Category Archives: Independent Agents

From Hybrid to E-closing: Moving the Title & Settlement Industry Toward a Paperless Real Estate Closing

The marketplace reality is that consumers expect a digital solution to improve their home buying experience. We must meet our customer needs and problem-solve a solution that allows real estate transactions to close electronically. A hybrid approach to e-Closing would allow the title and settlement industry to begin some form of e-Closings today while working with technology providers, Secretaries of State, county recorders and state legislatures to move the industry toward a full e-Closing in the near future.

Title Insurance Can Be ‘A Little Tricky’ in Certain 1031 Exchanges

Although this blog is avowedly apolitical, with the results of the recent election, it seems likely that one of the most significant tax benefits for real estate investors will remain intact – the 1031 exchange. A properly structured 1031 exchange allows a seller of real estate to defer taxes on capital gains on the sale …Read more

Title Agents Take Note – It’s No Longer “E-Closing or Bust” to Improve the Consumer Experience

Industries from music to telecommunications have been completely revolutionized by innovative new advancements in technology. Consumers can now buy almost anything online – from cookies to cars. Information is available on-demand via search and our colleagues, friends and family are just an email or text away. But what about the start-to-finish homebuying process? Today, demands …Read more

Are You the Weakest Link?

If you’re looking for the most vulnerable points of a network, you need only look in a mirror. According to Symantec, 97 percent of cyberattacks start with social engineering. That means cybercriminals are getting access to systems by deceiving individual users – you and your employees. It shouldn’t be a surprise that the real estate …Read more

What does the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule mean for real estate agents?

The new TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule and the August 1st implementation deadline is right around the corner. Watch this short video to learn more about how this rule, specifically how the HUD-1 and Truth-in-Lending Disclosure for most closed-end residential loans will be going away, and what this means to you and your customers. Watch Now…