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Abstract of Title in Real Estate

September 8, 2018

An abstract of title is a written history of all the recorded documents and proceedings related to a specific property. When a sale contract is authorized, an attorney or a title company researches all the recorded records related to a property and prepare a written history. What Abstract of Title Means When purchasing real estate, you […]


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Encumbrances in Real Estate Defined

September 8, 2018

A claim against, limitation on or liability against real estate is an encumbrance. Encumbrances include liens, deed restrictions, easements, encroachments, and licenses. Liens Liens can come from a variety of directions.  If you don’t pay your property taxes or your income taxes, you can have a lien placed against your property.  When it comes to […]


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What Is The Bundle of Legal Rights of a Real Estate Owner?

September 8, 2018

Owning real estate carries with it a traditional “bundle of legal rights” transferred with the property from the seller to buyer. These are the recognized rights of the holder of title to the property. The right of possession: The property is owned by whoever holds the title. Once you close a real estate deal for cash and […]


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The Basics of a Sheriff’s Sale – How to Buy Foreclosures at Auction

September 8, 2018

Buying foreclosed property at a sheriff’s sale is one way to get a great deal on an investment property. There are several rules for this type of sale and understanding them can help you make an educated—and perhaps lucrative—purchase. What Is a Sheriff’s Sale? A sheriff’s sale is a type of public auction where interested […]


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Spending Too Much On Energy? A Guide to Energy Efficient Lighting

August 31, 2018

Climate change is the leading threat to our future and more specifically, the future of our children. This reality thrusts many different pressures on us to reduce our carbon footprint. This can be difficult; we have become accustomed to very wasteful habits over the centuries. Breaking these habits isn’t as easy as recognizing them. There […]


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Housing Market Remains Strong, Despite Mortgage Rate Worries

August 31, 2018

The Federal Reserve is raising interest rates, and that’s led some to worry that mortgage rates will spike and put an end to the housing boom in the United States. Not so fast, according to the head of a big homebuilder. Stuart Miller, executive chairman of Miami-based builder Lennar, said Tuesday that “concerns about rising […]


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Buying a House? 6 Questions You’d Never Think to Ask, but Should

August 31, 2018

When buying a house is high on your priority list and you spot The One—the house that has everything you’ve ever dreamed of and more—it can be tempting to put pedal to the metal and close the deal as quickly as possible. But slow down! No home is perfect beneath the surface, and few know this […]


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The New Tax Law Has Made It a Great Time to Invest in Real Estate

August 31, 2018

Here’s How to Get the Most From Your Investment. Paying attention to both the investment and operational sides of the business will make it a success. Changes in the new tax law mean it’s a great time to invest in real estate. Between lower effective tax rates for LLCs, potential drops in property prices in […]


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Millennials Put Pets First When Buying a Home

August 31, 2018

A full 73 percent of millennials currently own a pet, according to the American Pet Products Association. A whopping 89 percent of millennials who bought a home so far this year own a pet, according to Realtor.com. For this demographic, 79 percent of pet-owning homebuyers who closed on a property this year said they would […]


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The Guide to Making and Accepting an Offer on a Home

August 31, 2018

Everything you need to know to help you get under contract and moving toward a successful home purchase or sale. In most markets, homebuyers must act quickly to get the house they want. (Getty Images) You’ve spent the last few months house hunting, preparing your house for sale or doing both. All that stands between […]


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