Home Repair Hacks When You Can’t Go to the Store

Home Repair Hacks When You Can’t Go to the Store

Guest Post by Sarah Jones from The DIY Hammer

It happens. The faucet begins to leak, or you need items for your DIY project, but you have kids in tow or no vehicle. Timing and circumstances often prevent us from doing the things we need or want to do, like run to the hardware store to get items necessary for a repair or project. There are some excellent repair hacks and tricks you can do to save yourself a trip to the store, which in turn, keep money in your wallet. Major repairs needed to look at by a professional, but items like the ones listed below can be tried by yourself.

Try These Tricks at Home

1. Have you seen my screwdriver?

Screwdrivers are a necessity in almost any home project and many repairs. Screwdrivers like to pull magic tricks, especially a disappearing trick. If you can’t find your Philipps screwdriver, try using a vegetable peeler. The tip of the peeler is angled just so that it works on a large number of screws. It can also be used to remove the bolts until you find the missing screwdriver of yours.

2. Where has the water gone?

Shower heads have a limited life. However, you can extend that life by properly maintaining it and trying out this simple trick. Over time, many shower heads accumulate deposits created by water, particularly hard water. There may be hardened white crust that is blocking the area where the water comes out, which can make little to no water available, especially if it is severe. Try taking a plastic bag such as a Ziploc and fill it half to three-quarters full of vinegar. Tie the bag and vinegar over the shower head submerging it, and then secure on with rubber bands or some form of a tie. It will help dissolve the deposits and return your water flow to normal. The best time to do this trick is overnight when it has plenty of time to work.

3. I can patch it with what?

Nail holes in walls are a standard issue. If you’re renting, it is a requirement that you return the rental in the shape that it was, or better. It means cleaning, doing minor repairs, and filling in nail holes. If you can’t go to the store or don’t even know how to begin patching holes, there is a simple trick many people use. Toothpaste, particularly non-gel is a staple in most households. Only take a small dollop on the end of your finger and wipe it into the nail hole. Then, smooth over the top to wipe off any excess. A wet paper towel or rag can be used to clean around the area to make it look perfect.

4. I have a wood stain in my house right now.

Another neat hack is to use a household favorite to stain wood. It not only saves your bank account, but it also produces a nice finish. Coffee is found in most homes and can be used to stain wood. Who would have thought? Usually, two to three coats of a coffee and vinegar concoction will get you the look you want. You can apply for more if you prefer a darker stain and less for a lighter stain.

There are tons of simple tricks and tips to keep your projects and repairs running smoothly. A lot of these save time and money and still look nicely done. Maintenance is a key factor in your home, and keeping everything in good working condition can save you big bucks down the road. The internet has lots more ideas for keeping up on repairs around your home that doesn’t involve extra trips to the store.


Damien-JustusAbout the Author

Sarah is the author of The DIY Hammer.

Her goal is to spread the word about home improvement and how you can do it yourself!
 

 

 
 
 





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Making House Hunting an Enjoyable Experience

Making House Hunting an Enjoyable Experience

Guest Post by Damien Justus

Some people thoroughly enjoy house hunting. They love to look at listings online and to tour different homes to admire their style and design. It can be fun and exciting to look at different floor plans and to imagine the incredible possibilities of living in each community and home you visit.

On the other hand, house hunting can be time-consuming, confusing and stressful for many people. It can be hard to remember what you liked and disliked about each home. You may also stress about your finances during the process, and you may even feel like the moving process in general is burdensome. If you fall into the latter category and dislike house hunting, you can follow these steps to improve the experience.

Here is how to make house hunting more fun!

1. Define What You Are Looking For

One of the challenges people face when looking for a new home to buy involves deciding which home has necessary features that are critical to your lifestyle. You also must decide which features you can learn to live with or overcome through remodeling or renovations.

One smart idea is to make a list of needs and wants before you begin looking at homes. Keep your list handy when you are looking online as well as when touring homes. It is easy to lose your focus when you are impressed by splendid curb appeal or attractive interior décor. However, you can always refer to your list to keep your focus concentrated on the factors that matter most to you.

