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

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...

The Future of Real Estate

Today, the real estate industry works pretty much the same way it worked when it formed more than a hundred years ago. The Multiple Listing Service – or MLS – dates to the 1800’s. Well suited to the 19th Century, the MLS model today is inefficient,...

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...

Home Seller Checklist

This free Home Seller Checklist is a great resource. If you’re thinking of selling your home, then you’ve got some serious work ahead. Yes, you could slack off entirely and do nothing. You could “dump” it and be done with it – but...

Home Buyer Due Diligence Checklist

A home buyer due diligence checklist can make a real difference. Buying a house is wildly, insanely difficult, and in Seattle has been for a very long time (with some evidence of relief in sight). Buyers have had to strengthen their offers in order to compete against...

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