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”
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”
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”
At Ratified Title, we consider the relationship we have with realtors to be some of the most important ones we have. For that reason, we like to support them in any way we can. One of the ways we do this is through our YouTube Channel. We’ve created a series of videos to help you be successful in your business with tips on how to generate leads and on digital marketing. Continue reading “Ratified Title’s YouTube Channel for Realtors”
Though we are still in the throes of the pandemic, the housing market remains strong and is expected to stay strong through the year. Interest rates are predicted to remain low, and it will continue to be a sellers’ market due to low inventory. Continue reading “Good 2021 Housing Predictions”
We’ve said this before, but it’s so important that it bears repeating. You need to invest in title insurance, (even if you’re paying with cash). Ideally, when you close on a property, the title transfers from one owner to another, and everyone lives happily ever after; but that’s not always the case. That’s why title insurance is a good investment. Read on to find out what it is and why you need it.Continue reading “Why You Need Title Insurance”
A home purchase is the biggest purchase most of us will ever make. With that in mind, you want someone in your corner that has a proven track record of working specifically with buyers. That person is an ABR® certified realtor.Continue reading “Reasons to Choose an ABR® Certified Realtor”
At Ratified Title Group, we work hard to get you to closing as smoothly as possible. That includes making sure there aren’t any defects on the title of your property by doing a title search. A title search is necessary to obtain a title insurance policy. The information collected during a title search will give you peace of mind about the property you are buying and reduce the risk of title problems presenting themselves in the future.Continue reading “A Deep Dive Into the Title Search Process”