Deeds by Distance: Which States Are Moving to Remote Notarization?

An update from Deeds.com on the fast-moving evolution of remote online notarization and the standards supporting it. If you transfer or accept a piece of real estate, notarization of the deed will likely occur. For your deed to be recorded, it is notarized first. Recording puts the world on notice of the conveyance, by updating the county’sContinue reading “Deeds by Distance: Which States Are Moving to Remote Notarization?”

Should a House Be in an Irrevocable Trust?

A home can go into an irrevocable trust. But giving up control over a primary residence is not something most owners want to do. The owner lets go of the “incidents of ownership” and the house goes under a separate tax ID, with taxes filed by a trustee. The owner might continue living in the home, butContinue reading “Should a House Be in an Irrevocable Trust?”

The Abstract of Title in Real Estate: What Is It?

DEED.COM An abstract of title is a written chronology of all recorded documents and proceedings related to a specific piece of real estate. It shows the names of all the owners, how long each held title, and what each paid for the property. The abstract is used for verifying a property’s marketability. The abstract offers assurance that the property isContinue reading “The Abstract of Title in Real Estate: What Is It?”

These Eye-Catching Bricks Are Made from Textile Waste

Fab BRICK upcycles clothes into bricks that are great thermal, acoustic insulators. By Katherine MartinkoPublished March 5, 2021 01:44PM ESTFact checked by Haley Mast Clarisse Merlet was a French architecture student in 2017 when she became alarmed about the amount of textile waste created each year. In France, it’s estimated to be around 4 million tons, andContinue reading “These Eye-Catching Bricks Are Made from Textile Waste”

Homebuilder confidence drops as interest rates and lumber prices rise

A contractor works on a house under construction at the Norton Commons subdivision in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., on Monday, March 8, 2021.Luke Sharrett | Bloomberg | Getty Images A monthly index measuring homebuilder confidence in the single-family housing market fell, as builders face rising interest rates and rising costs for materials, especially lumber. The NationalContinue reading “Homebuilder confidence drops as interest rates and lumber prices rise”

How Rooftop Solar Benefits Your Neighbors

Homeowners who install solar on their roofs lower electricity costs for those around them, new study finds. By Sami GroverPublished February 12, 2021 11:09AM ESTFact checked by Haley Mast Ever since rooftop solar became cheap enough to start proliferating, there has been debate about fairness and equity. Specifically, some have argued that policies like net metering –Continue reading “How Rooftop Solar Benefits Your Neighbors”

A homebuyer’s guide to a competitive housing market

Millions of people are locking in their dream to own a home. So, what’s stopping you from the exciting homeownership journey? Despite the fact that low housing inventory is making it a competitive market, people are still buying and listing homes. It’s simply up to you to take ownership of your home-buying dream, and we’re here toContinue reading “A homebuyer’s guide to a competitive housing market”

MORRILL ACT OF 1890

1890 IS OUR HISTORY, TOO! MORRILL LEGISLATION Senator Justin Smith Morrill was an abolitionist who had a vision that education would be for all social classes and offered a shift from predominantly classical studies to applied studies. This academic shift prepared students for the real world and advanced the nation by providing an opportunity to educateContinue reading “MORRILL ACT OF 1890”

How To Make An Insurance Claim For Business Interruption

Joshua SteinContributorReal EstateI write about commercial real estate negotiations, deals and legal issues. Businesses large and small, including particularly retail tenants, hotels, and theaters (as well as their support services) have seen their revenue dramatically interrupted because of Covid shutdowns. But they still have to pay many of their operating costs, such as rent andContinue reading “How To Make An Insurance Claim For Business Interruption”

SHOULD YOUR PROPERTY RIGHTS?

Article    |    Institute for Justice Imagine a law giving bureaucrats unbridled discretion over your property rights. It would provide no standards. City officials could stop you from using your property—such as putting up a fence or planting a tree—for arbitrary reasons, or, indeed, for no reason at all. And you’d have no one to appealContinue reading “SHOULD YOUR PROPERTY RIGHTS?”