WFG National Title Insurance Company will hold the third of its 2021 quarterly "Economic Outlook & Title Insurance" webinar series, Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 7:00 a.m. PT/10:00 a.m. ET. The half-hour Q&A webinar will feature WFG Executive Chairman and Founder Patrick F. Stone, and Economist and Forbes contributor Dr. Bill Conerly.
This webinar series, which began in 2020 at the height of the pandemic, has continued in the first month of each new fiscal quarter. In it, the business veterans trade off answering questions submitted in advance from their national audience of industry professionals. Topics range from the current state and future direction of the economy in general, to that of real estate, mortgage lending and title insurance in particular.
Attendance is open to all, but reservations are required, and may be made in advance by registering here. Those wishing to submit questions for consideration must email them to [email protected] no later than 5:00 p.m. ET on Monday, July 19, 2021.
Among the topics Stone and Conerly discussed in the previous webinars was the immediate prospects for mortgage rates, which hit record lows 16 times during 2020, and whether migration away from major city centers (which accelerated as people looked for better homes and less crowded neighborhoods amidst the uncertainty of the pandemic) would continue to fuel mortgage activity.
A hint at what may be included in the next webinar is what Stone believes lies ahead as the industry integrates some of the impact of pandemic.
“I think one of the underlying trends that has been created here is the sense of optionality,” he has said. “People have various solutions to choose because of automation. And I do think that that will create more interaction among the participants and more willingness among the participants to explore what can be done to make the process more efficient.”
"Pat and I are very pleased with the reaction we have been getting from our colleagues around the country," said Conerly. "Our experience as business leaders and invested observers of various sectors within the housing industry are proving useful in offering balanced perspectives on the current industry and possible courses that lie ahead."
Stone's career in real estate and related services includes C-level positions with three public companies and serving as a director on two Fortune 500 boards. His senior executive management positions include nine years as President and COO of the nation's largest title insurance company, Chairman and co-CEO of a software company, and CEO of a real estate data and information company. Stone also served as Vice Chairman of Metrocities Mortgage, and as Chairman of The Stone Group, an Austin, Texas-based tenant-represented brokerage company.
Conerly earned his Ph.D. in economics from Duke University and has more than 30 years of experience helping companies adapt to changing economic conditions. He was formerly SVP at a major bank, and held positions in economics and corporate planning at two Fortune 500 corporations. He is also an online contributor to Forbes, Chairman of the Board of Cascade Policy Institute, and the author of The Flexible Stance: Thriving in a Boom/Bust Economy (2016) and Businomics (2007), a book about economics for business leaders.
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