It’s finally fall! The sweltering days of summer are over, and the temperature is a little more pleasant. If you’re getting ready to put your home on the market or you’re an agent getting ready to sell a home for your client, you may be wondering how best to give the home a cozy fall feeling. Read on for some decorating ideas perfect for this time of year. Continue reading “Decorating Trends and Staging Ideas for the Fall”
If your house is 20 years old or older, it may be time to replace your roof. Before you jump the gun and start tearing your roof apart, there are specific things to look for to determine if you do need a new roof. Once you’ve determined that your roof does need replacing, you’ll want to consider which materials you’ll use, which contractor to hire, how the old roofing material will be disposed of and a few other things. We’ve got you covered at each step of the decision-making process. Continue reading “What Should You Consider Before Getting a New Roof?”
Ahhh! Summer. The kids are out of school. The pool is open, and many families use this time of year to go on that epic vacation. It’s also the most popular time of year to move, but beware! The heat and humidity can make it somewhat difficult if you’re not adequately prepared. Here are some tips to help you survive your summer move. Continue reading “How to Survive Your Summer Move”
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”
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”
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”