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

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)

Here in Washington, the Seller Disclosure Statement is required by law. Most sellers (with a few narrow exceptions) must complete and provide one to a buyer. Upon receipt, the buyer has three days to rescind the contract and walk away from the purchase (with a return...

Home Buyer Due Diligence Checklist

This Checklist is provided by Craig Blackmon, a real estate attorney and real estate broker (founder and managing broker of Added Equity RE) in Seattle. He provides this checklist free of charge and without any warranty or guarantee whatsoever. Use this checklist at...

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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