There are two sides of every real estate transaction, buying and selling. Learn both.

What exactly is “Real Estate”? In legal terms, real estate is an “immovable object”. Real estate is defined by a legal description that identifies its space and place in the geography. The Registered Land Surveyor is a person with specialized knowledge on measuring and documenting land parcels according to the law. As the United States has grown, most every parcel of the land was surveyed and spatially identified before becoming legally approved for ownership under the law. The land records are open and available for all to see.

Everyone who has bought or sold a home can remember that one moment when it seemed like there was too much to consider, worry about, remember, and respond to. It’s true that the purchasing of a home is a significant investment and you probably should give it time and attention. Equally as important for those looking to sell your home, you want to everything within your educated power to get the most fair value out of what is probably your largest asset. To help make the process more reasonable, DearMonty organizes both the home buying and home selling experience into twelve distinct steps, or stages.



The best thing that you can do is to equip yourself with knowledge and information. A home sale transaction is a big deal! This website is intended to be a straightforward resource to help shine some light on one of the most important times in many people’s lives. But we are just one voice of many and we at DearMonty.com strongly support learning as much as you. Good luck and let us know if you have a question you couldn’t find answered LINK or if we can help you find a local agent LINK


Q & A Posts

  1. My family was fighting a real estate development. We lost. Now we want to develop, and people we lost to are fighting us. What can we do?

      Reader Question: My family was fighting a real estate development 20 years ago. We own 60 acres of beautiful land in the midwest. A sister owns an adjacent property. We are landlocked on three sides, and our access is a one-lane road. Back then, the neighbor who owns the three sides wanted to develop […]

    November 15, 2020
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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 […]

  5. Can Real Estate Agents Legally Go Door-to-Door?

      Reader Question: Can Real Estate Agents Legally Go Door-to-Door? Last night, about 7:30, a local real estate agent rang our doorbell to ask if we wanted to sell our house or knew anyone who wanted to sell. I was always under the impression that this sort of solicitation was considered inappropriate by real estate […]

    September 7, 2020
  6. ​Can real estate agents "game" the MLS system?​ ​

    Reader Question: ​Can real estate agents “game” the MLS system?​ ​When my current listing expires, how long do I need to wait to list again if I want my second listing to be marked “new” instead of “relist?” ​ ​ ​Monty’s Answer: There are over 700 multiple listing services (MLS) in the U.S., and they […]

    August 24, 2020