Mitten Realty Group

Scott Fader & Gary Brincat — Top Producers — Oakland 
(this was an article in the Real Producers of Oakland County, Michigan magazine)                                       

 

Committed to Clients, Agents and the Community

 

By Jane K. Asher, Ph.D.

 

For Scott Fader and Gary Brincat, real estate is more than a business opportunity that feeds their families: It’s a venture of love fueled by their passion for the industry and commitment to their clients, agents and the community. Through Mitten Realty Group, LLC, Co-Owners Scott and Gary have leveraged their combined 40 years of real estate experience in buying, renting, flipping and selling homes —  as well as their extensive training in contract negotiations — to build a thriving veteran-owned business and one of Michigan’s 2019 top-25 firms founded on the simple principle that there is always time to help someone else succeed.

 

“We don’t keep score, and we help each other whenever possible,” Gary said. “We answer our agents’ calls 24/7 and make sure that our agents have access to us, no matter what day or time — this allows them to have success with their buyers or sellers”

 

“We don’t just claim to provide training; we actually provide great individual and group training,” Scott said. “We also minimize monthly fees and costs.”

 

Another way that Scott and Gary distinguish their business and actualize their commitment to others is through their ongoing efforts to help veterans, law enforcement, firefighters and other first responders. As honorary members of the Detroit Police Lieutenants and Sergeants Association (DPLSA), Scott and Gary have sponsored the DPLSA Honors Ball — an event that recognizes fallen officers —  as well as golf outings to fundraise for Detroit police. Mitten Realty Group also partners with a local non-profit that fundraises for local and national charities through real estate, in addition to reducing commissions or returning 33% of their commissions back to first responders and military members following the purchase or sale of a home.

 

“Beyond being a veteran-owned business, what motivates us is that so many people put their lives on the line, sacrificing time, family and themselves for others. We like to make sure these people know they are appreciated,” said Scott.

 

Before becoming a REALTOR®, Scott worked with his father’s CPA firm, which handled accounting for investors and real estate agents. He then was presented with an investment opportunity and earned his real estate license in 2003. In 2008, when Scott was 35 years old, he took a hiatus from real estate to join the army where he was deployed to Afghanistan. He then went on to earn his broker’s license in 2018. 

 

Gary has spent 20 years buying, flipping and investing in real estate, and he also served as vice president of sales for a multinational marketing company and a multinational software company. Then about three years ago, Gary decided to leave the corporate world and become a REALTOR®, and that’s when he teamed up with Scott to build Mitten Realty Group.

 

Scott and Gary, both of whom were multi-million dollar producers in 2019 and are on track to increase production in 2020, are well versed in all aspects of the business, but Scott gravitates toward marketing and working with buyers while Gary enjoys working with sellers. Right now, they are focused on growing their team with individuals who share their passion for real estate and dedication to helping others, which they say can be challenging at times because they are looking to work with people who look beyond the profit. They shared that one of their goals is to create a “long-term culture and environment where people look forward to coming to work each day.” They are also grateful for all of their agents. “We are like a family,” Scott said. “Without our agents, we would not be growing as we are.”

 

When Scott isn’t with his work family, he enjoys spending time with Sara — his wife of 20 years — and their son Diego who they adopted from Guatemala in 2006. The Faders travel to Disney World several times a year, and Scott says they are “Disney addicts.” Scott, who regularly takes online classes for both business and personal growth, also says that he is “addicted to education” and loves reading and watching biographies.

 

Gary and his wife Romiana — who was born in Bulgaria — met in France and like to travel. They have two children and four grandchildren. Their daughter Nelly is a commercial property manager, and their son William, who is FAA licensed to fly drones,  is an agent and photographer at Mitten Realty Group. Gary is a 7th degree black belt and owns two martial arts schools. He also developed a two-credit hour continuing education real estate safety class, trains police in self-defense, and enjoys business, mystery and puzzle-solving books.

 

Scott and Gary agree that success is measured on an individual, team and company basis, and they both strive to succeed in all three areas. They also believe that success will come to those who work at it. “Putting in the time, working through the ups and the downs and being able to see mistakes as opportunities will lead you to the paths you want and the goals you seek,” Gary said. “We all run into issues with deals, clients, mortgage companies and title companies —there are a lot of moving parts — but we know each time we encounter an issue, we learn from it and are more likely to be prepared for the next transaction.”

 

For Gary, the most rewarding aspect of his business is helping someone achieve something they didn’t think was possible; for Scott, it’s helping veterans and first responders. Collectively, they care a great deal about their clients, agents and community. “Without our clients, agents and community, Mitten Realty Group would not be here,” they said. 

