Research in Northern California / Bay Area has been slow for about a month now. Not only us, but our competitors and subcontractors have experienced the same slowdown.
However, the mortgage foreclosure business is up and still climbing, and the need for outside / mobile notary siging agents has increased as the banks begin to modify more loans and lend again, which also is an increase in document filings/recordings.
Home inspections and property inspections (for title endorsements) are down as the new housing market is (and will likely remain) quit slow. New map filings (parcel, lot line adjustment, subdivision, etc...) are naturally down as well.
Fictitious Business Name filings are on the increase, which is heartening. Small businesses being opened and operating in America is the backbone of our economy. Regardless of the $30-ish filing cost, people seem able to scrape money together to file and start a business, which is good, steady abstracting income each month.
Court case abstracting appears generally down too, but it's not a regular / central part of our business, so a bit hard to judge.
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