Archive 2023

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Dec 01, 2023

Don’t Let Wire Fraud Give You The Chills

Wire fraud is on the rise in the real estate industry. This article provides a comprehensive guide on what wire fraud is, its risks, and how to prevent it. It…
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Nov 01, 2023

Notary Basics

We prioritize knowledge and expertise to ensure exceptional service in every transaction. A crucial aspect of this is understanding the foundations of notary…
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Sep 21, 2023

Preventing Seller Impersonation Fraud

It can be difficult to keep up with industry trends and new types of fraud. Check out our guide to seller impersonation fraud to protect yourself and your clients.
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Sep 04, 2023

Ordering a Preliminary Title Report

Got a complicated listing? A preliminary title report may be the tool you need to prevent closing delays and improve your client’s experience.
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Aug 24, 2023

Your Guide to Earnest Money Deposits

Discover the benefits of digital earnest money deposits for realtors and homebuyers, ensuring smoother and stress-free closings with our comprehensive guide.
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Jul 17, 2023

Avoid These 6 Mistakes Before Closing

Closing delays are stressful and frustrating. But some delays are avoidable. Help your clients close on time by educating them on these six common closing mistakes.
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Jul 03, 2023

Title Insurance: Safeguarding Property Rights

Property rights are certain rights that come with owning real estate. But hidden risks can threaten those rights. Learn more about how to protect those rights.
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Jun 19, 2023

Reading and Understanding the Closing Disclosure

It’s easy to get bogged down in paperwork at closing, but the closing disclosure is one closing document you and your clients should never ignore. Learn more.
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May 26, 2023

FAQ About Closing Costs

How much do you really know about closing costs? To clear up the confusion, Michelle Earle answers some of our most common questions about closing costs in Alabama.
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May 16, 2023

Does Forgery Really Happen? Why You Need Title Insurance.

It may seem like forgery is something that would never happen to you, but you may be surprised to know it’s still a risk to title. Learn more about this hidden risk.
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Apr 27, 2023

Get to Know our Trussville Closing Attorney

Our Trussville closing attorney, Shami Malone, is dedicated to serving clients and the Trussville community each day. Learn more about her work and her amazing team.
Choose your title company
Apr 20, 2023

How to Choose a Title Company

Because a title company is a key part of your real estate transactions, you need to choose one that’s going to serve your clients well. Do you know what to look for?
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Mar 23, 2023

South Oak: The Best Title and Closing Experience in Huntsville

South Oak has brought a new approach to title and closing to North Alabama. Learn what makes South Oak the best place to close on a home in Huntsville.
Realtor planning goals and professional development
Mar 08, 2023

How to Grow as a Realtor with Training and Systems

Looking to grow both personally and professionally as a realtor? Birmingham realtor Leigh Cound shares her thoughts on training, systems, and habits for growth.
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Feb 27, 2023

Looking to Better Serve Your Clients? Try These Simple Strategies.

Don’t let the slower market get you down. Now is the perfect time to work on improving your service to clients. Birmingham realtor David Mackle shares his tips.
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Feb 07, 2023

Closing Documents 101

Have you ever wondered what's really in all of those closing documents? Haley Taylor, Closing Processor at South Oak, explains everything you need to know.
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Jan 19, 2023

Breaking Down the Cost of Title Insurance

Title insurance isn't a scam. It's an affordable form of insurance that all homebuyers should have. In our article, we're breaking down the cost of title insurance.