Looking for ALTA news or articles affecting the title and settlement services industry? ALTA provides an archive of information relevant to your business. Content with a icon is for members only. Please log in for access.

2024 2023 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002

NEW: 2024 Claims Guide Now Available
February 23, 2024

The new 2024 Title and Escrow Claims Guide is now available to purchase in digital-only format or a new combination digital/print bundled version! Packed full of practical analysis, this 1,832-page volume adds well over 100 court decisions not found in the 2023 edition and offers new analysis on multiple subjects.

 Breaking Down the FinCEN Money Laundering Rule: When Do you Have to Report a Transaction
February 22, 2024

ALTA will break down various parts of U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network's (FinCENproposed real estate anti-money laundering rule that will impose reporting requirements about all-cash residential transactions involving legal entities and trusts. Read on to learn about the types of transactions and properties, as well as the buyers that trigger when a report must be submitted to FinCEN.

ePN Renews as ALTA Elite Provider
February 22, 2024

ALTA’s Elite Provider Program features distinguished service providers committed to furnishing extensive benefits to the title insurance and settlement services industry. Elite Providers promote the highest industry standards and provide effective solutions for ALTA members’ critical needs.

 Fresh Phish: Microsoft OneDrive Document
February 22, 2024

It's important for title and settlement professionals to be aware of the latest phishing schemes. To help with this, ALTA has developed an infographic that highlights different phishing emails, what the fraudsters are attempting to do and how to spot the bait. This "fresh phish" attempts to steal Office 365 credentials to sell them or gain access to your email account. It's important to never approve multi-factor authentication requests that you didn't initiate.

Doma Names Agency Manager for Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio
February 22, 2024

In this role, Matthew Hood will provide Doma independent agents with the tools, resources and underwriter support they need to thrive and grow in the coming years.

 Fidelity Reports Full-year, Q4 Results
February 22, 2024

Fidelity National Financial Inc. reported its title insurance segment generated $883 million in pretax income in 2023. This compared to pretax income of $1.1 billion in 2022.

Ardan Names Controller
February 22, 2024

Ardán Inc. appointed Rachel McIntosh as controller for its community of companies, which include Westcor Land Title Insurance Co., Grid151, X1 Analytics, Ardán Data Services and Westcor International.

Is Your Operation Prepared to Win the Game?
February 21, 2024

ALTA SPRINGBOARD features multiple sessions in the Operations track that not only will help you streamline your business and increase efficiency in the current market but also will prepare you for future growth. Get ready to hustle and run the strategies you need to succeed! Register Today.

Judge Extends Deadline for Consumers to File Proofs of Claim Against MV Realty
February 20, 2024

A judge for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida extended the deadline for consumers to file proofs of claim against MV Realty. Title agents and attorneys may have clients who should file a claim.

ALTA Insights: Learn How Proposed Real Estate Money Laundering Rule Impacts You
February 20, 2024

1:00-2:00 p.m. ET |  Thursday, March 7 | Register Today

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a proposed rule that requires certain people involved in real estate closings and settlements to report information to the agency about all-cash residential transactions nationwide involving legal entities and trusts. Register for this free ALTA Insights webinar to learn more about the proposed rule, the impact it will have on title and settlement agents, and ALTA’s advocacy efforts.

Proper Title Launches Commercial Division
February 20, 2024

To support the move, the company promoted Charity Murow from senior underwriting counsel to director of underwriting and compliance.

Landmark Title Expands in Nevada
February 20, 2024

Arizona-based Landmark Title Assurance Agency recently expanded its reach in Nevada with the opening of an office in Elko. 

Learn How to Engage with Your Legislators
February 20, 2024

ALTA Advocacy Summit | May 6 -8, 2024 | Register today
Let’s face it: Speaking directly with your Congressional representatives can be intimidating. What if I can’t answer a question? What if I forget what I’m supposed to say? What if I say the wrong thing? These worries sometimes become reasons not to attend ALTA Advocacy Summit. But don’t let fear turn your “yes” into a “no”! At ALTA Advocacy Summit, we set you up for success on Capitol Hill. 

