Tag: Homeowners

Refinance appraisal: How you can prepare

Now you’re doing a refinance, and your appraisal is scheduled for next week. We talked earlier about what you can expect from an appraisal. Now let’s discuss some things you can do to prepare. The following are some thoughts, based on my...

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Refinance appraisal: What you can expect

You’re refinancing the mortgage on your home, and your lender tells you there will be an appraisal.  If this is your first refinance, you probably have only a vague memory of the last appraisal of your home, which would have been before you...

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Cost saving tips for home insurance

Homeowners can do a number of things to ensure they get the best home insurance rate possible, and today I’d like to share some of my top suggestions, created with the help of manifested data and proven reports.   While most companies’...

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Homeowner’s guide to surface water law

What if you are suffering flooding and damage to your property from water running off from your neighbor’s property? Is your neighbor liable? Must your neighbor take action to avert the water runoff? In the District of Columbia, the neighbor...

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What does ‘ground rent’ mean?

A ground rent refers to a scenario where an individual owns his house, but someone else owns the actual property (the “ground”). The homeowner pays the ground rent owner an annual fee, or a ground rent, as a rent on the land. In Baltimore,...

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Borrower pays $2,000 for in-office closing?

Your refinance loan application has just been approved and your lender asks if you have a preference in selecting a title company. The borrower (name redacted) in the HUD-1 you see below answered “No” to this question and was...

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