Disclosures: here, we have about 100 disclosures for every single property sold. Some are just boilerplate; some are specific. Half the work here is getting disclosures to each party, getting them signed, and returning them. In other places, not so much. As a matter of fact, there were none in Milwaukee outside of the normal contractual ones. None.
Contract: here, we have four pages of mandated stuff to sign before we even get to the ten-page contract. There, it's just the ten pages or less.
Doing business: here, most Realtors return your calls or texts or emails promptly; if not within the hour, at least within half a day. In other parts of the country, they (ahem) take a little longer. For example, in the south, you are lucky to get a call returned within 24 hours, even if it is time-sensitive. I guess "time sensitive" really is a fluid concept, no? But they seem to do as much business, which leads me to wonder if we are all needlessly killing ourselves working here.
Termites: are bad, they're nationwide.
Septic tanks: far more common than we think, even if we don't want to think about them at all.
Loan charges and closing costs: are about the same across the country, with a few exceptions. Appraisals cost about the same, as do title policies. However, in most cases there are no escrow companies, so you do save some money there. A title company and/or closing attorney (we don't have CAs here) does everything.
Biggest difference: properties in other parts of the country can be super-cheap. Really cheap. Very, very cheap. Terrific cheap. So much cheap that you will get tired of cheap. Okay, I will knock off the presidential impersonation. But try this on for size -- 50 houses in Georgia for a total of $1.3 million. Here, that amount would get you about two dirt lots in the San Fernando Valley.
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