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March/April 2000 - Volume 79, Number 2

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Congressional Outlook: How It Affects the Title Industry
Title News
interviewed key members of the House and Senate Banking Committees to determine which issues affecting the title industry they will concentrate on this year. Three issues stand out. Do you know what they are?.

The Use of Recorded Land Title Records in Environmental Site Investigations by Dale Stirling
Title records have been used since the early 1980s as part of environmental site investigations. However, they were not fully accepted until 1993. Now, they are an important part of the new millennium. Find out why.

New ALTA®/ACSM Standards Adopted by Mary Feindt, L.S. and Gary Kent, L.S.
A new set of Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA®/ACSM Land Title Surveys was adopted in the Fall of 1999. In addition, the Accuracy Standards have been updated. This article compares each change to the 1997 version.
Title Agents: Gain Networking Opportunity
With mergers, buyouts and strategic partnerships affecting the title business, where do abstracters and agents - go to learn how to survive in the future? 
Making Sense of Title Insurer Financial Ratings by Dr. Nelson Lipshutz
Alphabet soup is a good way to describe the letters used to rate major title insurance underwriters. This article and three accompanying charts will help you make sense of these ratings.
Title Companies Convert Their Records to Electronic Format by Harvey Spencer
Two companies have taken the lead in the industry and made the decision to go to digital images for all of their county land records. Is a paperless title industry far behind?
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