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WFG Insights

WFG / Feedback Media

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WFG National Title provides regular updates to its real estate industry partners with the WFG Insights Podcast. This podcast features WFG executives offering their perspective, along with industry influencers, agents and other real estate partners sharing their expertise and best business practices.
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Rousing Housing

Commerce Title

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Rousing Housing is the podcast of Commerce Title, located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Featuring local Baton Rouge experts who know Baton Rouge real estate, host Calvert Stone gets into some real talk about buying, owning, renting, flipping, selling, and even renovating. If it's Baton Rouge real estate, you'll hear it in Rousing Housing.
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FNF UNPLUGGED

FNF Family of Companies

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Providing real solutions for real business challenges. Welcome to FNF UNPLUGGED, Season Four. Conversations with professionals across the country. Exploring business topics, and empowering personal growth in real estate, financial services and the title insurance industry. FNF UNPLUGGED is a National Agency Operations Production. This podcast is being provided for informational purposes only. The podcast is not a comprehensive overview of the subject and is not intended to provide legal or f ...
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In this timely download, WFG Chairman and Founder Patrick Stone downplays talk of economic stagflation and calls for one Fed rate cut, perhaps as early as Q3. When that happens, Stone shares the impact it'll have on mortgage rates, and subsequently inventory as we hope to finish the year strong.By WFG / Feedback Media
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Seasoned title insurance professionals have likely forgotten more than some who are newer to the industry have yet to learn. That said, you're never too experienced for a refresher course in the nuances of the complicated, and often strict insurance product we provide. In this episode, FNF's Linda Grahovec calls on industry expert, attorney Bush Ni…
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If higher mortgage rates and scarce housing inventory wasn't enough, now a spike in homeowners insurance premiums adds another challenging ingredient to buying a home. The Florida market is in the crosshairs, but why are places far removed from hurricanes and wildfires also being impacted by rate hikes? In this episode, FNF's Chuck Cain calls on in…
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Inflation persists impacting mortgage interest rates, and inventory is still scarce. But WFG Chairman and Founder Patrick Stone believes in the builders and an improving interest rate environment as we move through the year. In this episode, he delivers an upbeat forecast, but cautions there are several wildcards that could impact the economy and t…
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The digital age offers the opportunity for seamless, secure, paperless real estate transactions. Yet the industry is slow to adopt and reluctant to implement technology or applications that have proven to save time and money. In this timely download, FNF's Chuck Cain welcomes Stavvy's EVP Digital Strategy Tim Anderson to cover not only the "what", …
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Recent Fed news has relaxed mortgage rates and while there's still a ways to go, ANY positive signs for the real estate market is welcome news as we close out a challenging year. In this year-end download, FNF's Chuck Cain welcomes ICE VP of Enterprise Research Strategy Andy Walden, who delivers an upbeat assessment. While mortgage rates will likel…
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The dust hasn't settled, and likely won't for several years, but one thing appears to be certain: The real estate industry as we know is about to change dramatically, particularly for buyers agents. The impact of Missouri's Sitzer-Burnett verdict will also be felt by lenders and title agents. In this timely episode, FNF's Chuck Cain calls on real e…
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The real estate market is a media favorite for sensational headlines and clickbait. So it's no surprise the Missouri real estate verdict in the Sitzer/Burnett buyer broker commission lawsuit moved the needle. The outcome will no doubt change the way real estate agents conduct business, but to what extent? And how can the real estate industry come t…
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Fall conferences are in the books and FNF's Chuck Cain has made the rounds, returning with the latest info from industry insiders. Think the recent verdict in Missouri won't impact title & settlement? Think again... Chuck explains why, and also provides an update on the activity of federal regulators as they ramp up scrutiny of the of the real esta…
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In a challenging time, its easy to be lured into social media posts, dire predictions and gossip about the economy and the real estate market. We are experiencing an unprecedented period, and while the circumstances may be different this time, its nothing new for our industry. In this download, WFG Chairman & Founder Patrick Stone calms concerns ab…
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Often referred to as "energy", our emotions and mindset are key in what is no doubt a challenging real estate market. Data, and accurate tracking, is also critical so we're devoting our time and resources to the partners and relationships that drive our business. In this sales-focused download, FNF's Chuck Cain, Ethan Powsner and Tim Hooper team up…
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In the cyclical world of real estate brokerage, lending and settlement services, regulators often take action when the market is slower. That's the case this year as we're seeing stepped up enforcement action, which is time consuming and costly. On top of that, the person who handled compliance may have been a victim of budget cuts. In this episode…
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Expectations of lower mortgage interest rates this fall are no longer in the forecast and it appears Q4 of 2023 and at least the first half of 2024 will continue to be challenging for real estate professionals. So what should you be doing now to prepare for the next cycle? And when will the market bounce back? In this download, WFG Chairman & Found…
