BORING TITLE: Tips to Make You Successful in Any Business

BORING TITLE: Tips to Make You Successful in Any Business

I was speaking with a real estate agent this week who asked me about ideas for how they could get more business. I said I can come up with some ideas but more importantly do you have a continuous process you utilize to test out new marketing tactics and tweak them? If you don’t have a consistent process then eventually you are just hoping you get business…and hoping typically doesn’t work.  Today’s blog will highlight what I believe is a formula to be successful no matter what industry you are in.

BORING TITLE: Tips for Minimizing Hurricane Damage & a Hurricane Party

BORING TITLE: Tips for Minimizing Hurricane Damage & a Hurricane Party

Today we will provide tips on minimizing potential damage from hurricanes…Florence is looking to slow down a bit but the season is long and you should be prepared on how to best protect your home. 

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Best Escrow Company Northern Virginia - Who Are You Trusting With Your Money?

If you are a home owner or a home buyer you probably know that it is a long road from offer to closing. However, it is never too early in the process of buying or selling a home to think about who will be handling your money at closing. In the process of buying or selling the perfect home, many people overlook the escrow company as an important part of making the process seamless and successful. 

What Is an Escrow Company Northern Virginia? 

A title and escrow company orders the preliminary title report, obtains the earnest money deposit, prepares the property tax balance due to the county and handles any other paperwork that is essential to closing the deal. 

If you think about it, your title and escrow company in Northern Virginia is quite possibly the most important transaction player in the home buying or selling process.

What Does Your Escrow Company Do for You? 

Many escrow companies have been in business for decades. For this reason, they may be a silent partner in the home buying or selling process. 

But should they be silent? 

If something is possibly wrong with the title of the house or there are concerns about open permits, you need proactive communication. Don't demand anything less from such a crucial component. 

What Are Your Responsibilities in the Escrow Process? 

Before you go to escrow and closing, a seller should keep the house in a good condition, finish negotiated repairs and discontinue utilities and pack up. Buyers should complete their loan package, get homeowners insurance, set up utilities and prepare to move. On the day of closing the seller should bring keys and the buyer should have the mortgage approval process complete. 

What Does Escrow Pay in the Closing? 

The escrow company will pay the outstanding mortgage, real estate commissions, property taxes, utility bills, homeowners insurance, HOA fees or condominium dues, attorney fees, mortgage fees and possibly rent back. As you can see, with all of these moving parts, your title and escrow company needs to be on top of every part of this transaction. 

Who Is Handling Your Escrow in Northern Virginia? 

At Allied Title and Escrow our team of industry experts and attorneys have over 25 years of experience in title, settlements and real estate transactions. Headquartered in Arlington, VA, we provide residential and commercial services throughout all counties of Northern Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland. We strive to provide the highest level of service and will handle all aspects of the title and settlement process.  

Myth Busting: You Need 20% Down to Own a Home in Northern Virginia

Myth Busting: You Need 20% Down to Own a Home in Northern Virginia

Especially in Washington DC and Northern Virginia real estate, many home buyers wait to have a 20 percent down payment saved while the home prices continue to increase. Did you know that you don't need to have a 20 percent down payment to buy a home? 

Why Buying a Home Makes Sense Compared to Renting

Why Buying a Home Makes Sense Compared to Renting

There's a reason why owning a home is part of the big American dream. Ultimately, we all want a place that we can call our own. While it's easy enough to say that your rented apartment is "yours," the truth is that renting leaves you with very little control over the property you live in. On the other hand, when you buy a home, you can really put down roots for yourself, and your family.

As complicated as choosing the right home, applying for a mortgage, and even unpacking a flood of boxes can be, there are plenty of reasons why it makes more sense to buy than rent.

Prince Harry and Meghan Buying a Home? What We Can Learn About Real Estate Trends From Royals

Prince Harry and Meghan Buying a Home? What We Can Learn About Real Estate Trends From Royals

Rumor has it that Prince Harry and Meghan Merkle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be buying a home in either in London or Los Angeles. What can those of us in Washington DC and Northern Virginia real estate learn from the royals house hunting rumors?

Everything You Need to Know About an Escrow Account When Buying or Selling a Home in Northern Virginia

Everything You Need to Know About an Escrow Account When Buying or Selling a Home in Northern Virginia

Escrow accounts are a critical part of protecting both a buyer and a seller in a real estate transaction. However, most people don't think twice about how or why an escrow account is so important. Click here to learn more!

Top Home Improvement Projects That Pay Back for Sellers in Northern Virginia

Top Home Improvement Projects That Pay Back for Sellers in Northern Virginia

Whether you are becoming a new home buyer or have owned for many years in Northern Virginia, you probably know that you can make improvements to your property to increase the value. Click here to see the two best, and worst, projects to consider when selling a home in Northern Virginia.

Top 5 Spring Cleaning to Prepare for the Summer Real Estate Market in Northern Virginia and DC

Top 5 Spring Cleaning to Prepare for the Summer Real Estate Market in Northern Virginia and DC

If you are ready to sell your home and you need to do some spring cleaning, below are our top tips! You can clean your house, as well as get it ready for the hot summer market in Northern Virginia and Washington DC. 

What Airbnb Can Tell You About Listing Your Home

What Airbnb Can Tell You About Listing Your Home

Click here to read about how Air BnB can help you with listing your home for sale!

Boring Title: Horror Stories from the Obstacle Racing and Title Industry

Boring Title: Horror Stories from the Obstacle Racing and Title Industry

Title insurance is boring, but Allied Title & Escrow is here to decode the jargon and make it (somewhat) more interesting. This biweekly column will explore the mundane (but very necessary!) world of title insurance while sharing interesting stories of two friends’ entrepreneurial careers. 

Most Common Liens on Northern Virginia Properties

Most Common Liens on Northern Virginia Properties

Ever wondered what the most common judgements and liens were in Northern Virginia? Click here to find out!

3 Tips for Home Buyers and Sellers in a Fast-Paced Real Estate Market

3 Tips for Home Buyers and Sellers in a Fast-Paced Real Estate Market

Given how hot the market is right now, we thought it would be a great opportunity to give some tips for a fast-paced real estate market.

6 Surprising Reasons a Title Company & Title Insurance is Important When Buying a Home in Northern Virginia

6 Surprising Reasons a Title Company & Title Insurance is Important When Buying a Home in Northern Virginia

Title insurance protects your most expensive purchase of a lifetime, click here to see HOW.