 Qualia Accuses Settlor, Former Employee of Stealing Trade Secrets
February 15, 2024

In a court filing with the U.S. District Court of Colorado, Qualia alleges that its former senior manager of product at ResWare stole data before resigning her position to join Settlor.

Alliant National Title Names State Manager for New Jersey, Pennsylvania
February 15, 2024

Theresa Kane-Mackenzie will oversee the company’s operations and expansion efforts in her role as assistant vice president and state agency manager.

 Bill Would Tax Real Estate Investors Who Buy Single-family Homes
February 15, 2024

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) has introduced a federal bill that would tax real estate investors who hold more than 15 single-family homes.

What We Should Know About Industry Communications, But Don’t
February 14, 2024

ALTA member Todd Hougaard, president and co-founder of BLITS.IO, says modernizing and improving communications would help the title industry evolve by lowering labor expenses, reducing security vulnerabilities and enhancing the overall experience. However, a deeper understanding of the current circumstance is needed to direct this change. How much time per day does email cost you? Share your thoughts here.

 First American Reports Full-year, Q4 2023 Results
February 13, 2024

First American Financial Corp. reported that its title insurance segment generated pretax income of $494 million during 2023. This compared to $757.4 million in pretax income during 2022.

Survey Shows Consumers Need More Wire Fraud Education
February 13, 2024

Results of CertifID's 2024 State of Wire Fraud Report indicate a significant gap in consumer awareness and education as less than half reported they were only "somewhat" or "not aware" of fraud risks.

Closinglock Secures $12M in Series A Funding
February 13, 2024

Closinglock reported the investment, led by Headline and backed by LiveOak Ventures, RWT Horizons and GTMfund, will aid its mission of fortifying the real estate industry against fraudulent activities and financial risks.

Does Your Company Need to Report Beneficial Ownership Information?
February 13, 2024

Due to a rule that went into effect Jan. 1, many companies are now required to report information to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network about the individuals who ultimately own or control the company.

 The Docket: N.Y. Court Holds Insurer’s Claim Timely in Foreclosure Action
February 13, 2024

Christopher Smart, shareholder of the law firm Carlton Fields PA, provided today’s review of a decision by the New York County Supreme Court that addresses an underwriter’s request for default judgment in a foreclosure action. 

Alanna Expedites 10 Millionth Message
February 13, 2024

Hoyt Mann, president and co-founder of alanna.ai, said milestone message came from Campbell & Brannon, an Atlanta, Ga.-based Acrisure partner, through its white-labelled version of Alanna, CBee.

Ex-Secret Service Special Agent to Highlight ALTA SPRINGBOARD
February 13, 2024

Who doesn’t love a little intrigue? Former Secret Service Special Agent and interrogator as well as co-host of Bravo TV’s “Spy Games,” Evy Poumpouras will highlight the opening Idea Festival at ALTA SPRINGBOARD, March 19-21 in Oklahoma City, OK.

Thank You to Our Good Deeds Donors!
February 13, 2024

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the ALTA Good Deeds Foundation is off to a great start in 2024! The Foundation held a fundraising campaign at the end of December. With your gifts, the Foundation received much more than its original goal—almost $60,000!

The Corporate Transparency Act: Does Your Company Need to File?
February 12, 2024

The Corporate Transparency Act is a new law that took effect Jan. 1. Many companies will need to prepare and file a Beneficial Owner Information (BOI) report with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of the U.S. Treasury (FinCEN). This CertifID-sponsored ALTA Insights webinar addresses the Corporate Transparency Act, its definitions of reporting company, beneficial owner, substantial control and company applicant, and discusses which companies need to file a BOI report.

Stewart Reports Q4, Full-year 2023 Results
February 8, 2024

Stewart Information Services Corp. reported that its title segment generated $27.3 million in pretax income during the fourth quarter of 2023. This compared to pretax income of $26.9 million during the same period a year ago.

Treasury Issues Proposed Real Estate Money Laundering Rule
February 8, 2024

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would require certain people involved in real estate closings and settlements to report information to the agency about all-cash residential transactions nationwide involving legal entities and trusts. Read on for a breakdown of the rule's requirements and estimated cost on companies to complete and file the reports.

