1. What makes a condo warrantable vs. non-warrantable?

      Reader Question:  I am trying to learn what makes a condo warrantable vs. non-warrantable. Can you help me? Jonathan D. Monty’s Answer: The answer is that condominium, co-op and planned unit development (PUD) projects with particular attributes can be riskier than other types of development projects. The United States Department of Housing and Urban […]

  2. We made an offer on a home. The listing agent is asking for an extension to give them time to speak with our lender. Is this ethical?

      Reader Question: We recently submitted an offer on a home. The seller’s agent wanted a forty-eight-hour extension to allow the seller’s agent time to discuss our loan with our loan officer before extending a counter offer. Even though we have our pre-qualification letter for the specified amount. Is this common? Our agent assures us […]

  3. What are the common red flags that affect value?

    Reader Question: We just sold our home after struggling in the market. We never realized when we bought the house we had a built-in “objection” (food plant a couple of blocks away discharged an odor). We will buy another home and wondering if there are other “objections” to be alert for after missing it in […]

  4. What are some must-have due diligence considerations?

    Reader Question: Four long time friends want to make some real estate investments together. Our investment goals are similar; we are each high-income professionals, share similar risk tolerance and see real estate as a long-term investment opportunity. We have identified a 60-unit apartment building we are interested in pursuing. We wonder if there is some […]