When it comes to cybersecurity, technology and protection are necessary, but we must shift our focus to what matters most: The weakest link.
Owning a home is not for everyone. Homeownership requires down payments, maintenance, property taxes and insurance in comparison to just a single monthly check for rent. Given the transaction costs involved, I’ve often stated that a person really needs to remain in that property for at least three years to consider buying, and if less …Read more
You might not realize it yet, but it is becoming more difficult to obtain accurate payoff letters when homes are sold.
The U.S. created 228,000 net new jobs (preliminary) in November 2017 as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 9 percent more than the 200,000 consensus among economists according to MarketWatch. The net gain in jobs totaled 2.071 million in the prior 12-months. Total net job gains in the prior 12-months still significantly trails …Read more
This may be the most timely read this quarter regarding Commercial Real Estate — Dr. Glenn Mueller’s Real Estate Cycles Q3 2017 report from Black Creek Group – Black Creek Research. The report contains a critical mass of valuable data spanning major commercial real estate markets across the country. Dr. Mueller’s analysis of commercial real …Read more
The days of approaching new technology integrations by throwing requirements over the fence to the IT department are long gone. Collaboration is the new standard.
As winter sets in many Americans are scheduling their annual ski trips and holidays, many to their own second home or condominium. Depending on the location, skiing costs and the home prices located nearby range from relatively affordable to outrageously expensive. To identify the most and least housing in ski towns across the country, Realtor.com …Read more
One of the myths related to eClosing is that it is not safe and secure. There are things the title and mortgage industry can do to mitigate legal and compliance risks on the path to eClosing and eClosing integrations. Even though escrow matters are outside the scope of our underwriter/agency agreement, this blog is intended to provide information for you to consider becoming an eClosings enabled company.
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As we economists say, “forecasting is difficult, especially the future.” Fortunately, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the MBA update their quarterly and annual forecasts monthly for residential lending volumes – both refinance and purchase transactions. The forecasts typically span a three-year period, currently from 2016 to 2018. The lagging year (2016 at this time) often …Read more