Contact Mitten Realty Group at 248-294-7850 or info@mittenrealtygroup.com

Real Estate Listing Myths 

 

Large Agencies Sell Homes Faster – False

There is no Data that shows that Large agencies sell homes any faster than smaller agencies, both provide the same information to Agents representing qualified buyers.

 

Large Agencies have more buyers – False

Less than 5% of all homes sales were purchased through the company which listed the home.  This is a misconception held over from before Real Estate hit the Internet.

 

Real Estate Teams are more productive sellers – False

Real Estate teams are very common today.  Fact most do not work as a team, they are simply groups of realtors who work under a common “Associate” Broker within an office, they do not work in the traditional definition of a “TEAM” to buy or sell homes.

 

Real Estate agencies will not show discounted/flat fee listings – False

Buyer Agents don’t know if the listing side is discounted, the only commission information which is displayed in the listing, is for the buyer agent.  If the seller is offering a commission to the buy side to sell their home, realtors will gladly bring qualified buyers to see the home, because they know they will be paid. 

 

Discounted Commission listings receive inferior service – False

A full-service listing requires the discount listing agent to provide the same full service that any other Full Fee (6%) realtor provides, such as: Arrange Appointments, Accept/Present Offers, Advise on Offers, Assist with counter offers, Negotiate for seller.

 

Discounted Commission Real Estate Offices cannot survive – False

Companies that manage expenses and keep overhead low, can significantly reduce commissions and still be profitable.  Large Real Estate companies are burdened with high overhead, such as Expensive Rent, office staff, and utilities, and therefore must charge higher commissions to pay the bills and keep the doors open, they rely on you to pay their expenses and bills.

 

Zillow is a Home Buying Site – False

Zillow is a marketing site, less than 5% of the viewers of homes on Zillow are qualified buyers, approximately 80% of the homes you see listed on Zillow were initiated by an MLS listing and were automatically pushed out to Zillow.

 

If you have a question about buying or selling your home, please reach out to Mitten Realty Group at 248-294-7850 or via email at info@mittenrealtygroup.com

Thank you,

Scott Fader and Gary Brincat
Mitten Realty Group, LLC

Mitten Realty Group is a veteran owned company located in Michigan. Scott Fader and Gary Brincat are two of Michigan’s multi-million-dollar top producers. They have been working in real estate as brokers, Realtors, investors, property managers and real estate company owners for over 20 years. Together they would like to share their experiences, knowledge, success and failures to help buyers, sellers, Realtors, brokers and anyone else in the real estate and business, so that together we can grow as a community.

 

 

When Deals Fall Apart – Seller Focused.

 

Real estate has many moving pieces. You have the sellers, the buyers, the mortgage company, the title company, the appraiser, the inspector, the listing agent, the buyer’s agent, the insurance company and the friends and family of the buyers and the sellers. There are a lot of hands in the process of getting to the closing table. Sometimes, one of these hands creates a problem for the deal and it unravels and falls apart.

What happens when a deal falls apart? This depends on many factors and what side of the transaction you are on. This blog will focus on the sellers’ side. We will try to do it in order of the stages of the process to give an idea where you may see some of these issues.

Inspection: Most buyers will request time to get a professional inspector (or they should, and their agent should advise this). The inspector’s job is to look at the entire piece of real estate and find out what condition each part is in – from the walls to the floors to the electrical and plumbing, to the roof and the nooks and crannies top to bottom.

Unless it is a newly constructed home, the home is used, and the inspector will find things that are used and low on life. Do not be offended by this, it is their opinion on the home, and they work for the buyer to find things. Even newly constructed homes will have things found by inspectors.

After the inspection, the report goes to the buyer and the buyer’s agent for review. Depending on what they find, there may be a new round of negotiation about price, credits, or a withdrawal of the deal. This is one of the first places a deal may fall apart if all parties cannot agree or the buyer wanted to walk away since there are too many variables in the inspection they want to contend with.

If the deal falls apart the EMD is returned to the buyer (as long as it is within the negotiated inspection time frame asked for in the PA).

As a note, if the property has a well or septic, there many be additional inspections that will be needed, and again negotiations may happen, or the buyer walks away.

Appraisal: The value of the home is important to the buyer and the bank if they are getting a loan. The buyer and the bank will want to make sure the value of the offer is supported by an appraisal from a professional independent source.

