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...
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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...

Who to Hire for Your Home Inspection

We told you that skipping the home inspection is a big home buying mistake. Before investing in a home, you should do everything you can to ensure you are making a wise decision. A home inspection will make you aware of any damages or concerns you may want...
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Fight Odors All Over Your Home

Keeping a clean home usually guarantees that you won't have to deal with any lingering unpleasant odors. However, even if your house looks spotless, some odors can somehow still make their way into your home. If you're putting your house on the market, know how to...
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