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.

Real Estate Agents Winter

How Real Estate Agents Can Survive (and Thrive) in Winter

Nov 22nd 2019

Yes, we are entering the dreaded winter season where everything slows down. But no, it doesn’t mean your business needs to slow to a trickle. With a little hard work and creativity, you can survive (and even thrive) this winter. Here are some ideas to get you started. Stock Up Depending on where ...

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Buying a Stale Listing

The Pros and Cons of Buying a Stale Listing

Nov 15th 2019

When is a stale listing a diamond in the rough, and when is it a trap to be avoided? When does a stale listing mean you, the buyer, have an advantage in negotiations over the seller, who’s likely motivated to take any offer that comes their way?  This blog will give ...

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Mortgage Originations

What the Latest Interest Rate Drop Means for Housing and Originations in 2020

Nov 8th 2019

2019 was a near-historic year for the housing market, and Fannie Mae projects more of the same in the coming year. With easing trade tensions, growth-friendly fiscal policies and continued consumer spending thanks to strong employment numbers and wage growth, GDP is expected to grow by 1.9% in 2020.  Housing will ...

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Single-Story Home Construction

Why Single-Story Home Construction is Rising, and Where

Oct 25th 2019

Why is single-story home construction on the rise? Well, with an aging population, it’s no surprise that single-story homes seem to be popping up everywhere. Health conditions and mobility issues all make staircases a problem for seniors. As Baby Boomers age, demand increases for single-story homes. This may be the largest ...

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trade in zillow

Trade in Your House Like You Trade In Your Car at Zillow

Oct 19th 2019

Buying a new car and selling your old car has a certain simplicity when you’re trading it in. Drive into the dealer’s parking lot in your old vehicle and you can drive right out in a new one. Zillow’s ambitious Zillow Offers program seeks to make the process of selling ...

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SAFE Banking Act

Bill Giving Cannabis Companies Access to Banking, Title Insurance Passes House

Oct 10th 2019

While many states move ahead with legalizing cannabis, the federal government has been slow to respond. This discrepancy between state and federal law presents challenges for state-legal cannabis businesses, whether medical or recreational. Now, a bill has been passed that clears up some of this minefield.  In September, the House of ...

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Time-Saving Tips for Real Estate Agents

5 Time-Saving Tips for Real Estate Agents

Oct 5th 2019

Real estate agents have a lot of irons in the fire. That is, they need to be engaged with multiple clients, working on their marketing for their own business, the marketing for the properties they’re selling, onboarding new clients, and so much more. Everyone can use a few extra minutes. ...

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fixer upper

Here’s What to Look for in a Fixer Upper

Sep 18th 2019

The fixer upper has been touted as the lifesaver for homebuyers with limited budgets. Thanks to many popular televisions shows, the miraculous transformation from nightmare to dream home seems simple enough. If you are low on cash, buying and renovating a fixer upper is always an option. However, remember that the ...

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housing market right now

5 Ways Consumers See the Housing Market Right Now

Sep 15th 2019

Consumer sentiment concerning the housing market can provide insight into what prospective clients are thinking. A lack of willingness to participate in the market can impact your success. If you understand consumer sentiment you can come up with a marketing plan that helps ease their pain points. As well, consumer ...

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stale listing

10 Tips to Generate Interest in a Stale Listing

Sep 7th 2019

A stale listing is one of a real estate agent’s worst nightmares. The longer a listing sits on the market, the less attractive it becomes to prospective buyers. If you’re stuck with a stale listing, here are 10 ways you can help generate more interest: 1 - Get an outside opinion: ...

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