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

Home Buyer Due Diligence Checklist

Why consider using a home buyer due diligence checklist? Because 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 as much as possible in order...

Craig Blackmon quoted at length on selling FSBO

It’s always fun to chat real estate – particularly when someone else thinks I know what I am talking about! 🙂  It was a real pleasure speaking with Neil Pierson, writer for Ask a Lender. He does a nice job of looking at the issue from various perspectives,...

My Current Rates

Here are my current, standard rates for my legal services. However, I reserve the right to quote a specific fee for any specific matter. Give me a call to discuss your matter to learn more about the specific fee I can offer you. Hourly $500 due up front, covers the...

NWMLS Forms Order Form

Many lawyers here in Washington don’t realize that they have access to NWMLS forms, the contract forms used by real estate agents. The Northwest Multiple Listing Service provides its members with a comprehensive set of forms to handle just about every real...

Title

Title is really fancy legalese for “ownership.” So if you “hold title,” you’re the owner. Your ownership may be limited by the rights of someone else in the property. For example, if you finance the purchase of a car or a house, the...

Seller Disclosure Statement (Form 17)

Curious about the Form 17? Well, here in Washington, as in many states, the law requires sellers of real property to tell the buyer in writing about all known defects (a few types of sellers are excluded, like the PR of an estate). The law calls this a Seller...

Warranty Deed

A deed is the legal document that transfers ownership of real property.  A Warranty Deed contains promises from the seller to the buyer about the rights of ownership and possession of the property.   Contrast with Quit Claim Deed. Here in WA, the warranty deed is...

Title Insurance

A type of insurance that insures either the buyer’s right to own and possess the property, or the lender’s security interest in the property. Typically the seller will pay for the buyer’s title insurance policy, and the buyer will pay for the lender’s title insurance...

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