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What is a Special Warranty Deed?

Posted on Wed, Oct 21, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

If you're in the process of buying a new home, you will inevitably be faced with mounds of paperwork: titles, deeds, loan papers, and much more. Most people would think a deed is a pretty straightforward piece of paper, right? However, there are actually a few different types of deeds. Homebuyers should get to know each type before signing one, as each type of deed protects against different situations. Contrary to the way they sound, special warranty deeds actually benefit the seller more than the buyer of the home. But first, let's take a look at the other common types of property deeds.

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Searching for Home Deeds: Here's What to Know

Posted on Wed, Oct 14, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

Have you ever used a home deed search to find out about your family history? While it may seem like home deeds wouldn't reveal very much information, the truth is actually quite the opposite. Aside from showing ownership of property, home deeds also unveil information on relatives, land values, and even your family's relationships with one another. They reveal the history of the property and the people who dwelled within. If you're interested in conducting a home deed search and digging up some family secrets, here are a few things to consider.

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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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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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What is a Deed of Conveyance?

Posted on Fri, Aug 29, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

A deed of conveyance is a signed legal document that shows a title or deed has been transferred. It is used to prove ownership in a piece of property. A deed of conveyance is signed, witnessed, and notarized by the seller and the buyer as well as anyone else with a vested interest in the property being transferred. To thoroughly understand a deed of conveyance, it can be split into two parts: the deed and the conveyance.

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Discovering the Different Parts of a Title Search

Posted on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

When buying a new home or a piece of property, individuals must first verify property ownership and determine if the current owner is legally able to sell the property. A title search will turn up any liens or other legal issues with the property that could complicate or even prevent the sale. Title information is a matter of public record, so it is possible to perform the search on your own. Alternatively, there are a number of companies that perform title searches for a fee. If you choose to perform a title search on your own, it is important to understand its different parts to ensure you get the most accurate result possible. 

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What Is Equitable Title and When Would I Need It?

Posted on Fri, Jul 25, 2014 @ 07:50 AM

If you aren’t an attorney or real estate professional, the terminology and language surrounding property transfers and land ownership can seem confusing. But thankfully, there are resources and professionals available to explain these baffling terms and strange processes. One such term is “equitable title.”

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Navigating the Different Types of Property Deeds

Posted on Wed, Jun 11, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

Deeds come in multiple forms and with varying levels of protection. From administrator’s deeds and quit claim deeds to traditional and special warranty deeds, understanding the difference between deeds will save you time and money. Whether you’re researching property, genealogy or your next investment, carefully review the differences between deed types. 

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What Does a Title Company Do?

Posted on Mon, May 05, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

Title companies play an integral role in processing real estate transactions. From start to finish, a title company works with all parties involved in a transaction, including buyers, sellers, real estate agents, surveyors, inspectors, and appraisers. Acting in the interest of every party involved, the goal of a title company is to establish an accurate ownership and lien history of real property, determine what other factors may affect the usability of said real property, ensure the accuracy of closing documents and, as a result, assist in the consummation of real estate transactions. To accomplish this goal, title companies perform the following five functions.

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5 Common Title Issues You Might Face

Posted on Fri, Mar 28, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

Everyone knows that humans are prone to error. Where property titles are concerned, there are numerous ways mistakes can happen, both intentional and unintentional. As a real estate agent, oil or gas company representative, or anyone with interest in a specific property, existing title issues can manifest, leading to project disruption, litigation and frustration for everyone involved. Though there are many others, here are the five common title issues that could be a cause for concern.

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