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What is a Plat Map? The Basics You Should Know

  • CourthouseDirect.com Team
  • 10/17/2018
  • Surveying
When you buy or sell a home or if you decide to dabble in real estate, you may see the term “plat map.” 
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The Ultimate Guide to Power of Attorney for Buying or Selling Property

The majority of property transactions are performed with the consent and knowledge of the legal buyers and sellers of the property. However, there are circumstances in which the legal right to make the transaction must be shifted to ...
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What Does your Mortgage Payment Really Include?

Have you ever stopped to look at your mortgage statement? You may notice there are several different numbers aside from the total you pay each month. While paying a single monthly amount seems reasonable, you would be better served by ...
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Land Patent FAQ, Part 2: How to File a Land Patent

A land patent is the only form of proof of absolute title to land in the United States. It protects the landowner from claimants of co-ownership as well as the United States government.
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How to Identify a Grantor and Grantee in a Legal Document

  • CourthouseDirect.com Team
  • 08/23/2018
  • Legal
Contracts specify the terms of the relationship between two or more parties, typically regarding a transaction. One example is the transaction of services for pay between an employee and an employer. In financial transactions, the contract ...
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What You Need to Know about Easement Deeds

You may be familiar with easements granted to cities and utility providers. These are pieces of your deeded property that remain available to municipalities and utilities to run lines overhead or pipes and cables below ground.
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Tax Lien Sales: Can You Buy Tax Lien Properties to Save Big?

Every day, banks around the nation foreclose on hundreds of homes. Foreclosure means the bank takes possession of a property after the mortgager fails to make payments – including payments on homeowner taxes. The government (state or ...
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What is Property Tax Proration?

When people buy and sell real estate, buyers and sellers must pay several costs before transferring the property to a new owner, called closing costs. Within these closing costs, buyers and sellers need to negotiate the proration. There ...
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Everything You Need to Know About Proof of Ownership

To own a property, you need specific real property documents to support your rights to the property. Real property includes any structures on the land, any person’s rights and interests related to the property, and natural parts of the ...
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Option Fees Vs. Earnest Money: What’s the Difference?

The real estate market can be confusing to both buyers and sellers alike. During the pre-closing routine, realtors may send several documents to both parties. One of these documents deals with option fees and earnest money. Since real ...
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