This post about WA real estate forms – LIKE EVERY BLOG POST – is not legal advice, and Craig Blackmon is not your attorney.
One of the hardest things about buying or selling a home without an agent? Trying to find the forms you need to create a written contract. There is no such thing as an “oral contract” when it comes to selling real estate. Either it’s in writing, or there’s no contract.
Of course, the best thing to do is to simply hire a lawyer. A good one with experience in the field of residential real estate will likely have her own set of forms. As a result, the cost is reasonable. And it’s a massively expensive transaction with significant potential liability.
If you’re selling, are you sure you won’t be liable under the deed for a defect in title? Or a physical defect you didn’t disclose? An attorney can help you make sure. And if you’re buying, an attorney can help you through all of your due diligence so that you have the best chance of being successful.
An attorney isn’t required, and you may decide to buy a home or sell property yourself (FSBO).
There are risks. But some people can reasonably assume those risks and save themselves a bunch of money in the process. Without a lawyer or a broker in the mix, a transaction will have minimal transaction costs (about 2.5% or so, but not the 9% that includes traditional brokers on each side). On the seller side, it’s called For Sale By Owner, or FSBO. And buyers can do it to. To help those consumers – who can reasonably assume the risks, and who have made the decision to do so – I am making my real estate forms available for free.
WA Real Estate Forms Available for Free
But not here. Instead, please head on over to my real estate firm site, from there you’re just a few minutes away from getting the free WA Real Estate Forms you need to buy property or sell a home in Washington.