2. Get Pre-Qualified for a Home Loan

Financial stress is a common issue throughout the home buying process. If you have not yet gotten pre-qualified for a home loan, you may have that gnawing thought that you may not be able to afford the homes you are looking at. This can make it impossible to decide to move forward on a home that is ideal for you and your loved ones to move into. When you get pre-qualified for a home mortgage, you have the great opportunity to learn about your ability to qualify for a loan amount.

You can also work with your lender to determine which loan amount will generate monthly payments that you can afford. Keep in mind that maxing out your loan amount and taking on the most expensive monthly payments the lender qualifies you for may not actually be affordable for your personal budget. You should review your budget as well to determine an affordable housing payment. These steps will help you to tour homes confidently.

3. Search for Listings Online First

You can find an extensive range of for sale by owner listings and real estate agent listings when you search online. Expand your online search to include various websites and apps so that you find the most listings possible. Use search features available through websites and apps to eliminate listings that do not meet your needs in terms of price, size, location and more. Try searching for the best places to live in Ohio, and you’ll likely find places that your agent wasn’t aware of.

Plan to spend a few hours searching for listings online. Give your list of possibilities to your agent, and your agent can set up tours of each of the homes that you want to see in person. This can make your home tour effort more successful. In fact, by taking this step, you may only need to spend a few days touring homes before you settle on the home that you want to make an offer on.

4. Final Thoughts

Buying a new home can be stressful and seemingly complicated on many levels. Some home buyers spend weeks or months searching for the ideal home to buy with no luck. This can add to the stress you feel, and this is particularly true if you need to move out of your current home by a specific date and are feeling pressure to make a buying decision. While stress may be common with this process, you can make this process easier and more enjoyable when you follow a few steps to improve your experience.


Damien-JustusAbout the Author

Damien Justus is a business consultant and writer who’s passionate
about real estate, finance, investing and business technology trends.
When he’s not writing or investing he enjoys traveling, hiking and skiing.
 





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5 Stylish Ways to Decorate the Kitchen

5 Stylish Ways to Decorate the Kitchen

Guest Post by Julie Austin

The kitchen is much more than just a locale to cook and eat; it’s where more than half of the activity happens at home. Here are five stylish ways you can decorate your kitchen:

Have a look at the following tips and follow them to reach your goal:

1. Frames/Stickers/Mirrors/Vintage Dishes/Baskets

Here are a few random tips to start you off in the right direction!
– Frame food picture or memes on your walls! This is entertaining and fun for all.
– Add stickers to the wall or fridge! This looks causal, comforting and eclectic.
– If your kitchen is small try adding some mirrors to expand the space.
– Vintage dishes add a very rich look to the kitchen if you place them artistically on the wall.

2. Design a Focus Wall

When doing a focus wall it is important to pick the wall that stands out to you the most or is the first wall you see when you walk in. Keeping your personal style in mind, decorate away! Try a large mural painting or even some trendy wall paper. You can also create a pop of color by painting the wall the signature color of the kitchen.

3. Wall Décor + Shelves

Structure your kitchen walls using shelves or appropriate size. This will attract visual attention to the space and give you a place to organize, display, and decorate! When adding objects to your shelves try to keep is simple. Too many pieces will make the space feel cluttered. Be sure to add LED lights under your shelves for a highlight. Wireless LED lights are available if the wiring is an issue.

4. Rugs

Fill the floor with snug carpets and rugs that are trouble free for the feet, comfortable and visually pleasing as well. Kitchen rugs are very important, so you should be very selective when choosing them. They are important because they accommodate the floor and keep it clean and healthy. Note the areas in your kitchen that you think should have rugs, then measure the length; this will give you a full idea of what is perfect to buy for your kitchen.

5. Color

Color plays a very important role in decorating the kitchen; with just the help of color you can make the kitchen look bold or refreshing. This is very aesthetically pleasing if done right. You need to plan a color amalgamation that will suit your kitchen. Think about the colors which will go best with the colors that are already present in the kitchen and cannot be altered e.g. cabinets, oven, fridge, or the counters. The best way to produce a different and stylish look in the kitchen is by playing around with random swatches of colors until you’ve decided the three colors which go best together.

