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RESOURCES - DC, MD, VA

Are you one of the thousands of new residents looking to relocate to Washington, DC, or one of its suburbs? Then you are not alone. The population in the DMV has grown between 1-3% each year in the past decade, making it a great place to invest in or sell a home. SMART Resources offers information to make the process easier for you, from FAQ about titles to contact information for utility companies in the area.

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SMART FAQ'S ON THE CLOSING PROCESS

Do you have questions about the closing process? Read our most frequently asked questions and how the title company assists you through the process! READ MORE


SMART FAQ'S ON TITLE INSURANCE

What is title insurance and why do you need it? Read through these FAQ to find out. READ MORE


SMART FAQ'S ON LOCATION AND BOUNDARY SURVEYS

Learn more about location and boundary surveys, and whether or not you need one before closing! READ MORE


HOW TO CLOSE ON A PROPERTY WITH AN OUT-OF-TOWN BUYER OR SELLER

Learn how Smart can accommodate your closing, even if the buyer and/or seller is out of town. READ MORE


DC, MARYLAND, AND VIRGINIA COUNTIES ALLOWING E-CLOSINGS

Does your county allow for e-closings? Check the list of counties in the DMV to find out! READ MORE


WHAT IS FIRPTA?

If you are a foreign property owner who is selling US property or are buying from a foreign seller, you need to know how FIRPTA affects you. READ MORE


SMART FAQ'S ON THE POST-CLOSING PROCESS

Although most of your interactions with real estate agents and title companies happen before or at closing, your questions may not end there. READ MORE

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SMART FAQ'S ON THE CLOSING PROCESS

Do you have questions about the closing process? Read our most frequently asked questions and how the title company assists you through the process! READ MORE


REQUIREMENTS FOR RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY DISCLOSURES IN DC, VIRGINIA, AND MARYLAND

Are you selling a home in the DMV? Be sure you properly disclose all of the necessary information to the buyer before contracts are signed! Here are the legal disclosure requirements for the DC, Virginia, and Maryland. READ MORE


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT POST-SETTLEMENT OCCUPANCY

If you need to stay in your home after closing with the buyer, be sure you know what to do to protect yourself during occupancy. READ MORE


SMART FAQ'S ON THE POST-CLOSING PROCESS

Although most of your interactions with real estate agents and title companies happen before or at closing, your questions may not end there. READ MORE

Once you submit a contract --- what's next?

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RESOURCES - DC

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DC, MARYLAND, AND VIRGINIA COUNTIES ALLOWING E-CLOSINGS

Does your county allow for e-closings? Check the list of counties in the DMV to find out! READ MORE


HOW TO SET UP UTIILITIES IN YOUR WASHINGTON, DC, HOME

Moving into a new home can be exciting and scary, and Smart Settlements is here to help you set up all of your services in Washington, DC. READ MORE


SMART FAQ'S ABOUT THE DC TAX ABATEMENT PROGRAM

Find out if you qualify for financial assistance through the DC Tax Abatement Program. READ MORE


SMART FAQ'S ON DC HOMESTEAD AND SENIOR CITIZEN TAX BENEFITS

See if you qualify for the DC Homestead Tax Deduction, Senior Citizen, or Disabled Property Owner tax benefits. READ MORE


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TOPA CHANGES IN DC

Know your rights and responsibilities if you plan to purchase a property in DC that is currently being rented. READ MORE

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REQUIREMENTS FOR RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY DISCLOSURES IN DC, VIRGINIA, AND MARYLAND

Are you selling a home in the DMV? Be sure you properly disclose all of the necessary information to the buyer before contracts are signed! Here are the legal disclosure requirements for the DC, Virginia, and Maryland. READ MORE

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DC, MARYLAND, AND VIRGINIA COUNTIES ALLOWING E-CLOSINGS

Does your county allow for e-closings? Check the list of counties in the DMV to find out! READ MORE


3 GREAT MARYLAND HOMEOWNERSHIP PROGRAMS FOR FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYERS

If you are purchasing your first home in Maryland, you may be eligible for these three great financial assistance programs. READ MORE


SMART FAQs ABOUT MARYLAND TRANSFER AND RECORDATION TAXES

If you own a Maryland home or plan on buying one, you need to know the rates for transfer and recordation taxes! READ MORE


HOW TO SET UP UTILITIES IN YOUR MARYLAND HOME

Moving into a new home can be exciting and scary, and Smart Settlements is here to make the process a little easier. READ MORE

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REQUIREMENTS FOR RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY DISCLOSURES IN DC, VIRGINIA, AND MARYLAND

Are you selling a home in the DMV? Be sure you properly disclose all of the necessary information to the buyer before contracts are signed! Here are the legal disclosure requirements for the DC, Virginia, and Maryland. READ MORE

RESOURCES - VA

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DC, MARYLAND, AND VIRGINIA COUNTIES ALLOWING E-CLOSINGS

Does your county allow for e-closings? Check the list of counties in the DMV to find out! READ MORE


HOW TO SET UP UTILITIES IN YOUR NORTHERN VIRGINA HOME

Moving into a new home can be exciting and scary, and Smart Settlements is here to help you find the contacts you need. READ MORE

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REQUIREMENTS FOR RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY DISCLOSURES IN DC, VIRGINIA, AND MARYLAND

Are you selling a home in the DMV? Be sure you properly disclose all of the necessary information to the buyer before contracts are signed! Here are the legal disclosure requirements for the DC, Virginia, and Maryland. READ MORE

 

DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES

The Closing Disclosure Explained

Electronic EMD Delivery

7 Reasons Buyers Need a Title Policy

Homebuyer’s Guide to Title Insurance

Standard vs Enhanced Policies

Top Buyer FAQs - Title Insurance

Buyer & Seller Workflow