Industry News and Press

  • 25% of Open-house Goers Don't Plan to Buy


    Marine Cole, Crain's New York Business - Tue, 09/14/2010

    A quarter of attendees say they have no interest in buying anything but value the food, decorating tips; serious house hunters turn search into a science.

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  • Survey: Mortgage closing costs 37% higher


    Stephanie Armour, USA Today - Tue, 08/31/2010

    A new federal rule this year requiring mortgage lenders to give borrowers reliable estimates of closing costs appears to be working - whether it's also costing borrowers more money is uncertain.

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  • Survey shows Pennsylvania has some of the highest closing costs in the nation


    Patricia Sabatini, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Fri, 08/27/2010

    While mortgage rates have plunged to record lows, the cost of buying a home in Pennsylvania is being driven up by a related expense: sky-high closing costs.

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  • ENTITLE DIRECT CEO Tim Dwyer Advises on Controlling Closing Costs


    CNBC Squawk Box - Mon, 08/23/2010

    A look at what are the states with the most expensive closing costs, with Tim Dwyer, Entitle Direct Group.

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  • House buyers $tung: NY tops closing fees


    Cathy Burke, New York Post - Sat, 08/21/2010

    Just when you thought it was safe to dive into the housing market, a new survey shows mortgage closing costs have skyrocketed an average 37 percent -- with New York topping the surge.

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  • Study: N.Y. has highest closing costs


    Holden Lewis, Bankrate.com - Thu, 08/19/2010

    In last year's closing costs survey, Texas was most expensive and New York was second. This year, the order was reversed. In four of the past five years, the two states have occupied the two top spots.

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  • Shopping around for title insurance can cut closing costs


    Lew Sichelman, Los Angeles Times - Sun, 08/08/2010

    If you finance your home through the normal lending process, a title search will undoubtedly turn up any liens for delinquent property taxes, unpaid loans and unsettled claims by subcontractors for labor and materials.

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  • Make Title Insurance Your Competitive Advantage


    Tim Dwyer, National Mortgage News - Thu, 08/05/2010

    In the current refinance market, so many consumers view mortgages as a commodity and have the incorrect attitude that all mortgage servicers are the same. With borrowers' eyes glued to the rate calculator, finding a way to differentiate yourself as a servicer has become ever more difficult.

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  • Shopping around for title insurance makes good financial sense


    Dan Rafter, Chicago NOW - Mon, 07/26/2010

    If you closed on a new house in Illinois in 2009, the odds are good that you paid about $1,207 in closing costs and title fees. That's the average amount that Illinoisans paid for these fees according to the 2009 closing from financial Web site Bankrate.com.

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  • 6 Reasons the Housing Market Hasn't Recovered


    Luke Mullins, US News & World Report - Fri, 07/16/2010

    Four years after the housing bubble popped, the American real estate market has yet to launch a sustainable recovery.

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