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.

mortgage lender trends

5 Mortgage Lender Trends that Will Continue This Year

Jan 11th 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

Jan 5th 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

Jan 2nd 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

Dec 20th 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

Dec 16th 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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cybersecurity

Cause for Concern? Quantifying Mortgage Lenders’ Cybersecurity Risks

Dec 10th 2019

The mortgage industry holds a vital position in the U.S. economy. It provides millions of consumers with financing that they use to buy homes and achieve the American dream. To do so, mortgage professionals must acquire sensitive, non-public information which makes the industry a target for criminals.  As more of the ...

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sell your house

Signs You’re Ready to Sell Your House…For Real

Dec 5th 2019

There are many reasons to sell your house. You may be looking to downsize for retirement or because your kids are off to college. You may be thinking about upgrading because you have a baby on the way. No matter what your reasoning is, selling a home is a big ...

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Stolen from Construction Sites

These are the Most Common Items Stolen from Construction Sites

Nov 29th 2019

Last month, builders in Jonesboro, Arkansas were hit by a series of robberies. As you’ll see, these crimes are incredibly common. We’ll take a look at this case specifically and look at the items most frequently stolen from construction sites.  In the first robbery, the thieves made off with a stovetop ...

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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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