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How Can Title Companies Protect Their Data?

Posted on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 @ 07:00 AM

Data protection is a huge concern in the workforce, especially for title companies. Frequent reports of hacking, viruses, and other data breaches have title agents and their clients on edge, worrying whether their highly personal documents are secure. If you are a title agent or work closely with the title industry, there are key ways to protect your data and maintain your business’ reputation for strong security.

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How Can the Title Industry Use CourthouseDirect.com?

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

The title industry is important not only to title agents, but real estate agents, home and business owners, and many others in the real-estate, insurance, and banking industries. A lack of valid property documents can leave you and your clients vulnerable to property loss, damage, and disputes. With the features on CourthouseDirect.com, you can protect yourself and your clients.

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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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Everything You Need to Know About Proof of Ownership

Posted on Wed, Oct 26, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Property owners need to have a firm grasp on real property documents. Real property includes any structures existing on the property, and any person’s rights and interests relating to it. Real property also includes natural parts of the land, such as lakes, oil, or gas. Knowing which documents prove your legal land ownership and how to access them are important for protecting your ownership rights.

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Transferring Home Deeds: What You Need to Know

Posted on Fri, Oct 07, 2016 @ 02:30 PM

It’s not uncommon to transfer a home deed to a family member to ensure your property goes to the desired relative after your death. Transferring your home deed to a family member is a major decision requiring much thought and careful consideration. The transfer process is straightforward and relatively simple. It’s important to remember, though, that once you complete a home deed transfer, the new owner immediately takes over all ownership rights.

Here’s what you need to know about transferring a home deed.

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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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The Title Industry from an Oil and Gas Perspective: How it Operates and Delivers

Posted on Fri, May 06, 2016 @ 09:30 AM

CourthouseDirect.com will hold the 2016 Texas Title Expo on May 19th at the Sheraton Houston Brookhollow. It will bring together all aspects of the industry including landmen, title examiners, title attorneys, abstractors, and real estate professionals for a day of networking and education. To learn more, or register, visit www.TexasTitleExpo.com.  

The oil and gas industry relies on many people to provide the chain of title for a piece of land, examine the title’s history for any existing claims, and release the title legally into the hands of the right professionals. Without a properly acquired title, none of what landmen do would be possible.

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The Importance of a Chain of Title

Posted on Wed, Mar 30, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

A chain of title is a document that traces the history of a property’s transfers – it runs from the current owner back to the original owner of the property. For any dispute of property ownership, or other situations requiring documentation of property ownership, a chain of title may need to be created to establish the history of the property in question.

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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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Becoming a Title Agent in Texas: The Process

Posted on Wed, Oct 28, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

Title agents are the paperwork gurus and detectives of the real estate world. They research real estate records, property titles, insurance and legal documents, and other information to assist with closing on a home. While some homebuyers choose to use a lawyer for this purpose, title agents more commonly handle these duties. Title agents are required to have an extensive knowledge of title insurance laws and regulations in their state. Some states, like Texas, also require licensing. Here's how to become a title agent in the Lone Star state.

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