Closer's Corner


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?

Transferring Title to an LLC or Trust After Closing

Wed, 07/14/2021 - 11:33am

Realtors are often asked by clients if they can deed a property they bought into a company or trust they own after closing.  You should be aware that doing so may void their Owner’s Title Policy coverage.   

There is a solution for your clients that want to transfer ownership and also extend their Owner’s Title Policy coverage to the new owner as long as certain parameters are met.  

Right to Terminate Due to Lender’s Appraisal

Mon, 06/14/2021 - 9:58am

Last year TREC promulgated a new form that allows a buyer to alter the existing Third Party Financing Addendum. The Third Party Financing Addendum permits a buyer to cancel the contract up to 3 days prior to closing if the property does not appraise for the sales price.  The new Addendum Concerning Right to Terminate Due to Lender’s Appraisal can be used to eliminate this cancellation contingency.  This form should only be used if the Third Party Financing addendum is being used and it cannot be used on FHA or VA loans.  

Comdominium Conversions

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 1:53pm

As the population of Austin continues to grow we are seeing more and more developers who want to maximize space on lots.  A very popular way to do this is to tear down an existing single family residence and replace it with a two (or more) condominium project.  You might also see someone that owns a duplex or other multi-family building convert these properties into condominiums.  

Both of these options allow for the units to be sold separately to different buyers so that the seller can increase the number of units they have available to sell.  

Tax Foreclosure

Mon, 12/14/2020 - 1:22pm

If you have clients that buy properties at a tax foreclosure there can be some hidden issues that they need to be aware of for their purchase.  

Tax Foreclosure: A Timeline

Remote Ink Notarization “RIN”

Wed, 11/11/2020 - 6:43pm

Another Reduced Contact Closing Option

The COVID pandemic has affected how real estate transactions are handled and many of your clients want to have reduced contact closing options.  We have been able to accomplish many of these closings by doing “curbside closings” or Remote Online Notary closings, but a Remote Online Notary (“RON”) can be complicated because (1) the lender must approve use of a Remote Online Notary, (2) your client needs to have certain technology acumen and hardware and (3) many RON vendors are overloaded due to demand.