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to sell my home...do i have to use a Title Company?

  • June 03 2012 - Houston
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It totally depends on the state and county in which you are working. Some states you can do everything through an attorney.
  • July 28 2012
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There are Real Estate Attorneys that will do this for you here in the Houston area. In some cases depending on your home price, they may be more expensive, but many charge a flat rate for this. Some do offer some sort of policy as well. If for some reason you really do not want to use a title company be sure to ask questions of the attorneys so you are comfortable with what you are getting into. Best of luck!
  • July 27 2012
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Great question and the answer varies depending on State/Country. In Virginia where I sell homes, farms & land, the Commonwealth regulations allow for a Title Company, Attorney or Real Estate Broker (all following prescribed rules, regulations and the Code of Virginia) to close real estate sale transactions.[hotlink removed by Zillow moderator. Please see our Good Neighbor Policy for more information.] my firm, does not handle the closing paperwork, filing, etc. We do work closely with local real estate attorneys and title companies. Of the three only the real estate attorney can provide legal advice in Virginia so I often recommend clients use an attorney especially if the property is bank owned, short sale, etc. or the buyer does not buy and sell a lot of real estate. If you Google real estate attorney in your area, you should find a good list with comments from past clients or ask friends who have purchased or sold real estate recently for a recommendations. Best of success!

  • June 06 2012
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Most sellers even "for sale by owners" in our area use title companies. You have several good ones all over town to pick from. Keep in mind, there are certain times when the buyer can choose the title company not the seller.
  • June 06 2012
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Title companies are owned and run by lawyers.  Going through the title company will cost you a lot less as well.

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  • June 04 2012
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You can use a title company or a real estate attorney.  I strongly recommend titlle companies,  that is all they do and offer you comfort knowing that this part of the transaction will go well and if it doesn't because, say the funds were delayed, or there is fault with the title, they can correc t it.
  • June 04 2012
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I would absolutely advise you to do so. Possible hidden title problems can include:
  • Errors or omissions in deeds
  • Mistakes in examining records
  • Forgery
  • Undisclosed heirs

An Owner's Policy provides assurance that your title company will stand behind you — monetarily and with legal defense if needed — if a covered title problem arises after you sell your home.

It will also simplify closing document prep and courthouse recording.

Hope this info helps!

  • June 03 2012
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