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How Much Does Title Insurance Cost?

  • CourthouseDirect.com Team
  • 09/13/2017
  • Legal
The closing costs of real estate transactions often include the cost of title insurance. This specialized form of insurance protects both buyers and lenders from risks associated with a land title. In the event that a title search or ...
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How Does a Quitclaim Deed Affect Your Mortgage?

A quitclaim deed is a document that transfers legal ownership and interest of a property from one person (the grantor) to another (the grantee). Unlike a warranty deed, a quitclaim deed does not offer assurances that the land in question ...
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The Types of Easements That Could Affect Your Property

An easement is a property interest that gives someone the legal right to use or own parts of the property owner’s land. The person does not legally own or possess the land, but has the right to use it through an agreement with the owner. ...
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ALTA Land Survey: Understanding How and When to Use the The ALTA/ACSM Process

A land survey is an important process for property owners, real estate buyers, landscapers, and developers. Land surveys reveal vital information about a piece of real property, such as its boundaries, physical features, potential ...
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How to Get a Warranty Deed and Transfer Property Rights

A warranty deed is a legal document that people use to transfer property. A warranty deed states that a property owner has sole claim to the property – in other words, that no other entity has a lien on the piece of land or home.
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4 Ways Probate Lawyers Can Use Public Records

  • CourthouseDirect.com Team
  • 12/07/2016
  • Legal
Probate cases occur when the courts must oversee the distribution of a deceased person’s assets. Many estate plans include probate court to supervise the legal passing of property to heirs or beneficiaries. When the future executor of a ...
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What is a Special Warranty Deed?

  • CourthouseDirect.com Team
  • 10/21/2015
  • Legal
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, ...
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Searching for Home Deeds: Here's What to Know

  • CourthouseDirect.com Team
  • 10/14/2015
  • Legal
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 ...
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The History Behind Houston's Neighborhood Names

  • CourthouseDirect.com Team
  • 06/17/2015
  • Legal
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 ...
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Understanding Texas Land Grants

  • CourthouseDirect.com Team
  • 06/03/2015
  • Legal
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 ...
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