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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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What Public Records do Right-of-Way Agents Need?

Posted on Wed, Feb 08, 2017 @ 07:00 AM

Right-of-way (ROW) agents work with many industries that need to secure the property rights to a tract of land. Oil and gas companies, government agencies, inspectors, construction crews, and businesses use ROW agents to find the rightful owners of properties, map out dig site locations, create property value appraisals, establish relationships with property owners, negotiate the sales of properties, and conduct ongoing site reports. Without ROW agents, many industries would be unable to perform their duties quickly and efficiently without encountering legal issues regarding property rights. Without public records searches, ROW agents would be unable to do their jobs.

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Using CourthouseDirect.com's Search-by-Address Feature

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

Online public records searches have helped professionals and individuals across a variety of industries, considerably cutting down the time and effort it takes to search for and obtain a specific document. CourthouseDirect.com has been at the forefront of the move from paper public records searches at the local county clerk’s office to a wealth of records at your fingertips right from home. CourthouseDirect.com has made public records searching fast, easy, and affordable by allowing access to the everyman online. Now, CourthhouseDirect.com has announced a new feature that makes public records searches even simpler – Search-by-Address.

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Four Tips for a Better Property Search

Posted on Wed, Jan 25, 2017 @ 07:30 AM

Regardless of whether you’re looking for a property for personal or commercial use, the property search is typically a stressful, time-consuming, and overall draining ordeal. Finding the right property can take much longer than you might expect without the proper preparation. However, you can do a few things to make any property search go more quickly, smoothly, and painlessly. Keep the following tips in mind before you begin your next property search.

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What Do You Need Before a Boundary Survey?

Posted on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 @ 07:30 AM

A boundary survey is a method for ascertaining the exact limits of a piece of property. Most homeowners probably have a general idea where their property lines are, but it’s vital to determine where these lines lie accurately before doing any work near the boundaries of a property. Without an accurate survey, you may unintentionally violate your property lines and be held liable for any resulting damages.

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The Types of Real Property Documents Found on CourthouseDirect.com

Posted on Wed, Jan 11, 2017 @ 07:30 AM

CourthouseDirect.com is an established and reliable source for all manner of courthouse documents. This enables those who need such documents to secure and file them properly, reducing stressors such as time restrictions and hunting down the proper documents for a situation. There are several types of real property documents you can find on CourthouseDirect.com, so we have created a brief explanation of the real property documents you can obtain and why they are important.

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Three Things You Need to Know About Equitable Title

Posted on Wed, Jan 04, 2017 @ 07:30 AM

Equitable title and legal title are often conflated, erroneously. This is understandable considering these two concepts cover very closely related things, but equitable title functions differently than legal title and entails certain considerations. It’s vital to understand the differences between equitable title and legal title, especially if one is dealing with bankruptcy filings.

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Can Errors in Public Records Affect You?

Posted on Wed, Dec 28, 2016 @ 06:29 AM

State governments are responsible for maintaining public documents such as criminal records, real property documents, voter registrations, and deeds. Unfortunately, those in charge of these important records are only human. Mistakes are inevitable. Many public records have mistakes such as name misspellings, wrong addresses, or incorrect information. Most public record discrepancies are harmless, but on property records, they can affect the sale and purchase of a home. Find out all the ways an error on your property record could affect you.

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Reasons to Perform a House Title Search

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

If you don’t conduct a house title search on a property, you’ll be in the dark about its past, present, and future. A homeowner may have assured you there aren’t any liens against the property, but you may perform a public records search and discover that he or she is in trouble with the Internal Revenue Service.

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3 Benefits of Searching for Public Records Online

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

In a country of convenience, it’s no surprise that more people are performing daily tasks online instead of in person. As the Internet grows to encompass nearly every aspect of life, people can shop, renew their driver’s licenses, or search the public records database from the comfort of their homes. There are many benefits to using an online public records database instead of visiting your local country clerk’s office. Online public records searching may become your new favorite pastime!

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