What Realtors® Should Know About Owner’s Title Insurance

By | 2016-12-27T18:10:12+00:00 June 30th, 2016|Categories: Title & Escrow FAQ|Tags: , , |

If you’re a Realtor®, you know that a lender’s title insurance policy is required for any type of mortgage. You also know that many homebuyers are already confused and daunted by the process of buying a home. Why, then, would you want to burden your clients by suggesting they add purchasing owner’s title insurance to their [...]

Do Lenders Require Title Insurance When Refinancing?

By | 2016-12-27T18:10:12+00:00 June 22nd, 2016|Categories: Title & Escrow FAQ|Tags: , , |

If you’re considering refinancing your home—and now may be a good time to do so—you may be wondering if you’ll need a new title insurance policy. While current your owner’s title insurance policy is still good, your lender will require a new policy if you decide to refinance your mortgage. Why Does the Lender Need a [...]

Now Hiring Processors

By | 2016-12-27T18:10:12+00:00 June 21st, 2016|Categories: Job Opening|

Now hiring: Title Insurance Processors Business:  Smart Title & Escrow Position: Title Processor – 3 years experience required Location: Nashville, Franklin, Murfreesboro TN  Summary of Job Opening: We are looking for an experienced Real Estate Title Insurance and settlement processor to prepare settlement packages for real estate closings. 2-3 years’ experience in the title insurance field [...]

Realtors®: Maximize Your Time With These 10 Amazing Apps

By | 2016-12-27T18:10:12+00:00 June 17th, 2016|Categories: Real Estate Tips|Tags: , , |

At Smart Title and Escrow, we believe in sharing the hottest tips and tricks we can with our friends on the real estate side of the aisle—and after a little research on time-saving apps we could use ourselves, here’s what we came up with that will help Realtors® and mortgage professionals make the most of their [...]

Freddie Mac CEO Says Mortgage Industry is Running Great

By | 2016-12-27T18:10:12+00:00 June 7th, 2016|Categories: Real Estate Tips|Tags: , , , |

Donald Layton, CEO of Freddie Mac, says the mortgage industry is running exceptionally well—and it’s improving every day. “The mortgage industry is a far better run industry. We understand risk better,” says Layton. “We just can't brag about it that much.” As of now, the company has returned just under $100 billion to taxpayers—and that’s $27 [...]

The Benefits of Mortgage Pre-Approval

By | 2016-12-27T18:10:12+00:00 May 26th, 2016|Categories: Real Estate Tips|Tags: , , , |

If you’re like most people who are thinking about buying their first home, you’re probably wondering where to begin. As with many things in life, you can save a lot of trouble if you start with the financing. Sure, it’s not as exciting as looking at houses for sale, but it can get you into your [...]

New Homes: Bigger, Better, More Expensive

By | 2016-12-27T18:10:12+00:00 May 18th, 2016|Categories: Real Estate Tips|Tags: , , |

It’s no secret that homebuyers want plenty of space to sprawl out, but now there’s scientific data to back up the trend that many Realtors® and other industry professionals have seen over the past few years. New homes are getting bigger… and they’re becoming more expensive. What the Numbers Say About Bigger, Pricier Homes Data from [...]

A Lesson in Strength from my Mom

By | 2016-12-27T18:10:12+00:00 May 3rd, 2016|Categories: President's Corner|

My mother is Ki Suk Hollingshead.  She was raised in Pusan, South Korea, where her entire family had resided for generations.  At the age of 18, she left Pusan and moved to the U.S. to start her new life with my dad.  Ki Suk Hollingshead Dad says that he fell in love with my [...]

The Increasing Financial Burden Crushing Renters

By | 2016-12-27T18:10:12+00:00 April 27th, 2016|Categories: Real Estate Tips, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Economists consider housing expenses “burdensome” if rent or house payments are more than 30 percent of a person’s income. The cost of renting a home or apartment has risen in recent years at a much faster pace than incomes have, which means that an increasing number of renters are burdened by the cost of rent. Rent [...]

Meet Jill Branyan- Title Representative

By | 2016-12-27T18:10:13+00:00 April 20th, 2016|Categories: Meet Our Staff|

Maybe you've received a phone call from Jill Branyan inviting you to a "Lunch and Learn" or an after work "Cocktail Mixer". Today, we'd like to introduce you to the woman behind that friendly phone call. Meet Jill Branyan: Jill Branyan- Smart Title How did you end up in Nashville? I moved to  Nashville [...]