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How Hackers are Affecting the Real Estate Industry

Because real estate transactions are considered higher value transactions conducted by either an individual or a business, it’s no surprise that they have become prime targets for hackers. Typically, a hacker will gain access to the email account of one of the parties involved in the transaction (buyer, seller, lender, real estate agent, title company, or even the attorney), and carefully make note of important information such as closing dates or transactional details such as down payment amounts. As the closing date approaches, the hacker will actually pose as one of these parties involved in the transaction and send and
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Divorce and Your Home: A Title Company Perspective

Love is fleeting and sometimes ends. But the love of your home goes on and on as long as you have a mortgage. In my short time practicing divorce law there is much to consider, most notably would be the effect on any children from the marriage.  And every step should be taken to minimize any effect on them. Other things to consider would be redrawing wills, trusts, and/or any business or partnership agreements. Divorces are complex and emotionally taxing. But today we are going to focus on the aspects regarding your property. After all, you both signed a mortgage that is going
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Seller’s Fee – Why Do You Have To Pay This?

By now if you’ve been reading our blog posts, you know that there are fees in a real estate transaction that apply to both the buyer and the seller. Some people are confused by what costs the seller is responsible for, and what exactly they’re getting for services to justify that fee. Cumberland Title charges $125 to the seller when we are closing a real estate transaction. Some of the things that the title company has to do in relation to the seller is contact the creditors that the seller wishes to pay off with the proceeds of the sale to get
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What’s In a Wire?

The Ins & Outs of Wiring Money Funding – aka “the money” – is a very important part of the closing process when it comes to buying/selling a house. The buyer needs to have it, and the seller wants it. There are a couple of different ways that this can happen, either by check or by a bank wire. Now a check is pretty self-explanatory, but let’s hit on a few important and key points of this type of transaction. The buyer check should not be a personal check made out to the seller. It should also not be a
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