How Some Realtors Are Utilizing Instagram

Posted by admin on Aug 24, 2015 10:15:00 PM

As mentioned in a previous post, Instagram is a great way to show off your homes, announce an open house, or even introduce your team. This growing social network will allow you to show your properties in front of potential homebuyers and build your brand while doing so. Instagram offers features such as filters, video upload, and hashtag capabilities. Click here to see how some Realtors/Brokers are using Instagram.

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Big Data In Real Estate

Posted by admin on Aug 10, 2015 10:04:00 PM

We have heard the term “big data” used in several industries such as healthcare and financial, now it is starting to make it’s impact in the real estate industry. Big data is large or complex data often used to predict consumer behavior. Below are three ways big data is changing the commercial real estate industry.

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Topics: real estate, big data, commercial real estate

Home Buyers: What They Are Buying And Why?

Posted by admin on Aug 7, 2015 10:03:00 PM

Curious why buyers choose certain homes over others? The American Housing Survey has provided us with insight into the home buying process.The top two reasons with both new home buyers and first-time buyers is size and layout/design. With new home buyers, design/layout, neighborhood, and size seem to be more of a consideration rather than price. As for the first-time buyer, price is more of a consideration (80%).

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Topics: real estate, housing, first-time homebuyer, NAHB, new home buyer

The Closing Process Is About To Change

Posted by admin on May 15, 2015 9:30:00 PM

If you are in the market for a new home you may have heard the date August 1st come up a few times. From changes to the closing documents to the timing of their distribution, the closing process will look different come August. “The goal of the CFPB is to make it easier for consumers to understand their loan terms,” says Mitchel Kider, chairman and managing partner at Weiner Brodsky Kider PC in the District. “I think the result will be helpful to consumers but there will be a learning curve for everyone.” CSS is right on track with the software and procedural changes to provide continued compliant closings. Click here to learn more about those changes for the consumer in this article from The Washington Post.

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Housing Demand Expected to Rise In Next 10 Years

Posted by admin on Apr 26, 2015 10:18:00 PM

According to a report released by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) titled Housing Demand: Demographics and the Numbers Behind the Coming Multi-Million Increase in Households, by 2024 there will be 13.9 to 15.9 million additional households formed. Three demographics will have a major impact on this demand: Baby Boomers, Hispanics and Millennials.

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Topics: real estate, housing, MBA, mortgage, baby boomers, millennials

New Year-New Way

Posted by admin on Jan 5, 2015 8:11:00 PM

Convenience. This sure does seem to be the name of the game, even when buying, selling or refinancing real estate. My 28-year-old son recently purchased his first piece of real estate. Being the good mom that I am, I offered to guide him through the closing process. When explaining to him that he may be contacted by the seller’s title company to arrange for a date and time to personally appear at a closing and put pen in hand and sign the paperwork, he looked at me as if I came from Mars and said “seriously? – why can I do it on my phone?”.   A great question actually. With the upcoming 2015 changes in closing disclosure rules along with current customer demand for convenience no closing order should be complete without first securing an electronic communication method with the customer.  Gathering the email address of the buyer/borrower or seller should be first and foremost. CSS has been working diligently on an electronic paperless approach to Roundtable closings.  We’re ready and we will be ringing in the New Year with a whole new twist on the closing process. I’m so excited to be participating in this new phase of paperless closings.   It seems as though snail mail and recording paper instruments is fast approaching extinction.

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Topics: e-closings, homebuyer, paperless closings, real estate, title insurance

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10

2018 Fall Newsletter

CSS News - Posted by Maura A. Snabes, Esq., CES®, CLTP - Sr. Underwriting & Compliance Counsel
What’s New: I have just returned from my annual Federation of Exchange Accommodators 1031 conference. The conference had a lot of daily transactional...
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Jul
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Summer Newsletter

CSS News - Posted by Maura A. Snabes, Esq., CES®, CLTP - Sr. Underwriting & Compliance Counsel
What's New! We are in the middle of the “dog days” of summer, which is our busiest time in Northern Michigan. Real estate is moving, and that is good...
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3

Spring Newsletter

CSS News - Posted by Maura A. Snabes, Esq., CES®, CLTP - Sr. Underwriting & Compliance Counsel
What's New! CSS was recently awarded its 4th consecutive Circle of Excellence Award from Fidelity National Title Group, one of the agency’s...
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Dec
12

Winter News

CSS News - Posted by Maura A. Snabes, Esq., CES®, CLTP - Sr. Underwriting & Compliance Counsel
We at CSS want to wish you Happy Holidays to you and a safe, healthy and prosperous 2018! TAX REFORM. I think the item that is first and foremost on...
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10

2017 Fall Newsletter

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What’s New: 1031 Exchange update: While likely that there will be extensions for both Texas and Florida exchangors relative to the recent hurricanes,...
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Jul
7

Attorney Mike Rossman joins CSS as Corporate Counsel

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TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan, July 20, 2017—Corporate Settlement Solutions (CSS) is pleased to announce attorney Mike Rossman has joined their...
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Mar
3

2017 Spring Newsletter

CSS News - Posted by admin
“Making You Look Good is Our #1 Priority ” What’s New: Abolishment of Dower in Michigan
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Jan
1

Governor Signs Legislation that Eliminates Dower in the State of Michigan

Real Estate Trends - Posted by admin
As a follow up to the information in our recent newsletter, today the Governor filed signed versions of SB’s 558 and 560 to complete enactment of a...
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Dec
12

