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We're about to see some big changes regarding the delivery of HUD-1 Settlement Statements and Truth-in-Lending Disclosures, which could result in added cost and closing delays for homebuyers, if the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's new rules go into effect as proposed. The CFPB rule would m...
11/06/2012
After 16 years of handling real estate closings, I could easily provide 100 examples of why a borrower, whether a homebuyer or a refinancing homeowner, should choose a local title company rather than allowing a national "out-of-town" title company to handle your real estate closing.  But allow me...
10/24/2012
Whenever a real estate settlement is close to a property tax due date, the potential for a post closing property tax issue increases.  Simply, it is a matter of bad timing. Here are a couple escrow issues that can cause problems for home sellers who are planning to close near a property tax due d...
09/19/2012
While this would seem to be obvious, purchasers should pay close attention to exactly what they are buying.  I am not referring to inspection issues, I am referring to something that seems obvious, but does occasionally come up as a problem. Here are some real scenarios where an individual bought...
09/17/2012
If you are about to refinance your mortgage, your mortgage lender has or will soon provide you with a Good Faith Estimate (GFE) which will include, among other costs, a line item charge for title insurance.   Although you are required to pay for it, this is "lender’s" title insurance as opposed t...
08/08/2012
Home Equity Lines of Credit (HELOCs) may be difficult to obtain in today’s market, but not too long ago, everybody had one.  Recently, a series of closings were delayed in our office due to issues with HELOCs, and I expect that dealing with HELOCs will only get worse.    There are several reasons...
07/13/2012
While a homebuyer is required to pay for the lender’s title insurance premium, the owner’s title insurance is optional to the homebuyer, and sometimes homebuyers who are looking to shave dollars off their closing costs consider opting out of the owner's title insurance policy. They may feel havin...
07/03/2012
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), by mandate under Dodd-Frank, will soon change our world once again.  Just barely two years since the title and mortgage industry was turned upside-down with regulatory changes to the Truth-in-Lending Act (TILA) and the Real Estate Settlement Proced...
06/29/2012
Pending home sales in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area are nearly as high as they were two years ago when the $8,000 federal first-time homebuyer tax credit was still in effect, another sign that the market is poised for a turn-around. That's good news for sellers. More buyers hopefully means home...
06/13/2012
A ground rent refers to a scenario where an individual owns his house, but someone else owns the actual property (the “ground”). The homeowner pays the ground rent owner an annual fee, or a ground rent, as a rent on the land.   In Baltimore, this form of ownership dates back to the 18th century. ...
06/11/2012
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