Use these simple tips and make your kitchen look all edgy and modern.
Good luck!


Julie-AustinAbout the Author

Julie Austin is a blogger who loves to write about home improvement. She is sociable and kind and loves to decorate almost everything! In her free time, she enjoys sunset with her friends at the seashore. Read her posts at nurserygliderz.com/

 

 

 





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5 Steps Guide to a Stylish Living Room

5 Steps Guide to a Stylish Living Room

Guest Post by Julie Austin

Living Room decoration is something personal. There are a number of things that you can do to decorate your living room and make it look stylish and modern. It doesn’t matter if your living room is newly built or it is old and needs refurbishing. These tips will help you create the look you desire.

Have a look at the following tips and follow them to reach your goal:

1. Inspiration

Choose a place/look/home that inspires you the most and then follow it. I also suggest looking for decoration techniques on social media pages and webs like Pinterest; you can surely find great ideas that will help you decorate your living room. This is one of the most popular ways to find decorating ideas. Whatever catches your eye or grabs your attention, copy it. It is as simple as that!

2. Choose a theme

When you need to work on the décor of your living room, one thing that is necessary is to choose a theme. You should have a proper theme before you start working. Remember, theme does not mean color scheme only. Think about what you want, if you need a wood themed living room, go for wood shelves, wood floors or a wood ceiling to create that warm natural look. If you want a vintage theme, go for rustic rocking chairs and steel lamps to create the perfect vintage vibe.

3. Decide what to buy

Make a list of what you need to buy. First is the furniture, you can get a nice sofa or a comfy couch. A central “coffee” table is a must, so be sure to add it to the list of things you need to buy. You can visit different markets around Dallas/Fort Worth, and I am sure you will find stylish pieces for your living room. Lighting changes the whole look of the space! Be sure to buy lamps for your space, keeping in mind how they will effect the mood of your living room. You don’t have to buy it all at once. You can buy things one by one and collect them over the course of a few months to keep your budget in check.

4. Accessorize wisely

Your living room obviously requires lots of accessories. Try adding artificial candles, they look extremely elegant, despite what you might think. On the topic of lighting, how can you forget about chandeliers? In the case you want your living room to look luxurious, get a classic chandelier. It will add a very contemporary look to your space making it more stylish and sophisticated. Take care to remember your budget when choosing accessories because they can add up to cost more than the furniture!

5. Pulling the look together

Last but not the least; you should know how to pull the look together. Light/dark is a popular combination. If the flooring is light, you must choose the furniture in darker tones. If the flooring and walls are dark in color, go for furniture and accessories in lighter shades so that they complement each other.

I hope this article helps you out. Have a great day!


Julie-AustinAbout the Author

This post is written by Julie Austin.
She loves traveling, home decorating and hanging out with her friends.
She regularly blogs at  MBedComforter.com

 

 

 





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Meet Your Staff: Cookie Clardy

Meet Your Staff: Cookie Clardy

Author Lindsay Guest

The first in our new interview blog series “Meet Your Staff”- Cookie Clardy!
Stay tuned to get acquainted with more Re/Max Heritage Staff in the next few weeks.

Learn More about Cookie Clardy

Re/Max Heritage has been blessed with Cookie Clardy. Cookie is the Director of Keller Branch Services. She’s been with us for 3.5 years and prior to that she spent 18 years with a different Real Estate office. She prefers to stay awhile, and I think we’ve decided to keep her around! As she says, “I’m not one to move jobs much.” Cookie enjoys people and staying busy in an environment that is ever changing. Although, she will admit that she gets nervous if things don’t go as planned. When Cookie is not at work, she spends a lot of time with her two spoiled dogs, Lady Bug, a Staffordshire bullterrier and Rowdy, a red nosed pitbull/boxer mix. It’s been a rumor that she wakes up every morning to make the dogs bacon for breakfast! Lucky dogs! In her free time, she looks forward to gardening more, traveling, and seeing her grandchildren in Florida.

