2007 Year In Review - By: Brad Andersohn

Education & Training with Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty




WOW, what a year!  Certainly one for the History and Record Books.  I was asked to write this "Year In Review" by Jennifer Fivelsdal as a combined effort along with a few of our other Active Rain Members.  A reflection of a year now past!  Jennifer asked that I cover three areas: Title and Escrow, Technology, and my pick for the Top 12 Member Posts in 2007.  I'll give it my best shot, but 2007 was one "INCREDIBLE" and life changing year!  This will be a challenging task to try and cover in a single post!



Here are ALL THE POSTS on Active Rain Tagged with the Keywords Title & Escrow, Title, Escrow, Commitments, Title Insurance, Title Policy, Title Company, and Preliminary Reports.  These "Titles" are not typically the hotter topics here on Active Rain, so you won't find many comments on most of these posts.  To some, I guess this is major boring stuff, but for others, you might find title issues and escrow procedures and practices fascinating!  I hope this post will inspire and motivate you to add your comments to those who spent the time, and worked so hard to create these.  :-)

The Title and Escrow Industry has experienced many unforeseen changes in 2007.  Most of this you already know this, but I'll recap anyway.  2007 was not without surprises for those of us who have been in the Industry for as long as I have. (1986)  We have witnessed many consolidations and cut-backs all across the Nation, both internally and with the competition.  Some Title and Escrow Companies have had to layoff tenured employees and even close their doors and operations.


There has been a shift in the amount of transactions being handled in many of our
geographic locations.  We are seeing more diversification in the types of transactions being closed.  The volume of Short sales, Pre-Foreclosures, Foreclosures, and Auctions are way up.  The REO transactions in our area are being opened and closed in record setting numbers.  Regarding standard resale transactions, we are still seeing the upper end Homes in certain areas closing more regularly.  However, there are still fewer transactions than expected with the shifted market conditions.

Looking back on 2007, here are some other items and topics that were "In The News" and I feel are worthy of sharing:

Title Company offers assistance to Homeowner Fire Victims in Southern California 
Microsoft & Title Company, saving money and delivering Power and Excellence through technology
Title Company creates a user friendly Website and Platform for Agents, Brokers, Buyers and Sellers
NEW Portal to Access Blank Forms and Documents in both .PDF and Word .DOC Formats
CREDCO’S Anthem Compliant With Freddie Mac’s Updated Guidelines For Non-Traditional Credit
Title and Escrow Company goes International: China, Africa, Middle East, Europe, and Latin America
Title Company "S-Crows" Perform Live at the Contra Costa Realtors "In Motion" 2007 Christmas Party

I am confident that the Title and Escrow Industry,
(especially our company :-)) will be better prepared to deal with many of the issues, challenges, and changes that have hit us all so hard this past year.  We've assessed the market and conditions, made changes and adjusted to them, and we have incorporated new plans, strategies, and tools, to assist and help our clients be more successful.  I'm excited and looking forward to a great 2008! 



Now, how can I summarize ALL the technology that we've discovered in 2007?  This seems a bit overwhelming and almost impossible.  I'll start by sharing some of the technology and sites I have discovered as a benefit from being a member here on Active Rain. There are sooo many Sites, Products, Tools, Services, and Networks that we have all been exposed to.  Many of them have been written about, but let me try to summarize the best I can.  Here's just a few that come to mind:

Active Rain
, Real Estate 411, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Yedda, MySpace, Cre8Buzz, TechKnowBabble, Agent Assist, The Blog Builder, Widget World, MyBlogLog, Yahoo Blog, Youtube, Trulia Voices, The Eagle Eye, VREO, iMusicScene, FotoBiz, MuzakBlog, The Widget Showcase, Squidoo, Naymz, Utterz, Viddler, Flickr, Technorati, BlogRush, Digg, Spock, Konnects and The Escrow Guy!  These are all New Sites, Blogs, Memberships etc. that I had no knowledge of prior to my start here in March of 2007.  What an incredible year of technology it has been!  Makes my head spin when I look back at the year!  I will be adding some other 2007 technology discoveries in the comments of this post just to try and save some room here! LOL!

