Month: July 2020

  • Seller Stumped With Fireplace Inspection

    Reader Question: A potential buyer has made an offer on our home with a contingency for a fireplace inspection. The chimney inspector started inside and took many measurements of the fireplace and the mantle. Then he went outside and lowered a special camera down the chimney. He came back inside the house and showed me…

  • How to buy the vacant lot next door

      Reader Question: We have some property in a popular vacation area where we are building a cottage. Soon it will be finished. We bought the lot six years ago. The lot next to us just came up for sale. We think it is best to buy it for our overall property value. Based on…

  • Timing your real estate transaction

    Reader Question: ‚ÄčOur home has been on the market for one month. We started at $698,500 and reduced it to $685,000 after two weeks. The house is 3564 square feet in a desirable older neighborhood. We’ve had two showings and much positive feedback. The only negative is that we have no backyard. Our agent now…

  • How to verify lot lines

    When buying a home it is important to verify lot lines. Avoid angst in the future when you build a fence on your neighbors property.