Cookie’s natural caregiving personality is well suited for this atmosphere. She gets the opportunity to welcome and check-in on the agents and her co-workers as they come into the office. Cookie prefers having a lot of different things to do. She finds doing one thing all day long is rather monotonous. Cookie prefers not to plan her days. Instead, she likes when life “grabs ahold of me and makes me take different paths!” Her days are usually filled with many questions from agents, technical office problems, and CDAs. As different task pop up in her workflow she doesn’t mind switching gears and then going back to what she was doing before. A large part of Cookie’s day involves managing the CDA process along with creating large-scale office events, such as Christmas and birthday parties. Everyone gravitates to one part of their job over another part. For Cookie, that is answering the phone. She says, “It’s crazy, but I love answering the phones and greeting people when they come in!” She’s been a phone operator for 50 years throughout the span of her career.

When asked about the hardest part of her job, she mentioned getting the CDAs out on time. This process can be stressful because due dates may not always be met due to collaborating with several companies/agents. She manages the stress well and gets down to business. Cookie and her team prioritize their work and always follow the proper protocol. She works with 3 assistants. Along with being a helpful navigator through the work here in the office, she helps them navigate life. Cookie is full of great wisdom and many skills. Life has prepared her for this position through working in retail, hospitals, brokerages, and other corporations. She’s kept a theme in all of her work though, people. It all comes back to the people. Cookie is not the type to have the door closed and perform one task all day long. She mentioned being a busy child, always helping her neighbor’s clean house. She shrugs, “it’s just who I am.”

“I just try to make the office friendly, be helpful, make new agents feel very comfortable, and make agents who have been here for awhile feel just as precious as anyone else!” Next time you’re visiting our Keller office we hope you will enjoy some coffee, and find yourself at home in our accommodating work place.


Maria OxnerAbout the Staff

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Meet Your Agent: Scott Damon

Meet Your Agent: Scott Damon

Author Lindsay Guest

The second in our new interview blog series “Meet Your Agent”- Scott Damon!
Stay tuned to get acquainted with more Re/Max Heritage agents in the next few weeks.

Learn More about Scott Damon

Scott Damon is a father, USMC Veteran, and a Buyer Specialist for the Nystrom Group. He got his start in real estate by starting his own property management company in New Hampshire. After that, he joined the Marine Corps and ended up moving to Texas where he got back into real estate, this time as an agent.

When asked what he likes about his job, Scott says, “I love real estate. I have a passion for helping families achieve their goals. Some of them don’t even know where to start. They don’t have the resources and can’t conceptualize how to get on the path to home ownership. I really like to be there as a fiduciary to guide them along their path and make them successful.” Scott also shared that he enjoys working for a well-known brokerage in the DFW area. Having trusted names behind him, he can help even more families.

Scott’s favorite part of being a real estate agent is building new relationships with clients. Scott realizes that his clients must trust him with one of the biggest investments they may make in their life. The most rewarding part of his job is when he gets to see that look on their face when they have found their dream home! He gets to share in their enjoyment and in those moments, being a realtor doesn’t seem like an obligation or a job. To Scott, it’s just helping people accomplish their goal of home ownership.

Some realtors out there give the profession a bad name and Scott says that is the hardest part about being an agent. Being undervalued is no fun. He adds, “People don’t realize that realtors aren’t a dime a dozen.” There are few realtors who will go above what is necessary to aid in the transaction, but he sees himself as more of a fiduciary. His clients trust his opinion; they know he will explain the value that he adds to the transaction. Scott believes he is far more than a “door opener” for his clients. Going above and beyond is a Re/Max Agent trait and Scott knows the difference, sharing, “The invaluable advice that comes from a fiduciary agent is gold!”

Scott starts his days off with a short morning workout. After that, he checks his emails, and prepares for his upcoming appointments. He reserves time daily for each of his clients, as well as spending time finding new families to help. He says that he often drives around the certain areas that his clients would like to live to stay up to date with all the new homes that pop up. Scott likes to spend his drive time listening to audio books and educational materials to continually educate himself, making him a better agent. A large part of any agent’s job is handling the small hiccups and Scott prepares for those by making time for the unexpected. Scott’s training and preparation keep him from worrying too much. In fact, Scott’s motto is “don’t sweat the small stuff.” It’s simple, but considering how frustrated we get over little problems that come up day to day, it adds up to a big stress. He says, “Why not just expect it to happen and put a smile on anyways?” I could not agree more, Scott!

