Category Archives: Independent Agents

Have I Been Pwned?

There’s not a day that goes by without hearing news about a security breach or incident involving large companies like Equifax and Marriot; but what about incidents that are rarely publicized but just as damaging? Wouldn’t you like to know if an incompetent vendor lost your email or other personal information? I would, and I …Read more

Brokers, iBuyers, Hackers, and more

Interest rates are dropping while temperatures are rising and that likely means a strong homebuying season coming our way. Along with the recent increase in real estate sales activity, we’re also seeing more activity on the business and technology fronts. Here’s the latest: Keller Williams becomes an iBuyer starting in the Dallas/Fort Worth markets. The …Read more

Extortion Email Attacks

  If you’ve ever received an extortion email attack, it may have left you wondering: How do criminals get my email address? Let me explain how it works. There are some services, both legal and illegal, that collect valid business email addresses to use for their own purposes. Those that are collected legally are usually …Read more

Dissecting Phishing Emails

Most phishing attacks are designed to do two things, (A.) steal user credentials or (B.) get malicious code downloaded to a user’s computer. But just how do you recognize an attack? In this post, I’m going to show you examples of “phishy” emails that should raise a flag in your mind. I’ll show you what …Read more

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