Author: Emily Rice

May 3, 2024

Economic Update

by Mark Sprague, Independence Title’s Director of Information Capital DATELINE: May 3, 2024 The Federal Reserve will likely maintain higher interest rates for an extended period due to firmer-than-expected inflation […]

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March 21, 2024

Asking the Right Questions About the National Press on Austin

Per the Wall Street Journal: “Once America’s Hottest Housing Market, Austin is Running in Reverse” Rebuttal from Mark Sprague, Director of Information Capital, Independence Title The proposition by the media: […]

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February 6, 2024

Unlocking the Power of Customer Reviews for Business Excellence

By Emily Rice, Social Media Manager In the dynamic business landscape, leveraging customer reviews is a game-changer for enhancing credibility, fostering trust, and garnering referrals from potential clients. These authentic […]

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January 3, 2024

But wait, about rates, you said …

by Mark Sprague, Independence Title Director of Information Capital First, my apologies for not anticipating the Fed’s reversing direction after two years of raising rates to pivot and talk about […]

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December 22, 2023

Your Real Estate Business and Upcoming CTA Deadlines

Compliance update for the 2023 year-end and the 2024 new year By Roland Love, Independence Title Vice President, Attorney, and Educator The Corporate Transparency Act, which goes into effect in […]

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November 8, 2023

Some Texas counties subject to special reporting requirements by FinCEN

by Kara McGregor, Senior Vice President, Independence Title Beginning on November 21, 2023, Travis County will join Bexar, Dallas, Harris, Montgomery, Tarrant and Webb counties as part of the geographic […]

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September 13, 2023

Has the Residential Real Estate Market Changed? Market Update with Mark Sprague

By Mark Sprague, State Director of Information Capital A question Realtors, economists, real estate analysts, and more have been getting for the past 18+ months: Has the residential real estate market changed? For […]

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August 14, 2023

Rates Up or Down? Market Update with Mark Sprague

By Mark Sprague, State Director of Information Capital Yes, inflation is coming down somewhat, increasing hope that interest rate hikes will pause and go down. Yes, the FDIC-driven sales of mortgage-backed securities prompted […]

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January 4, 2023

Facebook Real Estate Listing Update!

By Shanahan Ramos, Curriculum Lead & Education Specialist YES, you can still promote your Listings on your Facebook Business Page even after January 30, 2023, but here is everything you need […]

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November 4, 2022

Market Update with Mark Sprague

By Mark Sprague, State Director of Information Capital The Federal Reserve Bank’s policy-making committee (FOMC) raised rates this week (at the November 1-2 meeting) by .75% and kept a hawkish tone given the […]

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October 18, 2022

Property Tax Time in Texas – Tax Prorations

 By Karen Burnett, Senior Vice President, Escrow Manager Property tax time comes around October 1 of each year. That is the date that the county tax assessors are supposed to […]

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September 23, 2022

How the Federal Reserve Impacts Mortgage Rates

Compiled by Mark Sprague, State Director of Information Capital The other day was the Federal Reserve meeting; their decision was another 75-basis point / ¾ point rate hike. Mortgage rates have surged […]

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September 16, 2022

TREC Wants Your Input!

 By Kaema Roberson, VP – Director of Education Get involved! Comment on the proposed TREC form revisions by September 26th. Currently, the proposed forms are out for public comment, and […]

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August 24, 2022

Wire Fraud – Is It Still a Thing?

By Karen Burnett, Senior Vice President, Escrow Manager Yes, it is!  Stealing has been part of human history since the beginning of time and as we have evolved, so have […]

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July 19, 2022

The Long-Awaited Slowdown In the Pace of Economic Activity Nationally is Here, or Is It?

By Mark Sprague, State Director of Information Capital Jobs nationally and locally continue to be created at a robust pace. (Job openings are twice the number of people out of work nationally and […]

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January 18, 2022

Tax Time in Texas – Homestead Exemption Q&A with Roland Love

By Roland Love, Vice President, Business Alliances & Field Operations Our recent note regarding the legislative change generally allowing a person to claim a homestead exemption anytime during the year […]

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January 4, 2022

Homestead Exemption Changes – Effective January 1st!

By Roland Love, Vice President, Business Alliances & Field Operations So maybe you’ve heard the buzz – “I can get a residential homestead exemption anytime during the year!” Is that […]

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December 21, 2021

2022 and Beyond! A Market Update from Mark Sprague

By Mark Sprague, State Director of Information Capital As many of you look to 2022 and beyond, we all know it’s really anybody’s guess as to what the future holds. However, many of […]

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August 25, 2021

New PID Notice Requirements Q&A

By Kaema Roberson, VP – Director of Education If you haven’t already heard, beginning September 1, 2021, sellers will be required to provide notice to buyers when selling property located […]

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July 13, 2021

Mark Sprague’s Update to Lumber Futures

I keep getting these questions: “What are builders doing on purchasing lumber at these high prices?” “Any recommendations on when this will go down and how long?” and “Will prices […]

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