What is a Legal Description?

A Legal Description (also known as Land Description) consists of the written words which delineate a specific piece of real property.  In the written transfer of real property, it is universally required that the instrument of conveyance (in California, a Grant Deed) include a written description of the property. Attached please find examples of how legal descriptions appear on title documents of record.

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IMPORTANT TITLE TIP:  As title insurers, it is the Legal Description and the corresponding Assessor’s Parcel Number (APN) that we insure to, NOT the property’s address.  The Post Master and Tax Assessor employ two different means of classifying property.

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CA Prop 60/90: The Tax Breaks for Seniors

These two constitutional amendments, passed by California voters provide property tax relief for persons aged 55 and over.  Implemented by section 69.5 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, they allow these persons, under certain conditions, to transfer a property’s factored base year value from an existing residence to a replacement residence.

Important to note about these two tax transfer initiatives is that Proposition 60 allows transfers of base year values within the same county (intracounty), while Proposition 90 allows transfers from one county to another county in California (intercounty) and it is the discretion of each county to authorize such transfers.

In the link below please find a WRT marketing piece on these propositions.  For more technical answers to your questions, here’s the FAQ’s link as found on the California State Board of Equalization website: PROP 60/90

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Life of a Title Order…

title problemsIt’s our job to keep you “in the know”.  Please find in the link below, a bullet-point list of all that goes into the issuance of a title policy.

At Western Resources Title, service is our number one priority.  We make sure that every client is taken care of quickly and efficiently every day.

Property Taxes are Due April 10th!*

IMPORTANT REMINDER… and great reason to call your past clients to remind them that their property taxes are due!

*Keep in mind that April 10th falls on a Sunday this year so Monday the 11th is the deadline by 5PM.

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San Bernardino County  –  San Diego County