Oh that sounds ominious but is so seriously not. I got a call back last week from a real estate agent while I was doing tutoring for a student in stats from BIU. After I got off the phone, I was like finding a place is so not happening, I have no idea what the implications are if a place is available but it doesn’t have a tabu.
He was like, you need to talk to a good real estate lawyer for some advice and I’ve got the perfect person for you — she is American and specialized in real estate. He was going to give me her number at the end of the tutoring session but about 20 minutes later –she called him! So after they talked, he handed the phone over to me and she started giving me some major advice. A) Don’t use a real estate agent — you not only get only a fraction of the listings because most sales do not go through agents but also agents won’t usually handle the cheaper properties because they don’t get a big kick-back off the sales, and it costs thousands of dollars to the agent if you buy something they showed. She was like, go to the area you are thinking about living, look for ‘for sale’ signs and call those that you like the look of from the outside, going direct via owner and use the sites like homeless etc for direct via owner listings. B) Sign nothing at all, no matter how innocuous it may seem, until she or another lawyer looks at it, and a host of other advice.
Then last night she called and was like, oh there are two articles in Ha’aretz you should take a look at — one is about some new places being built in Haifa that look like they would be affordable (for me) and the other was about the legal dangers involved with buying basement apartments. She saw them and thought about me. She also said I should check out Tiberias because there are single-family dwellings available there for under 100k but you have to make a tour to find them.