If the appraisal comes in with a solid value at or above the offer price, the deal is good. If it comes in lower than the offer price, negotiations will happen, or the client will choose to walk away. You can agree to lower the price to keep the deal going if all parties agree.

If the deal falls apart here, the EMD is returned to the buyer (as long as it is within the contract terms).

If you are working with a listing agent, they can typically put together the comps they used to list the home and dispute the appraisal.

Loan/Mortgage: The loan starts with the pre-approval or pre-qualification stage and continues all the way to the close. One of the contingencies is the mortgage section of the purchase agreement. While a mortgage/loan is in process there are many document requests, verifications, along with review of the appraisal. There are times in this process where the loan becomes denied – this could be that something changed with the borrower or something that was missed in original application makes the loan unable to close.

There are situations that borrowers do not provide the lender with all the required items, or take their time, or go out and buy something before close that kills the loan. The borrower can be the fault the loan cannot close.

The EMD and who it goes to will be based on so many factors and will be negotiated when the financing can no longer go forward. The EMD can go to the seller or back to the buyer. This is where you make sure you keep all the information in writing and make sure you can fight for the EMD if needed.

No Reason/Buyer Walks Away: Sometimes a buyer just walks away. There are times when for reasons no one understands, after the expenses of inspection, appraisal and other costs are spent, the buyer just decides they no longer want the house or to close.

This is when the EMD is usually given to the seller. When the mutual release or whatever form your state or board use, the seller should be the one to receive the EMD. Again, this can be a fight to get at times. All parties must agree as to where the EMD is going.

 

These are just a few examples of where and how deals fall apart. These examples are the ones most often dealt with in a real estate transaction. Real estate is a process, with legal documents and many parties. Navigating it is never the same.

If you have any questions about real estate or would like to buy or sell a home, Investment property, or commercial property in Michigan (Ohio and Florida by 2021), please e-mail us at info@mittenrealtygroup.com or call 248-294-7850.

Thank you,

Scott Fader and Gary Brincat
Mitten Realty Group, LLC

Mitten Realty Group is a veteran owned company located in Michigan. Scott Fader and Gary Brincat are two of Michigan’s multi-million-dollar top producers. They have been working in real estate as brokers, Realtors, investors, property managers and real estate company owners for over 20 years. Together they would like to share their experiences, knowledge, success and failures to help buyers, sellers, Realtors, brokers and anyone else in the real estate and business, so that together we can grow as a community.

 

 

Pre-Qualification vs Pre-Approval

When you are selling your home For Sale by Owner or even with an agent, you need to understand what kind of approval or well, not approval is provided with the offer. Many people get pre-qualified and pre-approval mixed up and they are entirely different as to how secure they are with their financing. The mortgage industry continues to provide relaxed letters of qualification or approval for clients who may or may not be able to close on the house they choose.

We will look at qualifications and approvals a bit deeper.

Pre-Qualified

Getting pre-qualified involves supplying a bank or lender with their overall financial picture, including debt, income, and assets. The lender reviews everything and gives an estimate of how much the borrower can expect to receive. Pre-qualification can be done over the phone or online, and there is usually no cost involved.

Pre-qualification is quick, usually taking just one to three days to get a pre-qualification letter. Keep in mind that loan pre-qualification does not include an analysis of credit reports or an in-depth look at the borrower’s ability to purchase a home.

The pre-qualification has NOTHING reviewed in terms of documents – bank statements, W-2, 1099, tax returns, investment accounts or the credit. The potential borrower is verbally providing an idea of who they are credit wise and financially.

A pre-qualified buyer does not carry the same weight as a pre-approved buyer, who has been more thoroughly investigated. As a Realtor, I tend to stay away from pre-qualified letters for offers and request that the borrower go back and get pre-approved.

Pre-Approved

Getting pre-approved may take a few extra steps, but it is a better way to go to ensure a borrower can close a deal (or at least fairly good chance to close).

The borrower must complete an official mortgage application to get pre-approved, as well as supply the lender with all the necessary documentation to perform an extensive credit and financial background check. The lender will then offer pre-approval up to a specified amount.

Lenders will provide a conditional commitment in writing for an exact loan amount, allowing borrowers to look for homes at or below that price level.

This puts borrowers at an advantage when dealing with a seller because they are one step closer to getting an actual mortgage.

 

When a borrower provides the PRE-APPROVED letter from the lender, it gives the seller a warmer feeling that the deal will happen. As a Realtor I prefer a pre-approval with an offer over the pre-qualified letter.

