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The Red Flag of Lis Pendens – What You Need to Know

The term lis pendens literally means “a suit pending,” and is often abbreviated as lis pend. If you see this term connected with a piece of property, whether yours or one you are thinking about buying, it means legal action has been filed ...
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How Do Liens Affect Real Estate Sales?

How is a real estate sale affected by a lien on the property? Certain types of liens may have an impact when you sell or when you buy. A thorough title search can uncover any clouds on a title, including various types of liens that have ...
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What Are the Most Common Types of Real Estate Encumbrances?

In real estate terms, an encumbrance is a claim on property by an entity other than the title-holder. Encumbrances are obstacles to the use and sale of property by the title-holder and can be considered a cloud on a title.
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What is an Abstract of Judgment and How Can You Find One Online?

One obstacle to a clean title is an Abstract of Judgment, which is a method of placing a lien on real property to pay a legal judgment. If an individual in a lawsuit receives a financial responsibility, any real property is used as ...
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What are Easements and Rights of Way?

It’s a rare piece of property that has no need to allow encroachment of any kind. In most municipalities and counties as well as at the state and federal level, parts of most land parcels must be given over to use by someone other than the ...
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Oil and Gas Technology: Why Big Data is the Future for Landmen

As the population grows, the courthouses continue to record leases, grants, and deeds. As property changes hands, the title chain grows longer and more complex. Working with multiple records, a yellow pad, and a pencil has become ...
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Color-of-Title Act: What you Need to Know about Color-of-Title Adverse Possession

The Color-of-Title Act (which goes by the impressive legal designation 43 CFR 540, Subpart 254) refers to the right of a person, group, or corporation that has “evidence” purporting to have title to public lands administered by the Bureau ...
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Property History Public Records: How to Research Historical Land Records

CourthouseDirect.com offers multiple services for enhancing your search for courthouse records throughout the United States. You can use our tools and applications to search the largest repository of historical courthouse information in ...
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What is a Plat Map? The Basics You Should Know

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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