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Frequently Asked Realtor Questions

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 2:30pm

This month we wanted to focus on answering more questions that we are frequently asked. Below are a few of the most popular ones we’ve received recently.    

In a TREC contract the effective date is determined by the final date of acceptance by all parties. This date, when all parties have come to agreement and signed the contract, is when the contract becomes binding between the parties.  To have final acceptance we must have four items: 

What A Realtor Should Know About Divorce And Title Insurance

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 9:53am

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. 

What is Title Insurance? Why would someone need it?

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 12:27pm

One of the single most expensive transactions someone may enter into in their personal lives is often the purchase of real estate.  Because of the significant investment involved in a real estate transaction, purchasers and their lenders want to know their investment is safe when it comes to the title of the property or their lien priority.  The buyers want to be sure that the correct seller is selling to them.  The lenders want to be sure that there are no liens that have a superior interest to their interest.  These are the matters that title insurance was designed to be used for.  While

Power of Attorney: What does a realtor need to know about Power of Attorney Use?

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 8:48am

What is a Power of Attorney?

A Power of Attorney (hereinafter “POA”) gives another person the authority to make personal and financial decisions on the principal’s behalf.  A POA can cover all aspects of the principal’s personal and financial affairs, or may be limited to specific situations and activities.  In short, in a POA the principal (think seller or buyer) gives the attorney-in-fact (now referred to as the “agent” as in “agent acting for the principal”) the right to close the real estate deal on the principal’s behalf and with the principal’s full consent.

Guardianship: What is it and how does it affect your real estate closing?

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 2:44pm

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.

Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA)

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 10:10am

What is FIRPTA? 

The Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA), enacted in 1980, requires foreign persons to pay U.S. income tax on the gains they make from selling U.S. real estate.  FIRPTA applies to the sale of interests held by nonresident aliens and foreign corporations in real property within the United States.  FIRPTA imposes a duty on the buyer in the transaction (not the title company) to deduct and withhold a portion of the sales price to send and report to the Internal Revenue Service.  


Mon, 05/14/2018 - 8:52am

An endorsement is something that changes the terms of the coverage in the title policy.  It is an attachment to the policy that generally offers more coverage from what is included in the policy.  Each endorsement has its own Procedural Rule and Rate Rule to follow to be able to issue the endorsement.  

To determine which endorsements are applicable, the property type has to be reviewed and determined to be residential or non-residential property.  This can get a little confusing because a legal definition is applied – not necessary current use or zoning.