Historic California Fish Hatchery Transferred to Native American Tribe
February 8, 2024

After years of discussion, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) transferred more than 40 acres of the historic Mount Whitney Fish Hatchery in Inyo County to the Fort Independence Indian Community. 

True Title Expands Into Colorado
February 8, 2024

Missouri-based True Title Co.  LLC recently expanded into Colorado with the opening of an office in Denver.

ALTA Updates Four State Compliance Guides
February 8, 2024

The four states that were updated include California, Mississippi, Rhode Island and Tennessee.

 An Invitation from the ALTA President
February 8, 2024

As the title and settlement industry continues to navigate a variety of regulatory challenges, it’s critical to educate legislators on the valuable role the industry plays in protecting property rights. ALTA Advocacy Summit provides a powerful forum for our industry to directly engage with policymakers and their staff. I have experienced how persuasive it is for legislators to hear the challenges you face and how you’re working to solve them. Watch how you can make a difference by attending ALTA Advocacy Summit in this new video:

Get Involved With the ALTA Good Deeds Foundation
February 8, 2024

The ALTA Good Deeds Foundation has created a fundraising committee to be led by Foundation Board Member and ALTA Past President Steve Day NTP. If you or someone in your office is interested in joining this committee, please email gooddeeds@alta.org. For more information on the Foundation, visit altagooddeeds.org.

You’re Invited: Join Us in Oklahoma City for a Good Deeds Event!
February 8, 2024

Kick off ALTA SPRINGBOARD with a good deed! Join us at the Catbird Seat, the rooftop bar at the Omni Oklahoma City Hotel, for food and fellowship during an event benefitting the ALTA Good Deeds Foundation. Enjoy cold beverages and appetizers before a fun-filled day of education and networking at ALTA SPRINGBOARD! All proceeds go to the Foundation. Get your tickets today!

 Building on a Legacy of Leadership
February 6, 2024

In the intricate tapestry of life, some individuals embark on journeys that seamlessly weave together personal passion, professional excellence and family legacy. ALTA President Don Kennedy is one such person. Kennedy’s roots trace back to a family tightly ingrained in the title insurance industry. He follows the footsteps of his father and grandfather championing the importance of title insurance.

AmTrust Title Names New President
February 6, 2024

James Thanasules, who has more than 25 years of title industry experience, was appointed president of AmTrust Title Insurance Co.

Cybersecurity Advisory: Top 10 Cybersecurity Misconfigurations
February 6, 2024

The National Security Agency (NSA) and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released a cybersecurity advisory that highlights the most common cybersecurity misconfigurations in large organizations, and details the tactics, techniques and procedures actors use to exploit these misconfigurations.

Phishing Guidance: Stopping the Attack Cycle at Phase One
February 6, 2024

Several federal agencies issued a guide outlining phishing techniques malicious actors commonly use and to provide guidance for both network defenders and software manufacturers. This will help to reduce the impact of phishing attacks in obtaining credentials and deploying malware. The guidance for network defenders is applicable to all organizations but may not be feasible for organizations with limited resources. Therefore, this guide includes a section of tailored recommendations for small-and medium-sized businesses that may not have the resources to hire IT staff dedicated to a constant defense against phishing threats.

Multilingual Marketing Materials Available to ALTA Members
February 6, 2024

Seven flyers, rack cards and blogs have been translated into 12 different languages. The translated files can be branded with an ALTA member’s logo and downloaded to print or shared digitally.

TitleEQ Expands Into Texas
February 6, 2024

Amber Pfromm will manage the new office in the San Antonio suburb of New Braunfels, Texas.

Early Bird Rate Extended to Feb. 7
February 5, 2024

Exciting news: We have extended our Early Bird rate for ALTA SPRINGBOARD! Register by Feb. 7 and save $100 on your member or non-member registration. Don’t wait until the last minute to register or you’ll also miss out on the attendee room block discount! Register Today.

