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Cash to Close: How Much Is Enough?

Cash to Close: How Much Is Enough?

When you buy a new home, realtors throw a lot of phrases around that are confusing. One of them is “Cash to Close.” Another is “Closing Costs.” It’s easy to think that these terms mean the same thing, but they don’t. So precisely what does “Cash to Close” include and...
What is Real Property in Texas

What is Real Property in Texas

If you hear people talking about “real property,” they generally are speaking about their land and home. They could also talk about a building they own or rent out. The term real estate is usually thrown around in the same way. But what is “real property”...
What Does a Real Estate Attorney Do?

What Does a Real Estate Attorney Do?

Buying or selling a home is almost always the largest expenditure we make as consumers. Hiring an attorney when buying or selling a home is the best way to protect your interests during this larger-than-life transaction. Let’s look at what real estate attorneys do and...
Dangers of Joint Property Ownership

Dangers of Joint Property Ownership

Homeownership is a big step to take with another person, even with a beloved family member. Unforeseen complications can quickly arise, so it is best to know what you are getting into before signing on the dotted line. Whether you accidentally disinherit your children...
What is the Homestead Exemption in Texas?

What is the Homestead Exemption in Texas?

In Texas, there is a homestead tax exemption. The county applies this exemption to different types of taxes. One type of homestead tax exemption makes a percentage of your home’s value not taxable. Because there is no state property tax in Texas, schools and...