Winter is here, and hopefully you did more than just read our post on boosting your curb appeal. Here is a checklist that you should follow to get your home ready for the cold winter ahead and protect your home investment.

Prepare for the Winter in Miami

Now is the time to make...
The holiday season, spanning November to January, is generally considered the worst time to list a home on the market. The short days, cold weather, and holiday spirit tend to focus buyers' attention elsewhere. Most people have other concerns during the holiday season, so it is not the most...
Buying a home is likely the largest investment you will make in your life. Title insurance protects your investment in many cases where there are rival claims on your property. Each time a property exchanges hands, there are more opportunities for mistakes, oversights, and complications to occur,...

Even More Helpful Real Estate Settlement Terms

Here are a few more real estate terms you may find useful at your closing.


A short history of a parcel's title. It includes the initial grant and all subsequent transfers affecting ownership of the property.


American Land Title...

More Useful Real Estate Settlement Terms

Here are a few more terms you will need to know before going to your closing.


Failure to live up to an agreement by either not paying or not performing by the covenants.

Defective Title

An irregular or faulty title due to a lien, judgment, mortgage...

Useful Real Estate Settlement Terms

Here are a few terms you will likely come across as you approach your closing date. Make sure to go into your closing knowing what they mean.

Adverse Possession

The technical term for squatting, or occupying a property without the owner's consent. Title of the...
One of the most important events in your life is when you purchase your first home. The decision can be a scary and intriguing, but with the right help, it will be one of the best and most memorable experiences you will have. Since this is a very significant decision, Riva Title Company wants to ...
Finding your dream house is an existing adventure but it can become discouraging when you learn of all the legal processes. That is why here at Riva Title Company we want to take care of all your legal needs so you can enjoy the whole experience and leave the not so fun part to us. We have put...

To Buy or to Build- That Is the Question

A Full-Time Job

If you are looking for a second full-time job, managing the buildout of your own home is one. The catch is that you do not get paid. Finding the land, designing the home, managing construction, negotiating material costs- these are all...

Cheap Home Improvements That Increase Value

Here are some home improvement steps you can take to boost the value of your home without costing a fortune.


Install dimmers on your lights. Buyers like to be able to control the lighting in a room. And consider sun tubes. These are similar to...