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How to Locate Adverse Tax Liens Online

Whether you are a real estate investor or simply looking for a new home, an adverse lien can bring things to a screeching halt. One of the first steps of your due diligence is finding out if the property you are interested in purchasing ...
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5 Property Search Pointers

Searching for a property, whether it's commercial or residential, can be exciting. There is a lot to learn and so much to see that it can be overwhelming to first-timers. Even those experienced in property transactions can find themselves ...
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What You Need to Know About Mineral Appraisals

When you own land in Texas, your “estate,” or property you own, is split into two - you have the surface estate and a mineral estate. Within municipalities, the local government typically owns the mineral estate, but out in the wide-open ...
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Platting Laws in Texas: 101

Texas has a long history of respect for private property rights. It provides owners of residential and commercial property the tools needed to be prosperous and safe. The guarantee of personal property rights is provided by a complex yet ...
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What Does A County Clerk Do?

Would you like to be the County Clerk? You really, really need to love paperwork, documentation, and taking notes. And that’s just to start. Most people don’t know what goes on at the County Clerk’s office. It’s much more involved than you ...
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How to Find a Lienholder on a Property

Property liens aren't uncommon, but they are a bit of a hassle. A lien can block the sale of a piece of property. Learning who holds that lien is the first step in getting it settled. Lienholders can be any entity from a construction ...
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What Is a Lienholder, and What Are Their Rights?

Any property against which a debt is owed may have a lien placed against it. The party that has a legal claim to the debt is the lien holder. Most adults in the U.S. have purchased property, such as a home or car, by borrowing money from a ...
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What Do Affidavits of Occupancy Do?

An affidavit of occupancy is one of the many documents you see during a real estate closing. Most people don’t realize its significance or the implications for future financial or criminal penalties.  In particular, independent or small ...
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What is Document Storage & Retrieval?

Today, the world generates exponentially more information. Fortunately, most of it is stored electronically in a data management system of one sort or another. Searching is done online, and retrieval means opening a document on your ...
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How Can You Get an Easement in Texas?

Easements come in many forms and often are created by a municipality. But what if you need to get an easement? How does that work? Maybe your neighbor needs to share part of your driveway, or you want to provide a common path to a pond ...
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