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Real Estate Corner with Blaine Staat

Real Estate Corner with Blaine Staat: Pandemic Addendum

I always like to start things off with a story when I can, because they’re so much more visual & entertaining than just a straight dump of factual information. But sometimes stories can come across as a little tone-deaf, especially in the shadow of bigger things like world-wide pandemics. Our criminal justice system is designed …

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Real Estate Corner with Blaine Staat: Say What?

Thirty-five years ago, a classmate of mine got kicked out of Naval Nuclear Power School. We were about two weeks from the end of the six month course and if you hadn’t flunked out by this time – the attrition rate was whopping 35% – you could feel pretty confident that you might actually reach …

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Real Estate Corner with Blaine Staat: The AVM Who Cried “Wolf”

Somewhere in the high misty mountains of the internet . . . “O mighty AVM, I see you keeping watch o’er all the homes in the valley. I entreat you O wise sage, can you tell me how much my home is worth?” “Instantly. Your digs are worth about $150k.” “Thank you O wise . …

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Real Estate Corner with Blaine Staat: Getting to Know You

While the act of settling into your new home may not entice you to belt out the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein show tune bearing the same title as this column (though don’t be surprised if you do feel so moved), the idea itself is certainly good advice, especially from a safety & security aspect. Years …

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Real Estate Corner with Blaine Staat: Ready, . . . Set, . . . Not So Fast

On the back of my business card is my working motto: “Preparation, Execution, Follow Through”. Just off the top of your head, which of those three directives would you say is the most important? We are an impatient lot. We want to get to where the action is, and we want to get there now. …

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Real Estate Corner with Blaine Staat: You Can’t Take It with You

Of the seven homes I’ve bought in my life, two of them were For Sale By Owner (FSBO). Nothing wrong with that, and for the most part both of the purchases were relatively issue free, however, they both also shared something in common that the other five did not. In the first case, a home …

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Real Estate Corner with Blaine Staat: Stigmatized

You, your spouse, and your three young children have just moved into your new home at the end of a quiet, shady cul-de-sac nestled deep in the suburbs. You’re relieved to have made it through the home buying process, excited to finally start settling in, and looking forward to the memories you’ll make in the …

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Real Estate Corner with Blaine Staat: A Counter Offer

Recently, I presented an offer on a home for one of my clients. The particular property was very nice and located in a popular neighborhood but had been on the market in excess of a year and, like many homes in our area, had suffered some minor flood damage which had resulted in the installation …

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Real Estate Corner with Blaine Staat: Buyer’s Remorse

The house was gorgeous. It was located in a beautiful neighborhood with mature hardwood trees shading the streets & sidewalks; a definite advantage in the battle against the brutal Central Florida summers. The backyard was fenced, the roof was new, and the fireplace was huge (to battle against the brutal Central Florida winters?). My wife …

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Real Estate Corner with Blaine Staat: No Representation (Part 2 of 3)

In Part 1 we delved into the concept of “No Representation”, which allows sellers of residential property in North Carolina the leeway to essentially divulge no information about their property at all to potential buyers when filling out the disclosure statement of their property. To put this in perspective, completion of the property disclosure form …

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