Our firm’s comprehensive real estate practice serves the Seattle, Kirkland, Bellevue, and Redmond areas and includes the following services:
If, like many others, you are dealing with threats of foreclosure, creditor harassment, or struggling to manage debts, a short sale of your home may be a good solution for you. A short sale is a real estate transaction in which the homeowner sells the property for less than the balance owing on the mortgage. Short sales are often considered by homeowners who owe more on their mortgage than their homes are worth. Short sales are complex transactions that involve numerous issues and consequences.
Generally, the short sale process involves listing the property for sale, proving to the lender that the homeowner is suffering a hardship, determining the value of the home, finding a qualified buyer, gaining the lender’s approval to short sell the home, and closing the sale.
At Weitz Law Firm, we guide and advise our clients through every step of the short sale, making the process as easy and stress-free as possible. We also work with our clients’ lenders to try to make sure the deficiency (the difference between the amount owed and the sale price) is forgiven.
Foreclosure Prevention and Guidance
Foreclosure is the legal process that occurs when a lender repossesses a home because the homeowner has stopped making their monthly mortgage payments. A new Washington law that become effective in 2011, the Washington Foreclosure Fairness Act, allows attorneys and housing counselors to request that banks engage in a good faith mediation with Washington homeowners before they foreclose. Weitz Law Firm has extensive experience using Washington’s foreclosure protection and bankruptcy laws to help people save their homes from foreclosure.
Even if you don’t want to or can’t afford to keep your home, experienced attorneys at Weitz Law Firm can help you buy more time in your home while you consider your options. We can ensure that the foreclosure proceedings are legal and stop them if they violate Washington laws.
Weitz Law Firm has extensive experience in working with homeowners facing foreclosure to achieve the best results for our clients. While foreclosure may be the best option for you, there are foreclosure alternatives.
Real Estate Disputes
Our real estate attorneys at Weitz Law Firm have the skills and experience to successfully represent our clients all kinds of real estate disputes. We represent buyers, sellers, borrowers, lenders, developers, corporate clients, and investors in numerous types of residential and commercial real estate disputes, including: easement and boundary disputes, adverse possession, real estate fraud, foreclosures, purchase and sale disputes, lease disputes, title disputes, breach of contract actions, collections, and mortgage disputes.
Drafting and Review of Real Estate Agreements
We develop, negotiate, and review residential and commercial real estate agreements for our real estate clients, including purchase and sale agreements for clients who are buying or selling their home or investment property.
Landlord-Tenant Disputes and Evictions
Tenants who rent their home in Washington are protected by the Residential Landlord-Tenant Act, RCW 59.18. Washington landlords must maintain the rental premises in a habitable condition and comply with applicable health and safety codes. If the landlord does not meet his or her obligations under the Residential Landlord-Tenant Act, the tenant may legally be able to take actions such as deducting the cost of repairs from rent, or even withholding rent or vacating the premises. The tenant must, however, follow proper procedures to ensure that his or her actions are legal.
Landlords must follow certain rules when they want a tenant to move out. It is illegal for landlords to lock tenants out of their home or turn off their utilities. A tenant who is served with a summons and complaint for eviction must answer the complaint within the stated deadline to avoid a default judgment. A tenant may have various defenses against a landlord’s attempt to evict and may also be able to win his or her case against a landlord merely because there are deficiencies in the eviction process.
Washington has an efficient process for landlords to justifiably evict tenants. The eviction process is called an “unlawful detainer” action. It is commenced by filing or serving the tenant with a summons and complaint after the tenant has been given proper notice of the grounds for eviction and the time in the notice has expired. Landlords may bring unlawful detainer actions to evict tenants who fail to comply with their obligations under the lease- including non-payment of rent and other violations of lease terms. Evictions typically take only 30 days or less. Because the process may be completed so quickly however, the landlord must follow strict rules and procedures. Weitz Law Firm attorneys provide clients in the Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, and Seattle areas with services include evictions, notices, and lease drafting.
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