 

Remember there are still conditions to be met on the mortgage side, even with a pre-approved letter. You should always call the lender and have a brief and to the point discussion about the pre-approval letter. Find out if there is anything major lacking from the file that could cause the loan to pause or be denied at later date – make sure they have reviewed credit, all documents and ask if they owe the lender anything.

 

DO NOT BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS TO THE LENDER OR BUYERS AGENT. IT IS YOUR HOUSE THAT IS BEING SOLD.

 

This information comes from a Realtor and not a lender. This is just for informational purposes giving you a better understanding. We are not lenders or a mortgage company.

If you have any questions about real estate or would like to buy or sell a home, Investment property, or commercial property in Michigan (Ohio and Florida by 2021), please e-mail us at info@mittenrealtygroup.com or call 248-294-7850.

Thank you,

Scott Fader and Gary Brincat
Mitten Realty Group, LLC

Mitten Realty Group is a veteran owned company located in Michigan. Scott Fader and Gary Brincat are two of Michigan’s multi-million-dollar top producers. They have been working in real estate as brokers, Realtors, investors, property managers and real estate company owners for over 20 years. Together they would like to share their experiences, knowledge, success and failures to help buyers, sellers, Realtors, brokers and anyone else in the real estate and business, so that together we can grow as a community.

 

 

 

Real Estate Calculations for Investors

There is more to understanding investment real estate than the home itself. There are decisions that will need to be made before you purchase the property. You will need to know certain calculations so that you can make the right decision. One decision you will need to make is, are you holding the property to be rented out or are you going to rehab it and flip the property.

Remember, your profit is usually determined when you buy the home, not when it sells. This means if you buy the property for the right price, you will have the profit margins you are wanting.

Using a Realtor, you can get help with some of the information you will need to complete the formulas or double check the numbers. Websites like Zillow and other public sites that offer FREE VALUATION can provide inaccurate information.

Gross Scheduled Income

This real estate formula lets you know how much income your property will generate if all units within it are rented and if there are no defaults in rent payments. This can be a useful measure to compare with your actual income.

Talk with your Realtor and get some rent comps for the area. Many investors guess the rents or place what they think they will be asking. Rental comps are as important as sales comps. You want to be realistic in your calculations. If you get more than what you expected…GREAT!

Gross Scheduled Income = Rental Income + Lost Rental Income from Vacant Units

Gross Operating Income

This figure reflects the gross operating income in addition to all other sources of income from your rental property. This can include revenue from parking spaces, laundry, public vending machines, or others.

Gross Operating Income = (GSI – Lost Rental Income from Vacant Units) + Other Income

Net Operating Income

To use the net operating income formula, you first need to figure out your gross operating income. Once you have that figure, you subtract your operating expenses- things like insurance and maintenance costs. You should note, however, that things like investment property depreciation and interest payments do not factor into operating costs. 

Net Operating Income = Gross Operating Income – Total Operating Expenses

Capitalization Rate

The cap rate is one of the most important real estate formulas. The cap rate formula compares an investment property’s net operating income with its market value, allowing investors to quickly compare properties to see which one is most worth it.

Cap Rate = Net Operating Income / Market Value of Property

Cash on Cash Return

Figuring out your cash on cash return is crucial in real estate investing. It is a widely popular real estate formula since it allows investors to compare investments and evaluate the most profitable one based on the terms of financing. A spreadsheet is a good way to see the side by side comparison between properties that are similar. By setting up the spreadsheet with formulas, you can quick input the basic numbers and see which one is the best property for your investment.

To use the cash on cash return formula, you simply divide your net operating income by your total cash investment. Typically, your total cash investment will include the down payment, closing costs, renovation costs, and any other upfront fees you paid to acquire the investment property.

Cash on Cash Return = Net Operating Income / Total Cash Investment

Equity Build-Up Rate

Smart real estate investments do not always come in the form of immediate income. Some properties are great investments due to their potential to build equity, therefore becoming more valuable assets in the future. This simple real estate formula can help in measuring these gains.

Consulting with your Realtor is also a good way to see how quickly an area is growing in value.

Equity Build-Up Rate = Mortgage Principal Paid (Year 1) / Initial Cash Invested (Year 1)

Price to Rent Ratio 

This figure shows you how much rent you will be receiving, versus the price at which your property was purchased. This can be useful when comparing residential real estate investments. Like other calculations, a spreadsheet with formulas can help make quicker decisions.

Price to Rent Ratio = Purchase Price of Property / Annual Rental Revenue

Price Per Square Foot

Along the same lines, the price per square foot real estate formula can be useful when comparing investments. Savvy investors can use this calculation to evaluate if a rental property is overpriced before it is purchased. Your Realtor can help you evaluate this more in depth by pulling both rental and sales comps, which list out the price per square foot (as-is, not post-rehab).

