A survey is not always required to close on a property but is useful for showing some important information, such as the exact location of the property, where it begins and ends and how it relates to properties around it. It will also disclose zoning, setbacks, distances, north orientation, easements, boundaries, possible encroachments and environmental issues. Additionally, the survey will show any improvements that have been made to the property, such as a fence or a shed. Continue reading “Why You May Need a Property Survey”
According to the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, you have a right to choose your own title company. You should still ask your real estate agent for recommendations, but it’s ultimately your choice which title company will represent you in your home-buying transaction. Selecting your own title company will ensure you have someone working for you who will work in your best interest and doesn’t stand to gain from the transaction. Continue reading “Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Title Company”
June is National Homeownership Month, a time to celebrate making Americans’ dreams of homeownership come true and a time to help make that dream come true for those who have yet to find their home.
Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson once said, “Homeownership serves as an enduring symbol of security and prosperity, and it provides many Americans with a legacy they can pass down to their children and grandchildren.” Continue reading “June is National Homeownership Month”
The current real estate market is nothing short of a wild roller coaster ride if you’re looking to buy. Inventory continues to be low and sellers are getting multiple bids — some well over the asking price. So how can you compete? Read on for some tips. Continue reading “Home-Buying Tips for a Hot Market”
Studies show that 85% of home buyers use a realtor to make their purchase, but the competition can still be steep. How do you stand out as a realtor without breaking the bank? Read on for tools that will stretch your marketing budget further. Continue reading “High-Impact, Affordable Marketing Tools for Realtors”
Spending on home improvement projects was up pre-pandemic, according to a report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. This was in part due to the strong economy, but home renovations are at an all-time high now because of the pandemic and the fact that people are spending more time in their homes.
Your home renovations may be dictated by what repairs are needed, or you may be looking to add value to your home. If you’re not sure which projects to tackle first, read on to find out which home improvement projects will give you the best return on investment (ROI). Continue reading “Projects That Provide the Best ROI in 2021”
Buying a home in foreclosure can be a great way to get a home under market value, but the process is not as easy as a traditional home sale and there are some pitfalls you should be aware of. Here’s what you need to know. Continue reading “What You Should Know When Buying a Foreclosure”
Mortgage rates are low right now, and you may be inspired to refinance to get that lower rate, get a lower monthly payment, or even take some cash out of your equity. If you do decide to refinance your home, your lender will most likely require an appraisal to determine the value of your home and decide what your loan amount and new monthly payment will be. Continue reading “Understanding Appraisals When Refinancing”
No matter what real estate market in the D.C. Metropolitan area you’re in, Ratified Title Group is there. We have three main offices and over 50 satellite offices, so you can close in a location that is convenient for you and your clients. This means that we know the area where your clients are buying and selling, whether it be Washington, D.C., Virginia or Maryland. Having offices in so many locations means that we can be flexible and meet the needs of you and your clients. Continue reading “Ratified Title Group Offices Around NOVA and Washington, D.C.”
Since COVID-19 began, one of Ratified Title Group’s main focuses was to find ways to continue serving the D.C. Metro area as safely as possible. We quickly started implementing new methods for the closing procedure that ensures everyone feels comfortable and are still practicing social distancing.
As we are still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to remind you of our current closing protocols. We want to make sure you are comfortable with your closing and that you feel safe. The following protocols are intended to give you peace of mind and keep our staff safe, as well. Before your closing date, just let us know which of the options below best suits your comfort level. Continue reading “COVID-19 Closing Protocols”