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Wire & Computer Fraud Coming to a Market Near You

If you have been paying attention to the national, or local industry news you would have seen that fraud is on the rise; primarily Wire Fraud.  This process is usually done by either spoofing, or breaking into an agents/sellers e-mail and sending out updated wire instructions on the day of closing. Another common attack [...]

2017-02-28T16:20:39-05:00February 28th, 2017|Industry News, Local News, Real Estate Tips|

A Little Presidents Day History

Did you know that the very system we use for locating property in Real Estate was founded by former President Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson was not only our 3rd president, but was also a land surveyor.  With his knowledge of surveying he created the Public Land Survey System.  This system broke land down into Sections, [...]

2017-02-20T13:42:07-05:00February 20th, 2017|Local News, Real Estate Tips|

How Much Does a Home Inspection Cost (and How Much Can It Save You)?

Buying a home is a huge investment—and you can’t exactly read Amazon reviews to get a sense of any problems that might crop up after you’ve plunked down your money. That’s why it’s smart to get a home inspection before you close the deal. But since home inspections aren’t free and that cash comes out of your pocket, you might be [...]

What Is Escrow? How It Keeps Home Buyers and Sellers Safe

Buying a house can involve big and scary terms, and “escrow” ranks near the top. So what is escrow, anyway? The good news is that escrow is not as ominous as it sounds. In the home-buying process, escrow is a financial tool that allows you to set aside important items such as the buyer’s earnest money check and [...]

2017-02-04T23:03:02-05:00September 13th, 2016|Industry News, Real Estate Tips|

Estates & Probate

Estate division can be trying — emotions run high, and liquidating and dividing assets involves a lot of legwork. We outline options for asset distribution and highlight the ease of selling a note for cash that’s easy to divide.   Understanding the Estate Process Dealing with paperwork after losing someone you love can be intensely [...]

2017-02-04T23:03:02-05:00July 28th, 2016|Industry News, Real Estate Tips|

Private Mortgage Insurance PMI

What Is Private Mortgage Insurance? Traditional banks and private lenders require homebuyers to pay for private mortgage insurance when they make a down payment less than 20 percent. Private mortgage insurance, often referred to simply as PMI, protects the lender in case the borrower fails to pay the loan. Private mortgage insurance fees are based [...]

2017-02-04T23:03:02-05:00July 13th, 2016|Real Estate Tips|

How to get Started With Digital Marketing on any Budget

From “costs-per-lead” to “ad servers,” the world of digital marketing can seem pretty overwhelming. That’s why the American Land Title Association partnered with Google’s Steve Lerch to tell you how to tune out the noise and figure out what you need. Even better, we can tell you can how you can get started on any [...]

2017-02-04T23:03:02-05:00June 22nd, 2016|Industry News, Real Estate Tips|

Agents Take Commission Cut

The Michigan Association of Realtors Has Announced Commission Cut Requirement! According to the article released just yesterday "Starting immediately, all licensed real estate agents, and brokers that are members of the Michigan Association are required to change to a locked commission rate of 1% regardless of factors." This will bring a huge change to [...]

2017-02-04T23:03:02-05:00April 1st, 2016|Industry News, Local News, Real Estate Tips|

Data & Information Security Training

On March 22, we had the great opportunity to teach a lunch & learn class for local agents, lenders, and affiliates of the Traverse Area Association of Realtors. We tried to cram as much information into the short session, However running well beyond the one hour allotted time slot; a fully booked lunch had so [...]

2017-02-04T23:03:03-05:00March 28th, 2016|Industry News, Local News, Real Estate Tips|

7 Good Smartphone Security Habits

SECURITY TIPS As we load up our  smartphones and  tablets with more and more personal information, it’s time to get serious about mobile security. Despite the proliferation of cloud backup services, we still remain vulnerable to lost or stolen handsets, data theft, and various forms of malware. But there are certain things we can do [...]

2017-02-04T23:03:03-05:00February 17th, 2016|Real Estate Tips|
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