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What is a Quitclaim Deed?

Friday, September 6th, 2013 at 2:42pm. 338 Views, 0 Comments.

The process of buying a home can be complex, particularly when the home is currently owned by more than one person. One of the ways in which property can change hands is by a quitclaim deed, a legal document that is commonly used when several members of a family own a property. You may find that the seller or property agent presents you with a quitclaim deed or you may have been advised to ask for such a deed. Your insurance company, with whom you are looking to insure your new home, might also require this deed. It is therefore worthwhile to familiarize yourself with this type of deed and how it can be prepared.

Definition of a quitclaim deed   A quitclaim deed is a legal document for transferring any ownership claim, interest, right or title a…

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BPO? CMA? Appraisal? What's the Difference?

Saturday, May 19th, 2012 at 6:37pm. 373 Views, 0 Comments.

BPO, CMA, Appraisal -- what is the difference?  These are all various methods of valuing real estate, (properties, homes, houses, commercial property, investment property, and vacant land).

Appraisal = formal valuation by a licensed appraiser.  An appraisal is a subjective opinion of a real property's value.  Most appraisers are highly skillled, with many years of experience.  Besides single-family homes, some appraisers specialize in niche areas, such as rural acreage, estate homes, commercial/industrial property, apartment rentals.  In order to appraise property for an FHA loan, the appraiser must be experienced in the FHA loan procedures and requirements.  Appraisals are required as part of the underwriting process for mortgage lenders when they…

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#1 Satisfaction Award by Home Buyers and Home Sellers: J. D. Power & Associates

Monday, December 5th, 2011 at 2:05pm. 447 Views, 0 Comments.

We're proud to be part of the nation's #1 Top Rated Real Estate firm by J. D. Power and Associates for this year!  Study was based on over 3800 evaluations and measures opinions of home buyers and sellers.

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"Virtually" Choose Your Colors... Paint Your Room

Thursday, June 16th, 2011 at 4:10pm. 577 Views, 0 Comments.

blog-colormatchA fresh coat of paint is a powerful and affordable enhancement to any room. The next time you’re looking for color inspiration, check out Olympic Paint’s free ColorClix software for Windows or OS X, or download the app to your iPhone. With ColorClix, you can grab a color from the gallery or upload your own photo; the app will select paint samples that most closely match the colors in the image. The app will also display complementary colors, with a full spectrum of hues and shades. Add notes and tag colors as favorites. Or create specific room projects and save selected colors to the project folder. Free. PPG Industries; Pittsburgh; 800-441-9695; www.olympic.com/colorclix.

 

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Disasters Spike Home Sales

Monday, June 13th, 2011 at 5:58pm. 435 Views, 0 Comments.

Cities that have been torn apart by recent tornadoes and floods are now seeing a big increase in home sales.

Real estate agent Barb Maxon with Century 21 ProLink in Sioux City, Iowa, told the Des Moines Register that she’s made six sales in one week alone to Iowa families who have been displaced by the Missouri River floods.

The Missouri river is expected to rise to near-record levels this week, where it's expected to remain for weeks, causing flooding along cities near it and displacing families.

Residents, for example, from Dakota Dunes, Iowa, where hundreds of homes have been evacuated for more than a week, are starting to look elsewhere for housing. Nearby Sioux City is getting a flood of its residents inquiring about new housing options, real estate…

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