1. We are a four-person group looking at buying an Airbnb. What is your opinion about Airbnb projects as an investment?     

    Reader Question: We are a four-person group wanting your opinion on topics to consider when buying an Airbnb investment. We have invested in other commercial property types, but this would be our first bed and breakfast. The six units generate an eight-percent cap rate. 2019 was the first year in service. There are numerous significant […]

    May 13, 2021
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. We have had little activity for over two months, and now we are expecting multiple offers on our for sale by owner home. Please help!

    Reader Question: We are selling our home on our own. We have had little activity for over two months, and now we are expecting multiple offers on our for sale by owner home. Please help! Monty’s Answer: When you are selling your home without a real estate agent, the possibility of two or more parties […]

    March 22, 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. Are real estate commissions fair? My friends want to buy my house. My agent says no reduction in commission. This news not comforting. Help!

    Reader Question: Are real estate commissions fair? I’m the homeowner. I just listed my home with a real estate agent. I told a friend I was selling, and they want to buy it for cash. I called my agent to negotiate the $24,000 commission because it hasn’t been on the market 24 hours. My agent […]

    January 25, 2021
  7. We are curious about what motivates agents. A recent article you authored inspired us ask the question. What motivates real estate agents?

      Reader Question: A recent article you authored titled “What’s wrong with real estate” was insightful. The overview described conditions that contribute to the real estate sales environment. We will be selling our home soon and feel that expanding on the agents would help us understand real estate agent motives. Can you drill down to […]

    January 11, 2021