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New White Paper: ONLINE CLOSINGS — A Guide for Mortgage Lenders & Title Agents

In my new white paper, "ONLINE CLOSINGS -- A Guide for Mortgage Lenders & Title Agents" I discuss the current status of the law related to online notarization and some areas where the industry can work together to bring state laws into the modern age of technology for a fully paperless eClosing.

Hurricanes, Housing and The Economy: Analysis From Stewart Chief Economist Ted C. Jones, PhD

For those who live near the East or Gulf Coasts in the U.S. long enough, a hurricane or tropical depression will likely enter your life at some stage. Since I moved to Houston in 1997, the city has experienced three major storms in the Gulf of Mexico: Tropical Depression Allison, Hurricane Ike and the now-infamous …Read more

White Paper Coming Soon: Online eClosing and Notarization Technologies

Online notarization technologies are unfamiliar to most of us and live under a patchwork of new state laws and regulations. In 2017, online notarization gained traction as a number of state legislatures introduced online notary bills.

Hurricane Harvey: Stewart Associates Are #TexasStrong

Across Texas, the past 10 days have truly demonstrated the power of community, service to others and resilience. No one could have anticipated the impact of Hurricane Harvey over the Gulf Coast.

Steps to Recovery After a Disaster

After disaster strikes, many turn to their insurance policies to start the road back to recovery. Refer to these steps when preparing to file a claim with your insurance companies.

Q2 2017 Commercial Real Estate Cycles Report from Dr Glenn Mueller

This may be the most timely report you read this quarter regarding Commercial Real Estate — Dr. Glenn Mueller’s Real Estate Cycles Q2 2017 report from Black Creek Group – Black Creek Research.  The report contains a critical mass of valuable data spanning major commercial real estate markets across the country. Dr. Mueller’s analysis of …Read more

Metropolitan Statistical Area-Division Employment Growth — July 2017

Each month the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases employment data at the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and Division level in both Seasonally Adjusted Annualized Rates (SAAR) and non-seasonally adjusted formats. As I have written in the past: Jobs are everything to an economy. Period. Over what interval the jobs are counted, however, can change …Read more

Residential Purchase Lending Volume Forecast August 2017

As stated last month: As we economists say, “forecasting is difficult, especially the future.”   Fortunately, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the MBA update their quarterly and annual forecasts monthly for residential lending volumes –  both refinance and purchase transactions.  The forecasts typically span a three-year period, currently from 2016 to 2018.  The lagging year (2016 …Read more

Another Top-10 List — How Long $1 Million Will Last in Retirement by State

Retirees are one of the top growth markets in the U.S. with 10,000 people turning 65 every day morphing away from the workspace.  Savings and investments will greatly influence their ultimate lifestyle in conjunction with where they live.  Cost of living plays a big part. Perhaps the ultimate measure of the cost of living is …Read more

New Home Sales Wilt in the Heat of Summer in July 2017

New home sales unexpectedly fell 8.9 percent on a year-over-year basis in July 2017, now at an estimated 571,000 unit sales pace on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate (SAAR).  Sales dropped 9.4 percent sequentially from June’s 630,000 pace (SAAR).  Median new-home price was $313,700, up 6.3 percent versus the same month a year ago while …Read more

Welcome to Meridian Settlement Concepts...

Meridian Settlement is a full-service real estate title company providing settlement services and title insurance in Maryland, Pennsylvania, D.C., and Virginia with a proven system to reduce your closing costs.

We proudly display the Trusted Provider Seal presented to Meridian Settlement by our underwriter, Stewart Title Guaranty Company. This seal shows you, our client, that we are fully committed to you and to reducing your closing costs because we have gone through what we believe to be the most rigorous vetting process in the industry.  Click the seal to the right to understand the meticulous process that Meridian Settlement goes through on an ongoing basis to be able to display this seal. 

As a full-service real estate title company in Maryland, Pennsylvania, D.C., and Virginia Meridian Settlement can consult with you on any real estate transaction; whether it be commercial or residential, purchase or refinance.

We have over 50 years of combined industry knowledge with real estate settlement attorneys on staff to help you navigate even the most difficult transactions.

We look forward to servicing all of your real estate title and settlement needs.