December 6, 2016

What to Know When Selling a Smart Home

Smart home technology is becoming more and more popular among homeowners.  In fact, per a recent survey by HGTV, forty-six percent of consumers want their current or next home to have smart home technology.  These gadgets are beginning to reshape how homes operate, and they are influencing our industry such as staging homes, holding open houses, setting […]

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November 2, 2016

Top 10 Google Chrome Extensions

One of our favorite groups on Facebook is Tech Support for Real Estate.  This group allows you to post technical questions concerning the real estate industry letting others chime in on a solution or with their opinion.  Lately, a common question has been “What Chrome extensions can you not live without?” What is a Chrome extension you […]

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October 24, 2016

Are You Utilizing Zillow’s Video Walk-through Feature?

Earlier this year, Zillow released a new feature allowing Realtors to post a “video walk-through” of their listings.  These video walkthroughs are soundless videos that are shot directly from the user’s smart phone via Zillow’s app.  They are capped at two minutes and no less than 10 seconds, so they are designed to be quick and best […]

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October 11, 2016

New Classes for Abby Vasek!

Over the past year we at Independence Title have had the pleasure of working with Abby Vasek as an outside instructor. She is a delightful trainer that brings enthusiasm and joy into every class that she teaches. Recently Abby has been busy creating new classes to help teach Realtors more about the world of design. […]

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October 4, 2016

Buyer Capture is Here!!

Have you ever driven across town to pick up an earnest money check from your buyer?  If so, put down your car keys… buyer capture is here!!  We are excited to announce that the buyer capture feature with the ZOCCAM mobile app is now available! You may recall an earlier blog post about the ZOCCAM mobile app which […]

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September 15, 2016

My Assistant Can’t Do What?

The quarterly TREC meeting was held on August 15, 2016 and there was no discussion about changes to the current advertising rules as suspected.  Instead the commission focused on changes that could affect your assistant’s job description.  The proposed changes to TREC Rule 535.4 would impact the showing of properties by assistants who are unlicensed, […]

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August 23, 2016

It’s Time to Go Back to School!!

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Article from Austin American-Statesman about a possible national downturn in the housing market

Recently, the Austin-American Statesman ran a story about a speech from Gary Keller, the co-founder of Keller Williams. Keller warned his agents across the country to prepare for a coming downturn in the national housing market. You can review the story here. I and several other local housing experts were asked to comment for the […]

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August 17, 2016

Meet Our New Outside Instructor!

The education team at Independence Title is thrilled to announce Pat Patton as a new outside instructor! Pat has been a licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of Texas since 1975. He holds undergraduate degrees in Marketing and Management from The University of Texas and a Master’s degree with distinction in International Marketing from the […]

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August 11, 2016

Top Three Reasons to Complete Paragraph 21

Paragraph 21. NOTICES is often not completed upon execution of the final contract. We’ve heard many different reasons for leaving it blank over the years. A strong contender is the agent simply doesn’t readily have the information at the time of the offer. Some agents choose to list their own address, email, and phone number. […]

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August 4, 2016

Have You Updated IndependenceTitleAgent?

Have you ever tried to explain a Seller’s Net Sheet to someone and their native language is Vietnamese? Or have you ever had trouble comparing multiple offers IndependenceTitleAgent can help! IndependenceTitleAgent is a closing cost app that will help you calculate closing costs, run Seller Net Sheets and Buyer Quick Estimates, and so much more! […]

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July 28, 2016

Deposit Earnest Money with your Smartphone!

Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could save valuable time by depositing Earnest Money via your smart phone?  And what if you could attach the contract to be sent along with the check?!  Guess what – YOU CAN!  You can now deliver Earnest Money along with the contract electronically to Independence Title using an app […]

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June 22, 2016

Top Five Tech Tips for Real Estate Agents

  The Education Team of Independence Title frequently attends conferences and webinars to stay up with the latest and greatest in technology in the real estate industry. Using that information, we created a list of “tech tips” that we think are worth your while. Here’s the first 5 for you to check out: 1)  LinkedIn […]

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June 17, 2016

Luxury homes trending towards buyers’ market

Welcome back to the Independence Voice! This week, we will take a look at the state of the national economy, and how it is influencing our local and regional real estate markets. The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its most recent job report showing that the U.S. economy added only 38,000 jobs in May, far […]

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May 24, 2016

The Ultimate App!!

How much will my monthly payment be? How much do I need to bring to the closing table? How much will I net at closing? If you are a Realtor you probably hear these questions every day from your buyers and sellers. What if you could answer your clients’ questions within seconds with one user-friendly […]

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May 16, 2016

Beware! Wire Fraud is at an All Time High.

You’ve done it!  You took a Buyer from shopping for a house, to a contract on a house, to the closing table and you couldn’t be more ecstatic for them.  Then… in total shock you find out your Buyers have wired thousands of dollars to a thief!  You discover the “I could never be a victim to wire fraud, it’d never happen to me” […]

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May 10, 2016

New Additions to Our Education Team!

School will soon be out for summer, but Independence Title’s classes are still in session!  We are continuing to grow our education resources and have added two new members to our team,  Sandy Lambright and Kaema Roberson, who bring a wealth of experience to support our clients and staff. Sandy Lambright has over 16 years […]

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April 5, 2016

Looking for Something to do While Sitting in Traffic?

Let’s face it, sitting in traffic isn’t ideal.  Especially when your to-do list is a mile long, you were supposed to be at your appointment 20 minutes ago and every radio station is playing that VERY annoying used car guy commercial.  We get it and can very much relate!  What can you do while you […]

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March 23, 2016

In Praise of Texas Title Insurance

Kara McGregor, Sr. Vice President of Business Development, Independence Title Advocates for the deregulation of Texas title insurance don’t fully understand the product, or the ways in which the industry in Texas is exemplary. In the U.S., for a one-time fee a title insurance policy protects property owners from losing their homes due to claims […]

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March 9, 2016

Instagram for Real Estate

Did you know that Facebook purchased Instagram for $715 million 4 years ago? That’s right, almost a BILLION DOLLARS! At that time Instagram only employed 12 people. Needless to say, a lot has changed in the last 4 years, especially when it comes to Instagram’s popularity as well as overall marketing via social media. We […]

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