Property Deed Help Guides

What is a security interest?
A security interest is an interest in property—real estate or otherwise—that secures repayment of a debt or performance of some other obligation. If the party that grants the security interest fails to fulfill its obligation, then the holder of the security interest can normally take possession of the asset in question and sell it in order to recoup...
How to Effectively Use LLCs in a Property Rental Business
Using a limited liability company for a rental property business is one of the better decisions you could make. If you rent property in your name, you could be held liable if someone gets hurt. However, if someone falls and decides to sue the landlord, and your LLC is the landlord, then the person suing may only go after the LLC's assets—not your pe...
Right of Survivorship: Everything You Need to Know
There are many things you should consider when you are purchasing property with another person. One of these things is called the right of survivorship. Right of survivorship can impact what happens to a property if one of the owners passes away before the other one. It is important to understand how this right works and how it can impact various fa...
The Documents You Need to Buy a New Home
Purchasing your first home can be an extremely intimidating process. You are confronted by many terms that you may not understand, and you may not realize how many necessary steps there are in the process. To make matters worse, everyone else,......
Business Formation for Real Estate Investments
Real estate can be a great investment if you plan it correctly. Since the housing market bust in 2008, investors have been wary of starting back up in real estate, but home prices have made a significant recovery since then. Nonetheless, the......
What You Need to Know about Deeds and Property Transfer
Real estate in the United States has a long history of being extremely valuable. Owning land was only for the wealthiest individuals in the early years of U.S. history. Unlike property that can move (possession is nine-tenths of the law after......
How New Lending Requirements Better Protect Homebuyers
In 2008, the Federal Reserve adopted a new Truth in Lending Act and then updated the act in 2010 with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (or Dodd-Frank Act for short). These acts were adopted to set up a system of......
Closing a Home Sale: What to Expect
You have either agreed to sell or buy a home and the buyer has paid the earnest money putting the deal into escrow. Now it’s time to complete the final steps! This can be both an exciting and stressful time in getting all your affairs in order......
3 Options to Avoid Foreclosure
One of the most unfortunate consequences of the recent real estate bubble is the dramatic increase in the foreclosure rate. A large number of foreclosures are a direct result of predatory lending practices, however an equally large number are......
Property Deed Basics
A deed is a written legal document that is used primarily to convey real property from a seller to a buyer. There are several different types of deeds that are used in various situations when rights or interests to a property are transferred......