201905.10
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Becoming a Real Estate Investor

In this era of HGTV, Flip or Flop, Flip This House, and my wife’s favorite – Fixer Upper . . . it is easy to under-estimate the challenges of being a first time real estate investor.     At its worst, what you are wagering is that you think you can successfully compete with more experienced property…

201901.30
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Looking for ways to SAVE MONEY on your next closing, LOOK ELSEWHERE (when it comes to TITLE INSURANCE)

Long gone are the venerable days when you hired an attorney for $1,000 and he actually visited the courthouse to search title to the property you were buying.     The closing industry has become so competitive that most settlement fees are 1/3rd to 1/2 what they were 50 years ago!   Attorneys had a monopoly in Virginia…

201901.17
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Fraud and the Elderly

In a perfect world, selfless children would be a daily presence in the lives of their elderly parents and family.    But whether it is a child or a neighbor, we all need to be vigilant to look out for one another.   Take time to check in on those that can no long take care of…

201711.10
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What are my Closing Options in this Electronic Age?

While our beloved Commonwealth of Virginia prides itself on keeping up with the Joneses in all matters of E-Commerce, we have taken more of a “wait and see” attitude toward the most electronic of closing technologies.    Naturally, big states with fewer Notary Publics per square mile would need to take the lead on electronic notarizations.  …

201606.03
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Dare To Own The Dream

Newsflash!    HUD (the Department of Housing and Urban Development) has declared June as National Home Ownership Month! Some believe the hype is a way of trying to generate better economic figures and arguments for the incumbent party to convince voters that the incumbent party deserves another four years in the White House. According to DS…

201604.15
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Creative Financing = Creative Tax Headaches

A client called today to have our lawfirm engage in a discussion with his CPA as to tax ramifications for “subject to” sales of homes.    For those of you who have never considered using “creative financing” to sell your home or buy a home, a “subject to” means the buyer takes over the seller’s mortgage…