Industry News and Press

  • NYC brokers reveal how recession has hit their bottom line


    Danny Astoria, Real Estate Weekly - Wed, 12/28/2011

    More than half of the residential brokers working in New York City believe the housing market will get worse before it gets better.

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  • The Recession Is Still Decimating Brokers' Lives


    Elise Knutsen, New York Observer - Wed, 12/14/2011

    Over the past several months, The Observer has been checking in with New York's brokerfolk. "I'm soooo busy," we often hear.

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  • Majority of brokers say recession has affected their personal lives


    Guelda Voien, The Real Deal - Tue, 12/13/2011

    Of New York City-based brokers working through the downturn, 85 percent report that the recession has affected their personal lives, a survey of 200 residential brokers released today by title insurance company Entitle Direct said. When talking to brokers nationally, that number jumps to 87 percent.

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  • The Title Insurance Tradition Coming Undone


    Ken Harney, Hartford Courant - Sun, 09/18/2011

    When you spent $2,000 to $3,000 to buy title insurance and closing services on your home purchase or refinance, did you really know where your money was going?

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  • Kenneth R. Harney's The Nation's Housing for Sept. 17


    Kenneth R. Harney, Richmond Times-Dispatch - Sat, 09/17/2011

    When you spent $2,000 to $3,000 to buy title insurance and closing services on your home purchase or refinance, did you really know where your money was going?

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  • New refinancing options for lower title fees


    Kenneth R. Harney, The Washington Post - Fri, 09/16/2011

    When you spent $2,000 to $3,000 to buy title insurance and closing services on your home purchase or refinance, did you really know where your money was going?

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  • Title fees are hard to swallow when refinancing mortgage


    David Lazarus, Los Angeles Times - Fri, 09/16/2011

    Low interest rates have spurred many homeowners to refi. And each time, title firms cash in. Although the fees seem unfairly high, regulators have done little about an industry dominated in California by just four companies.

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  • Internet Searches Help Homebuyers Trim Costs in Purchasing Title Insurance


    Rebecca McClay, Bloomberg.com - Fri, 04/01/2011

    When Tom Strange, a retired computer engineer in Henderson, Nevada, refinanced his mortgage last year, he rejected the $1,870 title insurance offered by his mortgage broker. Searching online, he cut the cost by half.

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  • Save Money on Practically Everything, 2011: Investing and Financial Planning


    Editors, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine - Fri, 03/11/2011

    If you're refinancing, you can reap a one-time savings by finding cheaper title insurance. There is room for discounting because as much as 80% of the premium goes to paying a commission to a title agent. For example, Entitle Direct charges lower premiums because it eliminates the middleman

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  • Open House is Excuse to Spy: Poll


    Amber Sutherland and Leonard Greene, NY Post - Wed, 09/15/2010

    These folks take the idea of an open house too far. Only 41 percent of the people who go to open houses in Manhattan and Brooklyn are serious buyers - and many admit to snooping in owners' closets, checking out their shoes and even reading notes on their refrigerators, according to a new survey.

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