Although Scott is young, he has had almost a lifetime of experience in real estate. How, you ask? Well, his mother has been in the real estate industry since Scott was in diapers. Scott tells me, “I grew up in the back seat of the car chauffeuring all of her clients to showings, sitting at closing tables with my coloring books, and things like that.” He didn’t understand the business as a child, but taking the real estate exam felt like home to him.

Scotts shared with me that he is very passionate about the parcels of land and the history behind them. Growing up in New Hampshire, where the age of the homes and the history involved in the conveyances can cause problems that aren’t often dealt with in Texas. “Every piece of property has its own unique story, with different families coming through.” Scott shares his love for keeping the history of the houses alive. Being passionate about a home’s history doesn’t keep Scott from being innovative in his business, though. He knows that learning social media is key to the success of his business. He is currently learning more about social media through the classes offered in the Re/Max Heritage office.

When asked what advice he has for potential clients or other real estate agents, here is what Scott had to share:
1) It’s important to take the extra time to stay in the learning phase of your career. Gain the knowledge that you need to add that special value to your client’s transaction.
2) On the marketing side: Gaining social media momentum to feed your business is important!
3) Know what unique value you have to offer your clients!
4) Advice for clients: When picking your agent, really understand their background and how they can bring value to you. If they don’t know their value proposition, then they probably shouldn’t be handling your transaction.


Scott DamonAbout the Realtor

Scott Damon
682.558.4500
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scott@team-nystrom.com

 

 





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Meet Your Agent: Maria Oxner

Meet Your Agent: Maria Oxner

Author Lindsay Guest

The first in our new interview blog series “Meet Your Agent”- Maria Oxner!
Stay tuned to get acquainted with more Re/Max Heritage agents in the next few weeks.

Learn More about Maria Oxner

Maria loves what she does and is passionate about working with sellers, to help them achieve their goals. As a mother of four accomplished sons, three of whom were star football players at Southlake-Carroll, Maria sure knows how to help people achieve their goals. After raising her boys Maria has been selling real estate for over 23 years now. She is a competitive lady, full of energy and love. She is the proud Mimi of 5 beautiful granddaughters, an adorable 3-year-old grandson, and another grandbaby boy on the way! They all adore her and we know that you will, too!

As a listing specialist with the Nystrom Group, she knows that broker/owner of REMAX Heritage, Tim Nystrom, is very talented and makes things happen. As well as working for a great broker, she enjoys working with a talented staff that has become family. She says, “Tim expects us to do our job and we all do it well! We like working as a team.” Maria is making great efforts to use the latest technology. She has been learning quickly and experimenting with new things to grow with her clients.

Maria’s day starts at 5:30am when she prepares for her day. She is making calls and checking emails by 7:00am. Maria can be found working away in the office by 9:00am. She follows up with all of her clients, creates strategies to help her clients get top dollar for their homes, and answers her client’s questions. Maria works 7 days a week and knows the value of engaging with her clients. Her passion is people, selling homes just happens to be how she connects with them!

Maria is fun loving and out-going. She loves meeting new people and takes each opportunity she can to get to know somebody. Maria knows that being a realtor can sometimes be discouraging, but she says, “it’s important to stay motivated and keep encouraging yourself to get out there everyday.” Her husband, Russell, is always motivating her and inspiring her. She says, “I admire him so much, his character and how he handles his clients.” I’ve learned so much from him.

Maria believes cooperation is very important. She thinks that agents from different brokerages should always work together because we are all trying to achieve the same goal – help our clients buy or sell a home. When asked to share her own advice, she says, “inexperienced agents don’t always know how to control client emotions. There is an art to keeping your buyers calm through the transaction, through the home repairs and all of the emotional struggles of selling their home. The best thing is to try and be positive. Your reactions and your actions affect those around you. My best advice for new agents is to be positive and remain upbeat throughout the process.”


