The Next Job Humans Lose to Robots: Real Estate Appraiser

Written on July 11, 2017 at 4:10 pm

Advances in big data at Zillow and elsewhere are helping automation creep into knowledge-based professions.  (July 11, 2017: by Joe Light, Bloomberg) Read more. Read More...

Why Embezzlement Most Often Occurs at Small Businesses — and How to Prevent It From Happening to You

Written on June 26, 2017 at 11:11 am

A recent survey shows 80 percent of embezzlements occurred at small businesses. The latest statistics on fraud should send a big jolt of fear into small business owners. According to a 2016 embezzlement survey by HISCOX, a specialty insurance company, 80 percent of embezzlements occurred at small businesses — defined as those with less than 150 employees  Read More Read More...

Q2 2017 Real Estate Sentiment Index

Written on June 20, 2017 at 1:28 pm

Outlook for Real Estate Market Surges in Second Quarter Amid Strong Demand The First American Real Estate Sentiment Index (RESI) showed that in Q2 2017. . . Read more. Read More...

Tips to Help Protect You From Real Estate Identity Fraud.

Written on May 23, 2017 at 3:09 pm

Ripoff Report Investigates: Tips to protect you from Deed Fraud from California’s Real Estate Commissioner: Wayne Bell, the Real Estate Commissioner of the State of California, explains what every property owner needs to know to prevent getting ripped off.  Watch the video here. Read More...

Help Prevent Wire Fraud Attacks

Written on May 17, 2017 at 12:16 pm

Title companies report 480% increase in wire fraud attacks. Learn more here. Read More...

Strong Sellers’ Market Sends Defect, Fraud, and Misrepresentation Risk Higher for Fourth Straight Month

Written on May 4, 2017 at 9:50 am

“Loan defect risk is concentrating in attractive local markets where housing demand is the strongest, primarily in the South,” says Chief Economist Mark Fleming. The First American Loan Application Defect Index showed that . . . Read the full article from First American Title Insurance (March 2017 Loan Application Defect Index). Read More...

Mortgage rates plunge below 4% as investors flee the ‘Trump trade’

Written on April 21, 2017 at 11:24 am

Rates for home loans lurched lower, sending the benchmark below the key 4% threshold for the first time in six months, Freddie Mac said Thursday. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.97%, down 11 basis points during the week and below 4% for the first time since Nov. 17. The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.23%, down  Read More Read More...

Cybercrime Awareness

Written on March 10, 2017 at 5:02 pm

Watch video: Old Republic Presents Cybercrime (March 8, 2017) Read More...

Chicago’s Cook County to Test Bitcoin Blockchain-Based Property Title Transfer

Written on February 23, 2017 at 6:01 pm

Through an exclusive partnership with real estate tech startup Velox.re, Chicago’s Cook County will test the use of the Bitcoin blockchain for transferring and tracking property titles and other public records. The Cook County Recorder’s Office is the second largest such office in the United States, and it it will be the first in the  Read More Read More...

New York City’s rental market is tumbling

Written on February 23, 2017 at 5:58 pm

Headlines in recent months have indicated a major softening in the New York City apartment rental market. And commentary from one of America’s biggest homebuilders — Toll Brothers (TOL) — out Wednesday indicates that this trend is continuing apace. Read more, source: Yahoo Finance, February 22, 2017 Read More...