Lydia Blair

Title Tip: Title Theft Protection, Insurance, or Monitoring

By Lydia Blair / June 30, 2020 / 0 Comments

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 […]

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Title Tip: Who is Responsible For Fixing an HOA Violation, The Buyer or The Seller?

By Lydia Blair / June 16, 2020 / 0 Comments

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 […]

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Realtor Commission Splits: Who Gets How Much?

By Lydia Blair / June 2, 2020 / 1 Comment

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 […]

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Title Tip: Health Concerns Give The Title Industry a New Face

By Lydia Blair / May 5, 2020 / 0 Comments

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 […]

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Title Tip: Title Companies Are Considered Essential Services, But They’re Adapting

By Lydia Blair / March 24, 2020 / 0 Comments

Title companies are considered an essential service along with appraisers, banks, and mortgage companies. Most of us are still conducting business and working hard for our clients. Like all businesses in Texas, the U.S., and the world, we are operating in a different way during this health crisis. We have a duty to take care […]

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Title Tip: What’s a Kick Out Provision?

By Lydia Blair / March 10, 2020 / 0 Comments

A Kick Out provision goes by many names in the world of Texas real estate contracts. It’s also known as a Knock Out clause, a Sale of Other Property contingency or simply a contingent contract. A Kick Out provision is actually an addendum to the contract that takes into consideration the sale of another property […]

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