From the monthly archives:

October 2010

Prelim title report explained

October 22, 2010

Here’s a helpful primer from Chicago Title on the prelim title report – an important but oft-overlooked disclosure doc. And this is a more detailed explanation of the prelim.

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1031 Exchange Explained

October 15, 2010

Here’s a helpful primer from Chicago Title on the 1031 Exchange – relevant mostly to those with investment property. The financial intermediary it references, IPX, happens to be the same company I recommend to my 1031 clients.

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Oakland zip 94602 trends

October 11, 2010

Here are the latest trends in the 94602 zip code for single family homes. Keep in mind the small sample sizes corresponding to many of the months, like this past February.

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Emeryville condo & townhouse trends

October 11, 2010

Here’s an 18-month snapshot of Emeryville’s condo & townhouse market. Keep in mind the small sample sizes corresponding to most of the months.

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Truth in Lending statement

October 8, 2010

Here’s a primer from Chicago Title regarding the Truth in Lending statement, typically issued to buyers during escrow. There’s a helpful explanation of the Annual Percentage Rate (APR), about which clients often have questions.

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Understanding probate

October 1, 2010

Here’s a primer from Chicago Title explaining probate. Usually, only a small handful within existing inventory is subject to probate…but it’s helpful for buyers to understand the process if they are considering offering on a probate property. For sellers, consulting a CPA and/or a real estate attorney on such matters is always advisable.

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