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Closings Involving a Trust

Wed, 11/30/2022 - 6:54am

TRUSTS IN GENERAL: What are they?
Trusts in themselves are not legal entities which can own, manage or sell property.  A trust operates through one or more trustees, who usually are individuals but may be corporations.  It is these trustees who hold legal title to the property for the benefit of the beneficiaries of the trust. 



Tue, 11/01/2022 - 5:22am

What is a Survey?
A real property survey is a report that indicates the location of improvements relative to the boundaries of a property. A real property survey report generally contains an illustration of the physical features of the property and a written report detailing the surveyor's opinions and concerns.

What are some reasons why we have to have a survey?

Understanding the Funding Process

Wed, 08/31/2022 - 1:33pm

One of the most important times in a closing is when the transaction finally funds! That is the time when ownership transfers from the seller to the buyer and there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes to get funding accomplished.  

First, it is important to understand that working on funding only happens after all parties have signed.  As a real estate agent you want to try and schedule your closings for early in the day (ideally before lunch time) if you are trying to close and fund in the same day.  

What a Realtor Should Know About Divorce and Title Insurance

Tue, 05/31/2022 - 2:19pm

If you’ve ever received a title commitment back from your title company showing a requirement related to a divorce for your client you’ve likely wondered why there are additional requirements being made on your Schedule C.  In order for a title company to rely on a client’s divorce decree the decree itself must contain some very important language. If the decree is incomplete a warranty deed from the ex-spouse can be required which often results in an unhappy experience for your clients.  The article below discusses a few scenarios that can create delays in getting to closing.

Homeowners’ Associations: How Can They Affect a Transaction?

Mon, 05/02/2022 - 6:26am

What is an HOA?
A homeowner’s association (HOA) is an organization in a subdivision, planned community, or condominium building that makes and enforces rules for the properties and its residents. Those who purchase property within an HOA’s jurisdiction automatically become members and are required to pay dues, known as HOA fees. Some associations can be very restrictive about what members can do with their properties.


Mon, 02/28/2022 - 11:38pm

The need for a guardianship in a real estate transaction can arise in several ways.  If someone in title is a minor child (likely through inheritance) a type of guardianship is needed.  We may also need a guardianship if there is a mental competency issue with a seller.  

A guardianship is a court proceeding to protect the interest of someone who is not legally or mentally capable of conducting his/her own affairs. This is the process where a guardian is appointed for another person to handle the ward’s personal or business affairs.