201505.09
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Complexity Grows for Home Purchase Lending and Closings

As result of the Dodd-Frank Act, significant regulatory changes become effective August 1, 2015. These new rules will greatly affect the home lending and sales markets in how residential first mortgage loans are presented, processed and closed. Lenders, title companies and real estate brokerage firms will bear the burden in implementation. Consumers will allegedly receive…

201505.06
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DSIRE & RETScreen – Indispensable Resources for Distributed Renewable Energy Development and Energy-Saving Improvements

According to the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) (See website here), it is the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University and…

201505.02
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Which Custom Home Builder? (Part 1 in a Series)

The quest in building your perfect dream home may often be chocked-full of surfing Pinterest, various architectural/building websites, driving new neighborhoods, visiting home shows and builder showrooms …maybe even considering sustainable technologies like renewable energy!  The possibilities are literally endless! But as anyone who has built a home, especially a custom home, can tell you,…

201504.30
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The Gold Standard – A Quiet Title Order

As you are probably aware, if you ultimately receive legal title to real estate through the governmental processes associated with a county tax sale, you will want to assure free and clear title in order to possess the ability to sell and convey insurable title in the foreseeable future. Any knowledgeable purchaser for value and…

201504.27
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Quitclaim Deed – Can it do the job?

A quitclaim deed can be very useful for quickly accomplishing a variety of goals with respect to how title is held (owned) in real estate. More commonly, a quitclaim deed can be used to remove or add a person to the title, often seen in the case of removing an ex- or deceased spouse or…