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What is the Difference between Easement and Right-of-Way?

Do you know if your deed includes an easement or right-of-way? If so, it can limit the ability for you to conduct work on the land owned by a private party. Rights-of-way and easements are both examples of property rights, and can allow ...
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Find the Assessed Value of a Home

As a real estate appraiser, it is your job to develop and report your professional opinion of the value of a piece of property. To do so, you need to get your hands on various data about the property in question. To assess a home’s value, ...
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How Do I Get a Copy of a Quitclaim Deed?

A quitclaim deed transfers interest in real property from one entity (the grantor) to another (the grantee). Unlike most property deeds, quitclaim deeds do not contain a title covenant – thus they offer the grantee no guarantee as to the ...
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Do You Know What your Property Plat Means?

If you’ve recently purchased or acquired a tract of land and plan on dividing it, adding to it, or otherwise developing it, you will come across the phrase “property plat.” A “plat” is a plan or a map of a plot of land, especially used in ...
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Performing an Online Title Search

If you’re considering purchasing a piece of property or real estate, the “clarity” of the title is a crucial factor. A clear title means the ownership of the property is unquestionable or very clearly defined. Unclear title means there ...
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Everything You Need to Know About Grantor/Grantee Indexes

One of the most important concepts in property ownership is the relationship between grantors and grantees. Simply put, grantors give something while grantees receive something. It is essential to understand how property ownership and ...
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Using Public Records to Find Lien Information

Before investing in any kind of real estate, it is imperative to conduct thorough research into the property you intend to purchase. Luckily, most of the information you’ll need is accessible for free or at minimal cost if you know where ...
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What Is Right of Survivorship and Why is it Important?

It’s important to have a firm grasp on the concept of the right of survivorship, especially if your family owns a great deal of property. Simply put, the right of survivorship is the concept referring to a person’s legal right to assume ...
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Reasons to Perform a House Title Search

If you don’t conduct a house title search on a property, you’ll be in the dark about its past, present, and future. A homeowner may have assured you there aren’t any liens against the property, but you may perform a public records search ...
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Understanding IRS Tax Liens

If you’ve neglected to pay a tax debt, you may face a federal tax lien. Tax liens from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are legal claims against your property when you do not pay what you owe. There are many reasons you may be unable to ...
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