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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...
3 Scenarios You Need A Real Estate Attorney

3 Scenarios You Need A Real Estate Attorney

Every state has its real estate laws and regulations that affect how you buy and sell houses. Some states require a lawyer while making real estate transactions. Texas does not require a lawyer, but real estate lawyers are far from obsolete. There are at least three...
Deed of Trust vs Mortgage

Deed of Trust vs Mortgage

The term “mortgage” is confusing because it can mean different things. Almost everyone who buys a home takes out a loan. Taking out a loan is the same thing as applying for a mortgage. But what is a Deed of Trust vs Mortgage? No matter where you live when you take out...
What is a Gift Deed?

What is a Gift Deed?

If you want to give away real estate in Texas, you may decide to make a gift deed of your property. This deed is a document that states that you are giving your property to someone else. A gift deed must employ precise language to be valid. Without validity, a court...
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...
How to Change Name on House Deed After Marriage

How to Change Name on House Deed After Marriage

If you are wondering how to change your name on your house deed after marriage, it is not a legal necessity to do so. If you have changed your last name and eventually choose to sell your home, the title company can easily trace that you owned the property and changed...
Homeowner Rights Against An HOA

Homeowner Rights Against An HOA

If you have issues with a homeowner’s association, you are not alone. An HOA is a governing body for your community, but sometimes, they can make bad decisions that affect you. Whether an HOA is overstepping by cutting your tree limbs or negligent through misuse of...
Forcing Sale of Jointly Owned Property

Forcing Sale of Jointly Owned Property

If you own property with a family member, friend, or partner, your ownership journey may eventually involve parting ways. When this happens, there is sometimes conflict and disagreement over what should happen to the property. If you want to sell, but your co-owner...
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...