August 6, 2019

“Starter Home,” Defined

“Starter home“:  a relatively small, economical house or condominium that meets the requirements of young people buying their first home. While there’s no precise definition, I have two associations with “starter home”: One. Price Point. Starter homes are (well) below the average price for homes in the local market — whatever that may be. So,...
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Handling Issues That Come Up on Inspection: Two Options

The Easy Way . . . and the Hard Way The Buyer’s inspection revealed a material defect in the home that the Seller doesn’t dispute. Both parties want to stay in the deal. What are their options? Option #1: the Seller fixes the problem, prior to closing. Here are the related steps: Buyer and Seller...
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Why Is it Called a “Knockdown” Ceiling?

Everything You Wanted to Know About Ceiling Finishes As best I can tell, the reason it’s called a “knockdown ceiling” is because calling it a “knock-off ceiling” would have been too confusing. What gets knocked off ” er, knocked down ” is the joint compound that’s first applied to the ceiling, and allowed to partially dry....
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“Changing the Closing Date” Multiple Choice

Contractual Assent . . . and a Veto Power [Editor’s Note: The views expressed here are solely those of Ross Kaplan, and do not represent Edina Realty, Berkshire Hathaway, or any other entity referenced. If you need legal advice, please consult an attorney.] To successfully change the closing date of a home sale, which of...
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