Price Per Square Foot = Market Value of Property / Property Square Footage

Return on Investment

The return on investment formula allows you to see how much of your initial investment you can recoup annually.

Return on Investment = Annual Returns / Cost of Investment

Cash Flow From Operations

Successful real estate investments will involve more money coming in than going out. You need to subtract your capital expenditures (roughly defined as large expenses that do not reoccur) from your net operating income to figure out your cash flow from operations.

Cash Flow From Operations = Net Operating Income – Capital Expenditures

Cash Flow After Financing

Considering that most real estate investors have borrowed money in order to make their investment, this cash flow formula can provide a better idea of what your cash flow is like.

Cash Flow After Financing = Cash Flow From Operations – Financing Costs

Occupancy Rate

This figure reflects the time that an investment property is rented out over a period. Your occupancy rate is one of the most important indicators of your success, and a low occupancy rate can let you know that action is needed from your end.

Low occupancy can occur when properties are in need of repair. People tend to look for a replacement place to live if a landlord is not keeping the place livable or did not complete some repairs required previously. Landlords can “promise” to fix things to get people to move it, in turn causing them to move out as fast.

Occupancy Rate = Number of Days Occupied / Total Number of Days in One Year

Break Even Ratio

This figure is often used to evaluate risk when making a real estate investment. Too high of a figure when using this real estate formula can indicate that it will be an uphill battle to break even with an investment property and recoup debts.

Break Even Ratio = (Debt Servicing Costs + Operating Expenses) / Gross Operating Income

Gross Rent Multiplier

The gross rent multiplier real estate formula allows investors to figure out the market value of a rental property. This is especially useful when selling a rental property, as it allows you to set the right price the first time.

You will want to compare notes with a Realtor. This calculation can help set the value based on the numbers, but it is always good to have a second pair of eyes.

Gross Rent Multiplier = Market Value / Gross Scheduled Income

Debt Service Coverage Ratio

This real estate formula can be used to figure out the current cash flow you have available to recoup the debt which financed your investment.

Debt Service Coverage Ratio = Net Operating Income – Annual Debt Service

If you have any questions about real estate or would like to buy or sell a home, Investment property, or commercial property in Michigan (Ohio and Florida in 2021), please e-mail us at info@mittenrealtygroup.com or call 248-294-7850.

Thank you,

Scott Fader and Gary Brincat
Mitten Realty Group, LLC

Mitten Realty Group is a veteran owned company located in Michigan. Scott Fader and Gary Brincat are two of Michigan’s multi-million-dollar top producers. They have been working in real estate as brokers, Realtors, investors, property managers and real estate company owners for over 20 years. Together they would like to share their experiences, knowledge, success and failures to help buyers, sellers, Realtors, brokers and anyone else in the real estate and business, so that together we can grow as a community.

What is a Real Estate Appraisal? And more….

 

Real estate appraisal, property valuation or land valuation is the process of developing an opinion of value, for real property (usually market value). Real estate transactions often require appraisals because they occur infrequently and every property is unique (especially their condition, a key factor in valuation), unlike corporate stocks, which are traded daily and are identical. The location also plays a key role in valuation. However, since property cannot change location, it is often the upgrades or improvements to the home that can change its value. Appraisal reports form the basis for mortgage loans, settling estates and divorces, taxation, and so on. Sometimes an appraisal report is used to establish a sale price for a property.

If you have bought or sold real estate – your own personal residence, investment, or commercial property, you have probably dealt with the appraisal process. Besides the inspection, it is the part of the transaction that keeps you biting your nails. As the seller or selling agent, even with the most up to date information, appraisals can come in with unexpected values.

Sellers and listing agents should do their homework and have comps ready in case the appraisal comes back with a number that is lower than the list or sales price. You can submit these comps to the appraisal company to fight the appraisal. The more homework you must share, the better the chances you have to get them to adjust price. Although in the years I have been doing real estate, I have a better chance at winning the lottery, than getting them to adjust their report.

Buyers cannot chose the appraisal company or the appraiser they use (I will not say that this is 100% of the time, but in most cases where a loan is involved, the buyer will be hands off and should remain hands off). Buyers and their agents should also do their homework to make sure the offer they are submitting matches the value of homes in the area. Renegotiating the deal after the appraisal can be a struggle once the seller has a value from the offer in their head. Even through it was offered, the bank will not accept something lower and most of the time the buyer is not willing to come to the table with more money than the home is currently worth.

