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A reminder for homebuyers: Shop title companies

Recently, I stumbled upon a posting by a Washington DC-based real estate agent proclaiming that homebuyers need not shop for title insurance since title insurance rates are uniform. While it’s mostly true that title insurance rates in DC,...

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Standard v. Enhanced: Building permits

Part 3 of a series So you’ve just completed the purchase and closing on your new “fixer-upper” home. Now it’s time to hire an architect and spend countless hours planning for a new addition to the family room. You submit an application for...

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Why aren’t more title companies transparent?

On average, title charges (i.e., settlement or closing fee, title insurance) comprise 70 percent of the total variable closing costs. Since title charges do vary significantly from title company-to-title company in DC, MD, VA, and FL, it...

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