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The Electronic Courthouse

Online access to real property records and courthouse documents is enabling right of way agents, appraisers, surveyors, and other real estate professionals to be more productive by giving them immediate real-time access to public records. ...
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The Red Flag of Lis Pendens – What You Need to Know

The term lis pendens literally means “a suit pending,” and is often abbreviated as lis pend. If you see this term connected with a piece of property, whether yours or one you are thinking about buying, it means legal action has been filed ...
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What Are the Different Types of Land Surveys?

  • CourthouseDirect.com Team
  • 07/24/2019
  • Surveying
Land surveying has been around as long as the idea of land ownership. Longer if you want to include the boundaries set by tribes of ancient humans. By now, the industry has it down to a science, and several types of surveys have been ...
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Private Investigators: Here Are Some Tips on Using Public Records in Your Work

  • CourthouseDirect.com Team
  • 07/17/2019
  • Legal
Public records are the low-hanging fruit that no private investigator (PI) should pass up. A variety of documents is included under this umbrella, many of which can add preliminary data to your surveillance or round out a report. 
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What You Need to Know about Abstract of Title

The term Abstract of Title seems to cause confusion for many people, even those in property-based industries like real estate and minerals. Most people run across the term when purchasing a home, which is a rare even in someone’s lifetime ...
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A Visual Evolution of the American Landman

A landman is the connection between oil exploration and development companies and owners of mineral-rich land. Landmen make it possible for each to profit and prosper from the oil and gas underground.
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Current Workforce Trends in the Texas Oil and Gas Industry

Oil and gas exploration and production have been a Texas tradition since the Lucas #1 blew at Spindletop in 1901, forever moving Texas from its rural and agricultural roots into the industrial age. Ever since, Big Oil has made an impact on ...
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Everything You Need to Know About the Rule of Capture

In America, property is all. The ability to own property set Americans apart from the British landowning aristocracy that allowed peasants to stay on “their” property by working the fields or pastures and passing along the fruits of their ...
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The Difference Between Title Search, Title Reports, and Title Insurance

  • CourthouseDirect.com Team
  • 06/05/2019
  • Title
When you deal with property, you deal with the title, that oh, so important document proving ownership rights to a piece of land. Like the title to a car, it should contain all the pertinent information about that parcel. But how do you ...
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The Impact of Co-tenancy Law in Oil and Gas Country

Mineral rights can be splintered into ever-smaller percentages, complicating life for lessors, lessees, and royalty owners. To make things more interesting, the laws of co-tenancy differ between states, and there have been several highly ...
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