Wynn at Law, LLC is honored to be part of more successful real estate offers than we can count since the 2008 recession. Every one of them had five components in common that made for ‘clean’ bids and negotiations without animosity.
1) Know what you’re buying. This means getting your property inspected and making sure that your offer is based on what the inspector says. Making an offer with the inspections waived is a huge gamble with one of your largest investments… it can be done, but it takes a perfect storm of knowing the property extremely well, a bargain on the market as-is, and a knowledgeable attorney in your corner. A tip: Walk through the house with an inspector before your offer.
2) Know what it’s worth. Real estate ‘comps’ show what similar homes have sold for in the area. A good agent will produce them for you. You can also sleuth for them on your own through public records. You’ll know what the owner paid when. You can also find permits issued for renovations the current owner made so you’ll know the work was locally inspected.
3) Know your seller. Is the bank selling the property? Or is the owner distressed? Or is the family selling on behalf of a decedent? Each selling situation has its own nuances. For example, the bank is less emotionally attached to a number than a long-time owner.
4) Know your own finances. Offer c-a-s-h. This is true whether it is your cash, or a lender’s money. From the bank’s perspective in a foreclosure or distressed property, by placing a cash offer they view you as not subject to financing. Regardless of whether it’s bank-owned or family-owned property, the seller’s been previously dealing with offers that involve financing.
5) Know your real estate attorney. Wynn at Law LLC knows the real estate in southeast Wisconsin, most of the agents and many of the local lenders. As we mentioned in a previous article, the sooner in the home-buying process our firm is involved, the more we can assist in a smooth, legally sound transaction.
The fair comes in August
Remember our article on honesty? If you’re low-balling an offer just for the sake of doing it, think twice. This tactic can burn your bridges with local realty professionals and homeowners alike. ‘Fair’ isn’t really a real estate term. It’s a subjective concept: What’s fair to the seller or the buyer or the bank are not likely to be the same. Wynn at Law LLC sees the best offers as being equitable, rather than fair. From our experience, the only ‘fair’ upon which there is objective agreement is the one at the fairgrounds in August.
*The content and material in this original post is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.
Bankruptcy filing – or the prospect of it – usually puts Wynn at Law LLC clients in full-out panic mode. One of the most alarming, last-ditch, hail-Mary ideas coming from this desperation is to cash out a retirement plan to avoid bankruptcy court. In some cases, people can ‘borrow’ against their company retirement plan, usually a 401(k). This is as dangerous as cashing out to cover the financial struggle.
Most of Wynn at Law, LLC’s bankruptcy clients face sudden situations that have them considering filing Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. We’re talking about things like massive medical bills or sudden job loss. Finances can be a difficult balancing act at other times as well, so we put together a quick list of warning signs.
Wynn at Law, LLC is frequently on the lookout for its clients when it comes to their two largest investments: The retirement nest egg, and the family home. We’ll talk about the nest egg, wills, estates, and wealth transfer several times in the coming weeks. However, this week we’ve noticed how low real estate inventory is in southeast Wisconsin, so let’s cover what that means for the legal rights of buyers and sellers.
Low inventory means it is a seller’s market and that’s excellent news if you have a property to market. Typically bidding favors you: It’s supply and demand. However, deals can still be found for buyers in the market today. The key on either side of the transaction is an effective attorney, and here are four reasons why. [read more]
Wynn at Law, LLC sees a wide variety of bankruptcy clients. Young families and retirees. Executives and hourly wage earners. Men and women, with or without spouses. The common thread through our entire family of clients is that – when it comes to bankruptcy – managing finances became a problem. It may have been suddenly. It may be long in the making. Either way, credit counseling is an important required part of the path that most find beneficial. [read more]
The news we heard at Wynn at Law, LLC in February reported that Wisconsin bankruptcy filings last year were at their lowest level since 2007, before the recession. What does that mean to you? Absolutely nothing. Economists care about the number because it means more people are working (maybe) and more people are paying what they owe (probably).
It could also mean that more people in debt sought relief immediately after the mortgage crisis rather than waiting and struggling. There’s no shame in that. And there’s no shame in waiting until now to file if you’ve struggled trying to get caught up. About the only thing that fewer filings in 2016 means to you and me is that the bankruptcy judge may have a little less of a backlog of cases. Maybe. [read more]
Some of our Wynn at Law, LLC bankruptcy filing clients have such tremendous anxiety over the Section 341 meeting of creditors. They’ll imagine intimidation like in the photo. For some, it’s the hang up that keeps them from filing. For others, it’s the cause of more than a few sleepless nights. I put a lot of value in the statement that 90 percent of what you worry about never comes true. The creditor meeting falls into that category.
This meeting isn’t a hearing. It’s not even in a courtroom. You’re under oath of course. However, there isn’t a judge. Here’s the two-step for taking the terror out of the topic: [read more]
When Wynn at Law, LLC works with bankruptcy clients, we emphasize brutal honesty benefits them more than it would embarrass them. Bankruptcy isn’t meant to shame a debtor. It’s meant to help the debtor move out from under an unmovable mountain of bills. Honesty can be thought of as a carrot and stick.
The first way honesty benefits you is that full disclosure is required in the process. This isn’t negotiable. All debts. All assets. All income. You can’t intentionally hold something out or even omit something by accident. If the court or creditors find that you withheld debts or income, you may lose your bankruptcy discharge. [read more]
One bit of peace of mind my bankruptcy clients welcome as much as a fresh financial start is the Automatic Stay. Immediately upon Wynn at Law’s filing of your bankruptcy, creditors generally cannot continue the collection process. It’s quiet time at dinner time since the persistent calls usually come to a screeching halt. When you file, Attorney Shannon Wynn becomes the contact person for the creditor. [read more]