For years we have heard that we should buy products “Made in the USA”. But China has done a great job of undercutting prices to entice us to buy Chinese products. Amazon, Walmart, Target, 5 Below, Harbor Freight, Rural King and Dollar Stores (just to name a few) are full of cheap Chinese goods that … Read more We Can do Something about China
The trend in the title industry has been heading towards E-Closings and E-Recordings for quite some time. Yet some of us have resisted (myself included) because of some risks, lack of cooperation from the various county clerks, and the lack of personal interaction. Well COVID-19 has forced us to dip our collective toe into the … Read more It’s an “E” World! Thanks to COVID-19, the Title Industry is Moving to E-Closings & E-Recording
We’re suffering from Empty Nest Syndrome here at Blue Ink Original. Our boy is off to college – Guiding Eyes college. Hayes past his entrance exam and is now in training and on his way to becoming a guide dog. Very proud of our sweet boy and can’t wait to hear about his experiences. Unfortunately, … Read more Bye-Bye Hayes
I see I’ve been a poor blogger. My last blog was “Interest Rates are Rising – But Don’t Panic”. Now interest rates are dropping! They are back down to where they once were and may even go a bit lower. So, if you’re on the fence about buying a home, get off the fence! You … Read more Now Interest Rates are Dropping – Get off the Fence!
Yes, the FED has raised interest rates which has caused the 30-year mortgage interest rate to rise from 3.8% to 4.8% with indications that it will continue to climb. Is it time to cancel your home search and continue to rent? Let’s put things in perspective. There was a time not so long ago when … Read more Interest Rates are Rising – But Don’t Panic
This past week was an interesting one. We conducted the seller side of three closings where the buyers opted to use another title company/attorney. Both one of the other title companies and other attorney are fairly new to the area, and the other title company was out of our region (Front Royal, Warren County). None … Read more When will we be recorded? (And why does it matter?)
Naboo came to us from another volunteer raiser back in July of 2016. She’s been a true pleasure to raise and Saturday she went back to Guiding Eyes headquarters for training to become a Guide Dog. She passed her initial test on Tuesday and is on her way. A new puppy is coming soon, so … Read more Make us proud Naboo!
Imagine if there were no settlement agents or attorneys who handled closings. You decide to buy a home. Your lender hands you a pile of paper and tells you to sign everything, and they hand you a suitcase full of money – hundreds of thousands of dollars. YOU have to figure out how much cash … Read more Imagine there were no settlement agents…