Montgomery County Partners for Home Ownership

by Francine D'Elia Wirsching on April 3, 2012

Don’t miss the 2012 Montgomery County Partners for Home Ownership Housing Fair on April 14, 2012 from 10 AM to 3 PM at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School in Plymouth Meeting, PA.

The fair will feature free admission, free workshops, free credit reports and door prizes including an iPad and a Kindle.

Come out and hear from industry professionals on topics ranging from Sheriff’s Sales to Understanding your Credit Score. Click here for details and the day’s agenda.

Please stop by the Community First Abstract booth to say hello!

Download the flyer if you’d like a copy.

Montgomery County Home Ownership

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Why is it so important to you, the consumer, to have a local title insurance professional conduct your real estate closing?

The old adage that all real estate is local is absolutely correct, no doubt about it. And that adage is no truer than in Pennsylvania. Each county and township has its own criteria to transfer real estate and record transactions.

It’s your choice

When refinancing or purchasing be sure to shop for your title insurance provider and by all means choose a local, independent, licensed provider. Choose someone in or around the county in which you live. Don’t settle on the real estate agent’s “in-house” title agency and don’t let your television, internet, or national lender choose for you (let’s call them “out-of-state” lenders). If you do, most likely, you will have a “mobile” notary or notary signing agent conducting your closing.

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