Why You Should Choose SETCO Services for All of Your Closing Needs

Recently in the U.S., there was an outsize jump in apartment building, which caused there to be a moderate rise in U.S. housing starts. These housing starts increased by 9.2% in the month of August. With housing starts being on the rise, it is essential to find a trusted company that makes closing easy for you. At SETCO we train our team to know how to make closings easy and stress-free for our clients.

Updates from the Title Industry

The title industry is a growing industry, with record-breaking revenue being produced lately. Along with that, the merger and acquisition (M&A) trend is becoming popular in recent months as well. According to Deloitte, a major accounting organization, deal flow will increase in the next 12 months. Deloitte also said that financial services rank high as an industry likely to experience convergence. A significant reason behind M&A deals is the desire to acquire technology assets.

How to Arm Yourself Against the Ever-Growing Issue of Wire Fraud

Wire fraud in real estate is a fast-growing crime that is becoming more and more common every year. In 2017 alone, there was a reported $56 million in losses and 9,600 victims just from wire fraud in real estate deals. Here at Setco, we are dedicated to protecting our clients from wire fraud and any other cyber threats. We like to keep our clients aware of cyber crimes so that they can take the proper steps to protect themselves against these vicious crimes such as wire fraud.

Multiple Listing Service - What's Mine?

As the top Title and Escrow Company in Northwest Florida, SETCO Services is dedicated to helping clients have the best experience possible when closing on a house. Our staff knows the ins and outs of title and escrow so that you do not have to.

HUD/Census Bureau Releases Limited 2017 AHS Data

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development released summary tables and microdata this week from the 2017 American Housing Survey. Commonly referred to as the AHS, this survey is a biennial look at in-depth information across many aspects of housing in the United States. 

Increase Curb Appeal on the Cheap

Author J. K. Rowling says “A good first impression can work wonders.” Robert Cheese, athlete and motivational speaker is fond of saying "Go out of your way to make an outstanding first impression.” When you are trying to sell your home, you want to work wonders with the curbside appeal of your home, because if it looks outstanding when the potential buyers pull up, your chances of making a sale just went way up. 

Paper Trail: What Mortgage Documents Do You Really Need?

If you’re like most people, you have folders stuffed full of papers you don’t need, drawers overflowing with receipts, boxes with old files you’re hanging on to, just in case. Life generates a lot of paperwork, and one of the things that generates the most documents is closing on a mortgage. There are certainly some documents you don’t need after the sale is finalized! If you get a bee in your bonnet and decide to clean out some of that clutter in your drawers, here are some documents you really do need to hang on to, no matter what.

Seller’s Market Blues? Hang On a Bit Longer!

Are you looking for a home? Are you tired of being a buyer in a seller’s market? Take heart, you are not alone and the good news today is…the tide is starting to turn!
Experts predicted the market inventory might loosen up in late summer, and their predictions have proved accurate. Rising costs and lack of available homes finally discouraged enough buyers that sellers had to respond. As the summer has gone on, more inventory has gone unsold, and more prices have been reduced as sellers hope to widen the pool of potential buyers. 

A Realtor is a Realtor is a Realtor…Or Are They?

Not very long ago, if you wished to look for a home to buy, engaging the services of a real estate professional was the first step. With the advent of the internet, many people house hunt on their own or even attempt to go through the closing process without the assistance of a realtor. Even though the MLS has made it much easier to “DIY”, the services of a Realtor, real estate agent, or a real estate broker are invaluable to home buyers. 

Leaving the Nest? Be Ready to Fly!

Elective courses have come a long way since the days of shop for boys and home ec for girls. Now students in high school may opt to take Mandarin, graphic design, oceanography or computer networking. However, there is an area where most schools are still not teaching essential skills: General Life as an Adult. Whether you’re about to send your kids off to college or you’re about to graduate, there are some necessary skills all young adults should be taught. Here we will address young people who are ready to take responsibility for their own lives and cover some basic tasks that should be undertaken when one heads out into the adult world.