Maybe Slower is Better

As a board member of a statewide organization, I must sign an annual confidentiality agreement. This year, rather than signing a paper document, I received a request for an electronic signature. If you’ve read this column for any length of time, you know one of my favorite sayings: In any agreement, the large print giveth … Read more

Why Do Real Estate Contracts Fall Apart?

Whether you’re buying or selling a house, once you’ve signed on the dotted line, you’ve agreed to the terms of a contract. So, why do people back out and how can you prevent your real estate transaction from falling apart? First, there are two types of backing out: those explicitly allowed within the contract (known … Read more

Getting Through Escrow

With so little inventory available, the market is shifting to a seller’s market, even with rates at record lows. So, if you’re a buyer fortunate enough to have signed a purchase contract and gone into escrow, here’s what you need to know to complete the process. First, let’s define “escrow.” Escrow is a neutral place … Read more