Recordation Fees & Taxes

Each transaction is unique in terms of the government recordation fees and taxes that are required to be paid. The exact amount of these fees can vary based upon a number of factors including, but not limited to: jurisdiction, sales price, loan amount(s), number of loans, intended use of property, and prior ownership. We willRead More

Counselor John Nalls Discusses Several Key Changes Coming to the HUD-1 this August, with Real Estate Today Radio

“As a lawyer, John merits an “AV” Peer Review Rating, the highest level, reflecting his exceptional skill and integrity as affirmed by the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review. His varied and substantial legal background and experience allow him tackle even the most difficult transactions.” John Nalls Radio Interview with Real Estate Today  On Real Estate Today Radio’s monthly segment of “TheRead More

GCAAR Q&A: Do commercial sales in Montgomery County require the REA form?

Question: Do commercial sales in Montgomery County require the REA form? Answer: No. The Government Regulations, Easements and Assessments Disclosure and Addendum (REA) form (GCAAR Form 900) is designed for residential sales in Montgomery County, Maryland only and is an effort at providing a compilation of  required disclosures and representations required by residential sellers underRead More

The Counselors Top Ten Inspirational Martin Luther King Quotes

The Counselors Top Ten List of Favorite Inspirational Quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King   1.  “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?” -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.   2.   “No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken withRead More

GCAAR Q&A: What is a “sub-agent” in regard to Broker giving commission?

QUESTION:  What is a “sub-agent” in regard to Broker giving commission?  Is a subagent a licensed agent?  If not, is it best to NOT agree to pay a subagent, and have the payment only go to a licensed agent? Answer:  Subagency refers to the relationship between the listing broker/agent and another broker/ agent who bringsRead More

Am I Really Getting a Good Deal on my Refinance Costs? Comparing “Caramel Apples to Caramel Apples” for your Refinance Title Related Expenses. (“Halloween” Edition!)

Am I Really Getting a Good Deal on my Refinance Costs? Comparing “Caramel Apples to Caramel Apples” for your Refinance Title Related Expenses                With the interest rates at historic lows again this Halloween Season, many homeowners are considering refinancing their property and are looking to do so asRead More

Real Estate Today Radio: Interview with Counselor, Chris Darby; What to Expect at the Settlement Table

Check out the radio interview by Counselor, Chris Darby, on Real Estate Today Radio!  Chris discusses settlement terms, CFPB, the HUD-1, and further important information and facts to know when it comes time for your settlement! To listen to the interview use the link below! Chris Darby | Real Estate Today | Radio Interview

GCAAR Q&A – Is a verbal response to a home inspection notice enforceable?

Question:   Is a verbal response to a home inspection notice enforceable?  And how are “days” calculated under the contract? Answer:   The Home Inspection Contingency of the Addendum of Clauses (GCAAR Form # 1332) requires delivery of a “Notice” to the other party in response to an offer or counteroffer made by the otherRead More

GCAAR Q&A – Are Townhouses considered a Single Family dwelling regarding MC Lease Clause?

Question:  I need your help to interpret Clause 24 of MC Lease which says notices are to be given 60 days before lease expires, but 30 days for single-family rental property.  Are leased Townhouses, which are attached to a block of a few other townhouses, considered single-family rental property, per interpretation of Clause 24?  IRead More

Top 35 Title Troubles, and Reasons to Buy Title Insurance, from Fidelity National Title Group

There are many title troubles that can arise to cause the loss of your home–or your business property–or your mortgage investment. Title troubles not disclosed by the most careful search of the public records–called hidden hazards–are the most dangerous.  Because of them, your abstract may be perfect, but your title worth-less.  Your attorney’s examination may beRead More