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CRAIG BLACKMON IS A REAL ESTATE ATTORNEY, BROKER, AND INNOVATOR IN SEATTLE.

Homeowners Association

A “Homeowners’ Association” or HOA is a group of property owners who are all bound to and members of an organization. This organization, a legal entity (like an LLC or corporation) enforces the restrictions set by covenants, conditions and...

Purchase and Sale Agreement

“Purchase and Sale Agreement” is the fancy term used to describe a contract for the purchase and sale of real estate. Other terms for such a contract include Earnest Money Agreement and even Real Estate Contract (although technically here in WA that last ...

Racist Restrictive Covenants in Seattle

“Racial covenants” are once again in the news. The term describes a restriction, based on race, on who may own and use a particular piece of real property. Seattle — like every other American city — used them to keep certain neighborhoods...

Cultum v Heritage House

The seminal case of Cultum v Heritage House Realtors is an important one for my practice. The case recognized a real estate broker’s ability to engage in the limited practice of law. So it defines the outer limits of the legal services that a real estate agent...

FSBO (For Sale By Owner)

For Sale by Owner, or FSBO For Sale by Owner, also known by the acronym FSBO, refers to an owner who is trying to sell a home without using at least one of the two real estate agents normally involved (the listing agent, and the buyer’s agent). Traditionally, a...

How to Set an Asking Price

Selling? You need to Set an Asking Price  For years now, it’s been a very good time to sell a home in Seattle. Maybe you’re thinking about taking some money off the table. A gain isn’t a gain until you sell. With Seattle’s historic run as the hottest market in the...

How to Win a Bidding War

To Win a Bidding War, Accept More Risk As any buyer in today’s housing market knows, it’s tough out there.  Real estate bidding wars (known formally as “multiple offer situations”) are common. Here is some insight that may help you win a bidding war on a...

How to Buy a House in Seattle

It’s no secret that the Seattle housing market (among others) is suffering from too many buyers and not enough inventory. Wondering how to buy a house in Seattle? Oy. It’s tough out there. Good homes in nearby neighborhoods often get multiple offers and sell for well...

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