The First American Blog

myFirstAm® Turns Three! [Infographic]

Posted by FirstAm Editor

Happy third birthday to our favorite technology, which is “growing up” before our eyes! This year has been a big year for myFirstAm®, First American’s innovative Web portal and mobile app for real estate transactions.

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Tags: Title Insurance, technology, myfirstam

New forms expected to make comparing mortgage terms easier

Posted by FirstAm Editor

The Know Before You Owe campaign, developed by the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), is intended to assist consumers shopping for a mortgage by allowing them to take advantage of revamped and more easily comprehensible mortgage disclosure forms.

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Tags: Homebuyer and Seller Education

NAR Predicts Rise in Home Prices This Year

Posted by FirstAm Editor

The U.S. housing market may have slightly slowed its progress during the frozen winter months, but industry experts are anticipating that things will soon pick up and prices will be on the rise for the next 12 months.

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Tags: Economy

Report: Fewer Homeowners Underwater in Q4

Posted by Steve Shultz

Since the housing bust in 2008, a large number of homeowners have found themselves drowning in their mortgages. Negative equity was abundant, and when a homeowner owes more on his or her mortgage than the property is worth, that's considered being underwater.

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Tags: Economy

Attention Real Estate Professionals: School is in Session

Posted by FirstAm Editor

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. 

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Tags: New Home Buying, technology, myfirstam

Five Reasons to Fall in Love with myFirstAm™

Posted by FirstAm Editor

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.

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Tags: Title Insurance, technology, myfirstam

Housing's inventory issue

Posted by FirstAm Editor

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

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Tags: Economy, Housing

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

Posted by FirstAm Editor

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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Tags: Housing

Ever Feel the Need to Work Easier? [Infographic]

Posted by FirstAm Editor

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. 

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Tags: Title Insurance, technology, myfirstam, infographic

Tips for hosting a successful open house during the winter

Posted by FirstAm Editor

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.

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Tags: Homebuyer and Seller Education