Next month is National Homeownership Month, and our goal is to help educate and prepare future home buyers for the home buying process.  Buying a house is an exciting time, but it’s similar to standing on a stool.  It takes a lot of balance, and to keep from falling, you’ll need all three legs of the stool working together to hold you up.  You’re probably asking yourself, “Buying a house is like a standing on a stool?  How so?”  Let me explain.

Today we’ll focus on the first leg of the stool, the Realtor®.  The one who helps you find the home you’ll eventually purchase.  Although there are hundreds of online resources available to help you search for homes for sale, the most reliable data is always going to come directly from the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS).  A Realtor® has the ability to provide you with the most up-to-date property listings, comparisons, and benchmarks through their paid subscription to their local MLS*.

While you may initially lean on these other resources to get an idea of the current real estate environment, a Realtor® will be able to keep you updated, almost to-the-minute, on the status of properties you may be interested in.  Through their access to the MLS, Realtors® are an invaluable resource for information on how long a particular home has been on the market, if it’s been listed more than once, its pricing history and how it compares to similar homes around it.  Keep in mind that sometimes properties are available, but not actively advertised.  A Realtor® can help identify those hidden opportunities, as well as help you avoid out-of-date listings that might be showing up as available online, but are actually no longer on the market.

Most Realtors® live and breathe real estate, and often times they can share information about a home that you wouldn’t otherwise know.  They can be great resources for insights into neighborhood specific information and trends.  For instance, they may have valuable information on HOA obligations for a specific building or community, potentially saving you from huge headaches due to fees or special assessments.  A Realtor® can also provide information on local utilities, zoning, schools, and more.

Finding the perfect home is the fun part, but then the real work begins.  Buying a home usually requires dozens of forms, reports, disclosures, and other documents.  Most Realtors® are immersed in real estate, and stay current with the complex, ever-changing real estate industry, including updates in regulations, laws, contracts and practices.  Their cultivated skills can help you prepare an attractive offer, navigate complex contract documents, negotiate the contract, and avoid delays or costly mistakes.

Plain and simple, your Realtor® is your advocate.  They work for you 24/7 — whether you need a little more information on a particular home, have questions about what happens next, or just need a shoulder to lean on in order to feel at ease with the offer you just put in.  Buying a home is likely the biggest financial (not to mention, emotional) decision of your entire life, and you want to do it right.  Guiding you through it isn’t a responsibility Realtors® take lightly.

To verify a Realtor®, please visit https://www.arello.com.

“No representation is made that the quality of legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.” 


Starting A Small Business

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs

Finding The Right Attorney For The Job

According to entrepreneur.com, “There are two professionals every business will need early on: an accountant and a lawyer.  The reasons for hiring an accountant are pretty obvious…The reason for hiring a business attorney may not, however, be so apparent.  A good business attorney will provide vital assistance in almost every aspect of your business, from basic zoning compliance and copyright and trademark advice to formal business incorporation and lawsuits and liability.”  As a small business owner, you’ll want a business attorney with a comprehensive skill set, including:  contracts, business organizations, real estate, taxes and licenses, as well as intellectual property.

A Common Misperception

Most small business owners have the misperception that attorneys are expensive, and as a result, they only hire an attorney experienced with business matters when confronted with a serious legal matter (i.e. being sued by a customer).  The reality is, legal assistance is a cost of doing business which often saves a business owner time and money, and helps their business in the long run.

For The Love Of The Barbecue

Recently, Rahmati Law Firm had the pleasure of assisting a client in the startup of his new small business venture, We “B” Smokin’.  Barry Brand, owner, always had the passion to grill.  “It’s just something about cooking outdoors”, he said.  Barry and his wife, Angela, have always enjoyed entertaining family and friends, and they quickly noticed that their get-togethers always centered around one thing…Barry’s grill.

As a toddler, their daughter, Taylor, asked him “Daddy, you been smoking?  Where is the meat?” and there you have it…the birth of We “B” Smokin’.  To bring his idea to life, Barry hired Rahmati Law Firm to assist him with some business basics:  selecting the form of business entity best suited for him, registering his business with the Secretary of State, securing his business licenses and other essentials.

Doing Great Work By Doing What You Love

Through the years, Barry has studied the science of grilling, the best techniques, the best methods of preparation, and the best grills.  He even designed his own 250-lb propane grill that helped him introduce his talents to the world.  He’s won countless competitions, including:

  • 2nd place – Best Buckin’ BBQ Competion – 2011 (Boston Butts)
  • People’s Choice Award – Best Buckin’ BBQ Competion – 2012 (Boston Butts)
  • 2nd place – Best Buckin’ BBQ Competion – 2012 (Ribs)
  • 4th place – Anything Butt Competition – Riverfest – 2013
  • 2nd place – Locust Grove Baptist Church in New Market – 2014 (Boston Butts)
  • People’s Choice Award – Riverfest – 2014 (Boston Butts)
  • Top 10 – Smoking Not Allowed In School Competition – 2016 (Ribs)

Barry also enjoys his passion for grilling by volunteering his expertise at local churches and community events.  When asked what he’s done to make grilled meats so great, his response is “I just continue to fuel my passion for making people happy, perfect my craft in the great outdoors and engage my talents for the glory of God.  A simple recipe for success.”

We “B” Smokin’ is a proud member of the Kansas City Barbecue Society.  For information on We “B” Smokin’, please contact Barry Brand at (256) 509-7580.

“No representation is made that the quality of legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.”