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What You Need to Know About Lis Pendens

Posted on Wed, Jul 27, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Many people have heard the term “lis pendens.” Often, a potential buyer will use this phrase as an explanation for not pursuing a property. But there is more you need to know before making a decision.

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Tags: Real Estate

Sales Comparable Reports: What They Are and How They Are Used

Posted on Wed, Jul 20, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Sales comparable reports, also known as the market analysis approach, are an important tool in real estate. These reports help individuals and realtors estimate an appropriate sale price for a property. When looking to list a home, it is wise to use this method before determining a starting number. Real estate agents can also take advantage of these helpful reports. 

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Tags: Real Estate

The Impacts of Falsified Documents on Public Record

Posted on Wed, Jul 13, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Tampered with or falsified documents are a serious problem. Frequently viewed as a white-collar crime, these instances can cause great grief and financial loss for victims. Though someone usually discovers these fake documents, it can be a long road to justice.

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Tags: Public Records

Five Steps to Attain a Closing Agent License in Texas

Posted on Wed, Jul 06, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

You will need a title-closing agent any time you complete a real estate transaction. Agents are impartial parties who ensure that everything is in order before finalizing a sale—indeed, they are vital to the process. The process to become a closing agent varies from state to state. Many locations require a combination of education, experience, and licensing. Texas is no exception.

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Tags: Title Industry

Three Reasons You Need Your Marriage Record

Posted on Wed, Jun 29, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Your marriage record is important for more than just proof of a union – it can serve as a legal document in court, an official record of your family, and establish your relationship publicly. Many people place emphasis on the rituals of a marriage and let the legalities slide, but this will lead to problems down the road. The wedding itself is not proof enough of your marriage – you need official documentation. Registering your marriage and keeping track of your marriage record can solve a variety of problems you may encounter in the future.

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Tags: Marriage Records

Seven Reasons You Might Need Public Records for Asset Searches

Posted on Wed, Jun 22, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

If you believe someone is hiding assets from public knowledge, there are ways of discovering these assets without hiring an asset search investigator. Someone may wish to hide assets with criminal intent or hide part or all of their wealth to avoid scrutiny. Regardless of why people hide assets, know it is possible to uncover them using public records.

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The Public Information Act in Texas: What You Need to Know

Posted on Wed, Jun 15, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

The state of Texas passed a Public Information Act in 1973 as a series of laws serving to ensure public access to government information. The act is in the Texas Government Code, Chapter 552. It gives Texans the right to access government records without being subject to questions about why they are accessing them. After the act went into effect, all government information became available to the public.

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Tags: Public Records

Using Public Records for Background Checks

Posted on Wed, Jun 08, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Online court records are not the same as background checks. However, many professionals can still use public records to gather important information about individuals. Public records possess data about millions of Americans – their spending habits, credit history, marriage licenses, criminal backgrounds, and more.

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Four Things Everyone Can Find in Public Records

Posted on Wed, Jun 01, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Public records hold a wealth of information, from consumer financial information to property ownership and everything in between. The benefits of open access to public records are numerous and invaluable, a system in which everyone can profit. People in the oil and gas industry and beyond can use public records to conduct legal, business, and personal affairs. Public records are a resource we often take for granted, but these four incredibly useful things will make you rethink how you use them.

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The Biggest Oil and Gas Fields in the United States

Posted on Wed, May 25, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

The oil and gas industry has grown notorious for its booms and busts in the past few decades, but it is experiencing the largest downturn since the 1990s. This is due, in large part, to the record oil production rates around the globe and within the United States, which have increased considerably in recent years due to improved drilling technologies, hydraulic fracking, and tight oil plays in oil-rich states.

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Tags: Oil & Gas Industry