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Category: Real Estate Issues

    Look out - real estate brokerages that aspire towards becoming the Walmart-style one-stop-shop of real estate services, and it just might be bad news for you.  …
Look out - real estate brokerages that aspire towards becoming the Walmart-style one-stop-shop of real estate services, and it just might be bad news for you. What Your All Inclusive Real Estate Brokerage Bundle Might Look Like There is a wide a… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/beware-all-inclusive-real-estate-brokerages-might-be-bad-you/


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Category: Real Estate Issues

There seems to be this impression that home buying and selling is about to turn into a purely online experience. It’s not there yet, but tech–heads and people excited about…
There seems to be this impression that home buying and selling is about to turn into a purely online experience. It’s not there yet, but tech–heads and people excited about “industry disruption” look into their crystal balls and predict such a world. Well… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/why-real-estate-agents-are-not-about-be-replaced-online-home-buying-or-zillow-anytime-soon/


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        Sometimes the house-shopping process leaves you buying more than you bargained for. Litigation. Lawsuits. Paying $60,000 in extra costs. Or even limitations on…
Sometimes the house-shopping process leaves you buying more than you bargained for. Litigation. Lawsuits. Paying $60,000 in extra costs. Or even limitations on how you can use the property because of the surprise caveat you knew nothing about. It happ… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/protect-yourself-pitfalls-home-buying-how-fool-proof-your-house-purchase/


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Condominium rules have changed a lot in the last two years. And it’s a good thing. But… it means there is a lot more red tape, and more legalities involved in the newer and…
Condominium rules have changed a lot in the last two years. And it’s a good thing. But… it means there is a lot more red tape, and more legalities involved. You know, the kind that can be used against you in a lawsuit? So it’s pretty critical to mi… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/how-tell-when-condomium-documents-are-missing-and-avoid-accidentally-committing-purjory-when-it-happens/


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Buying or selling a condominium is one of the most complex real estate transactions one will ever make. Especially with the newer Condominium Act and its newer rules,…
Buying or selling a condominium is one of the most complex real estate transactions one will ever make. Especially with the newer Condominium Act and its newer rules, navigating the whole system is tricky, involved, and has a LOT of legal ramifications. … http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/guided-tour-condominium-documents-what-expect-what-watch-and-why-can-make-or-break-your-condominium-sale-or-purchase/


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  Buying or selling a house isn’t as simple as most people think. It’s kind of like defending yourself in court – sure, you can choose to go it alone, but the small…
Buying or selling a house isn’t as simple as most people think. It’s kind of like defending yourself in court – sure, you can choose to go it alone, but the small print is blinding and the sheer thickness of the contracts needed is enough to send you … http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/what-look-real-estate-lawyer-hint-it-absolutely-not-lawyer-you-used-other-thing/


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  There are agents that are ‘good enough’ (I guess), and then there are the pros. Often times it’s the difference between the duty of ‘good enough’ and the diligence of a…
There are agents that are ‘good enough’ (I guess), and then there are the pros. Often times it’s the difference between the duty of ‘good enough’ and the diligence of a passionate professional. The difference will cost you. A lot. And I’m not talking… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/need-real-estate-agent-whos-got-your-back-heres-what-look/


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  My clients were selling their house and had received an offer. Right away, I knew something was fishy.   The offer itself was fine. It had the typical…
My clients were selling their house and had received an offer. Right away, I knew something was fishy. The offer itself was fine. It had the typical conditions that most offers have, including the condition that they would buy if financing we… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/how-one-couple-ended-litigation-and-lost-deposit-and-how-they-could-have-avoided-it/


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    I tapped keys on my laptop, researching a property my buyers wanted to see. Not flagged as a grow-op? Check. Offers specs they need (# of bedrooms / #bathrooms…
I tapped keys on my laptop, researching a property my buyers wanted to see. Not flagged as a grow-op? Check. Offers specs they need (# of bedrooms / #bathrooms etc.)? Check. Asking price fits within – wait a second… For some reason the proper… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/common-mistake-cost-these-homeowners-over-60000/


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  You wouldn’t ask a dentist to perform your colonoscopy. (At least I hope not) Even if the dentist was your best friend. Or offered to do it for free.…
You wouldn’t ask a dentist to perform your colonoscopy. (At least I hope not) Even if the dentist was your best friend. Or offered to do it for free. Obviously. Because it’s not their area of expertise. Their lack of knowledge could caus… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/how-choose-lawyer-who-wont-screw-your-sale-or-purchase/


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Being a real estate agent can be weird sometimes.  We never know what circumstance people are in when they come to us.  I’ve met with a couple about their house while…
The weirdest, most eerie showing I’ve ever done was over twenty years ago at an old rural homestead. My clients and I arrived at the small acreage late one summer afternoon. As soon as we arrived, we felt a creepy vibe. The property was surrounded by … http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/disturbing-discovery-what-we-found-behind-hidden-door/


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  My client wanted to offer on a duplex. I did all my behind-the-scenes investigation, doing everything I could to check this place out from every angle. One of the many…
My client wanted to offer on a duplex. I did all my behind-the-scenes investigation, doing everything I could to check this place out from every angle. One of the many things I look at is whether the property has been red-flagged as a grow-op. And I… http://jeffstern.com/index.php/blog/tenant-who-ruined-landlords-property-value-forever/


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