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How Do I Get a Copy of a Quitclaim Deed?

Posted on Wed, May 17, 2017 @ 07:00 AM

A quitclaim deed transfers interest in real property from one entity (the grantor) to another (the grantee). Unlike most property deeds, quitclaim deeds do not contain a title covenant – thus they offer the grantee no guarantee as to the status of the property’s title. If the grantor does not actually own the property, the grantee may receive no actual interest, and no legal recourse to recover losses. Typically, quitclaim deeds are used between friends or family members. You may need a copy of a quitclaim deed as a grantor or grantee to prove the status of a piece of property. Here are two ways to obtain a copy.

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Tags: Real Estate

What are the Features of a Title Plant?

Posted on Wed, May 10, 2017 @ 07:00 AM

Also known as an abstract plant, a title plant is a compilation of all instruments of record that may impact the title of real property. Title plants extend back 25 years or more, and include images or indices (the plural of index) of all instruments filed with the county, court records (i.e., records of bankruptcy and probate), attorney opinions, and more.

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Tags: Title

Performing an Online Title Search

Posted on Wed, Apr 26, 2017 @ 07:00 AM

If you’re considering purchasing a piece of property or real estate, the “clarity” of the title is a crucial factor. A clear title means the ownership of the property is unquestionable or very clearly defined. Unclear title means there could be some kind of title defect or an issue with the property’s ownership history. Homebuyers need to be sure of their investments, and it’s vital to confirm that no other parties have a stake in a piece of property before purchasing it.

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Tags: Real Estate

Using Public Records to Find Lien Information

Posted on Wed, Apr 12, 2017 @ 07:00 AM

Before investing in any kind of real estate, it is imperative to conduct thorough research into the property you intend to purchase. Luckily, most of the information you’ll need is accessible for free or at minimal cost if you know where to look. Most real estate information providers will supply free property reports that could include the home ownership history, tax record, and mortgage information.

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Tags: Real Estate

What Is Right of Survivorship and Why is it Important?

Posted on Wed, Apr 05, 2017 @ 07:00 AM

It’s important to have a firm grasp on the concept of the right of survivorship, especially if your family owns a great deal of property. Simply put, the right of survivorship is the concept referring to a person’s legal right to assume ownership of another person’s property upon his or her death. The right of survivorship supersedes typical probate proceedings, meaning the property in question changes hands far more quickly.

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Tags: Real Estate

The Importance of Historical Data

Posted on Wed, Mar 29, 2017 @ 07:00 AM

When most people think of historical data, they think of old documents, such as property deeds, or historical documents they studied in school. These types of historical data are vital, but don’t represent the entirety of what you should be familiar with. Historical data is crucial to every industry, especially regarding oil and gas, which involve both real-estate and utility areas of business.

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Tags: Oil and Gas

Oil and Gas Disaster Planning: the Roadmap to Success

Posted on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 @ 07:00 AM

Oil and gas companies have a social responsibility to keep their facilities safe, protecting the surrounding infrastructure and community. The volatile nature of the job makes the threat of disaster ever-present. Risk factors for disaster include the terrain and environment, as well as the specialized equipment each facility uses. In fact, the very nature of the product – hydrocarbons – presents its own risks. Regardless of cause, disasters can – and do – happen. Effective disaster planning strategies are essential for minimizing damage, to both the facility and the surrounding community. Learn how to best design a strategy for your facility’s unique needs.

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Tags: Oil and Gas

How Can Title Companies Protect Their Data?

Posted on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 @ 07:00 AM

Data protection is a huge concern in the workforce, especially for title companies. Frequent reports of hacking, viruses, and other data breaches have title agents and their clients on edge, worrying whether their highly personal documents are secure. If you are a title agent or work closely with the title industry, there are key ways to protect your data and maintain your business’ reputation for strong security.

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How Can the Title Industry Use CourthouseDirect.com?

Posted on Wed, Mar 01, 2017 @ 07:00 AM

The title industry is important not only to title agents, but real estate agents, home and business owners, and many others in the real-estate, insurance, and banking industries. A lack of valid property documents can leave you and your clients vulnerable to property loss, damage, and disputes. With the features on CourthouseDirect.com, you can protect yourself and your clients.

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What is an ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey?

Posted on Wed, Feb 15, 2017 @ 07:30 AM

As a professional lender or title company, you may encounter ALTA (American Land Title Association) surveys. Entities use ALTA surveys to gather information required to issue property titles or mortgage insurance. Since an ALTA/NSPS land title survey can take weeks to complete and cost several thousand dollars, typically they are used for commercial properties. ALTA/NSPS land title surveys are deeply detailed, including important property information such as property lines, boundaries, real property, easements, encroachments, liens, and land ownership data. The goal of ALTA/NSPS land title surveys is to provide consistency and uniformity to the title industry.

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Tags: Surveying