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Option Money: What's the Big Deal?

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 10:32am

OPTION MONEY: What is it? 

Option money is a very important piece of a buyer’s contract.  When a buyer pays an option fee they are purchasing the unrestricted right to cancel the contract in the time provided for in the contract.  This timeline is intended to be used for buyer due diligence and if the buyer finds something that causes them to want to cancel the contract they can do so for any reason as long as the termination is done timely.

Let’s closely examine the contractual language of Paragraph 23 to discuss some key points: 

Multiplying a Single Family Lot

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 3:19pm

Many developers and real estate investors seeking to maximize lot space are interested in taking a single family lot and converting them into two (or more) unit condominium buildings.  This allows one single family property to be changed into two units that can now be sold to separate buyers.  

Closing and Funding

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 1:15pm

Congratulations! Your file has made it to the closing table and all parties have signed.  Now what?? Many buyers and sellers come to closing with misconceptions about what they think will happen next.

How Industry Professionals Can Avoid and Respond to Wire Fraud

Tue, 10/15/2019 - 8:03am

Wire fraud has become rampant in our industry. The FBI received 351,937 Business Email Compromise Complaints (BEC) in 2018 or over 900 complaints per day, most of them involving some type of wire fraud. The Internet Crime Center (IC3) was formed in May of 2000 and has received a total of 4.4 million complaints since being formed.  In the US, BEC scams accounted for 1.3 billion dollars in losses. 

Closings Involving Trusts

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 8:28am

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. 

Surveys: What is Important for a Realtor to Know?

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 9:15am

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? 


Thu, 06/13/2019 - 4:17pm

An endorsement is something that changes the terms of the coverage in the title policy to the buyer or lender’s benefit. It is an attachment to the policy that generally offers more coverage from what is included in the basic policy. 

One of the endorsements that adds extra and important coverage for the buyer is the T19.1 endorsement.  

What does the T19.1 do and what should an agent tell their client about the coverage?