This month, Federal Title & Escrow Company’s innovative REAL Credit™ will celebrate 10 years of providing substantial closing cost savings to home buyers.
Ten years ago, against the pressures of sharing our revenues with real estate firms, we bucked the trend, remained an independent settlement service provider, and decided to give the money back to the home buyer instead of the referring real estate firm. We named it the REAL Credit™.
While most of our competitors, at the expense of the home buyer, were jumping into bed with referral sources through Affiliated Business Arrangements, Federal Title got busy figuring out a way to reward the home buyer instead of the referral sources. Seems only fair – right? I mean, after all, it’s the home buyer who pays the costs, not the referring real estate firm.
The REAL Credit™ has served over 20,000 home buyers during its ten years, saving home buyers over $8 million dollars.
Let me repeat, unlike most other title companies, Federal Title has shared over $8 million of its revenue with home buyers instead of sharing that same $8 million with a referral source in exchange for the referral of business.
YES, it’s legal.
Our competition, most of who are beholden to their affiliated referral partners and, as a result, cannot compete with the costs savings realized by home buyers using the REAL Credit™, continue to spread falsehoods to real estate agents and others within the marketplace that the REAL Credit™ is somehow illegal.
It is not illegal.
The respective insurance commissions for DC, Maryland, and Virginia have all reviewed the REAL Credit™ and given it a “Thumbs UP.” Not only is it legal, it’s the right thing to do for the consumer.
Combined with Federal Title’s advanced technology and superior customer service, the REAL Credit™, after 10 years, remains the most innovative and consumer-friendly approach to improving the title insurance industry.