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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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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.








When Will the Real Estate Market Get Moving Again? WFG's Patrick Stone Shares His Roadmap

The spring real estate season has arrived but there hasn't been much change in market conditions. Mortgage rates are still higher than most consumers would like, housing inventory remains low, and until we see a significant uptick in construction these market conditions will hold. How long until things get moving again? What concerns are there in the meantime? In this episode, WFG Chairman & Founder Patrick Stone offers insight and direction.


WFG Founder Patrick Stone: What's Driving a Surprisingly Good Start to 2023

Predictions of doom & gloom in the real estate market are beginning to brighten- and spring is still over a month away! What's driving this solid start? And why does WFG Chairman & Founder Patrick Stone feel so optimistic as we move through the year? In this download, he shares his reasons for optimism, along with key insight on The Fed, interest rates and why homeownership is more important now than ever.


2023 Forecast: WFG's Patrick Stone Offers an Optimistic Outlook for the Second Half of the Year

There's no question the first half of this year will likely be the toughest real estate market ever. While the Great Recession was brutal, the industry was busy with foreclosures and short sales. This time, there are few transactions as the market is paralyzed due to higher rates, low inventory, and a significant lack of affordability. In spite of that, WFG Founder & Executive Chairman Patrick Stone explains why he's optimistic that things will turn around in the second half of this year.


Guiding Your Real Estate Business Through the Challenging Year Ahead

No one expects 2023 to be a good year in the real estate industry. So if you haven't already made the tough decisions, now is the time. In this episode, WFG Founder & Executive Chairman Patrick Stone offers a blunt assessment of the market and advice on how to manage through it. He also offers an optimistic outlook for the latter half of next year- with an asterisk.


A Candid Conversation and Real Estate Reality Check with WFG Founder Patrick Stone

It's almost impossible to ignore the real estate and economic headlines. If we're not already in a recession, we're on the verge, and there appears to be no end in sight to rising rates and energy prices. So what is the timeline? How long will this market downturn last? And how will we rebound and return to business as usual- if there is such a thing in the real estate industry! For answers, we call on WFG Founder & Executive Chairman Patrick Stone, who sets the record straight and pulls no punches on the pundits.


The Real Estate Market is Contracting: Now is the Perfect Time to Expand!

With business slowing and a challenging 12-18 month forecast ahead, it's natural to consider cutting back in response to the market. But in this episode, WFG Founder and Executive Chairman Patrick Stone leans in, announcing WFG's ambitious expansion plans in the builder market and commercial real estate. Stone also explains why you should invest in your business and customer service now instead of waiting for the market to bounce back.


Ignore the Headlines and Focus on Your Business! WFG's Patrick Stone Offers His Insight

Inflation appears to be cooling, albeit slowly- just as WFG Founder & Executive Chairman Patrick Stone predicted in previous episodes. Now, it's time for a check up from the neck up: Try to ignore sensational headlines and focus instead on improving your business while you have time. In this episode, Patrick offers his checklist for what you should be doing now to prepare yourself and your business for the next upswing in the market.


The Only Thing Certain is Uncertainty: Five Factors Influencing the Housing Market

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 uncertain times.


Bubble Babble: Patrick Stone Explains Why We're NOT in a Real Estate Bubble

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.


Guidance, Insight and Advice During the Most Unpredictable Market Ever

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 Patrick Stone's perspective.


Mortgage Rates Spike as Inflation Rages: Patrick Stone's Game Plan

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.


UPDATED FORECAST: The Impact of War, Inflation and Rate Hikes on the Real Estate Market

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 latest forecast on interest rates in the year ahead. Also, an update on the commercial retail, office and multifamily sectors.


Rates on the Rise: WFG Founder Patrick Stone Forecasts Fed Action and Market Impact

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 forecast coming in March.


Valutrust Solutions: Proprietary Technology and an Experienced Network of Appraisers

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 impact on valuations and closing timelines.


2022 Kickoff Report with Patrick Stone: Inflation Nation, Fed Hikes and Trusted Advice

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.


Deja Vu All Over Again? 2022 Interest Rate Prediction and Real Estate Forecast

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.


Inflation Infatuation? Patrick Stone's Perspective and the Impact of Rising Rates on the Real Estate Market

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. Inflation is the real deal, but so are ongoing inventory issues. In this episode, Patrick charts it, forecasts interest rates and provides his outlook for the real estate market in the year ahead.


Bubble Trouble? Perspective & Insight from Patrick Stone

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 voice of experience and analysis. In this episode, Stone relieves concerns, reassures about inventory and offers his outlook for the next 12-18 months.


Agent Alert: Plan Ahead for Disasters or Risk Losing Your Business

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 Compliance Officer Don O'Neill leads the conversation with Jaime Kosofsky, who's dealt with fire, tornadoes, an earthquake and COVID-19.... all in the past 18 months!


Recap & Economic Forecast with Patrick Stone

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 ahead.