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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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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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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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What Documents Do I Need to Sell My House?

So, you’re getting ready to sell your house. Exciting! Now, you’re probably asking yourself, “What documents do I need to sell my house?” We’re so glad you asked. Keep reading to find out all the paperwork (some of it might be available ...
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How to Avoid and Resolve a Federal Tax Lien

Do you have a tax lien on a piece of property you own? Tax liens are no fun, but they aren’t as hard to resolve as you might think.  Here’s how it’s done.
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The 5 Most Common Types of Federal Tax Liens

A lien is a legal claim that a creditor makes against a debtor’s property to force past-due payment of a debt. Liens are public documents that tell all other creditors that the lien-placing creditor is first in line for the money if the ...
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What Documents Do You Need Before You Foreclose?

During the Great Recession, between 2009 and 2010, the housing market hit its peak foreclosure rate. More than five million homes went into foreclosure, and homebuyers could find homes at more than half off the original price in many areas ...
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Why do you need a real property report?

When dealing with real estate, the amount of information needed to make an informed decision abounds. One of the reports you need to help you determine the value of your potential property investment is a property report.  Property reports ...
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