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7 Reasons For Title Insurance

7 Reasons For Title Insurance

7 Reasons For Title Insurance WHY EVERY HOMEOWNER SHOULD HAVE THIS Buying a home is an exciting and emotional time for many people. To help you buy your home with more confidence, make sure you get owner’s title insurance. Of course, that leaves us to the ultimate

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How To Measure Your Success

How To Measure Your Success

Managing By Metrics: How To Measure Your Success By Andrew Acker, chief operating officer at D. Bello Associates There’s a classic quote that business leaders and managers love to throw around (and spoiler alert, I’m about too as well). It comes from Peter Drucker, one of the

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You know Will. Meet TODD. Let’s Get To Know Him.

You know Will. Meet TODD. Let’s Get To Know Him.

A couple of sessions ago, Texas introduced the Transfer on Death Deed (“TODD”) Bill. The connotation of the deed’s name may induce one to think “Lady Bird Deed,” but stop there. This vehicle to transfer title to property upon one’s death differs and provides for an easier

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20 Ways You Might Lose Your Property

20 Ways You Might Lose Your Property WHEN TITLE INSURANCE COMES INTO PLAY A forgery 50 years ago; a deed executed under duress; an error by a clerk in the county recorder’s office; a misapplied tax payment— these are but a few of the hidden “title defects” that

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Be positive on what you share in the online community

Sellers, be cautious of what you tell others about your neighborhood. In a world where social media and the Internet have made it easy to share our opinions publicly, the reputations of everything from local restaurants to home values has become highly malleable in the public eye.

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Can a college degree make it harder to buy a home?

According to a recent study by Trulia, in 30 out of the 100 top markets in the country, saving for a 20% down payment is actually faster without a college degree. “In those markets, a household with a college degree isn’t making that much more than a

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Avoid the Moldy Aftermath of Flooding

Flooding can occur at any time of the year in many states across the nation. Here in Texas, we’ve seen some of Mother Nature’s worst in the form of Tropical Storm Bill, which has dumped inches of rain and hail across the state and larger Midwestern region.

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All Eyes on the First-Time Homebuyer

2015 began rather sluggishly for residential markets, compared with the burst of activity in the final months of 2014. Closing activity is still far ahead of this time last year, but continues to be hindered by the gradual recovery of the economy. While severe weather nationwide certainly

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Dallas-Fort Worth Housing Market Heating Up

  According to Realtor.com, the Dallas-Fort Worth housing market is the hottest in the country, due to a high demand for housing as well as a fast sales cycle. Steve Brown, Real Estate Editor at The Dallas Morning News, reports that home sales are going through in as

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A Trial by Fire: What the Recession Taught Brokers

The Great Recession that upended the real estate industry was a difficult time that many brokers would like to forget. But this would be a mistake. The sudden and wrenching economic downturn that ran from late 2007 through the middle of 2009 surely felt much longer for

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