Survey: Title Companies Report Increase in Cyberattacks But Mitigation Efforts Help
February 1, 2024

More than 90% of title insurance companies reported the volume of cybercrime attempts increased or remained the same over the past year, according to a Cybercrime & Wire Fraud Study sponsored by the ALTA Land Title Institute. Read on for more results.

DomiDocs Unveils Homeowner Platform
February 1, 2024

The platform brings together a range of tools, data and functionality aimed at improving the closing and homebuying experience.

Georgia Sues MV Realty Over Allegations of Unfair and Deceptive Practices
February 1, 2024

Georgia became the eighth state to file a complaint against MV Realty, alleging the company misled consumers over the terms of the brokerage's 40-year listing agreement.

SoftPro Releases New Integration With General Title
February 1, 2024

Agents of General Title who use SoftPro can order and generate approved General Title Insurance Co. closing protection letters (CPLs) and policy jackets directly through their SoftPro software.

Industry Veteran Opens Florida-based Title Agency
February 1, 2024

Title industry veteran Randi Benge has launched Bonita Springs, Fla.-based title company The Title Link.

ALTA Registry Data Integrated Into Qualia’s Platform
February 1, 2024

The data will be provided to Qualia under a licensing agreement with the national ALTA Title & Settlement Agent Registry, the national database of title and settlement agents.

 The Docket: Missouri Court Holds Knowledge of Zoning Code Violation Triggers Coverage
January 30, 2024

Shawn Briner, an attorney with the law firm Briner Law Group, provided today’s review of a decision by the Missouri Court of Appeals that held an insurer’s knowledge of a pending zoning code violation lawsuit resulted in coverage of Covered Risk 5 of an ALTA 6-17-06 Owner’s Policy despite lack of notice in the public record. Read on to learn why this decision is important to the title industry.

ALTA Welcomes New Members
January 30, 2024

ALTA is pleased to announce new and associate members, as well as real estate attorneys, who have recently joined ALTA. Over the past month, ALTA gained 87 new members, including 49 title agencies and 27 real estate attorneys. ALTA has 4,212 member companies so far in 2024. Read on to view a map of membership. Not a member? Click here to join today. You can check out member benefits here.

Hear Election Analyst David Wasserman at ALTA Advocacy Summit
January 30, 2024

As if you didn’t already know, 2024 is an election year. Who better to hear from at ALTA Advocacy Summit than David Wasserman, Senior Editor and Election Analyst for thenonpartisan newsletter, “The Cook Political Report with Amy Walter.” A contributor to NBC News, Wasserman will analyze the current political environment for the House, Senate and presidential elections on Monday, May 6, during ALTA Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C. Register Today!

 New Video: See Why You Need ALTA SPRINGBOARD
January 29, 2024

March 19 - 21, 2024 | Oklahoma City, OK | Register Today
NEW VIDEO: If you’ve attended ALTA SPRINGBOARD in the past, you know why it’s valuable. But how can someone who has never been to the event be sure it’s worth their time and money? Watch as Andrea Castelli, Account Executive with First Class Signing Service, as she learns, laughs and high-fives her way through the ALTA SPRINGBOARD education sessions, networking and exhibit hall for the first time.

ALTA Congratulates Latest NTP Designees
January 25, 2024

Mark Lewis NTP, CTIP, CESP, CAEP of Edwards Abstract and Title Co. in McAllen, Texas, and Robert Grinage NTP of San Juan County Abstract & Title Co. in Farmington, N.M., join the list of title professionals who have earned their national title professional designation (NTP). Check out the full list of NTPs here.

 Old Republic Reports Full-year, Q4 Results
January 25, 2024

Old Republic International reported its title insurance segment generated pretax income of $133.5 million for 2023. This was down from pretax income of $308.8 million in 2022.

Alameda County, Calif., Launches Program to Combat Real Estate Fraud
January 25, 2024

Homeowners will be alerted when the title of a property is transferred to another person.

AmTrust Named Lead Title Insurer for SunZia Wind and Transmission Project
January 25, 2024

SunZia, which is under construction in the Southwest United States by its owner Pattern Energy Group LP, is reportedly the largest clean energy infrastructure project in the history of the United States.

