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6 Crucial Questions to Ask a Title Insurance Provider

alexskopje/iStock Shopping for title insurance may not be the most thrilling step in buying a house, but it is one of the most important. Before you can own a home, or “take title” to a property, most lenders will require a title search of…

November 11, 2019

When Do You Need to Get a Quitclaim Deed?

iStock Are you curious about the terms “quitclaim,” “grantor,” and “grantee”? These types of deeds and specific terms may come up if you’re transferring property between family members or spouses. If you are selling your home now, you may not remember that you signed…

November 9, 2019

Home Inspectors Tell All: Strange but True Tales From the Trenches

BrandyTaylor/iStock Home inspectors go where none of us particularly wants to go—into all the nooks and crannies around our homes, both inside and out. So you can bet that they’ve seen it all. You know—all that stuff that you don’t want to think about…

November 5, 2019

The One Thing Home Sellers Forget to Hide Before an Open House

fstop123/iStock When getting ready to sell your house, there’s a lot to worry about—home staging, repairs, keeping rooms tidy for home tours, and more. But there’s also one important thing that many sellers forget to do: hide their prescription drugs. Sorry to break it…

November 5, 2019

5 Crucial Questions to Ask Before You Co-Sign a Mortgage

skynesher/iStock If you’re considering co-signing a mortgage—say, to help your grown kids buy their first house—it’s wise to take a step back and consider whether this move makes sense. Sure, you’re helping a loved one purchase property, but this type of arrangement could also…

November 5, 2019