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Why Bother with Written Retainers?

To every client I counsel and in every lecture I give, I try to emphasize the importance of using a written retainer agreement or retainer letter in connection with every representation undertaken. 611 more words

Chris McDonough

Escrow and How It Works

By Nancy Mattaliano-Castaneda
February 2, 2016

Buying a home is a huge undertaking and requires a good understanding of the process. In California, once a buyer and seller agree to the terms of the sale the next step is to open escrow. 321 more words

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Escrow is a scary term for many first-time home buyers. This might be at least partially because it’s explained in an overly complicated or overly technical manner. 276 more words


Basic Mortgage Terms You Should Know When Buying a House

Educating yourself on the various mortgage terms you will run into will help you make better decisions when deciding which home you want to purchase. 552 more words

Notice to Lawyers Who Hold Escrow: Beware of Recent Bank Maintenance Fees

As all lawyers should be aware, if you hold escrow, you do so at your own peril. A simple mistake that results in a returned escrow check automatically results in a notice to the Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection and a referral to the appropriate Grievance Committee. 270 more words

Chris McDonough

Closing Costs Explained

Closing costs are the actual expenses incurred in the origination of a new home loan. Some of the costs are related to your loan application, such as the expense of a credit report on all applicants. 155 more words

Your Home And Life

Congratulations to the Cohens!!!

I could not have been more thrilled to give the Cohens keys to their new home this past weekend. It had been quite the journey but through it all I had the privilege of getting to know Sandy and Jay on a more intimate level and learned so much from them. 441 more words

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