Four Questions to Ask Before Purchasing a Short Sale

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A lot of attention is given to the seller side of a short sale transaction, and rightfully so. The bulk of the complexities involved in a short sale take place on the listing side. The correspondence with the lender in order to obtain approval is the driving force of the transaction.  But, selling agents and buyers should be equipped prior …

Four Important Financial Items to Review Regularly

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There are certain times in life where it’s good to re-group and re-examine things. Most people tend to make New Year’s resolutions and people join a gym or start a new diet. Perhaps, you are starting a new job, getting married, buying a house, or relocating. These are four essential items that should be reviewed when someone is going through …

Four Common Oversights in an Estate Plan

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Hopefully, you have a customized estate plan for you and your family already established.  Whether it is a will, trust, or a beneficiary contract structure, there is no one right plan for every family.  Yet, regardless of the estate plan you have, there are some common oversights it is important to be aware of. DIY Will: Many people love do-it-yourself …

Real Estate Settlements Explained

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To help fix the problem of “delayed disbursements” in a real estate transaction, the VA code was amended in 1980 to require settlement agents to disburse funds within two days of closing. While there is more to this “Wet Settlement Act” than just disbursement, it helped pave the way to Virginia attorneys and title companies conduct settlements, recordings and disbursements. …

Five Common Mistakes Made on Real Estate Contracts

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1) Using Proper Names One of the most simple yet easily missed items on the contract is using the proper names for the parties. Not only is this important for title purposes, but lenders rely on this information when they are prepping their documents. Party names should be consistent with their identification. If the buyer or seller is an LLC …