WFG National Title is pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa Vesperman Still, Esq., to the position of New England Area Underwriter and Massachusetts State Counsel. Lisa brings to WFG 24 years of experience in real estate and title, both as a transactional attorney and underwriting counsel. Lisa has specialized in all aspects of residential… Read More »

President Barack Obama announced that the Federal Housing Administration will cut fees on the mortgages it insures in order to make buying a home less expensive. The annual premium charged on FHA loans have been trimmed to 85 basis points from the 135 basis points levie. The result for home buyers will be similar to… Read More »

Some industry analysts are pessimistic about the outlook for the housing market; others are uncertain. Pat Stone, President and CEO of Williston Financial Group (WFG National Title’s parent company) is confident and emphatically upbeat. Speaking to title agents a few weeks ago at the Executive Management conference hosted by WFG’s Southwest Region, Pat described a… Read More »

The escrow process can seem a bit foreign to many home buyers, especially if they are first-timers. Here’s a quick and easy explanation that lays out the nuts and bolts.*   An escrow company is, essentially, a third-party entity that manages the legal and financial components of a real estate transaction. They make sure that… Read More »

According to a recent study, the number of first-time buyers has hit an almost 30-year low in the US. Traditionally hovering at around 40% of the market, this year’s number dropped 5% from last year to just 33%, the lowest since 1987. According to NAR’s chief economist, “Rising rents and repaying student loan debt makes… Read More »

In response to the tragic and shocking deaths of real estate agents Ashley Okland and Beverly Carter, Dylan de Bruin and Joe Schafbuch, the broker-owners of 90-agent firm Century 21 Signature Real Estate in central Iowa, have started a petition to encourage safe and secure showing practices for all agents. The pledge, which has over… Read More »

It’s always nice to have some fun statistics in mind when you’re out touring with clients, or making your way through those seemingly-endless call lists. This list features the most expensive homes for sale in each state. Numbers like these can be a great way to help buyers put sales prices in perspective. For instance,… Read More »