 Most of the Products, Tools, and Services that were discovered this past year are right here in Active Rain!  They are scattered all throughout these Sites and Blogs.  Many of them you will find on my Blog and Profile page here on Active Rain.  These are products and tools that can be very useful and valuable to you and your business.  There are just way too many to list in the "Year In Review!"  MY LINKS

As for me personally on AR, 2007 has been a lot of work, but more importantly, it's been so much fun.  I have witnessed our membership grow from 26,000 to well over 62,000 in just 9 months, I have inched my way into the Top 5 members in CA. where there are almost 10,000, I've somehow accrued 150,000 points from 178 posts, received nearly 10,000 comments, and made 6200.  I have invited 113 new members, been added by 335 Associates and lastly, have finally joined the Ranks of some of the Most Subscribed and Finest Bloggers on Active Rain.  What an honor!  Yep!  I'm exhausted!! LOL!  But what a memorable year 2007 has been for me here personally.  



Here are 12 of some of my favorite posts that I have bookmarked on Active Rain for 2007.  I currently have hundreds saved, so this portion will take me the longest and be the hardest part of my "Year In Review."  There are so many great posts and Blogs, I think we should have an Active Rain Bookmark Share Week or Club!  LOL!  For this post, I'm going to select the ones that might be most helpful to you and your Blogging experiences.  I know they were for me.  I think I may have even slipped one or two of mine in here as well!  :-O

Do You SEO?

Are you a balanced Rainer? What does your Points Tally card say about you?

Top 10 Most Common SEO Mistakes

ActiveRain Networking

10 Effective Steps to Blogging For Business $$$

ActiveRain Community Resources - Updated 05/18/07

How To Add Some Depth To Your AR Posts - FREE!

Activerain brings Business Success

Blogging 101 - Advice from some of the best....


20 Google Tools for Your Business

Is ActiveRain Everything You Expected???

There are literally thousands of posts that qualify and deserve to be here in this "Year In Review" post.
  Hopefully, these will be useful and keep you busy for awhile!  For a link to the most active posts of all time on AR, just click here to see many of the others I wish I could include.  In Wrapping up, this is the end of a fantastic yet challenging year for many of us.  I can hardly wait to see what 2008 brings to our Industry, our Lives, and to this Fabulous Network of people. 

In Closing, one major thing I will say that I have learned in 2007 is that the true value from Active Rain is not in the Blogs, the Comments, or even the points.  It's all about the friendships and relationships that are born and created here.  AR is such an awesome group of members, I'm so thankful for all the friends and clients I have made here.  I wish everyone the VERY BEST this next year!!  Have a safe and .....


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Monika McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area

Brad...You selected some great posts and I know it must have very hard to narrow it down to 12 in each category.

Happy New Year!  

Dec 31, 2007 01:13 PM #48
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
Hi Brad - These posts would make a great starting point for both brand new and estalished Rainers heading into 2008. You've contributed a tremendous amount of content and ideas to the Rain this year, and this post really caps it off. Have a great new year!
Dec 31, 2007 01:30 PM #49
Jan Wood
None - Gallatin, TN
Happy New Year, Brad.  As always, your blog just blows me away.  So much work has gone into all your blogs and you are truly amazing.  Your blog was one of the first I subscribed to and I am so glad I did.  If it weren't for you, I'd still be posting everything in WYSWIG!  Thanks for all your contributions to AR and its members and being there for me when I needed you.
Dec 31, 2007 02:17 PM #50
Lizette Fitzpatrick
Lizette Realty - Richmond KY - Lexington, KY
Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes
Brad, I have to say that you really did get involved in a lot of new projects in 2007! I learned so much just by checking you out every now and then! lol I'm amazed at all the knowledge we have at our fingertips at AR. I kinda laugh to myself when I run across an agent that hasn't even heard of AR. That only tells me how behind with the times they are! It sure has been a good year, but I'm really looking forward to this new one so I can perfect what I know now. Thanks for all of your help and friendship. Have a fantastic 2008!
Jan 01, 2008 12:50 AM #53
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate
Brad - A terrific year end review to some terrific information and people here at AR. Your work is exceptional...Happy New Year!
Jan 01, 2008 01:38 AM #54
Jill Wente
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate | Gary Greene - Spring, TX
Realtor, CRS, MCNE, CHMS
Happy New Year, Brad. Thanks for the year in review post. Some of these posts I had not seen. I have picked up a few new ideas from your summary. Thanks again.
Jan 01, 2008 02:49 AM #55
Kim Carpenter
Coldwell Banker - Alton, NH
Lake Winnipesaukee REALTOR -Lake Winnipesaukee Real Estate, NH
Great job Brad- thanks for your effort on this... I will have to do some reading now!!!  Happy New Year!
Jan 01, 2008 06:03 AM #56
Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX
Brad, this is such a beautifully written and informative post! This is my favorite year end post so far. I didn't get involved in AR till the second half of 2007 just in time to get hooked. I'm looking forward to more great reading in 2008 and I plan to explore each corner of this one! Thank you so much for all the effort and talent you share with us! I'll read you in the Rain! Deb
Jan 01, 2008 03:49 PM #57
Meg Zoller
Keller Williams - Houston, TX
Houston Fine Homes

Brad - This post is a wonderful statement and review of the year.  I intend to read each post that you commented on before I go to bed tonight.  I truly enjoy reading everything you post.  Thank you for continuing my education.

