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What Is a Quitclaim Deed?

Deeds can be complicated and nuanced, taking multiple forms, each with its specific implications and particular best uses.

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How Much House Can I Afford?

In the process of buying a home, it's easy to get swept up in the excitement and become financially overextended. Learn what hidden costs you should…

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What Is a Lien?

There are many different types of liens. Find out what they are and how they are enforced.

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New York State Requirements for a Quitclaim Deed

When you want to convey, or transfer, real property to someone else, either by sale, gift, or by court order, you must do so by using a written…

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How Does an Easement Affect You and Your Property?

Encumbrances on your property may prevent you from using your land the way you want.

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Understanding Your Lien Release

When the time comes to get a lien released, it's important to be sure that the lien release form is appropriate to the situation, and that it…

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Understanding the Legal Description of Property

Including an accurate legal property description is essential when real estate is being transferred or mortgaged.

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Understanding the Mechanics of a Mechanic's Lien

A mechanic's lien is placed on property to ensure payment for a contractor's work. Homeowners want to avoid mechanic's liens because they can cause…

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Quitclaim Deeds: An Overview

Quitclaim deeds are an easy way to convey property to another, but be careful, as there may be unknown title issues that may arise. Learn more about…

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Should You Refinance Your Mortgage During the COVID-19 Crisis?

With interest rates at historic lows, this may be an opportunity for homeowners to save big by refinancing mortgages.

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