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.

Interest rates

New Credit Reporting Policy Great for Consumers, Questionable for Lenders

Mar 24th 2017

Lenders rely heavily on consumer credit reports and FICO scores to help them make an informed decision. Although some prospective borrowers may feel that this is unfair, it's one of the best ways for lenders to determine whether or not an applicant has a proven history of making timely payments. ...

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You’re not alone: 8 in 10 Home Shoppers Worried about Interest Rates

Mar 17th 2017

Interest rates can have a big impact on what type of home buyers can afford. After all, something as minor as a quarter of a percent creates an increase of $625 per year on a $250,000 mortgage. When rates climb even higher, buyers can suffer from extreme sticker shock. Unfortunately, ...

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Three Trends in the 2017 Real Estate Market

Three Trends in the 2017 Real Estate Market

Mar 10th 2017

As 2017 gets into full swing, many real estate analysts are making their predictions regarding the housing market for the next year and beyond. Rising prices in 2016 did little to dim consumer enthusiasm for home buying, and this trend is expected to continue throughout the new year. Here are ...

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Hygge: Use this Latest Lifestyle Trend to Sell Homes in March and April

Feb 28th 2017

The latest lifestyle trend may look like a typo, but hygge (pronounced HOO-gah) is actually a good way to sell homes. Hygge is a Danish term for coziness that’s inspiring everything from designer wallpaper to brewpub interiors. A combination of the space you are in, the people you are with and ...

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Accessible Real Estate: What the Aging Population Demands of Builders

Feb 20th 2017

As a title insurance company serving builders throughout Washington, DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland, Lakeside Title Company understands the state of the housing market. Accessible Real Estate is the Next Big Thing A recent story in the Baltimore Sun highlighted the need for a new approach to accessible real estate and construction ...

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Why a Reliable Title Company Matters

Feb 8th 2017

The importance of working with an established and reputable title company was recently highlighted by a story covered by WTSP 10 News about a Clearwater homeowner who faces serious financial consequences because of failure to obtain the proper permits for her swimming pool. A Problem Decades in the Making When Janet Martin purchased her ...

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FHA Cuts Mortgage Insurance Premiums

Jan 20th 2017

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) recently announced a major cut in mortgage insurance premiums. The cut applies to new mortgages scheduled to close on or after January 27, 2017, and is expected to provide added help for middle-class families looking to buy their first home or to upgrade to a ...

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Even with Title Insurance, Sale Price and a Mortgage, Ownership is More Affordable than Renting

Jan 15th 2017

As a title insurance company serving the Mid-Atlantic region – Washington, D.C., Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Southern Pennsylvania – we know how difficult it is for renters to make the leap to homeownership. But a new report that examines the most populous counties in the United States confirms that in ...

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1031 Exchange Fundamentals

Jan 11th 2017

What is the Number One Rule to remember regarding 1031 exchanges? Have all potential exchangers consult their accountants first about whether or not a 1031 tax deferred exchange is in their best interest. Why do a 1031 exchange? To defer the payment of capital gains ...

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Greater Builder Confidence May Spur Construction Boom in 2017

Dec 15th 2016

A recent article published in HousingWire Magazine indicates that builder confidence reached a 10-year high at the end of 2016. This could lead to an increase in construction activity as the new year continues and may ease some of the entry-level housing issues currently in play in the real estate marketplace. Builder Confidence ...

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