Ten Common Real Estate Scams

Reader Question: ​What would be your advice concerning the different real estate scams going on. For example, is being a for sale by owner dangerous today? What are some of the warning signs of a real estate scam? ​Monty’s Answer: Scams have always existed as there are elements in our society that lead nefarious lives.…
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Should We Sell Our Home Without An Agent?

Reader Question: We are considering selling our home without an agent. We have done this in the past and were satisfied with the outcome. We used a lawyer to handle the closing and paid a much lower fee compared to an agent’s fee. Do you think individuals can do this successfully? Monty’s Answer: The circumstances…
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Six Tips To Negotiate A Brand New Home Purchase

Reader Question: I’m looking at a brand-new house. It was built by a fairly large builder in a new neighborhood. Trying to figure out if a buyer’s agent can save me money, or will cost me money because of the three percent the onsite agent is going to lose. Also, when buying a new home…
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Home Buyer Wants To Offer More Than Full Price

Reader Question: We have been combing the market for several months, but nothing has hit on all cylinders until a new house came up yesterday and it has everything we need and more. It’s pushing our price limit at an asking price of 449k. We met our agent to see it this morning, and it…
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Zoning Change Upsets Neighbors

Reader Question: Our neighbor petitioned for a zoning change on property he has owned for many years. Our city has grown out past our homes. His story is that a developer approached him claiming the town wants a small strip center and a convenience store. The city says area residents are complaining they have to…
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