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The downshift in the real estate market allows industry professionals the time to re-engage with teams and sharpen sales tools for the opportunities ahead. In this episode, FNF's Chuck Cain welcomes FNF VP of Training & Technology Tim Hooper. Tim shares how he's coaching real estate agents and title professionals as we prepare for the next cycle in…
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Location, location, location: The reason it's a cliche, is because it's true. Specific markets are feeling more pain, particularly in the office sector, than others. How will things unfold in the years ahead? And what sector are investors still bullish on? For those answers and much more, FNF's Chuck Cain calls on Jamie Woodwell, President in the R…
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In spite of dire predictions last year of another real estate market crash, home prices remain stable, competition is fierce is some markets, and consumers are adjusting to higher mortgage interest rates. WFG Chairman & Founder Patrick Stone remains one of the few voices of reason in the real estate industry, and correctly forecast the market we're…
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Mortgage rates remain elevated and inventory is severely constricted in most markets. The good news is the job market is strong, and it appears if a recession does hit, it'll be mild. So the obvious question is this: When will we arrive at the intersection of favorable rates and increasing inventory? Few in the industry possess the data and insight…
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Headlines suggest a strong job market and slowing inflation. But WFG Founder & Chairman Patrick Stone always investigates what's beyond the headlines. Armed with that data and 48 years experience in the real estate industry, he sees things differently that most prognosticators. In this episode, Stone reveals what he's watching, and why the housing …
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Often times important topics become a buzzword or acronym that gets lost in the day-to-day and month-to-month world in the real estate business. But for the next generation of real estate professionals, there is an opportunity to grow business by connecting with a diverse community. In this episode, FNF's Chuck Cain welcomes attorney and closing ag…
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In part 2 of our series, FNF's Linda Grahovec welcomes back marketing expert Wayne Stanley from Bowe Digital to share what he's seeing, hearing and interacting with in the real estate marketing world. CAUTION: This information may offend real estate professionals who are sending out marketing materials at the post office. Seriously, everyone has th…
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A calm real estate market means more professionals are tuned into market news, updates and personal development. It's an ideal time to be in touch with referral partners and building new relationships. But how much is TOO much? And what happens when the marketing "flavor of the month" goes stale, or isn't work for your business model. In Part 1 of …
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As the conversation continues between FNF's Chuck Cain and real estate and lending industry veteran Dave Stevens, the focus shifts from regulatory and compliance concerns to the bigger issues ahead. Affordability, or lack thereof, due to a significant shortage of housing inventory, will continue to pinch the housing market even as rates are expecte…
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In the opening download of this riveting two-part conversation, FNF's Chuck Cain welcomes industry insider and veteran Dave Stevens for a candid take on the real estate industry. In his 40-year career, Stevens has seen and done it all, as a top loan originator, CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association, and Federal Housing Commissioner. Stevens doesn…
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The spring real estate season has arrived but there hasn't been much change in market conditions. Mortgage rates are still higher than most consumers would like, housing inventory remains low, and until we see a significant uptick in construction these market conditions will hold. How long until things get moving again? What concerns are there in t…
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The pandemic is thankfully behind us, and one of the positive outcomes was the forced push into e-notes, digital closings and a more flexible, streamlined process for the real estate industry. That said, challenges remain, and industry players will need to work closely together to as we take the next stop to save clients time and reduce cost. In th…
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He may be one year into his well-deserved retirement, but John Voso hasn't forgotten about the industry he helped shape. Fact is, John has probably forgotten more than most of us know the business! In this entertaining and heartwarming episode, FNF's Linda Grahovec reconnects with John, who offers his insight.…
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The market may have downshifted, but the bad guys have ramped up their game. Over half of the real estate transactions in Q4 of 2022 had vulnerabilities which could lead to fraud. In this important download, FNF's Chuck Cain invites FundingShield Chairman & CEO Ike Suri to share the recent report, and offer insight and advice for all parties involv…
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Predictions of doom & gloom in the real estate market are beginning to brighten- and spring is still over a month away! What's driving this solid start? And why does WFG Chairman & Founder Patrick Stone feel so optimistic as we move through the year? In this download, he shares his reasons for optimism, along with key insight on The Fed, interest r…
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We open Season 4 of FNF UNPLUGGED with an adrenaline rush of creative juice from NYT best-selling author, entrepreneur, investor and keynote speaker Josh Linkner. In this episode, Josh motives and inspires with his keys to reinventing your business. FNF's Linda Grahovec leads this motivational conversation, as Josh provides real world examples you …
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At this point, we're all aware that the year ahead will be challenging in the real estate industry. And while the market conditions have shifted significantly, other threats loom: cybersecurity concerns, government intervention, accessibility and new consumer privacy laws are all in play. In this episode, FNF's Chuck Cain offers an update and guida…
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There's no question the first half of this year will likely be the toughest real estate market ever. While the Great Recession was brutal, the industry was busy with foreclosures and short sales. This time, there are few transactions as the market is paralyzed due to higher rates, low inventory, and a significant lack of affordability. In spite of …
