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Closing costs can bust a homebuyer’s budget

Closing costs can bust a homebuyer’s budget

In the emotional rush that precedes buying a home — negotiating contract details and price, beating away rival bidders,...

Closing costs can bust a homebuyer’s budget
Big Four no more? Fidelity is buying rival Stewart for $1.2B

Big Four no more? Fidelity is buying rival Stewart for $1.2B

The “Big Four” title insurance players are about to become the Big Three. Industry heavyweight Fidelity National Financial has...

Big Four no more? Fidelity is buying rival Stewart for $1.2B
Title insurers are used to being real estate’s schmoozers-in-chief. New rules will change that

Title insurers are used to being real estate’s schmoozers-in-chief. New rules will change that

From TRD New York: Guess who’s coming to dinner? No one. If you could tune out the clinking glasses and the mutual pats on...

Title insurers are used to being real estate’s schmoozers-in-chief. New rules will change that
FBI: Home buyers’ billion-dollar scam problem getting worse

FBI: Home buyers’ billion-dollar scam problem getting worse

In this year of horrendous cyberheists — Equifax the most prominent — you’ve probably taken at least a few...

FBI: Home buyers’ billion-dollar scam problem getting worse
Shop around for title insurance

Shop around for title insurance

A recent legal settlement between the federal government and a title insurance agency is drawing fresh attention to one of the murkiest, least understood and costly items you get charged for in a real...

Shop around for title insurance
Inside the title insurance cartel

Inside the title insurance cartel

TRD New YorkSpecial Report: On December 10, 2013, regulators summoned the nation’s biggest title insurance firms to 1 State Street. Much of the hearing focused on the technicalities of title insurance fees and covenants. Representatives...

Inside the title insurance cartel
7 ways to avoid the new LLC disclosure law

7 ways to avoid the new LLC disclosure law

From the New York website: Buyers of luxury Miami and Manhattan real estate, whose purchases are often shielded by limited liability corporations, will be thrust into the spotlight come March, when new federal disclosure...

7 ways to avoid the new LLC disclosure law
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Title insurers push back on new LLC disclosure rule

  From the New York website: Title insurance companies, charged with revealing the identity of secret buyers of luxury...

Title insurers push back on new LLC disclosure rule
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A title insurance ‘tradition’ coming undone

When you spent $2,000 to $3,000 to buy title insurance and closing services on your home purchase or refinance,...

A title insurance ‘tradition’ coming undone
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