our health is good, and we have no mortgage. We are thinking of downsizing into a smaller home in a newer subdivision not far from our current home. There are […]

    March 1, 2021
  6. The inspection contingency has a right-to-cure clause. We have two options to offer the seller but not sure which one to choose.

    Reader Question: We are making an offer on a home. The inspection contingency has a right-to-cure clause where we give the Seller the right-to-cure any defects found or deny the Seller the right to cure. We asked the agent for advice and were told, “It’s up to you.” How would you answer? Monty’s Answer:  If […]

    February 21, 2021
  7. Why are there still poor real estate appraisals?

      Reader Question: Today, we have fantastic technology. We have companies using algorithms that evaluate homes without even walking through the house. Yet we still have poor real estate appraisers. I want to refinance my home with the low-interest rates. I am working with one of the big players that lend across the country. I […]

    November 9, 2020
  8. Who should have caught this condition problem?

      Reader Question: I bought a house a year ago with some permitted room additions. However, the flipper replaced the electrical box from 100 amp to 200 amp non-permitted. This work was not disclosed to me or caught in the homeowner’s inspection. So now, I have been experiencing electrical issues at my house. The utility […]

    October 26, 2020
  9. What's wrong with the real estate industry

    Reader Question: What’s wrong with the real estate industry? We have a large family by today’s standards—five grown children with children. At a recent family reunion, we discussed real estate and ended up taking a poll. Transaction number ten started the conversation. Together they have concluded nine transactions, with number ten now pending. Only one […]

    October 12, 2020