1. As a for-sale-by-owner can I pay a commission to an agent for finding the buyer, and if so, should I?

    Our reader today exemplifies the plight of the for-sale-by-owner. While I applaud those who venture out to reduce expenses, rather than earn more, real estate remains a bit like the wild west even today. There are no enforceable standards of practice in an industry where your competitors are also your best customers. Interestingly enough, I can make the same statement to any consumer utilizing the services of a real estate agent.

    May 11, 2020
  2. Why hasn't someone invented a superior method to evaluate homes?

    Our reader this week views appraisals as obsolete. While there is some credence to his opinion, the better mousetrap remains elusive particularly, when the experts are expecting to conquer the challenge without even inspecting the property. I, for one, believe a set of knowledgeable eyeballs physically observing the property will be challenging to eliminate. Online estimates are a prime example.

    April 21, 2020
  3. Should I Rent or Buy A Home?

    Reader Question: I am 65. I have been living in Alabama since 2004. I lived with a family member who has since passed away. Now I am out on my own renting a house. I have had an excellent job with the same company since 2005. At the end of this year, I will retire […]

    March 30, 2020
  4. How many days before the scheduled closing, does the buyer's agent have to present us with the final "letter of commitment?"

    Reader Question: Is our transaction failing? How many days before the scheduled closing, does the buyer’s agent have to present us with the final “letter of commitment?” We want to firm up our plans. Monty’s Answer: The first place to look for your answer is the contract. Each state has its laws and forms, so […]

    November 4, 2019
  5. Can an agent add extra commission in an offer?

      Reader Question: A home buyer offered us an amount that we liked. But there was an addendum by the buyer’s agent for extra commission. We did not accept that and counter-offered. However, our agent told us the deal would not go through if we did not accept the request by the buyer’s agent. Can […]

    October 21, 2019