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The Complete Guide to Affidavits of Heirship

When a person dies without leaving a will, an affidavit of heirship may be needed to establish facts about the deceased person’s heirs and the transfer of property. While laws regarding an affidavit of heirship vary from state to state, ...
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Tips for Conducting a Mineral Rights Search

Searching for mineral rights can be a challenging task, but a property owner successfully searching out the details of who owns the mineral rights to his or her land can be a rewarding experience, full of interesting turns. This guide will ...
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What Is an Involuntary Lien?

When it’s involuntary, the term “lien” is not a good thing in real estate. A lien is the right of one party to take and keep possession of a property that belongs to someone else until the owner repays a debt. A property lien is a legal ...
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The Ultimate Due Diligence Checklist for Your Real Estate Property

Due diligence in real estate refers to the buyer’s responsibility of researching the property and being thorough in making the decision to complete the purchase. Buying a house is a major decision. It’s often the costliest investment of a ...
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How to Become a Real Estate Appraiser

Real estate appraisers create trusted valuations that lenders, tax assessors, government agencies, businesses, and individuals can use to make transactional decisions. Appraisers are highly trained and certified professionals who ...
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7 Important Things You Should Know About Land Titles

Laws governing land ownership are complex. Understanding land ownership rights and processes can help any prospective land owner avoid the risk of an improper sale, scam, or undisclosed property issue. Before you transfer property rights ...
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10 Apps Every Realtor Should be Using

Technological advancements have completely transformed the real estate industry. Realtors no longer have to depend on the Yellow Pages and local listings in the paper to do their jobs. They can use the vast digital landscape available to ...
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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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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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