Lydia Blair (formerly Lydia Player) was a successful Realtor for 10 years before jumping to the title side of the business in 2015. Prior to selling real estate, she bought, remodeled and sold homes (before house flipping was an expression). She’s been through the real estate closing process countless times as either a buyer, a seller, a Realtor, and an Escrow Officer. As an Escrow Officer for Allegiance Title at Preston Center, she likes solving problems and cutting through red tape. The most fun part of her job is handing people keys or a check.
You may have seen the ads or heard the buzz about companies offering title monitoring services or “title theft protection.” Are they legitimate or just a scam? Is there any real value in these services? First, let me clarify that “title coverage” offered by some of these unregulated companies is not title insurance. They do […]Read More
A recent home buyer posed a question about an HOA violation concerning their new home. It seems the fence installed by the previous homeowner a couple of years ago doesn’t conform to the HOA rules. Now the HOA is requiring the new owner to bring the fence into compliance with the HOA regulations. Who is […]Read More
Today we’re going to discuss a rather delicate topic. Forget the stories about Realtors walking in on naked people, feuding households, or crazy neighbors. The most taboo topic in the real estate industry is commissions and how they are split. Many agents might be surprised at how the general public thinks they get paid. Based […]Read More
The real estate industry has been ramping up its use of technology to conduct business over many years. Now, more than ever, buyers and sellers frequently execute signatures to seal the deal on contracts for efficiency and convenience. Digitally signed real estate contracts became more popular about 15 years ago with the passage of electronic […]Read More
Health concerns have created disruption in title business practices and are forcing changes to real estate closings in 2020. As the ‘new normal’ continues to evolve, title companies are adapting in their own ways, each at a different pace. Some have quickly embraced changes required for social distancing while others are taking a little longer […]Read More