Title insurance exists to insure your ownership rights in a property; keeping that roof over your heads safe from threats due to errors in the passing of title from one owner to another. There are many who view it as a bit of a rip-off. Even though this may be the case, a full premium is usually charged each time property ownership transfers.
The vast majority of small investors in this country are invested in the stock and bond markets. Either they're buying them individually, or they're invested in mutual funds or bond funds. Others are into commodities and options. There are other less popular and more complicated financial instruments and derivatives as well.
Three or four TV and cable networks are wowing viewers with successful real estate "fix and flip" shows. After all, it's exciting to see an entrepreneurial person or couple successfully buying, rehabbing and selling homes for hefty profits. There's adventure in the negotiations, working with temperamental contractors and selecting finishes and fixtures. It's a great business
As the media continue to report an improving real estate market and rising prices, it may be putting some pressure on those who have been sitting on the sidelines. Interest rates are still low, and rising price news could be pulling some buyers into the market just to try and get ahead of even higher prices in the short term.