An appraisal is a safety net for the bank and the buyer. The bank needs to protect its loan with a piece of real estate at a specific loan to value.

If you have any questions about real estate or would like to buy or sell a home, Investment property, or commercial property in  Michigan, please e-mail us at info@mittenrealtygroup.com or call 248-294-7850.

Thank you,

Scott Fader and Gary Brincat
Mitten Realty Group, LLC

Mitten Realty Group is a veteran owned company located in Michigan. Scott Fader and Gary Brincat are two of Michigan’s multi-million-dollar top producers. They have been working in real estate as brokers, Realtors, investors, property managers and real estate company owners for over 20 years. Together they would like to share their experiences, knowledge, success and failures to help buyers, sellers, Realtors, brokers and anyone else in the real estate and business, so that together we can grow as a community.

 

Establishing your Home’s Value

As a For Sale by Owner, how are you establishing the sale price of your home? Are you using Zillow? Listening to Uncle Joe? What process are you using to determine the value your home?

Establishing the sales price of your home is especially important to getting your home sold. There are many FREE online tools and websites that offer “guestimates” on value, but many times they are not correct for “your” specific market. Your home cannot be randomly compared to other homes sold within a certain area. There are many factors that play into establishing home values that cannot be grouped together and averaged.

Realtors and appraisers use methodical processes and neighborhood specific data to come to a listing price valuation (real estate professional) or lending/Mortgage value (appraiser). Both Realtors and appraisers have access to up to date, active, pending, and closed data that can help them select  comparable homes in the area and analyze the differences between them to come up with an accurate listing price.

In today’s market, buyers have full access to the homes for sale, and over pricing your home could lead to no or low number of showings, extended days on market, and continued holding costs.  High Days on market can then produce offers that are “low-balled” since they see that you have been on the market for a while. Yes, days on market can negatively affect the value of the offers, Realtors know high days on market is an indication to come in low.

So how do you get a good listing price for your home as a For Sale by Owner? I would suggest you call a Realtor or Broker. Pay them to run a report for you or do a full Comparative Market Analysis or Broker Price Opinion (Realtors do not do “Appraisals”). This could run you as little as $100 to as much as $300, but it is worth it. You are saving about 3% by not having a listing agent, so pay a little to help make sure you have the right price point for your home in the market you are in.

Also, just because you recently updated your home, does not mean the full value of the improvements  will be returned in actual home value, many upgrades you perform on a home increase the desirability, but not the value. Desirability is not a bad thing, it may differentiate you from the home down the street, which is also for sale.  This will become very apparent if you sell to a buyer who is getting a mortgage, the mortgage companies’ appraiser (paid for by the buyer) is representing the bank, not you or even the buyer.  Appraisals are sometimes waived if the buyer is a strong buyer (20% or more down) or the if the buyer is a cash buyer, there is no appraisal at all.

For Sale by Owner can be a formidable task and there are many more moving pieces than expected. It can be frustrating and exciting at the same time. You are trying to save YOUR hard-earned Homes Equity and that is GREAT, but do not hesitate to use a Proven Professional when needed to help or to take over the sale.

Be especially careful about hiring Family members or friends to sell your home, your home is one of your largest assets, go with a proven professional not a part time agent.

If you have any questions about real estate or would like to buy or sell a home, Investment property, or commercial property in  Michigan, please e-mail us at info@mittenrealtygroup.com or call 248-294-7850.

Thank you,

Scott Fader and Gary Brincat
Mitten Realty Group, LLC

Mitten Realty Group is a veteran owned company located in Michigan. Scott Fader and Gary Brincat are two of Michigan’s multi-million-dollar top producers. They have been working in real estate as brokers, Realtors, investors, property managers and real estate company owners for over 20 years. Together they would like to share their experiences, knowledge, success and failures to help buyers, sellers, Realtors, brokers and anyone else in the real estate and business, so that together we can grow as a community.

 

What is a Quitclaim Deed?

A quitclaim deed is a legal instrument that is used to transfer interest in real property. The entity transferring its interest is called the grantor, and when the quitclaim deed is properly completed and executed, it transfers any interest the grantor has in the property to a recipient, called the grantee.

  • Typically used in a NON-traditional sale
    • Between family
    • Divorce
    • Into a trust

Simple way to transfer deed – no title search is done. Since there is no title search done, liens, taxes, open mortgages, and loans are not checked for. The verification of the grantor also is not checked to make sure they can convey the property.

