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May/June 1998 - Volume 77, Number 3

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A Message From The Abstractor-Agent Chair


MERS: Readying for the Surge
Now that MERS has become original mortgagee of record, the registry’s value to lenders has increased through it’s delivery of up front cost savings n the origination process. It is anticipated that the registry will help title companies as a source of information after MERS registers and tracks large numbers of loans.
ALTA® Technology Forum & Expo Delivers by M. Kathleen Hendrix
By any measure, this first ever Tech Forum was a major success. The upcoming 1999 edition will be even better.
ALTA® Prevails; Capital Gains Certification Allowed in Place of Most 1099-S Reporting by Ann vom Eigen
While ALTA® and its members have recommended "plain English" changes to the certification, the alternative proposed by the IRS can be used now.
ALTA® Washington Conference Focuses on Effectively Shaping the Future
From Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott and House Majority Whip Tom DeLay through a distinguished list of other dignitaries, those joining in Conference activity presented a powerful lineup of movers and shakers.

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