Category Archives: Mortgage Services

A New Twist On An Old Trick | Stewart Title Blog

Image overlay is when a hacker creates a blurred image of a document that resembles a form you would recognize and overlays it with a login prompt. The image is designed to pique your interest or create a sense of importance or value. The concept of image overlay isn’t new, but today it has a …Read more

Combating Malicious ZIP Files | Stewart Title Blog

While cloud services like OneDrive, Box and Dropbox give us endless possibilities to share files, we sometimes still find ourselves sending and receiving ZIP attachments when multiple files are involved. ZIP files would be okay except sometimes they can be dangerous. You may be thinking, “What about password-protected ZIP files?” Well, cybercriminals most commonly send …Read more

Don’t Be a Fool This April | Stewart Title Blog

If you haven’t fallen for the $5,000 COVID-19 vaccine, $400 COVID-19 self-testing test kit or the $150 bottle of Lysol scams, then congratulations, you’ve stood your ground. But now is not the time to let your guard down – new tricks are coming to defraud you. On March 27, the president signed a bill to …Read more

Combating Redirecting URL Links | Stewart Title Blog

In the past, I’ve revealed that one evasion technique cybercriminals use to avoid being blocked by email security technologies, is using legitimate (Microsoft) websites. This week Threatpost.com shared this new interesting twist: attackers are using YouTube and redirect features to get you to click on malicious links. Redirector URLs are commonly used by legitimate organizations …Read more

Big News from the Big Brokers | Stewart Title Blog

The big brokers are making big news on a number of fronts ranging from expansion plans to technology plays. Here’s what you need to know about the big plans being formulated by the big guys: Compass Real Estate will be coming to the upscale Park Place office tower in Houston’s posh River Oaks District in …Read more

Brokers, iBuyers, Hackers, and more | Stewart Title Blog

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

RESPRO Recap and Real Estate Ranking

RESPRO Recap New Orleans was a perfect setting for the 26th annual RESPRO conference where top professionals from real estate, mortgage, title, settlement, insurance, home warranty, technology, and even compliance gathered to talk about opportunities (and concerns) in the rapidly changing industry landscape. As always, there were numerous breakout sessions covering the latest developments in …Read more

Tech Time – Start-ups, Stalwarts and Shutdowns

Innovative entrepreneurs and their venture capital backers continue to see real estate and technology as the winning combination. Whether bootstrapped, venture-backed or publicly owned, the big players in real estate tech keep making news:   OJO Labs raised another $20 million to further the development of their AI-driven personal assistant for real estate pros and …Read more

Eye on iBuyers

Last year we saw a lot of headlines about the iBuyer segment of the real estate market, and so far 2019 has been no different. On tap for 2019 is even bigger news from some of the biggest players. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what in the area of all-cash, fast closings, from …Read more

Big Ideas from the Big Apple – Inman Connect New York 2019

Part 2 – Hacker and Capital Connect – Where Tech and Funding Meet For dealmakers, the two most important days at Inman Connect New York 2019 were Monday and Friday. Monday brought the real estate tech crowd together for a full day of sessions and networking. Fast forward to Friday when the analysts and venture …Read more