About Craig Blackmon

I am an attorney in Seattle with a practice focused on residential real estate. I am also an owner and the designated broker of Quill Realty, a new model real estate firm. Quill provides its clients with both an agent and an attorney, so you can Sign with Confidence. And Quill charges less than a typical agent, so the client saves money as well. Craig on Google+

An Open Letter to Glenn Kelman, Redfin CEO, on the “Discount Real Estate Broker” Model

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Dear Glenn: I’ve been following Redfin since its launch in 2006.  The year prior I started my own law practice focused on residential real estate.  I soon realized that I could provide the legal services needed by a home buyer or seller for a fee significantly less than 3%. Moreover, by 2005 it was apparent […]

Have you ever heard, “Don’t worry, it’s just paperwork” from your Real Estate Agent?

Paperwork

Recently some good friends of mine decided to buy a home.  Such good friends, in fact, that we mutually agreed to keep business and friendship apart so as to not create any problems on either end.  So they didn’t use my services.  Instead, they first used a “discount” agent affiliated with a large, local real […]

And I thought the NY Times was authoritative…

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Having gone to college in NYC, I was indoctrinated at a relatively young age into believing that the New York Times was the “paper of record,” a bastion of journalistic integrity, a font of inestimable wisdom.  Today, I grew up.  I’ve seen the light.  I now recognize the New York Times for what it apparently […]

Real Estate Negotiation Skills: What Are They And Who Has Them?

The Negotiator

It’s not hard to find real estate agents who hold themselves out as “expert negotiators.”  There is even a certification – Certified Negotiation Expert, or CNE – that agents can obtain to further enhance their skills and reputation.  But really, what makes for a great negotiator when buying or selling real estate?  And who has […]

BofA HAMP Loan Mod Program: A Giant Fraud at Homeowner’s Expense

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Earlier this morning, I came across a very interesting statement made by a BofA employee in a lawsuit against the bank regarding its “participation” in the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP).  A “declaration” is a statement made under penalty of perjury and is commonly used in litigation to give facts (typically from a witness) to […]

How to Strengthen Your Offer when there are Multiple Potential Buyers

Money in a Jar

This is not legal advice, and you should not rely upon it.  For legal advice, consult an attorney, not a blog. [This post was updated 4/22.  New paragraph below.]  In today’s low-interest-rate, low-inventory, recovering-from-the-bubble housing market, there are more buyers than there are sellers.  This leads to routine instances of multiple offers, where only one buyer […]

Hope for Short Sales in 2013 – Congress is Working to Extend COD Income Tax Exemption

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This is not legal advice.  For legal advice, consult an attorney, not a blog.  Furthermore, the post below addresses some BUT NOT ALL issues relating to foreclosure, short sale, etc., and the following analysis is cursory and not complete.  If you face a foreclosure or are considering some alternative, you should obtain legal advice. The Senate Finance Committee […]

How to Buy a Home Stress-Free in a Seller’s Market

There is a lot of evidence out there, both statistical and anecdotal, that it’s a “seller’s market” in the Seattle area.

New Case Strikes Down Release Provision in Rescission Form 51

This post is not legal advice. For legal advice, consult an attorney, not a blog.

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Buyers, is your Seller a Foreign Person? The IRS and FIRPTA say you better know…

This post is not legal advice. For legal advice, consult an attorney, not a blog.

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