Happy New Year!

Jan 01, 2008 06:34 PM #58
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Thank you so much for all these wonderful comments!  I apologize for not responding sooner, my son Broke his arm yesterday and we spent most of New Years Day at Kaiser getting him better.  He fell off his skateboard. (post to follow..doctors orders :-))  This .jpg xray photo shows how much pain the little guy had to endure.  I'm just glad and blessed it wasn't his head. I will respond to your comments as soon as I get a chance, I sure appreciate all the love and support that has carried over into this New Year!  Please keep him and us in your thoughts and prayers!  :-)

Jan 02, 2008 04:48 AM #59
Doreen McPherson
Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe - Tempe, AZ
Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~
Oh Brad, Bless his little heart.  That looks like it hurt big time.  I am praying for a quick and complete recovery.  ouch, ouch, ouch!  
Jan 02, 2008 05:00 AM #60
Laurie Manny
Long Beach CA Real Estate - Long Beach, CA

Ouch!  Well he certainly started the New Year off with a bang!  Now that he got that out of the way the rest of the year should be a breeze, lol.  Hey, kids break bones.  Take care Brad and Happy New Year.  



Jan 02, 2008 05:12 AM #61
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans

Brad... it's just an arm... lol  Seriously, any break can be painful.

In any case, you did an great job here. I remember a few of these posts, but I have some reading to do. Besides, you did an excellent job with your layout here. I wouldn't have expected anything less from you in regards to this aspect of blogging.  ;o)

 Thanks and to a happy, safe, and prosperous 2008.

jeff belonger
Jan 02, 2008 05:14 AM #62
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Hope your son is feeling better -- that certainly is no way to begin a new Year!  Ouch--

I enjoyed your review and have bookmarked it.  I have learned so much and have so much more to learn.  My thoughts are with you and your family.  Here is to a quick recovery for your son and all the best to you and your family in the new year.

Jan 02, 2008 07:58 AM #63
Diana Turnbloom
Escrowcoord.com - Martinez, CA
The Leading Expert in TC Services & Education
Brad, Happy New Year and congratulations on your blog success! Thanks again for helping me to understand the great things AR does for agents. Hope your little buddy gets better soon! My younger son, broke his arm snowboarding last year. Make sure he keeps the cast on for the entire recommended amount. It really helps to prevent post break pain long after the bone has healed! (The nurse in me speakith!) I'm in Palm Springs at a hotel blog cruising tonight...Welcome to my World! Diana
Jan 02, 2008 01:23 PM #64
Kristin Small
RE/MAX Southern Shores - Myrtle Beach, SC
REALTOR -GRI, Myrtle Beach Real Estate
I hope your son gets well soon.  How's this for irony?  Kristin fractured her wrist on Christmas Eve!!
Jan 02, 2008 01:52 PM #65
Vanessa Stalets
RE/MAX Elite - Brentwood, TN
REALTOR, Brentwood TN Homes, Real Estate
Wow Brad,That is an awesome post! What a lot of work you put into this! Thank you! There is enough info in this blog to keep me busy for days!! Have a fabulous 08!
Jan 02, 2008 11:48 PM #66
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

I have been unable to reply to any of your comments due to a power outage in our area for the last 48 hours!  \

This has already been an incredible year for us in the Andersohn home. I'll have to do a post to update you all on what's going on in 2008 for us.  Thanks for your patience and understanding.  :-) 

Jan 05, 2008 03:47 AM #67
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor


You are in my top 3 bloggers on activerain.I am amazed by how well you put your thoughts together and your technical expertise is second to none on activerain.

Jan 05, 2008 03:56 AM #68
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876
Mike - sorry for the delay getting back to you.  Had a couple hick-ups right at the start of the new year, but I'm back in the saddle again. Thanks for your awesome comment, and for sharing that with me.  I an truly honored, and touched by your words.  I'll try to raise the bar even higher this year to hopefully keep you coming back.  Looking forward to your contributions this year as well.  Thanks again my friend!  :-)
Jan 13, 2008 06:07 AM #69
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