Considering Selling Your Home Without a Real Estate Agent? Understand Your Legal Needs!

As real estate has changed over the past few years many people are trying to sell their homes without a real estate agent in order to avoid paying a commission. In the United States you typically pay an agent 6 percent of the sale price in commission. With the price of homes today this number is significant. Especially since so many homes in the US have lost value and many homeowners have found they own a home that is not worth what they originally paid for it.

When not using an agent many residents will seek out the help of FSBO (for sale by owner) organizations and websites. These marketing tools still require a fee but the most it would be is 3 percent of the sale price and many are considerably less.

Real estate agents would also point out that by paying them a fee you are also gaining access to a number of resources that they have available to them. When selling a property agents will also invest in advertising to aid in selling the home.

Many people believe the commission paid to an agent is well worth it. However if you do decide to try and sell your home alone it is important to contact a real estate attorney who can help you navigate the legal aspects selling property.

The legal needs of a home sale include:

Purchase and Sale Agreement: This document is one of the many legal aspects involved when buying and selling property that will require an attorney.

Title Search and Clearing: Before finalizing a real estate agreement you want to be sure the title is clear. A lawyer will do the required title search and make sure the title is clear and the property is ready to be sold.

Litigation: There are instances where property ownership issues arise at the time of a sale. This could be a boundary dispute or eminent domain issue. You will want a qualified attorney working with you if you run into one of these problems.

Condo Development: Condominiums require legal documentation that is unlike any other property. Real estate attorneys are well versed in the legal requirements of condominiums and can help ensure the process moves smoothly.

Document Preparation and Review: If you are buying or selling a home you want to make sure all the documentation is complete and done correctly. It is the job of your real estate attorney to review all deeds, notes and any other documentation that is involved in a home sale.

The investment in a real estate attorney is an important addition to any home selling strategy. Buying or selling something as valuable as a home is a daunting prospect. If you plan to try and do it alone make sure you hire a real estate attorney to help supplement your sale strategy. The legal fees are a small price to pay to avoid a commission.

Boston Condo Market In Real Estate Frenzy

The Boston Condo Market has been on a mega rebound over the past few weeks. Downtown inventory rates have dropped significantly and prices are still climbing. Many Boston condos that we have been tracking over the past few weeks have went under agreement at full or over asking price showing the stability & possible frenzy in the 2007 Boston real estate market.

Last week we all read about the real estate frenzy going on in Manhattan right now. Is it the buyers who have been waiting for the bubble to burst over the past 18 months and now are faced to purchase now or rent for another year? Is it the low interest rates that are still active in our marketplace? What is causing this new renewal of the Boston real estate market?

New condo developments in Boston are also on the hot seat. With even more projects coming up this shows the lack of luxury condo properties or full service condos. We are glad to see more of this type of condo property being built as it is the wave of the future. The Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Brighton Allston, Charlestown, Chinatown, Fenway, Leather District, Midtown, North End, Seaport, South Boston, South End, Waterfront and the West End in Boston are all hot and downtown Boston will continue to boom.

Not surprising, some immediate suburbs like Brookline, Newton, Medford & Quincy are also picking up on this trend. Traditionally these markets don’t cater to the full service young professional, however, we are seeing all new types of luxury condominium properties popping up around the skirts of Boston also.

New Real Estate – The Garage Condo And Storage Condo

There is currently an evolution going on in real estate. In the same way that residential condominiums grew from the traditional apartment, garage condominiums have evolved from the traditional multi-bay rental storage facilities. Storage space can now be an investment.

A garage condo, or storage condo (the terms are synonymous), is your own personal warehouse located on common property. They are quite different from a storage rental because they are a real estate purchase. They are a real estate purchase that will build equity. Just like any other real estate investment, at closing you receive title insurance and a deed.

The garage condo concept is taking off especially quick in metropolitan areas where real estate space is at a premium. A garage condo seems perfect for those who reside in housing developments with tight CC&R regulations, who reside in apartments or residential condos, or who just don’t have space to expand at their current location. Garage condo owners now have a space for their hobbies, projects and even businesses.

While I don’t own a garage condo, nor do I own stock in a condo development, I can’t help but get a little excited about the prospect of these. If you own a business, you can use the space to store records, inventory, stock and so forth. With this, you gain business equity from ownership, and don’t have the costs associated with a rented “storefront.” Internet businesses, especially those that carry and ship inventory, can store inventory and ship directly from, the condo is they desired.

As with a residential condo, a garage condo can be available in many qualities, configurations and prices. Some garage condo facilities offer a clubhouse, swimming pool and other common amenities. Your garage condo can be customized almost any way you want.

I have seen customizations that consist of nothing but simple shelves. I have also seen customizations that include a custom lounge, entertainment center (it’s pretty cool to watch Sunday’s NFL games sitting next to your project car), a wet bar, security systems, hydraulic lifts, custom cabinetry and epoxy floors. In reality, you can pretty much do what you want with it (as long as it falls into your CC&Rs, and doesn’t affect structural integrity). An owner can potentially recoup the costs of these upgrades when they sell.

USA Garage Condo has a pretty informative chart on the benefits of owning a garage condo versus renting a storage unit. The chart is based on a 10 year period. The details are on the website, but the 10 year results boil down to this:

  • Renting: $154,911.77 paid out in rent (you OWN nothing in ten years)
  • Owning: $139,619.54 (you OWE nothing in ten years – and own the real estate, which you can recoup if you sell)

Score another victory for owning over renting. Yes, we all know the benefits, but what most probably did not know was that we now have the option to own when it comes to storage space.

For more information, visit USA Garage Condo, the website for a garage condo development in Tempe, Arizona. This website has further information on investment potential, uses and amenities.