Stay up to date on industry trends, news and events with the Title Stream corporate blogs from Lakeside Title Company. Our industry experts will share insights and updates to keep you informed.

home remodeling

Home Remodeling to Be on Rise Through the End of 2018

Nov 20th 2017

Americans are spending more money on home renovations and experts predict that the rate of this spending will continue to increase through the end of 2018. A new report released in October by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University predicts that annual ...

Read More
home inspections

Six Commonly Asked Questions about Home Inspections

Nov 13th 2017

Home inspections are typically a good idea when purchasing a home. Why? They can make the homebuyer aware of any potential issues with a home so they can make an informed decision about whether or not to go through with the purchase. These issues may be things that the homebuyer ...

Read More
mortgage

Why It’s Becoming Easier to Qualify for a Mortgage

Nov 6th 2017

Fannie Mae has reported that mortgage lenders are continuing to ease their mortgage standards due to mounting market pressures including competition from other lenders. This means underwriting requirements for home purchases are less stringent, which should make it easier to obtain a mortgage loan. According to the Fannie Mae Mortgage Lender ...

Read More
home equity

More Americans Are Using Their Home Equity

Oct 24th 2017

With home prices high and still rising and interest rates still low, many American homeowners are staying put and taking advantage of increased home values by tapping into their home equity. Home equity line originations reached the highest level they’d been since 2008 in Q2 2017, according to Equifax. And cash-out ...

Read More
home renovations

Is It Better to Stay or Leave During Home Renovations?

Oct 20th 2017

A recent article in the New York Times said that more homeowners are staying put in their homes, many choosing home renovations and improvements, over selling and moving to bigger or better homes. Two Factors Promoting the Home Renovation Trend Low mortgage interest rates are making home renovations more appealing. Higher home ...

Read More
home refinance

Feds Concerned About Home Refinance Schemes Targeting Vets

Oct 10th 2017

The Government National Mortgage Association, also called Ginnie Mae, is planning to crack down on aggressive predatory lending practices aimed at home refinance schemes targeting U.S. veterans that have U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) home loans. Ginnie Mae was urged to take action by Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, on the ...

Read More
DC housing market

DC Housing Market Ranks as Third Most Active Market

Oct 6th 2017

The Washington DC housing market was ranked as the third most active metro market for the second quarter of 2017 in a new report by ATTOM Data Solutions, the nation’s largest multi-sourced property database. The results of the report, The Q2 2017 Pre-Mover Housing, are based on the ratio of homes ...

Read More
single-family homes

What Are the Construction Trends for Single-Family Homes?

Sep 25th 2017

According to a report by Fixr, the open floor plan is the most desirable design feature in single-family homes this year. The report was based on a survey of industry professionals who were asked questions about the most desirable house plan and layout features, as well as about emerging home ...

Read More
first-time homebuyers

Loans & Programs for First-Time Homebuyers

Sep 22nd 2017

Because coming up with the down payment is the biggest barrier for first-time homebuyers, there are many grant and loan programs available designed to assist them. Some of these allow you to purchase a home with little or no down payment. Here are five that you might want to check ...

Read More
realtor safety

September Is Realtor Safety Month

Sep 6th 2017

This month is the National Association of Realtors (NAR) Realtor® Safety Month. The organization has also just released the results of its 2017 Member Safety Report. This survey asked members from across the country questions about how safe they feel while on the job. Of the 3,200 respondents, 9 out of ...

Read More