First American set to split in two Tuesday – latimes.com

After more than a century in business — and more than two years of planning — the time has arrived to split up First American Corp., the Santa Ana real estate services giant that employs more than 30,000 people and bills itself as America’s biggest provider of business information.

On Tuesday, each share of the company will be replaced by a share in each of two companies: the original title insurance and escrow business, which will trade as First American Financial Corp., and the newer financial data business, which also will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange, as CoreLogic Inc.

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Avoid Closing Problems By Being Prepared

All you see today are ads for the lowest mortgage rates around. How can all of them have the greatest rates, you ask.

If you want to avoid being fooled by such come ons, be sure you know your lender well. If you have never heard of a particular broker, get all the details you can about him. You should do this by talking the Better Business Bureau, or your government banking commission.

The next step is to make sure you are working with a lender who has experience in the kind of loan you are interested in. Also, you should make sure the lender has a lot of experience in the field. Working with a reputable, experienced broker is the single most important way to steer clear of headaches at closing.

Do a lot of study. With all of the information available to us today, it can be hard to find the correctnformation. study the different types of home loans available and what what payment terms are offered. In this manner, you can make a list of different loan types with the rates and terms in order to compare.

Another thing to consider is who the rates you are quoted apply to. You may see some realy good rates, but only people with absolutely top notch credit ratings are going to get those rates. So obtain the premiums over the best rate so you can make proper comparisons.

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Title Insurance Premiums Decline at Lower Rate than Previous Year – Yahoo! Finance

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The American Land Title Association (ALTA) reported title insurance premiums written during 2009 nearly held steady from 2008 after dropping significantly the past five years.

According to results from the ALTA’s 2009 Market Share Analysis, the industry reported a 4.5 percent decrease in title insurance premiums, falling to $9.6 billion from $10.0 billion in 2008. Title insurance premiums have fallen steadily since the height of the housing boom in 2005, when premiums reached their pinnacle of $16.9 billion.

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