Six Things NOT to Do When Closing on Your Home

The home buying journey is an exhilarating experience in anyone’s life, and it all culminates in the closing process. While closing on your new house is relatively straightforward and hopefully, everything goes according to plan, there are several things that you should definitely not do during this time.  You might think that there’s no … Read More

What is a Tenant Improvement Escrow & How Can a Title Co Help?

If you’re thinking about purchasing commercial rental property as an investment, then you need to be informed about tenant improvements and the best way to handle them.  Real estate transactions, especially commercial deals, have layers of complexity that demand a specific type of expertise. You’ll want a highly skilled title company on your side … Read More

Do You Need Title Insurance When Buying Land?

When making a major purchase, it’s always smart to guard your investment and mitigate risk. During the homebuying process, title insurance protects you, as the buyer, from financial loss, massive headaches, and potential legal expenses during and after the real estate transaction.  But do you need to bother with it if you’re just buying … Read More

What is Wire Fraud?

Warning! Crafty criminals are utilizing the latest technology and other tricks to wreak havoc on a global scale, so it’s more important than ever to take steps to protect yourself. Hackers can cause all sorts of headaches in their quest to steal your hard-earned money, especially during the home-buying process. In this ongoing digital … Read More

Boundary Disputes and Their Remedies

It’s always best to be on good terms with your neighbors. They can be a huge help in times of need, loan you that cup of sugar or another crucial ingredient, or even become your close friends and BBQ buddies.  Unfortunately, property boundary disputes occur all the time and have ruined many previously amicable … Read More

What is Earnest Money?

During the homebuying process, you may come across terms that are unfamiliar. Like restaurants and the theater, the real estate industry has its own lingo, which can be intimidating, especially to first-time home buyers. One of the phrases you should definitely know is “earnest money.” What is earnest money, and what role does it … Read More

What You Need To Know About IRS Form 1099-S

Getting your tax paperwork in order each year can be a challenge, especially if your holdings are quite diversified. You’ve probably heard of the IRS Form 1099 before, but there are actually twenty different types of 1099s, and most will not be applicable to your situation.  These various iterations of Form 1099 are used … Read More

Is Title Insurance Worth The Cost?

When you decide to purchase a home, it’s important to budget correctly for the variety of fees and payments that need to be taken care of before you can receive the keys to your new abode. These are frequently grouped together under the term “closing costs,” and can include things like escrow deposits, credit … Read More

How Long Does It Take To Close On A Home Purchase?

You’ve found your new dream home and you can’t wait to move in and start making it your own.  Unfortunately, sometimes the time frame between an offer being accepted and receiving the keys can seem like an eternity. There are many factors that can affect how long it takes to close, and delays can … Read More

How To Remove A Mechanic's Lien Filed Against Your Home

How to Remove a Mechanic’s Lien Filed Against Your Home

Buying a residential property is an exciting, life-changing experience. But unfortunately, unexpected obstacles can pop up and possibly derail your dream of owning a home or investment real estate.  During the window between contract and closing, your title company will perform a search to ensure that the seller has the right to sign over … Read More

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