Alanna.ai Bolsters Sales Team
January 25, 2024

Bob Grohol comes to alanna.ai with four decades of technology experience and approximately 25 years in the title and real estate industry.

It's March Madness for Your Team: Strategic Plays to Run a Fast Break for a Quick Score!
January 25, 2024

1:00-2:00 p.m. ET | Tuesday, March 5 | Register Today
Is your crew ready for March Madness? Teams all over the country are tuning up their game to hit the courts and put their selling offense in high gear. How can you compete? Suit up for this ALTA Insights webinar to learn about some solid plays guaranteed to result in wins for your company. We'll talk about more effective communication with your prospects, increasing business from your current accounts, building client relationships, getting referrals and how to scout the competition. Join Dr. Cindy McGovern as she opens her playbook and shares tips and techniques to help you score!

RamQuest Integrates With GridBase
January 24, 2024

With GridBase, RamQuest customers can receive accurate, real-time title fee data and bidirectional order management of title and settlement services.

Find the Right Vendors for Your Business
January 24, 2024

Explore the ALTA Marketplace, your go-to platform for the vendors, products and services you need. Utilize our user-friendly search interface to find what you’re looking for, whether it's production software, solutions for preventing wire fraud, data privacy and security compliance services, digital closing solutions, legal services and more.

 ALTA's Response to The Wall Street Journal Article
January 22, 2024

The Jan. 16 article in The Wall Street Journal titled “Inside a Plan to Save Homeowners Hundreds of Dollars Closing Their Mortgages,” neglected many key facts and included several significant inaccuracies about the coverage, cost, and regulation of title insurance compared to attorney opinion letters. Read on for the facts.

Early Bird Rate Flies Away Jan. 31!
January 22, 2024

March 19-21, 2024 | Oklahoma City, OK | Register Today
Game on: Take advantage of the Early Bird rate for ALTA SPRINGBOARD before it flies away! Register by Jan. 31 and save $100 on your member or non-member registration. Join your friends March 19-21 in Oklahoma City, OK. Register Today.

 GAO Report Says USDA Tracking of Foreign Land Ownership ‘Flawed’
January 18, 2024

A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) processes to collect, track, and report key information about foreign investment in U.S. agricultural land are flawed.

Old Republic Title Acquires Assets of Bidwell Title & Escrow
January 18, 2024

The acquisition of the Chico, Calif.-based company adds four office locations to Old Republic Title’s Northern California Region.

TRG Bolsters Exec Team
January 18, 2024

Title Resources Group (TRG) has added Jenny Isgett to its executive leadership team, reporting to Chief Executive Officer Scott McCall.

 CFPB Raises Civil Penalty Amounts
January 18, 2024

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is adjusting for inflation the maximum amount of each civil penalty within the bureau’s jurisdiction. The increase went into effect Jan. 15.

New Jersey Passes New Data Privacy Law
January 18, 2024

The legislation contains an exemption for personal data subject to the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), along with an exemption for publicly available information. ALTA has held that any comprehensive data privacy legislation should include an exemption for entities subject to the GLBA.

 ALTA Supports Bipartisan Bill to Keep CFPB out of State Insurance Regulation
January 18, 2024

ALTA recently joined a letter supporting a bipartisan bill reintroduced in the Senate that would clarify the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) does not have any authority over the insurance industry.

Outlook for 2024 Housing Market
January 18, 2024

The outlook for the housing market in 2024 is heavily dependent on the path of inflation and the health of the economy. While the Fed has indicated it is done with rate hikes for the time being, housing affordability and supply continue to hinder the market. Will the coming year be a redux of 2023? Listen to this ALTA Insights webinar recording as First American Chief Economist Mark Fleming offers his analysis of what title professionals can expect from the housing market over the next year. Fleming also highlights the benefits of title insurance, importance of curative efforts by title professionals, the impact of free riders on the public record and the cost of title insurance versus other more expensive fees when purchasing a home.

