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What Is Title Insurance? [Infographic]

By FirstAm Editor on July 18, 2014

Buying a home may be the American dream, but undiscovered title issues – like liens and forgeries – can make that dream a nightmare. That’s why title insurance has been helping protect American homebuyers, sellers and lenders for more than 130 years. Learn more about title insurance – and how it can help protect you and your home.  

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Topics: Homebuyer and Seller Education

Understanding The Good Faith Estimate (GFE) [Infographic]

By FirstAm Editor on July 9, 2014

NOTE: This post was written before the CFPB's Integrated Mortgage Disclousre changes with TRID. The GFE is no longer used in mortgage transactions. Visit for information about the new dsiclosures. 


With temperatures warming up around the country and school officially out of session,...

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Topics: Homebuyer and Seller Education

Interest Rates Now The Lowest Of 2014

By FirstAm Editor on May 12, 2014

Interest rates on a U.S. home loan dropped across the board in the week ending May 8, but the 30-year fixed rate outpaced them all. As reported by Freddie Mac's latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage dropped to 4.21 percent from 4.29 percent the week prior.

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Topics: Homebuyer and Seller Education, Economy

How Do You Find The Best City For Raising A Family?

By FirstAm Editor on May 8, 2014

If you're planning to settle down and raise a family soon - or if you're already in the midst of familial bliss - you're likely picky about where you want to live. Some of the many ideal factors might include safety, especially for children, and a low cost of living. Plus, mortgage rates are currently near historical lows, which can be an...

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MyFirstAm® Turns Three! [Infographic]

By FirstAm Editor on April 11, 2014

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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Topics: Title Insurance, Technology, MyFirstAm

New Forms Expected To Make Comparing Mortgage Terms Easier

By FirstAm Editor on April 8, 2014

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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Topics: Homebuyer and Seller Education

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