2017 Real Estate Industry Predictions

Real Estate Trends - Posted by admin
With the new year just days away, I thought this would be a great time to reach out to our leadership team to get their real estate industry...
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Dec
12

2016 Winter Newsletter

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“Making You Look Good is Our #1 Priority ” What’s New: We at CSS want to thank you for your continued support and wish you a Happy New Year!
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Oct
10

Understanding The Benefits of Going Digital

Real Estate Trends - Posted by admin
Whether you have started the transition to a full electronic mortgage (eMortgage) process or not, it is important to understand the process and the...
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Oct
10

2016 Fall Newsletter

CSS News - Posted by admin
“Making You Look Good is Our #1 Priority ” What’s New: CSS Implements DocMagic’s Total eClose Solution
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Oct 1, 2018 by Maura
What’s New: I have just returned from my annual Federation of Exchange Accommodators 1031 conference. The conference had a lot of daily transactional...
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Jul 23, 2018 by Maura
What's New! We are in the middle of the “dog days” of summer, which is our busiest time in Northern Michigan. Real estate is moving, and that is good...
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Mar 28, 2018 by Maura
What's New! CSS was recently awarded its 4th consecutive Circle of Excellence Award from Fidelity National Title Group, one of the agency’s...
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Dec 15, 2017 by Maura
We at CSS want to wish you Happy Holidays to you and a safe, healthy and prosperous 2018! TAX REFORM. I think the item that is first and foremost on...
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Oct 9, 2017 by admin
What’s New: 1031 Exchange update: While likely that there will be extensions for both Texas and Florida exchangors relative to the recent hurricanes,...
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Jul 20, 2017 by admin
TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan, July 20, 2017—Corporate Settlement Solutions (CSS) is pleased to announce attorney Mike Rossman has joined their...
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Mar 31, 2017 by admin
“Making You Look Good is Our #1 Priority ” What’s New: Abolishment of Dower in Michigan
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Jan 6, 2017 by admin
As a follow up to the information in our recent newsletter, today the Governor filed signed versions of SB’s 558 and 560 to complete enactment of a...
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Dec 28, 2016 by admin
With the new year just days away, I thought this would be a great time to reach out to our leadership team to get their real estate industry...
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Dec 27, 2016 by admin
“Making You Look Good is Our #1 Priority ” What’s New: We at CSS want to thank you for your continued support and wish you a Happy New Year!
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Oct 25, 2016 by admin
Whether you have started the transition to a full electronic mortgage (eMortgage) process or not, it is important to understand the process and the...
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Oct 11, 2016 by admin
“Making You Look Good is Our #1 Priority ” What’s New: CSS Implements DocMagic’s Total eClose Solution
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Sep 29, 2016 by admin
Fully TRID-compliant solution delivers superior service and a competitive advantage
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Sep 21, 2016 by admin
We were recently advised by our title insurance underwriter that the State of Michigan had revamped its procedures relative to the processing of...
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Aug 22, 2016 by admin
Despite the existing hurdles to digital or “eMortgages” highlighted in this article (Industry throws wet blanket on the digital mortgage revolution),...
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Jun 30, 2016 by admin
“Making You Look Good is Our #1 Priority ” What’s New: National Homeownership Month! According to the American Land Title Association (ALTA), June is...
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Jun 27, 2016 by admin
The Governor signed the flat recording fee package (SB 599-604, SB 737 and HB 5164-5165) and the condominium act amendment legislation (SB 610) into...
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May 18, 2016 by admin
Corporate Settlement Solutions, a provider of real estate settlement services to regional lenders throughout the eastern half of the US, announced...
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Mar 14, 2016 by admin
“Making You Look Good is Our #1 Priority ” What’s New: The year 2016 marks the 95th anniversary of like-kind exchanges and the 25th anniversary of...
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Feb 25, 2016 by admin
For the week ending February 19th, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported in its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey that mortgage applications...
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Feb 2, 2016 by admin
For 2016, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) is projecting a $511 billion growth for originations of commercial and multifamily mortgages. This...
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Jan 21, 2016 by admin
If you have ever gone through the home closing process, you know that it doesn’t always run as smooth as expected. In an ideal world, the homebuyer...
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Dec 22, 2015 by admin
As some of us pack our bags and prepare to travel, others may be plotting a break-in. Don’t let your busy plans get in the way of burglary...
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Dec 22, 2015 by admin
With 2015 coming to an end, it’s time to look forward to 2016. The question is, what will 2016 look like? Will we see more Millennials taking a leap...
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Sep 22, 2015 by admin
October 3rd is just around the corner and we are happy to share that our title quote app is ready for the change.
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Jul 22, 2015 by admin
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today issued a final rule moving the effective date of the Know Before You Owe mortgage disclosure...
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Jul 7, 2015 by admin
For some families, buying a home has been delayed due to the recent recession. As the economy turns around there are more opportunities for people to...
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Jun 16, 2015 by admin
I was fortunate enough to have be an attendee at the 2015 National Settlement Services Summit in Atlanta Georgia last week. It was an awesome...
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Jun 8, 2015 by admin
With new low down payment loan programs being introduced, you are seeing more and more first time homebuyers making a purchase. Because of this, the...
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Mar 26, 2015 by admin
The article below outlines the importance of educating the buyer and seller on the closing process and the costs involved. The survey shows that...
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