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Attention Real Estate Professionals: School is in Session

  
  
  
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Like most residential real estate professionals, you likely know that there's more to a home's appeal than its granite countertops and hard wood floors. Homebuyers today follow the mantra of "location, location, location" with resounding commitment, especially when it comes to schools. This may require you to do a little—or a lot—of research prior to showing or marketing a home. 

Five Reasons to Fall in Love with myFirstAm™

  
  
  
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February is here, along with all the hearts, chocolates and roses that Cupid tends to send our way this time of year. At First American, what we LOVE most is making the home-buying process easier for buyers, sellers and real estate professionals. That’s why we created myFirstAm.

Housing's inventory issue

  
  
  
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The housing market's gradual recovery continues to face one major obstacle in many local markets: Limited inventory.

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Helping Buyers Find Homes (and Love) This Valentine’s Day

  
  
  
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Do you know a buyer looking to relocate? When selecting a new locale, homebuyers might consider home prices, per capita income, educational opportunities or employment rates. But if your customers are alone this Valentine’s Day, perhaps it’s time to consider the romance quotient.

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Ever Feel the Need to Work Easier? [Infographic]

  
  
  
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We did. That's why we at First American Title created myFirstAmTM. This convenient platform for real estate transactions gives you powerful information and convenient alerts – wherever you are, on any device. 

Tips for hosting a successful open house during the winter

  
  
  
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Winter isn't traditionally the most popular time of the year to sell a house; the weather is cold and gray, and there's a good chance it will keep potential buyers from wanting to get out to look at homes. Spring is the most popular season for homebuying, but that doesn't mean you're out of luck if you’re looking to sell now.

Are you eligible for a 1031 exchange?

  
  
  
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If you own an investment property and are looking to sell, you may want to consider a 1031 tax-deferred exchange. This wealth-building tool can help you sell one investment property and purchase another while deferring taxes, including federal capital gains taxes, state capital gains taxes, the recapture of depreciation and the newly implemented 3.8% Medicare Tax, which can significantly increase your buying power.

What you should know about the Good Faith Estimate [VIDEO]

  
  
  
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When you apply for a mortgage your lender will send you a Good Faith Estimate, also known as a GFE. This standardized government form lets you review your potential loan and estimates the costs of the settlement services you'll be responsible for paying if your loan application is approved.

What you may not know about the Good Faith Estimate (GFE)

  
  
  
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The Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act requires a mortgage lender to issue a Good Faith Estimate to all potential borrowers. When you apply for a mortgage, make sure you receive this form from your lender.

Happy Thanksgiving from First American!

  
  
  
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As American as apple pie (or title insurance, for that matter!), Thanksgiving is a time when we can reflect on our blessings and spend time with loved ones. This year, take some inspiration from these great quotes and have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

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