F.A.Qs

Here is a collection of frequently asked questions that I have put together to help you in buying or selling a home. If you have any other questions, not listed here, feel free to call or send an e-mail.

What Is A Deed?

A deed is the foundation of property ownership. It is the owner’s right to possess, sell, and use the property.

What Is Title Insurance?

Title insurance protects real estate owners and lenders against any property loss or damage they might experience because of liens, encumbrances or defects in the title to the property. Each title insurance policy is subject to specific terms, conditions and exclusions.

How Long Does Your Coverage Last?

As long as you or your heirs retain an interest in the property and, in some cases, even beyond.

What Is A Title Search?

A title search is a detailed examination of the historical records concerning a property. These records include deeds, court records, property and name indexes, and many other documents. The purpose of the search is to verify the seller’s right to transfer ownership, and to discover any claims, defects and other rights or burdens on the property.

What Kinds Of Problems Can A Title Search Reveal?

A title search can show a number of title defects and liens, as well as other restrictions. Among these are unpaid taxes, unsatisfied mortgages, judgments against seller and restrictions limiting the use of the land.

Are There Any Problems That A Title Search Cannot Reveal?

Yes. Even the most diligent title search may never reveal all potential problems. For instance, the previous owner could have incorrectly stated his or her marital status, resulting in a possible claim by a legal spouse. Other “hidden hazards” include fraud and forgery, defective deed, mental incompetence, confusion due to similar or identical names and clerical errors in the records. These defects can arise after you’ve purchased your home and can jeopardize your right to ownership.

How Much Does Title Insurance Cost?

Probably a lot less than you think. Title Insurance charges vary in different sections of the country, but generally the cost of title insurance amounts is based on the sales price or the mortgage of the property. Get an accurate quote on your title premium by contacting a local title company.

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Buyers

Can a home depreciate in value?
Is an older home as good a value as a new home?
What are closing costs?
What does FSBO mean?
What is a "One-Time Show" listing?
What is a broker?
What is a contingency?
What is a debt-to-income ratio?
What is a Multiple Listing Service (MLS)?
What is a REALTOR®?
What is an escrow officer?
What is homeowners association (HOA)?
What is the difference between being prequalified and preapproved for a loan?
What is title insurance?
What's the Difference between a "Listing Agent" and "Selling Agent"?
Why should I use a real estate agent?

Mortgage

Are lenders limited in the amount of escrow funds they can collect from borrowers?
Can I pay my own taxes and insurance?
How can I avoid private mortgage insurance?
How is interest calculated on a mortgage loan?
How long does the loan process take?
How much time will it take to close my loan (sign the loan documents)?
Is there a minimum credit score?
Must I use the mortgage company that my builder directs me to?
Should discount points be paid to lower (buy down) an interest rate?
What are the benefits of doing a first and second lien conbination?
What benefits do I receive from private mortgage insurance?
What do I do if I receive a tax statement?
What does Prepaid Interest mean?
What does the origination fee cover?
What is a gift letter?
What is a lock in?
What is an ARM loan?
What is an escrow account?
What is my credit score and how is it calculated?
What is PITI and what does it stand for?
What is preapproval or prequalification?
What is underwriting?
Why did my mortgage payment amount change?
Why does the title have to be cleared before I can get a mortgage?
Why is the Annual Percentage Rate (APR) on the Truth in Lending Disclosure higher than the rate shown on my note, which is the rate I thought I chose?

Sellers

Can I back out of my contract with one buyer and accept a new, higher offer from a second buyer?
Do I have to sell to the person with the highest offer?
How should I price my home?
Is there a "best time" to put my house on the market?
What are comparables or comps?
What are disadvantages of pricing my home on the high end?
What does an appraisal mean?
What is a counteroffer?
What is an "Exclusive Right to Sell" listing?
What is an "Exclusive Agency Listing"?
Who is responsible for making repairs, if any, as a result of home inspection reports conducted for the buyer?
Why should I use a real estate agent?
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