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 prices baltimore

Low Inventory Is Still Driving Home Prices in Baltimore and Country at Large

Apr 25th 2018

Low home inventory continues to strengthen the real estate market, with home prices in Baltimore and many other cities across the country steadily rising. The median home listing price in the nation in March was up 8% from last March to $280,000. In comparison, the median home price in Baltimore City ...

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commercial real estate

Commercial Real Estate Does Its Part for a Strong U.S. Economy

Apr 19th 2018

The U.S. economy has recently been positively affected by commercial real estate. According to a recent report by the NAIOP Research Foundation, commercial real estate has helped to strengthen the economy by a whopping $935 billion, while also upholding 7.6 million U.S. jobs. The report, titled “Economic Impacts of Commercial Real ...

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homebuyers

Good News for Homebuyers! Fannie Mae Now Allowing Lenders to Contribute to Closing Costs

Apr 6th 2018

Fannie Mae has announced that, effective immediately, it is allowing lenders to assist homebuyers with their closing costs for home purchases on GSE-backed loans. This differs from Fannie’s most recent program, ended last summer, in which lenders were allowed to actually help homebuyers by providing a portion of their down ...

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home sales

Profits from Home Sales Are Higher than They’ve Been in More than a Decade

Mar 30th 2018

The average profit from home sales in the fourth quarter of 2017 was $54,000, according to researchers at ATTOM Data Solutions. This is higher than it’s been in more than a decade and amounts to an average return on investment (ROI) of 29.7%, For anyone on the fence about selling, this ...

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conventional loans

More Millennials Are Going Conventional!

Mar 23rd 2018

More millennials are qualifying for conventional loans, according to the Ellie Mae Millennial Tracker™. Approximately 67% of all mortgage loans taken out by millennials in January of this year were conventional, the highest percentage since 2016. Men were slightly more likely to take out conventional loans than women. Around 68% of ...

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housing-market

Has the Housing Market Completely Bounced Back from the Recession?

Mar 19th 2018

It’s been more than a decade since the housing market collapsed, causing home prices to drastically drop – by 35% nationwide – leaving some homeowners owing more on their homes than they were worth. Home prices have been going up since 2011 and are still going higher, but you may be ...

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privacy on linkedin

Why It’s Important to Protect Your Privacy on LinkedIn

Mar 9th 2018

We wanted to share some important information with you for protecting your privacy on LinkedIn. Why would you want to do that, you might ask? Isn’t the point of LinkedIn to connect with others and grow your professional network? While yes, this is true, fraudsters have also learned that they ...

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spring housing market

A Strong Spring Housing Market Expected With Homes Still Moving Fast

Feb 27th 2018

The spring housing market is expected to be a good one with prices still rising, inventory still tight, and homes selling on average in less than two months of being listed. Here are more about these three factors that signal a strong spring housing market, based on information from the ...

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real estate

7 Tips Based on Habits of Super Productive Real Estate Agents

Feb 23rd 2018

Every day we work with busy real estate agents, so we get a good sense of just how hard they work, how dedicated they are to their clients, and how much they juggle each day to make their deals work and to reach their own sales goals. Recently, we’ve found ...

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multifamily borrowers

Multifamily Borrowers Get New Incentive to Improve Tenants’ Lives

Feb 19th 2018

Fannie Mae has unveiled a new product that encourages multifamily borrowers to offer programs that improve the health and well-being of their tenants. Borrowers who take advantage of the Enhanced Resident Services™ product get a lower borrowing rate, flexible underwriting and other favorable terms as of Jan. 15 of this ...

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