4 Key Updates in the New 2023 Standard Offer to Purchase

  In July 2023, North Carolina released an updated version of the Standard Offer to Purchase for Real Estate. These revisions aim to enhance clarity, address common issues, and prompt earlier discussions between agents and their clients. In this blog post, we will delve into the four most important changes that you need to know. Exercise Equipment With the increased  popularity of in-home exercise equipment, Read More

The 3 Hardest Days of Law School

  Thinking of becoming a lawyer? Law school isn't all fancy briefcases and fun courtroom drama. It's filled with nail-biting moments that can turn even the toughest law student into a bundle of nerves. Let me tell you about three of the most heart-pounding days in law school: the dreaded first cold call, taking the bar exam, and the agonizing wait for results. The First Time You Get Cold Called: Picture this: Read More

3 Annoying Things Real Estate Lawyers Do (And Why)

Lawyers often face negative stereotypes, from being seen as stuffy and grumpy to lacking in straightforward answers. In this blog post, we will explore three annoying habits that lawyers have been known for. While these habits may be notorious for frustrating clients, there may be some valid reasons behind them. Always Answering "It Depends” Lawyers and their trusty sidekick, "it depends," have an unbreakable Read More

Three Valuable Things Realtors Do

The role of a skilled real estate agent should not be underestimated. From problem-solving expertise to expert negotiation skills and a profound knowledge of local properties, they bring immeasurable value to every real estate transaction. Their ability to navigate complexities, save time, provide valuable guidance, and tap into their vast network of contacts sets them apart from the DIY approach or working with Read More

Three Costly Mistakes that Rookie Agents Make

  Entering the real estate industry as a rookie agent can be both exciting and challenging. While gaining experience is a vital part of the learning process, it's essential to be aware of the potential pitfalls that can arise when dealing with contracts. In this blog post, we'll discuss three common mistakes that rookie real estate agents often make and provide insights on how to avoid them. Too Aggressive with Read More

Foreign Sellers: Doing Deals with Non-U.S. Taxpayers

  Ever found yourself navigating the intricate process of purchasing property from a foreign seller? If yes, you'd agree that the journey is often filled with many complexities and legal intricacies, not least because the seller is located in a different country with a unique legal and financial system. From getting documents signed and validated, ensuring they're correctly recorded, to managing tax obligations, Read More

Understanding Property Setbacks in Real Estate

  When it comes to real estate, owning a lot doesn't necessarily mean you can build on every inch of it. This is due to the concept of setbacks, which dictate how far a structure must be positioned from the property boundaries. In this blog post, we'll delve into the world of property setbacks, exploring what they are, why they exist, and the potential consequences of setback violations.  What is a Read More

A Beginner’s Guide to Buying a House: From Contract to Closing

  Buying a house can be an exciting yet overwhelming experience, especially for first-time buyers. From finding the right property to navigating through the complex processes involved, it's crucial to have a clear understanding of each step along the way. In this blog post, we will provide a beginner's guide to buying a house, focusing on four essential phases of the process. 1. Find Your People. Before even Read More

3 Things Everyone Should Know Before Buying Property on Lake Norman

  Welcome, future homeowners of Lake Norman! If you're itching to discover the hidden gems of this beautiful lakeside paradise, you've come to the right place. If you're considering purchasing property on Lake Norman, there are three crucial aspects you should be aware of. As a real estate attorney based in Mooresville, North Carolina, I'm here to provide valuable insights to help you make an informed decision, Read More

4 Real Estate Red Flags That Can Ruin Your Closing Process

  Closing a real estate deal can be a stressful and complicated process, with many potential pitfalls that can cause the transaction to fall through. By paying attention to these warning signs, real estate agents, attorneys, and buyers can avoid costly mistakes and ensure a successful transaction. #1. There is an estate involved. The first red flag to watch out for is when there is an estate involved in the Read More