Our Estate Program

Our Estate Program

Our estate program is designed so that we handle all the details so you don't have to:

  • Communicate with all parties involved in the transaction including attorneys, real estate agents, escrow, title and lenders.
  • Order title insuance and review title report as it pertains to estates.
  • Provide recorded documents to parties as needed (saves you from having to locate and deliver).
  • Deliver paperwork to your attorney for review and modifications.
  • Ensure proper estate terminology is included in listing published in the Northwest Multiple Listing Service in order to protect seller.
  • Negotiate terms of purchase and sale agreement including:
    -  Waiver of Form 17 (Seller disclosure statement):  This form is not required in estates; however, the buyer can back out if waiver not  signed.
    -  Lead based paint disclosure:  Required on all properties built prior to 1978. -  Special Warranty Deed -Preprinted purchase and sale agreement specified the use of a "statutory warrant deed", which we will change to "Special warrant deed" to limit the scope of warranty.
    -  Use of special "As-is" clause to protect the administrator or executor.
  • Review need for possible change in homeowner's insurance policy.  Due to an estate, property may not be covered by the existing policy.
  • Ensure that buyer's earnest money check is deposited into a trust account.
  • Indicate that property is to be sold in its present condition, or if seller prefers to make modifications:
    -  Provide suggestions for improvements to maximize profit (Some small items can generate a big return).
    -  Supply our "preferred provider" list of cleaners, landscapers, contractors, etc.
    -  Collect bids, schedule and provide access for work to be completed.
  • Provide recommendations and referrals for removal of personal property (Estate sales, charity, dump hauling).
  • As needed, communicate with multiple family members to keep you "out of the middle."
  • Maintain a file with all documents for a minimum of three years, in case information or copies are needed at a future date.
  • Ensure confidentiality at all times.

Contact Information

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Deborah Arends & Associates
RE/MAX Northwest Realtors
300 NE 97th Street
Seattle WA 98115
206-779-4404
Fax: 206-522-6214