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Self-Employment 101: Tax Return Tips for Landmen

Posted on Wed, Feb 10, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

With every new year comes a new tax season, sending chills up independent contractor's spines across the US. Unlike most people who enjoy a refund this time of year, landmen can usually expect to be emptying their bank accounts and forking over thousands in taxes. Thankfully, there are plenty of write-offs to help offset tax expenses. Unfortunately, however, these write-offs can sometimes lead to an audit.

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Tags: Landmen Tools

What to Expect at NAPE Summit 2016

Posted on Wed, Feb 03, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Every February, thousands of people in the oil and gas industry gather at the NAPE Summit in Houston. It’s an assembly of some of the best minds in the business. Industry professionals come from all over the country (and the world) to discuss fresh technology and strike new deals. NAPE Summit isn't just a networking event; it's a gateway to the industry’s future. In fact, it's the largest event of its kind in the world. This year, the NAPE Summit spans three days and 14.66 acres of exhibition space.

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Tags: Oil & Gas Industry

3 Major Benefits of Property Sales Reports for Realtors

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

Property sales reports come in many different shapes and sizes. Depending on the report, a real estate professional may discover detailed information about a few different properties or high level information regarding the general sales trends in an area. Keeping track of local information can significantly strengthen your ability to identify properties and create a compelling marketing and sales campaign.

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Tags: Real Estate

Can Mortgage Record Errors Be Fixed?

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

Ideally, lenders will double and triple check everything before filing a formal mortgage record. Unfortunately, mistakes do happen, and an error on your mortgage record can hinder property transfer, bankruptcy proceedings, and the refinancing process.

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Tags: Mortgage

8 Common Title Mistakes That Can Come Back to Haunt You

Posted on Wed, Jan 13, 2016 @ 03:00 PM

Many homebuyers are encouraged to get title insurance when they buy their first homes. Title insurance basically protects a homeowner in the event that the title on his or her home isn't exactly as clear-cut as believed to be. If a property is sold by someone who doesn't technically own it free and clear, any back payments or judgments are transferred to the new owner. Title insurance protects the homeowner from being burned by common title mistakes

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Tags: Title Search

Oil and Gas Events to Look Forward to in 2016

Posted on Wed, Dec 30, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

Every year, the oil and gas industry hosts expos, conferences, and other events for industry professionals who want to stay current with energy trends. They connect important professionals in the industry to one another and are a great place to meet people.

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Tags: Oil & Gas Industry

4 Ways Lawyers Can Use Asset Searches

Posted on Tue, Dec 22, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

An asset search is a powerful tool. Attorneys can use such a search to find hidden documents. Unlike a public record search, an asset search finds information that is not always available to the public. Such a can find a business or individual's personal property or real estate. It also can yield the status of such assets, for example, if there are any judgments or liens on those assets.

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Tags: Public Records

Mortgage Records 101: Finding and Understanding Mortgage Records

Posted on Wed, Dec 16, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

If you handle real estate transactions as part of your business, you have to do lots of research. Real estate is one of the biggest investments most people make, so it’s important that you help your clients prepare properly for this purchase, and that can mean giving them the information that can help them get the best deal possible. When they have ample information, they should be able to make smarter, more informed decisions. Looking up property and mortgage records is a great way to get them started.

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Tags: Mortgage

Oil and Gas Businesses: Beating the Competition in a Downturn

Posted on Wed, Dec 09, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

To describe the current oil and gas industry as “competitive” would be an understatement. But intense competition need not be seen as a disadvantage. Learning from the mistakes of others lets a business reap all the advantages of the lesson while also learning how to avoid those mistakes themselves.

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Tags: Oil & Gas Industry, Landman

What Public Records Are Restricted?

Posted on Wed, Dec 02, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

The transparency provided by the free availability of public records is a cornerstone of the American judicial and business systems. These records allow for easy access to information people often need for business transactions, employment contracts, and many other areas of life. While criminal records, property taxes, old census information, and many other public records are freely available to anyone, other records remain restricted.

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