June 2016: Real Estate Roundup

Realtors meet members of Congress

Lance Evans

Lance Evans

From May 9 to 14, the National Association of Realtors held its Realtor Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. Approximately 8,500 attendees from across the country and around the world attended the annual conference. The week included about 200 meetings and events that covered many real estate topics and allowed NAR members to take an active role in advancing the real estate industry, public policy, and the association. [Read more…]

May 2016: Real Estate Roundup

A final word on property disclosure forms

Lance Evans

Lance Evans

In March and April, I wrote about two state-required real estate forms. The first was the Agency Disclosure form, which is used by real estate licensees every time they work with a new client or customer in a residential real estate transaction. This includes a provision for advanced consent for the firm to represent both the seller and buyer in the transaction. There is a form for the seller/buyer transaction and a separate one for the landlord/tenant transaction. The other form, used in almost every transaction that involves the sale of a one- to four-unit home is the Seller Property Condition Disclosure. [Read more…]

April 2016: Real Estate Roundup

Property condition a required disclosure

Lance Evans

Lance Evans

Last month I wrote about the agency disclosure form that New York state mandates all real estate agents present to buyers and sellers of one-to-four family homes, condominiums or cooperative apartments. This is a licensing obligation. [Read more…]

March 2016: Real Estate Roundup

Understanding residential transactions

Lance Evans

Lance Evans

In the coming months, I will discuss some common forms a buyer or seller encounters during a real estate transaction starting with the Agency Disclosure Form. This is the one form you should see in any transaction involving real estate agents and sales of property ranging from single-family residences to four-family homes. Remember that all parties should always be given a copy of any contract or form that is signed. [Read more…]

February 2016: Real Estate Roundup

Is for sale by owner worth your effort?

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Lance Evans

We are a hearty, independent kind of people in the north country. There are many things we do for ourselves that people in other places hire others to do. Based on data from a survey of homebuyers, selling your property yourself is not something you want to do yourself. [Read more…]

January 2016: Real Estate Roundup

Realtors honor service, change officers

Evans_LanceWEach December, the Jefferson-Lewis Board of Realtors and the St. Lawrence County Board of Realtors thank their volunteers, install new officers and directors, award special honors, and raise money for local charities. [Read more…]

December 2015: Real Estate Roundup

A primer on real estate language

Columnist Lance Evans

Columnist Lance Evans

Like any profession or industry, real estate has terms and jargon that are used by people in the profession. This month, I will define some of the most commonly used terms. [Read more…]

November 2015: Real Estate Roundup

Traditions from around the globe

Evans_LanceWThe saying goes that all real estate is local, but not all homebuyers are local. According to the National Association of Realtors 2015 international homebuyers report, global buyers spent an estimated $104 billion on housing in 2014, an increase of more than $10 billion from the previous year. American real estate is extremely attractive to foreign buyers due to our attractive prices, economic stability, and well-defined property rights. [Read more…]

October 2015: Real Estate Roundup

Buyer’s market or seller’s market?

Lance Evans

Lance Evans

Over the past decade, the housing market across the country has been on a roller coaster ride with highs in 2005 to 2007 and lows in 2008 to 2010 with a wave of foreclosures before starting the present recovery. However, real estate is local and not all areas were affected by the downturn. Thankfully, the north country overall was one of those areas. Our area stayed fairly steady in terms of sales and prices saw a slight to modest increase. [Read more…]

September 2015: Real Estate Roundup

A busy summer for local Realtors

Columnist Lance Evans

Columnist Lance Evans

Between listing, selling, renting and appraising real estate, north country Realtors participated in several events across the region and beyond this summer. [Read more…]