 Where Have All the Recruits Gone?
January 16, 2024

Sons and daughters, nieces and nephews were prime recruits for title agents in the past, as local mom and pop shops brought in the youngsters to pull records, pick up earnest money deposits and drop off documents for filing. In the last two decades, Millennials—and now Gen Z—have looked to the vast technology landscape, rather than family, to identify a possible career path. Read on for tips on how to recruit this generation into the title insurance industry.

REAL Advantage Title Earns Top Security Audit Results
January 16, 2024

California-based REAL Advantage Title Insurance Co. once again received a “no exceptions” letter for SOC1 & SOC2 compliance in an audit conducted by Baker Tilly.

Lone Star Title Expands Texas Footprint With Acquisition
January 16, 2024

Lone Star Title assumed all assets of Hale County Abstract & Title, including its abstract plants, title agency operations and examination services in six counties in the Texas Panhandle region.

InspectHOA Rebrands as Rexera
January 16, 2024

Company co-founder Anton Tonev explained that the new name was derived from three unique elements.

Hurry: Fees Increase Jan. 26 for ALTA Commercial Network
January 15, 2024

Sign up today before registration fees increase: The member and non-member rates for ALTA Commercial Network go up on Jan. 26. If you work in the commercial title space, you are going to want to attend. This is the event created specifically for you and your business! The event will be held Feb. 25-27 in New Orleans.

 ALTA’s Got a Brand New Bag
January 11, 2024

A new logo—redesigned for the first time in nearly 60 years to reflect how the industry has adapted in the digital age—and a redesigned websiteaimed to be more modern and usable—highlight changes ALTA recently unveiled. Read on to learn about how ALTA went about updating Thaddeus the eagle and key features of the redesigned website.

Baltimore to Establish Blockchain Platform for Vacant Properties
January 11, 2024

Starting with a pilot program goal of recording 14,000 properties, the project will support the Baltimore’s current vacant housing initiatives.

Rynoh Unveils Account Verification Service
January 11, 2024

Rynoh released a new account verification service that allows title and escrow agents to confirm critical account information before sending a wire transaction.

Atlantic Closing & Escrow Acquires Village Settlements
January 11, 2024

Village Settlements, with offices in Frederick, Gaithersburg and Greenbelt, Md., has provided closing and settlement services since 1994.

 Do We Need the Bad?
January 11, 2024

A recent article highlighted the book, “The Comfort Crisis,” in which author Michael Easter argues through research why a certain amount of discomfort is good for our well-being.

Registration is Open for ALTA Advocacy Summit
January 10, 2024

ALTA Advocacy Summit is officially open for registration! Picture yourself walking the halls of Congress and meeting with our nation’s leaders face-to-face, May 6-8 in Washington, D.C. If you have never been to ALTA Advocacy Summit, there’s no need to be intimidated. The ALTA staff will walk you step-by-step through everything you need to know before you get to Capitol Hill.

Fidelity Acquires New Mexico-based Title Company
January 9, 2024

San Juan County Abstract & Title Co., established in 1946, provides title examination, title plant abstract and settlement services for a variety of residential, commercial, farm/ranch and energy projects in San Juan County.

Cybersecurity Advisory from ALTA's Information Security Work Group
January 8, 2024

Considering the most recent cybersecurity incidents, ALTA's Information Security Work Group urges everyone to use extreme caution when opening emails containing links, attachments or requests for personal information, such as security credentials or authentication codes. Read on for additional guidance to improve cybersecurity protocols.

 Missouri Governor Restricts Foreign-owned Farmland Near Critical Military Facilities
January 8, 2024

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson issued an executive order banning businesses or individuals from nations designated as adversaries from purchasing farmland within a 10-mile radius of critical military installations in the state.

InspectHOA Partners With GridBase
January 8, 2024

The collaboration with GridBase allows InspectHOA to offer its HOA-focused technology and services to Resware users.

Alert: Spoofed Email Appears to Come from ALTA
January 8, 2024

ALTA is alerting its members to delete a phishing email with the subject line “Membership."

WFG Names Division President for Colorado Region
January 8, 2024

WFG National Title Insurance Co. promoted Natalie Koonce to division president for the company’s Colorado region.