Quitclaim deeds are also used to clear up matters when there may be an ownership issue or claim. The person with claim can sign a quitclaim deed over removing themselves.

Quitclaim deeds are not used for traditional real estate sales (especially with a lender involved), because the new owner receives no guarantees about the title and how valid it is.

Although we are not lawyers and would advise anyone using a quitclaim to seek advice, we do want to put a word of warning out there. Quitclaim deeds are used often in investment property sales and scams both. People use them to transfer property they do not own, or they know has other encumbrances. Therefore, working with a proper title company or lawyer when involving real estate is a good idea. Not transferring property correctly or verifying ownership and other information can be a costly mistake. More than what it would have costed to have a title search done and having insurance you are getting a solid transfer.

To transfer title by quitclaim, a quitclaim deed form must be in writing to be valid. This legal document includes a legal description of the property that is being deeded, the county it is located in, date of transfer, and the names of the grantor (person transferring the property) and grantee (person receiving the property). If a price has been paid for the transfer, that amount is included.

The grantor signs the document, and this signature is generally notarized. Witnesses may be required depending on the state. In some states the grantee also signs the deed. It is common to file the deed with the county clerk in the county where the property is located, but in some states, this is not required.

Quitclaim deeds are a part of the real estate world. Although they are not as secure as Warranty Deeds, they are used. If you need help preparing a Quitclaim deed or have questions about them, you can contact your local title company or real estate lawyer.

If you are thinking of buying or selling real estate and would like to talk further about title company needs (Nationwide), please call Gary Brincat or Scott Fader at 248-617-0004 or email them at info@inkedtitle.com

Thank you,

Scott Fader and Gary Brincat
Inked Title, LLC

Inked Title is a veteran owned company located in Michigan. Scott Fader and Gary Brincat are two of Michigan’s multi-million-dollar top producers of real estate with Mitten Realty Group (www.MittenRealtyGroup.com or 248-294-7850) and owners of Inked Title. They have been working in real estate as brokers, Realtors, investors, property managers and real estate and title company owners for over 20 years. Together they would like to share their experiences, knowledge, success and failures to help buyers, sellers, Realtors, brokers and anyone else in the real estate and business, so that together we can grow as a community.

 

Why Do I Need a Title Company?

A title company is more than just a place to close your property. They are the research company for the buyers, sellers or both in a transaction. We will talk about title companies in the general aspect, as each state can be a little different when it comes to how your property is closed and who is part of the process. You will want to call a local title company or real estate lawyer to find out how your state works. You can also call Inked Title, LLC at 248-617-0004 or e-mail them at info@inkedtitle.com and their staff can find out what the process for your state on real estate closings and title.

WHAT IS TITLE?

In property law, a title is a bundle of rights in a piece of property in which a party may own either a legal interest or equitable interest. The rights in the bundle may be separated and held by different parties. It may also refer to a formal document, such as a deed, that serves as evidence of ownership.

HOW DO YOU KNOW THE OWNER IS THE OWNER?

To find out who owns the bundle of rights and ownership the title company will do a title search. A title search is an examination of public records to determine and confirm a property’s legal ownership and find out what claims or liens are on the property. A clean title is required for any real estate transaction to go through properly.

The way to look at title is like a credit report. The cleaner the better. If the credit report is bad or has bad information it can cause issues, just like clouded title. It is always a good idea to make sure when you sell or when you buy, the title to the property is ready to be conveyed.

As the title company is reviewing who owns the property, they will also be checking on the status of the property taxes, any special assessments attached to the property, any liens someone has placed on the property, outstanding mortgages, HOA liens or if there is an HOA, so that they can get a full idea of what will be required to be paid off in the closing and what information they may need to collect from the parties involved.

When research is complete, the title company provides a report called a “title abstract.” You should get a copy of this before you close on the home to review. This document is not your title insurance policy. That is a separate document you’ll get from your agent.

WHAT IS A TITLE INSURANCE POLICY?

Title insurance is a form of indemnity insurance that protects lenders and homebuyers from financial loss sustained from defects in a title to a property. The most common type of title insurance is lender’s title insurance, which the borrower purchases to protect the lender. The other type is owner’s title insurance, which is often paid for by the seller to protect the buyer’s equity in the property (Again, this differs state by state).

CLOSING:

Once all the title documents are set and the lender and title company have compared and approved all the numbers, the title company will help in the process of closing the home (once again, who closes and who is involved will vary from state to state). The closing will also vary on if the home is a cash deal or one with a lender involved. The closer will go through all the docs that they have prepared, and the lender has provided to give you a full understanding of what you are signing and why. They will also go back over the numbers within the documents to make sure they are the same as you have reviewed and approved with your lender.

