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Do I Need Title Insurance if Buying from or Selling to a Relative?

Posted on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

If buying property from or selling to a relative, a buyer may be tempted to forego title insurance. However, title insurance is an important tool for protecting a buyer’s assets, and it shouldn't be overlooked. Title insurance protects both the homeowner and the lender in the event that a defect in the title arises. Problems with a property title can cause a buyer to lose a home altogether, wasting thousands of invested dollars. However, the depth the relationship with the buyer or seller doesn't necessarily matter when it comes to property titles, as there could be a defect in the title that has been missed.

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Tags: Title Insurance

Four Ways Surveyors Can Showcase Their Profession on Social Media

Posted on Wed, Jul 15, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Sometimes your job can get a bad rap. When surveyors make a mistake or a small percentage are unethical in their practice, it reflects poorly on the industry as a whole. Luckily, the age of social media has the ability to turn the stereotype around. Surveyors can now take their individual reputations into their own hands by using social media to convey transparency in their practice and to show people what they really do on a day-to-day basis.

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Tags: Surveyor

4 Questions to Ask About Title Insurance

Posted on Wed, Jul 08, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Title insurance is a vital part of the home or property buying process. It protects the home buyer from any future problems that may arise with the ownership of the home.

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Tags: Title Insurance

4 Reasons Property Reports Are Important

Posted on Wed, Jul 01, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

A property report provides an overall picture of the history of a home or property. By obtaining a property report, you can discover hidden information about the home itself and the history of its ownership. Property reports are a quick look at the history of the property, including financial issues, like the tax situations or liens, as well as property conditions.

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Tags: Property Lien, Property Tax lien, Property Document Search Tools, property reports

How to Build an Awesome Land Management Team

Posted on Wed, Jun 24, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

When it comes to building a great land management team, recognizing traits from successful teams in other industries can be beneficial. However, there are some differences between the land management industry and other industries. If you work as a landman, land manager or other team member, here are the qualities that create a strong land management team capable of that can tackling any task:

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Tags: Land Management, landmen, Landmen Tools, Landmen Resources

The History Behind Houston's Neighborhood Names

Posted on Wed, Jun 17, 2015 @ 01:00 PM

Houston is a city with a rich and distinct history, and the unusual names of neighborhoods that are scattered around tell the tale of this interesting town. Unlike other cities, Houston doesn't have official "zones." Instead, the city is designated into a multitude of neighborhoods. Like the neighborhoods themselves, many of the names come with a long and interesting history. Continue reading to find the history of your neighborhood.

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Tags: Land Deeds and Titles

Surviving the Oil Crisis: Tips for Landmen

Posted on Wed, Jun 10, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

The low price of oil may have had a positive effect on most of the general public, but the effect is not so good for workers in the oil industry. The price plummet has cost many landmen their jobs. Large oil companies have been shutting off access to their wells and directly laying off employees. So far, over 75,000 workers have already been sent packing. The anger that is surfacing is in part because these giant oil companies are still seeing a profit in light of the dropping oil prices, but they are continuing to lay off skilled workers. So if these big companies are still laying off employees, what does this mean for the smaller companies and freelance landmen?

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Tags: Oil & Gas Industry, Landman, Land Surveyor, Landmen Tools, Landmen Resources

Understanding Texas Land Grants

Posted on Wed, Jun 03, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

The history of Texas land grants is a deep and complex one. When researching land records, historical land grants can affect the records one may uncover. Between 1716 and 1836, both Spain and Mexico gave out land grants for settlers to travel and start colonies in the state of Texas. Afterward, Mexico continued to offer grants for colonization purposes. Eventually, the State of Texas began giving grants to single families and single men, which were categorized into "classes" based on time frame. As you can see, searching for land records may take some understanding of the history of land grants in Texas. Those who are researching land grants should be aware of the various changes in time frames, grantors, and grant purposes.

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Tags: Land Deeds and Titles, Land Deeds, Land Grants

Can I Find Historical Divorce Records?

Posted on Wed, May 27, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Many people contact court house record reporting services to find historical divorce records within their family lineage. When searching for family ancestry, it's common for people to want to know if and when divorces occurred in the past. Surprisingly, a lot of people believe that the "olden days" were simpler times, when this is not necessarily the case. Since the beginning of marriage traditions, there has also been a history of unhappy marriages, often times kept secret. Divorces have been going on for hundreds of years, with or without family and public knowledge.

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Tags: Marriage Records, Divorce Records

Escrow Controls

Posted on Wed, May 20, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Not so long ago, escrow controls were largely a matter of personal preference. If you produced a monthly reconciliation of your accounts, you were more than doing your job. Those days are fading – very rapidly – but not all companies are keeping up with the pace of change.

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Tags: Escrow, Finance, Title Industry