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What is a Mechanic's Lien?

Depending on your point of view, a mechanic’s lien is the best thing since sliced bread or a pain in the neck. For contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers, a mechanic’s lien is a lifeline to compelling payment. For property owners, a ...
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What You Need to Know About State Tax Liens in Texas

In Texas, if you don’t pay your property tax or other taxes, you may be hit with a state tax lien. Unlike a federal lien that plays by the same rules across the country, a state tax lien differs in how it’s handled from state to state.  ...
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Understanding Child Support Liens in Texas

The Texas Family Code regulates everything to do with child support within the state, including enforcing child support payments. One of the enforcement tools the Office of Attorney General has to compel payment is the ability to place a ...
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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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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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