Technology and the Title Industry: a Tech Driven Echosystem

Wed Feb 2020

Technology has the power to improve countless aspects of business, from processing to efficiency to communication and beyond. Across industries, it allows suppliers to keep up with the ever-evolving demands of consumers. In some scenarios, including within the title insurance industry, technology can even benefit surrounding aspects within the business. Title ...

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RED FLAGS: Diagnose Them Before the Deal Falls Through

Tue Feb 2020

The home buying or selling process is often a very stressful time. Your home is arguably the biggest asset you will ever purchase or sell, so you want to make sure everything is done right. When a deal falls through, it will not only add more stress but can often also discourage ...

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Crafting the Perfect Business Tagline: A Real Estate Agent’s Guide

Tue Jan 2020

In real estate, you’ve got just a few seconds to separate yourself from the competition. The best way to do that? Have a killer tagline that tells people who you are and what you offer. Your tagline will live everywhere, from your social media to your business cards. Here’s your ...

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Maryland Mortgage Lender Law

Lakeside’s Legal Corner: Maryland Mortgage Lender Law

Tue Jan 2020

Occasionally we are asked to prepare private loan documents for a real estate settlement. The seller might be holding a “seller take-back” loan, where the seller agrees to forego receipt of some or all of the purchase price at settlement in exchange for regular monthly payments with interest (or some ...

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remodel your home

Don’t Remodel Your Home Until You Read This

Mon Jan 2020

Don’t remodel your home until you read this blog! Every year, Americans spend $400 billion on remodeling costs. That’s a huge sum, but it could be much higher.  According to the NAR’s 2019 Remodeling Impact Report, 35 percent of homeowners would rather move to a new home than remodel their current ...

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mortgage lender trends

5 Mortgage Lender Trends that Will Continue This Year

Sat Jan 2020

We are just a few weeks into 2020, but already it is clear that many of the mortgage lender trends that defined 2019 will continue.    Interest Rate Reductions    It was common knowledge that the Fed would begin normalizing fiscal policy in 2019 by increasing interest rates. That never happened. In ...

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green roof law

How the Denver Green Roof Law Fell Flat

Sun Jan 2020

We’ve talked before about hempcrete, the material made from a mixture of hemp strands, lime binder and water that can be used in place of fiberglass insulation, sheetrock, drywall, and even siding. Another “green” building innovation, this time with regard to green space, put builders in Colorado in the crosshairs. ...

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social media best practices for real estate agents

Social Media Best Practices for Real Estate Agents in 2020

Thu Jan 2020

Real estate agents are busy enough as it is — so how could they possibly have time for social media marketing? By doing it right. There is simply no time for trial and error, and we get that. Which is why we’d like to share these social media best practices ...

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homes sold

Realtor Keeps Breaking World Record for Homes Sold

Fri Dec 2019

Ben Caballero, real estate broker and owner of HomesUSA.com in Dallas, has once again broken the Guinness world record — his own record — for the most homes sold in a single year. He sold 5,801 homes in 2018 totaling $2 billion in sales volume, which averages out to 100 ...

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millennial counties

Construction is Booming in “Millennial Counties,” but There’s a Problem

Mon Dec 2019

The National Association of Home Builders' Home Building Geography Index uses county-level single- and multifamily permit information to gauge housing construction in submarkets. It’s a way of looking at building activity in a more nuanced, specific way.  The data from the most recent report is telling us that most single-family and ...

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