Maria OxnerAbout the Realtor

Maria Oxner
817.312.9400
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maria@team-nystrom.com

 

 





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76182

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76262

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5 Tips When Moving To Your New Home

5 Tips When Moving To Your New Home

Guest Post by Student Movers

Moving is considered to be one of the biggest chores and it can be a really overwhelming job. Moving can be disastrous if not prepared well. But it is possible to stay organized while moving by following the right methods. In this article, you will find some effective tips, which will allow you to have a smooth moving day.

Have a look:

1. Choose the right time for moving

First and foremost, you need to decide the right time to move. Summer days are known as the busiest times when millions of people change their addresses. Besides, the summer weather is also quite appealing. But one thing you need to keep in mind that due to the higher housing inventory at this time, the relocation costs are usually at the highest. So, in case you are thinking of saving cost, then relocating in the summer days may not be the right decision.

2. Get early organized

Avoid leaving the “to do” things until last minute. Unless there is a situation when you have to pack things up and leave in a rush, take your time and make proper plans to ensure that the moving process goes smoothly. To do this prepare a list and itemize all the things that you need to carry with you to the new home. Doing things early will also help you to get rid of the unnecessary things before packing.

3. Start packing

While it comes to packing, the ideal option is to pack by room. But this is not always realistic. Besides, there are situations when you may like to mix contents of different rooms together while packing. But actually, it makes sense to keep track of what is where. This makes the hazard of moving simple by offering more flexibility.

4. Label the boxes

Label every package after packing. Try labeling the boxes with permanent markers on all sides of the boxes so that you can find out the things needed without any hassle while unpacking. It is better to label the boxes with the names of the places where those belong like a bedroom, kitchen or bathroom. This will make it easy for the movers to place the boxes properly.

5. Select the right transport service

Once you are sorted out with packing and labeling, the next thing to consider is the right transportation service. In case you are moving to a short distance, then you can hire a truck to be able to get away things in a single trip. Choosing the right size of the truck is also important in case you are moving further as making a few trips can be problematic. Here the belongings to be moved can also be a decisive factor.


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Hurst

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Tarrant County Tax Appraisal Advice

Tarrant County Tax Appraisal Advice

Guest Post by Brian St.Clair, Realtor

When you receive your county tax appraisal don’t be surprised to see that your home value has jumped 8-10%. This is due to low inventory in our area. Buyers have been paying significantly more for homes in the past 2 years due to the lack of homes on the market. We are still in a Seller’s market.

What does this mean for you?

Your value and equity have most likely appreciated more than the county expects. Tarrant county is limited to raising your tax rate by 10% per year. For instance, if you bought your home at $200,000, the county could raise your tax appraised value to $220,000 the first year, and $242,00 the second year and so on. In most cases, your market value (VERY different from Tax Value) has gone up more than that.

Taxes are going to continue to go up unless something significant happens within the DFW real estate market. Plan ahead! Put money back into your savings account in case your escrow account is short. Since taxes are paid in arrears in Texas, your mortgage company is paying the taxes for 2016. If your 2017 taxes go up dramatically, there may not be enough in your escrow account to pay the taxes that are due. At that point, your bank will contact you to let you know how short your escrow account is. They will ask you to make up the difference or give you other options to pay the shortage.

File your Homestead exemption with your county tax office (email me if you want instruction on how to do this.) That will save you $15,000-$25000 off of your school tax rate for your ISD (The county calculates this way: If your home is $200,000, they subtract your exemption of $25,000 which equals $175,000 and then figure your school taxes on that value). You may also be eligible for other exemptions. Please check your county tax website for those options.


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Title Insurance Is The Key To Protecting Your Home!

Title Insurance Is The Key To Protecting Your Home!

Guest Post by Toni Praznik

First American Title, Business Development

Throughout the years, your new property may have changed hands many times through sale, inheritance, foreclosure or bankruptcy. Each transfer was an opportunity for an error in title to arise. If an error occurred, and has never come to light, it puts your title in jeopardy.

In the event a flaw is discovered, First American Title agrees to:


1. Defend your title in the courts, as insured, at its own expense.

2. Correct or clear the title when possible.

3.Promptly pay you for your loss in the event of an unsuccessful defense of your title, up to the limits of your policy.

Make sure you protect your investment with First American Title.


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