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...

Why Even Optimistic Homebuyers Don’t Touch Their Home Equity

Written on February 16, 2017 at 5:41 pm

Home equity keeps rising as home equity loan debt falls, but memories of the housing crisis still keep homeowners from borrowing against their homes. You may like the idea of owning your own home, but you still aren’t all that comfortable with spending the equity you’ve built in it. Roughly 59 million American adults (one  Read More Read More...

Housing Gains Highlight Economic Divide

Written on December 30, 2016 at 9:16 am

Coastal areas see home values surge while rural regions miss out on the boom.  The volatile housing market of the past 15 years is widening the divide between pricey urban and coastal areas and more affordable inland regions, creating large swaths of winners and losers based largely on geography.  Read more.  (Source: Wall St. Journal,  Read More Read More...

Here’s why economists can’t agree on 2017 housing predictions

Written on December 29, 2016 at 10:47 am

Housing will pick up to its fastest pace ever in 2017. No wait, it will see a slowdown due to affordability constraints. No, that’s not right, affordability is at its best point in years.  Are you having trouble keeping up with all the forecasts for 2017, or wondering which forecast is the most accurate? It’s  Read More Read More...