Property Owners

Get up to speed on what's involved with buying and owning a home. Learn about common home-buying costs, see how escrow works, and more.

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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Using a Real Estate Purchase Agreement

Learn what a real estate purchase agreement does and what it should include.

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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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…

What Is a Lien?

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

Understanding the Legal Description of Property

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

Lease Agreement vs Rental Agreement: Which Should You Use for Your Property?

Wondering whether you should be renting out your property by using a lease agreement or a rental agreement? Read on to learn the crucial differences…

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Home Buying Terms You Need to Know

Get up to speed on the jargon used when it comes to home purchases and mortgages.

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What are the recent changes to real estate capital gains laws?

In May 2006 President Bush signed into law the Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005. The measure extends to 2010 the reduced tax…

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Property Hunter: Is a Contract for Deed Right for You?

If you are selling or purchasing real estate, you should be aware of the contract for deed as an alternative to traditional financing with a mortgage…

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