WFG Insights

WFG Insights

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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July 14, 2022 25 min

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 headlines, adds perspective and offers an outlook as we navigate through these uncer...

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Many "experts" are calling current conditions a housing bubble and predicting a significant reset in the real estate market. But while inflation rages, rates rise and segments of the economy slow, WFG Founder and Executive Chairman Patrick Stone shares why real estate prices will remain elevated. That doesn't mean the market won't be challenging, and Pat also shares his outlook and advice for the remainder of 2022.

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Inflation and high gas prices are impacting consumer spending habits. Mortgage rates have spiked to their highest levels since 2008. Supply chains are still impacted by lockdowns in China, and Russia's war on Ukraine has rocked the commodities market. Now, as the Fed raises rates to fight inflation, what will the impact be on the housing market? For that answer and much more, we call on WFG Founder & Executive Chairman Patr...

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As mortgage rates flirt with 5% and inflation impacts consumer buying power, now is the time to adjust your game plan, if you haven't already. This episode is a must-listen, as WFG Founder & Executive Chairman Patrick Stone provides a game plan and offers an outlook for the real estate market in 2022. Plus, clarity on the headlines and how to help your clients in this uncertain environment.

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WFG Founder and Executive Chairman has seen it all in his 40+ years in the real estate industry. But even the veteran industry expert admits he's never seen anything like we're experiencing in 2022. Russia's invasion of Ukraine, inflation, and Fed rate hikes are creating a conundrum for economists with no consensus on the outlook. In this episode, Stone shares what he's watching, potential scenarios, and his lat...

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With inflation pegging the meter at rates not seen since the 1980's, the Fed will be forced to raise rates. The questions are how much, how quickly, and what the impact will be on longer-term mortgage interest rates and the red hot housing market. In this episode, WFG Founder & Executive Chairman Patrick Stone addresses the hype in media reports, provides perspective on the housing market, and previews a more in-depth forec...

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With property values continuing to climb across the country, and a surge of buyers searching for homes as interest rates slowly rise, experienced appraisal technology and teams are critical. In this episode, we welcome Sean Pyle, President of WFG-owned appraisal management company and property valuation service provider Valutrust Solutions. Pyle discusses industry trends, and potential changes that could ultimately have a positive ...

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WFG Founder and Executive Chairman is well-known and trusted for his candid and accurate predictions about the real estate market and the economy. While others drink the real estate Kool-Aid, Patrick tells it like it is- good, bad, or otherwise. In in our opening episode of 2022, Patrick provides his outlook and advice for real estate professionals on how to leverage their expertise in what he anticipates will be a changing market.

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Will runaway inflation lead to a spike in mortgage interest rates? Are tight inventory and the lack of affordable housing the ingredients for a price correction? And after a record-setting two year run in real estate, is the party finally over? For answers, we call on WFG Founder and Executive Chairman Patrick Stone who also shares his concerns about issues nobody else is talking about.

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If you're a real estate professional, you have two choices: You can drink the Kool Aid and cross your fingers with friendly forecasters. Or, you can tune-in to candid analysis and perspective, good, bad or otherwise. WFG Founder & Executive Chairman Patrick Stone is famous for telling it like it is, with warnings when appropriate, and unmatched guidance and perspective from almost 50 years experience in the profession.  Inf...

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The market is red hot, there's almost no inventory, and the price of lumber has skyrocketed. Some of the pundits are using the dreaded B-word to describe the current market frenzy. Should we brace for another housing crash? Not so fast... With almost 50 years experience in real estate and a pulse on all aspects of the economy that impact the market, WFG Founder & Executive Chairman Patrick Stone is the industry's candid...

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If we've learned anything in the past year, the threats to our business extend beyond customer service and on-time closings. Whether it's a global pandemic or a natural disaster, title agents across the country are constantly facing external factors that can, and often will, impact business operations, or the livelihood of the business itself. In this episode, WFG Executive Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Chief C...

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2020 was without question the craziest, busiest and most challenging year ever, and that's saying something in a real estate industry that has seen & done it all over the years. In this episode of the WFG Insider Report, Founder & Executive Chairman Patrick Stone recaps the year that was. He also offers his economic insight and delivers a preview of what to expect with interest rates, inventory and more in the year ahea...

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As a title agent, differentiating yourself in what many consider a commoditized business can be a challenge. So how about a different, more creative approach? In this episode, Brittany Hodak shares her simple, SUPER formula to create Superfans that will grow your business exponentially and set you apart from your competition.

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What do you get when you combine a legal background with tech expertise, curiosity, and a passion for positive transformation? Answer: Stavvy, led by Co-Founder Kosta Ligris, who is applying relevant and meaningful technology to the lender & settlement services. In this episode, Kosta joins us to share his journey in the real estate profession and the tech tools that are streamlining the flow of information during a transaction...

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September 8, 2020 28 min

An industry leader who's led exponential growth at Amrock for 20+ years, Brian Hughes is an advocate for innovation, putting his people and customers first, and driving his company to advance technology and streamline business. In this episode, Hughes shares how he led the rise of Amrock, offers insight for title agents across the country, and a forecast for the rest of 2020. 

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WFG Founder & Executive Chairman Patrick Stone is back with us for the first time since the outset of the global pandemic. It's been a remarkable run the past few months as the industry reinvented itself once again. Record-low mortgage interest rates are driving a refi boom, and families across America are re-evaluating the importance of the size and location of their home. In this episode, Stone offers an update on market ...

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What makes your agency different, or better than your competition? People? Technology? Experience? All of the above? In this episode ATA National Title President Bill Robinson joins Insider Host Brian Bushlach to share his insight as a second-generation title professional. Bill has worked in small offices and regional giants, and transformed ATA from an REO focus to full service over the past decade.

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WFG is an industry leader in technology and cyber security, providing agents across the country with the latest tools to streamline their services, make fixed costs flexible, and grow business. In this episode, TitleBox Creator Matthew Einheber joins Insider Host Brian Bushlach to share the massive effort he & his team are making to blend good old fashioned local title transfer knowledge with time saving technology for closing ...

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July 15, 2020 30 min

Kevin Breeland has seen it all in his 41 years as a mortgage lender. From double digit interest rates in the early 1980's, to the pandemic we're in the midst of, one thing remains constant: People need a roof over their head. In this episode, Breeland joins Insider Host Brian Bushlach to share his insight on interest rates, tighter credit & qualifying criteria for borrowers, and why we're fortunate to work in an ess...

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