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4 Reasons Why Summer Is a Great Time to Buy a Home

June 18, 2018

Here are four reasons why you might consider buying a home today instead of waiting.

1. Prices Will Continue to Rise

CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insights reports that home prices have appreciated by 7% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate of 5.2% over the next year.

Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting no longer makes sense.

2. Mortgage Interest Rates Are Projected to Increase

Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows that interest rates for a 30-year mortgage have increased by half a percentage point already in 2018 to around 4.5%. Most experts predict that rates will rise over the next 12 months. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the National Association of Realtors are in unison, projecting that rates will increase by nearly a full percentage point by this time next year. read more

California Property Tax Saving Programs

June 6, 2018

A list of some California Property Tax Saving Programs that could be applicable to you!

FOR HOMEOWNERS AGE 55 PLUS

Propositions 60 This measure offers anyone over the age of 55 relief from Prop. 13 by allowing them to move within the same county without undergoing a change in their basic property taxes.

Proposition 90 The same provisions and qualifications as Proposition 60. The difference is that it allows base year transfers from one county to another county in California. The only counties that have adopted an ordinance to allow values from other counties are: Alameda, El Dorado, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Tuolumne and Ventura. read more

The FAQs of Title Insurance For Homebuyers

May 24, 2018

A home is the single largest investment most of us will make in our lives. To buy with confidence, get owner’s title insurance. It’s the smart way to protect your property from legal and financial claims. To help you understand how it works, here are answers to common questions:

What Is Title?
A title is your ownership right to your property.

What is a Title Search?
A title search is a standard part of the home buying process that is conducted to uncover issues that could prevent your right to the property. Your closing agent reviews public records to see if there are problems or defects that could cause you legal issues. read more

Solar Lease Agreements on California Homes

May 15, 2018

As California becomes the first state to mandate solar panel installation on all new homes built as of the year 2020, with the commercial sector likely to follow by the year 2030, here are some key points that will help you ensure a successful escrow given the mandates. There are many ‘pro’ and ‘con’ arguments available for you to research, but we have been discussing the issue of of solar panel leases and the transfer of real property at length for some time. To learn more, read on: read more

Check Out What’s New with Fidelity TitleForce!

May 9, 2018

We’ve recently made some upgrades to our already very powerful Fidelity TitleForce app!  This prospecting tool allows the user to have on-the-ready property information, Walking Farm®, prospecting, and calculation tools.  Here is what’s new:

GENERAL UPDATES

  • Addresses “auto-completes” while typing in map views.
  • Get directions for the address in a property report, or any properties in a farm.
  • Show/hide security code and password makes it easier to be sure you are trying the right information.

WALKING FARM® UPDATES

  • Email a single farm property (from the detailed view of a farm record).
  • “Fast Farm” easily creates a farm area around an address (select “Fast Farm” from a property report).
  • Sort by street name and house number (from farm list view, select “sort”).

*All features may not be available for all users, in all areas.

BUG FIXES IN THIS UPDATE

Apple:

  • Walking Farm® reports missing after the last app update may now be restored.
  • Map now maintains current map location when starting a walking farm (previously, was reloading the map to user’s current location).
  • “Hide Keyboard” button added to initial login view (previously, users had to “tap out” of the keyboard to drop it, in order to hit the next button to proceed to the next screen).
  • Issue being requested to verify email address every time app launches has been resolved.

Android:

  • Map now maintains current map location when starting a walking farm (previously, was reloading the map to user’s current location).

Fidelity TitleForce Resources:

Video tutorials for many of the features in Fidelity TitleForce are available at:  http://www.fidelitytitleforce.com/ read more