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Everything You Need to Know About Proof of Ownership

Posted on Wed, Oct 26, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Property owners need to have a firm grasp on real property documents. Real property includes any structures existing on the property, and any person’s rights and interests relating to it. Real property also includes natural parts of the land, such as lakes, oil, or gas. Knowing which documents prove your legal land ownership and how to access them are important for protecting your ownership rights.

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Tags: Land Title

What Do Surveyors Need to Know About Drone Usage?

Posted on Wed, Oct 19, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Technological advances affect every industry. From real estate apps to high-definition scanning in the oil and gas industry, the modern world has a solution for almost any problem a worker might encounter. One such innovation is the drone — a small unmanned aircraft system (UAS). New Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidelines came into effect August 29, 2016, that make drone use widely approved and available for commercial applications.

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Tags: Surveyors

Are Mortgage Records Public?

Posted on Wed, Oct 12, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Public records enable society to stay informed about people, properties, taxes, and other issues. Freedom of Information (FOI) laws give the public access to certain data held by the government. The public has a right to receive information easily and at minimal cost to promote government openness and transparency. This information includes court documents, marriage certificates, and public mortgage records.

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Tags: Public Records

Transferring Home Deeds: What You Need to Know

Posted on Fri, Oct 07, 2016 @ 02:30 PM

It’s not uncommon to transfer a home deed to a family member to ensure your property goes to the desired relative after your death. Transferring your home deed to a family member is a major decision requiring much thought and careful consideration. The transfer process is straightforward and relatively simple. It’s important to remember, though, that once you complete a home deed transfer, the new owner immediately takes over all ownership rights.

Here’s what you need to know about transferring a home deed.

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Tags: Title Search

Property Report Searching Tips

Posted on Wed, Sep 28, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

There comes a time in the life of every successful real estate agent, attorney, and land professional that a property report search is necessary. The best professionals use property report searches regularly, staying up to date on the latest property information to be more efficient and informed about the pieces of land in which they are interested. However, many people don’t use property report searches to their fullest potential. Here are a few tips to make your property report search a success every time. 

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Tags: Public Records

The Benefits of Knowing Current Oil and Gas Lease Information

Posted on Wed, Sep 21, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Oil and gas leases can drastically effect how professionals handle a property. Landmen, for example, need to stay up to date on the latest oil and gas leases of a property to know how long the company has a right on the property. Leases may include provisions about drilling, pooling, and royalties. Landmen need this information to stay within their rights according to the laws of oil and gas lease agreements. The faster you obtain gas and oil lease information in the county you’re interested in, the easier it will be for you to make decisions about a property.

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Tags: Oil & Gas Industry

What are Real Property Records?

Posted on Wed, Sep 14, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Real estate is also called real property or immovable property. Real property includes the land itself, plus any property directly attached to the land. Any subset of land that legal human actions have improved is deemed real property. This can include roads, canals, ponds, buildings, and anything else permanently on the property.

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Why Real Estate Agents Need to Understand Adverse Liens

Posted on Wed, Sep 07, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

Real estate agents must be aware if properties they are selling are on the market because of adverse liens. Adverse liens on a property often change its resale value, and require the agent to take different steps than with a house with a clean title. If a property owner puts up a home as collateral for a loan or debt, and then either voluntarily or involuntarily sells that home, an adverse lien can complicate the transaction.

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Tags: Liens

Getting Started With Genealogy Searches

Posted on Wed, Aug 31, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Learning about your ancestry can help you learn a lot about yourself. Public record searches into your genealogy can reveal your family members’ personal histories, the historical foundations of your family, and your ancestors’ cultures and traditions. Building a family tree is an important project for you and the next generation. Here’s a few easy ways to get started.

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Historic Records Glossary: Terms to Know

Posted on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

While browsing through the public historic records database, you’ll likely encounter a few uncommon terms used in records long ago. To truly understand what you’re reading, you need a basic understanding of these terms and their meanings in certain documents. Archival terminology is a group all its own, with words that have specialized meanings specific to researchers. These terms will help you gain more from your historic records research.

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Tags: Public Records