Title Business

Title Tip: Which Home Warranty Should You Choose?

By Joanna England / December 10, 2019 / 1 Comment
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Title Tip: Do You Need a New Survey Every Time? It Depends.

By Lydia Blair / December 3, 2019 / 0 Comments

When it comes to property surveys, sometimes age is just a number. Sometimes it isn’t. Many folks think a survey is good indefinitely. Others believe a new one is required with every sale. Age isn’t the only factor in determining if an existing survey may be used for a real estate transaction. There are many […]

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Your Home’s DNA: Decoding Your Chain of Title

By Lydia Blair / November 19, 2019 / 0 Comments

Ever wonder who owned your property 100 years ago? Or even 200 years ago? Your house probably wasn’t there yet and there may have been different trees, but someone else likely called your land home, just like you do. We need only to look to history to reveal the roots of your home’s DNA.

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Title Tip: Don’t Let This Escalate to an Escalation Clause

By Lydia Blair / November 5, 2019 / 0 Comments

This one is for all the naïve buyers and sellers out there who think an escalation clause is a good idea. We’re not trying to shame you or say you’re wrong, but let’s just tell it like it is. It’s wrong for most residential contracts. That’s right, I said it. An Escalation Clause is wording […]

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Title Tip: Common Mistakes in Contracts That Can Get You Sued

By Lydia Blair / October 22, 2019 / 0 Comments

Let’s play a game I like to call “Don’t Get Sued.” We surveyed fewer than 100 escrow officers and asked them: “What is a common mistake you see on residential contracts?” The top 8 answers are on the board. Ready with your buzzer? The survey says the 8 most common contract mistakes that could get […]

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Title Tip: Due and Payable — Time To Open Those Property Tax Bills

By Lydia Blair / October 8, 2019 / 0 Comments

It’s that not-so-wonderful time of year when property tax bills start hitting our mailboxes. At the time of this writing, tax statements have been mailed in Dallas, Collin, and Tarrant Counties. Bills are being posted daily from other counties and from other taxing authorities including school districts, community colleges, cities, improvement districts, etc. To get […]

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