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Rising mortgage interest rates, a looming recession, and sagging consumer confidence are all the ingredients for an extremely challenging real estate market in the year ahead. Title agents who are prepared will not only survive, but can thrive as competitors who don't adapt will find themselves cutting staff and profits. In this episode, FNF's Chuc…
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No one expects 2023 to be a good year in the real estate industry. So if you haven't already made the tough decisions, now is the time. In this episode, WFG Founder & Executive Chairman Patrick Stone offers a blunt assessment of the market and advice on how to manage through it. He also offers an optimistic outlook for the latter half of next year-…
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The headlines are intended to grab us and get that click. But what's really going on in the bond markets? What direction are mortgage interest rates headed? And what key data are industry insiders watching to determine how, and when the market will improve. In this episode, FNF's Chuck Cain calls on respected industry expert Andy Walden, VP of Ente…
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With the industry adjusting and teams seeking to grow or maintain by acquisition, there's a new pipeline of talent to explore. In this episode, FNF's Linda Grahovec welcomes Nathan Britsch, EVP of Compliance at Neighborhood Loans. Britsch provides a lender's perspective on the future of mortgage financing, qualification changes, being tactical vers…
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The industry was forced to go remote, mobile & virtual during the pandemic. Now, a sudden and dramatic downturn in the market will likely cement Remote Online Notary or RON as lenders look to save money on every single transaction, at every title agency or attorney's office regardless of size. In this episode, FNF's Chuck Cain welcomes digital advo…
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It's almost impossible to ignore the real estate and economic headlines. If we're not already in a recession, we're on the verge, and there appears to be no end in sight to rising rates and energy prices. So what is the timeline? How long will this market downturn last? And how will we rebound and return to business as usual- if there is such a thi…
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When asked the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" none of us answered "title examiner" or "escrow officer". With the exception of a few family title businesses, most of us landed in settlement services from another profession, or a career change. In this episode, FNF's Linda Grahovec connects with 40-year industry veteran Leslie Mi…
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He's worked his way up from an agency sales rep, through management roles, the executive suite and now, Mike Nolan is the CEO of the FNF Family of Companies. Few are as well-versed and in touch with the industry, our people, and our agents as Mike. In this episode, FNF's Linda Grahovec leads a master class in leadership with Mike, who pulls from hi…
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With business slowing and a challenging 12-18 month forecast ahead, it's natural to consider cutting back in response to the market. But in this episode, WFG Founder and Executive Chairman Patrick Stone leans in, announcing WFG's ambitious expansion plans in the builder market and commercial real estate. Stone also explains why you should invest in…
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Real estate is literally in Dan Elsea's DNA. The third generation co-owner, with brother Stuart, of Michigan's Real Estate One has weathered the inevitable market cycles just like his father and grandfather before him. In this episode, FNF's Chuck Cain calls on Dan for a market update, perspective, and reflection on what's kept this family business…
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Part 2 of a Sales & Marketing One Two Punch: As the real estate market transitions to a healthy balance over the next year, the focus will be on YOU. Your people skills, your communication, and your ability to differentiate yourself from your competition. In a world where we're often viewed as a commodity, there's never been a more important time t…
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Part 1 of a Sales & Marketing One Two Punch: When the real estate market is on tilt, we're too busy chasing deals and closing business to focus on sales improvement. With market conditions changing fast, now is the time to focus on your sales skills, or areas needing improvement. In this episode, FNF's Linda Grahovec checks in with Darlene Wilsey, …
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Inflation appears to be cooling, albeit slowly- just as WFG Founder & Executive Chairman Patrick Stone predicted in previous episodes. Now, it's time for a check up from the neck up: Try to ignore sensational headlines and focus instead on improving your business while you have time. In this episode, Patrick offers his checklist for what you should…
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You were either born into this business, or you stumbled into it... Some of you remember the IBM Selectric Typewriter and Xerox machines, others might have to Google that. Whether you're an industry veteran or a newbie, you need to know your numbers to survive. In this episode, FNF's Chuck Cain invites Lodestar Software Solutions Founder & CEO Jim …
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Insurance is what we do. But how do we insure ourselves against a 24/7 threat that could put us out of business in a matter of seconds? In this episode, FNF's Chuck Cain welcomes cyber insurance expert and settlement industry-specific partner Peter Riebling to the podcast for an a conversation we all struggle with.…
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As we continue our conversation with former ALTA CEO Michelle Korsmo, who now leads the National Restaurant Association, FNF's Linda Grahovec delves deeper into the importance of association engagement. Korsmo shares what leaders can do to provide value for members, and her task of supporting over 500,000 member restaurants across the nation.…
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Inflation is raging, rates are on a rollercoaster and a recession is looming, or may have already arrived. But that's not necessarily bad news for the real estate market, as consumers and the industry welcomes an uptick in inventory while adjusting to higher rates. In this episode, WFG Founder & Executive Chairman Patrick Stone corrects the headlin…
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