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Considerations when selling real estate to family members

Placing a house on the market is often a stressful project. After all the preparations to make the home attractive to potential buyers, the house may sit on the market for months or longer before a serious offer comes in. Some West Virginia home sellers are fortunate when a family member offers to purchase the house. However, they may question whether the steps they take in this family transaction should be very different from a real estate transaction between strangers.

Real estate deeds must be properly recorded

When purchasing a home or piece of property, the buyers may be overwhelmed with the number of documents and forms they must sign. The transfer of West Virginia real estate is a complicated matter, and in order to ensure the seller has the legal right to the property, careful examination of the title must be made. When this investigation is complete, the seller will sign the deed over to the new owners. However, what happens next?

Reality real estate shows entertain with a lesson

Most people who watch reality TV understand that much of it is scripted or, at least, staged for maximum drama. Nevertheless, for entertainment value, some programs capture the imaginations of average people, inspiring them to improve their own lives. One type of reality TV that is increasingly popular involves the purchase of real estate in various locations. While all West Virginia house hunters may not be in the market for million-dollar homes, buyers and sellers may learn some valuable information from one such show.

Young bicyclist on life support after personal injury accident

There is probably no greater tragedy than when a parent loses a child in an accident. Whether the child is just beginning to toddle or is standing on the brink of adulthood, a parent may agonize to watch him or her suffering. One West Virginia family is now experiencing a parent's worst nightmare following a personal injury accident late one recent night.

Estate planning isn't something to put off until retirement

A lot of people in West Virginia think that estate planning is something you do when you're farther along in life. Nothing could be farther from the truth. While we all hope for a long and healthy life, you never know when you could develop a severe illness or experience a major accident. If you fail to create a last will or estate plan before this happens, your assets could end up in probate court. Also, your loved ones may not know how to handle financial and medical issues if you become incapacitated for a long period of time or even permanently.

How do I know that my dream-home property has a clear title?

When you are in the process of buying a home in West Virginia, you naturally focus on whether the home meets your needs space wise, has the amenities you want and is in the perfect location. However, one of the most important parts of the home purchasing process is not necessarily one of the most glamorous, but it is still essential nonetheless: The title search.

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