The closing table is fun and stressful. You will want to review as much of the information before closing. Most title companies will provide a digital link to all the documents for review well enough in advance to review. ASK ALL THE QUESTIONS YOU WANT AT THE CLOSING!!!! Many people SIGN SIGN SIGN and then have questions after closing when it is too late. Take your time at the closing, get all your questions answered and leave excited, not worried.

FUNDING:

The title company also assists in the funding of the transaction. Money from the lender and the buyer are provided to the title company who verifies all the money and then disperses to all the parties who are due money – and there are many in a real estate deal.

 

A title company is a valuable resource. They are more than the people who sign documents. They are the companies that ensure your property is free to transfer and both the buyer and seller are secure of any issues with title through the insurance. 

If you are thinking of buying or selling real estate and would like to talk further about title company needs, please call Gary Brincat or Scott Fader at 248-617-0004 or email them at info@inkedtitle.com

Thank you,

Scott Fader and Gary Brincat
Inked Title, LLC

Inked Title is a veteran owned company located in Michigan. Scott Fader and Gary Brincat are two of Michigan’s multi-million-dollar top producers of real estate with Mitten Realty Group (www.MittenRealtyGroup.com or 248-294-7850) and owners of Inked Title. They have been working in real estate as brokers, Realtors, investors, property managers and real estate and title company owners for over 20 years. Together they would like to share their experiences, knowledge, success and failures to help buyers, sellers, Realtors, brokers and anyone else in the real estate and business, so that together we can grow as a community.

 

What is Quiet Title?

An action to quiet title is a lawsuit brought in a court having jurisdiction over property disputes, in order to establish a party’s title to real property, or personal property having a title, of against anyone and everyone, and thus “quiet” any challenges or claims to the title.

The process of quiet title is not an overnight process or pay a lawyer or title company to handle it and it is done. The process can take 8 to 12 weeks (we have heard of some taking as long as 6 months). In 2020, we are looking at this process taking longer with many of the people working on quiet title working at home or the staff is laid off. It is a process of patience no matter when it is started. The sooner the better.

Steps in the quiet title process:

  1. Complaint
    1. Done in county where property is located
    2. Anyone with claim will be notified
  2. Service
    1. Notice to defendants
    2. Can take time to locate heirs and prolonged if someone is deceased with claim
    3. There will be a time frame to respond
  3. Negotiation
    1. If someone responds – you can negotiate how to get them to sign off
  4. Judgement
    1. Judge signs off and notifies plaintiff how the case was decided
  5. Recording
    1. Once you receive the judgement you record it in the county where the property is located
  6. Delivery of the Order
    1. Provide all the documents to the title company so they can continue with your file

The cost of the whole process will vary on the area you are in. We have seen them range from $650 (which is rare) to as much as $4500.

A quiet title action does not give the new owner the same level of protection against the previous owner in most cases; if there are problems with the property, the new owner can’t sue the previous owner, unless he or she acquired the property via warranty deed and sued for defects when the warranty deed was delivered.

Additionally, quiet title actions do not always clear up all issues with a title. In some jurisdictions, they can only be used to clear up specific claims or title defects (you will want to clarify this with the title company or attorney you are using).

Following the quiet title action, the plaintiff will be in full possession of the property in perpetuity, as will be his or her heirs, and they will also be protected from any further claims of ownership made against the property by other outside entities.

A good title company will try to clear up what they can on the title before you jump into the process of quiet title. The title company will be the ones who will eventually tell you what steps you will need to have the ownership rights you seek. If it is out of their control, the next step is that of the quiet title process. They also usually know good real estate lawyers to go to when quiet title is needed.

If you are thinking of buying or selling real estate and would like to talk further about title company needs, please call Gary Brincat or Scott Fader at 248-617-0004 or email them at info@inkedtitle.com

Thank you,

Scott Fader and Gary Brincat
Inked Title, LLC

Inked Title is a veteran owned company located in Michigan. Scott Fader and Gary Brincat are two of Michigan’s multi-million-dollar top producers of real estate with Mitten Realty Group (www.MittenRealtyGroup.com or 248-294-7850) and owners of Inked Title. They have been working in real estate as brokers, Realtors, investors, property managers and real estate and title company owners for over 20 years. Together they would like to share their experiences, knowledge, success and failures to help buyers, sellers, Realtors, brokers and anyone else in the real estate and business, so that together we can grow as a community.