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Seller Impersonation Fraud Education Resources
July 11, 2024

Sophisticated fraudsters are using the real property owners' Social Security and drivers' license numbers in transactions, as well as legitimate notary credentials, to commit seller impersonation fraud and illegally sell commercial or residential property. ALTA has created several handouts to educate your staff and consumers about this threat. There also is a document that ALTA members can customize and is available in several languages.

Futura Title & Escrow Supports Local Food Banks
July 11, 2024

Throughout May, the company’s branches in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Indiana and Kentucky donated 10,463 pounds of food and $67,350 to local food banks.

Proper Title Opens New Office in Illinois
July 11, 2024

Isabel Reyes, a senior escrow officer with more than 17 years of experience, will oversee the new location in Vernon Hills, Ill.

Dono Closes $3.7 Million in Funding Round
July 11, 2024

The funding round was led by lool Ventures, with participation from Boston-based Link Ventures, at inc/, Recursive Ventures and prominent founders from Lemonade, Melio, Empathy and other angel investors.

 A Practical Cybersecurity Roadmap for Title Agents
July 10, 2024

By now, the message is clear for the title industry: Cyber threats are real, and no one is immune. Even if most agree that cyber defenses are critical, where does a title agent start—especially on a budget hampered by weak market conditions? Listen to this Stavvy-sponsored ALTA Insights webinar recording to get a practical, step-by-step guide to help your agency or law firm bolster its cyber defenses. Presenters offer tips to help small businesses dodge unnecessary expenses and leverage their budgets for maximum security.

Learn from the Industry’s Top Experts at ALTA ONE
July 10, 2024

They say, “Knowledge is power.” This October, prepare to ignite your power and spark magic with the knowledge you’ll gain at ALTA ONE! We’re inviting experts from all over the country to discuss what’s happening in the title insurance industry on Capitol Hill, how cybercriminals are using artificial intelligence, what drives sales for your business and more. Register today to get in on our Summer Savings Event before it ends July 19 and join us in Orlando, Fla., from Oct. 15-18. (Hurry: The ALTA ONE room block is almost sold out!)

Treasury Proposes Rule to Expand Review of Real Estate Transactions Near Military Installations
July 9, 2024

This proposed rule would add over 50 military installations, across 30 states, to the existing list of installations around which CFIUS has jurisdiction, including over land purchases. This latest update would vastly expand the reach of CFIUS’s real estate jurisdiction. Given the importance of real estate to the U.S. economy, ALTA believes any law regarding foreign ownership should establish specific processes and procedures to protect valid property interests and avoid penalizing legitimate sellers, creditors and future owners of property. 

True Title Expands Missouri Presence
July 9, 2024

Angel Upchurch will lead the team in the new St. Louis office, while Erin Oakley will head the company’s office in Montgomery City.

WLTA Honors Industry Veteran With Lifetime Achievement Award
July 9, 2024

The Washington Land Title Association (WLTA) recently honored Bill Ronhaar with the association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. This is only the fourth time the honor has been awarded since the association’s board created it in 2008.

Fitch: U.S. Title Insurers Raise Capital Position Despite Operating Headwinds
July 9, 2024

Capital positions at the four largest U.S. title insurance underwriters improved materially at year-end 2023 despite continued pressure on top-line revenues, according to a new report from Fitch Ratings.

Doma Appoints Northeast Regional Underwriting Counsel
July 9, 2024

In this role, Gary Simon will provide underwriting support to the company’s agents and enterprise operations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as assist with operations throughout New England.

MISMO Seeks Public Comment on Updates to Remote Online Notarization Standards
July 9, 2024

The Remote Online Notarization (RON) Standards V2 is the result of industry collaboration to update the standards to include essential updates identified during the implementation process. ALTA’s Digital Closing and Digital Process Impact workgroups is reviewing the updates.

The Hidden World of Money Mules
July 2, 2024

Money mules are typically individuals that criminals recruit to transfer illegally obtained money between different bank accounts. They can be witting or unwitting accomplices in these transactions. The promise of easy money might lure them in, or they may be completely unaware that they're participating in illegal activities.

 Deputized to Help Prevent Money Laundering?
July 2, 2024

FinCEN notice of proposed rulemaking 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. All-cash transactions accounted for 28% of all transactions in 2023, according to the National Association of Realtors. FinCEN has proposed that the rule would go into effect one year after the final rule is issued.

 Breaking Down the FinCEN Anti-Money Laundering Rule
July 2, 2024

Read on as ALTA analyzes 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. Learn about the types of covered transactions, when a deal needs to be reported, who must report and what's considered a residential property.

Huntington Insurance Names New President
July 2, 2024

In this role, Angie Klett will be responsible for the growth of the insurance business and oversee all aspects of Huntington Insurance, including title and captive insurance, commercial insurance, employee benefits, life insurance and personal lines insurance.

Doma Title Names Regional Underwriting Counsel for Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma
July 2, 2024

In this position, Christina Blum will support independent agents throughout the tri-state area, as well as Doma Enterprise and Lennar Title in Texas.

SoftPro Integrates With Rexera
July 2, 2024

SoftPro released a new integration with Rexera for ordering homeowner association (HOA) certificates, mortgage payoffs and municipal lien searches.

Gain a Competitive Edge: Complete ALTA’s Compensation Index Today
July 2, 2024

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Hiring and retaining top talent is imperative to the success of your organization. Attract top-tier talent and keep your already awesome staff happy by ensuring you’re staying ahead of industry salary and benefit trends. Made possible by Stewart, ALTA’s 2023 Compensation Index is the comprehensive tool that allows you to benchmark yourself against your competitors and provides you the competitive edge to get ahead!

ALTA Insights: How the NAR Settlement Impacts the Title Industry
June 27, 2024

1:00-2:00 p.m. ET | Wednesday, July 24 | Register Today
The impact of the recent NAR settlement agreement is only beginning to reverberate through the greater real estate industry. Register for this free, Qualia-sponsored webinar to learn what the title space should know about the environment and do to prepare for the new potential wave of real estate business models following the agreement. The presentation will consider the immediate, practical impact and how title and settlement companies should be adjusting business strategies and, most importantly, educating consumers about the benefits of title insurance.

 House Legislators Urge FHFA Inspector General to Examine Title Waiver Pilot
June 27, 2024

During a hearing on June 26, House Republicans pressed the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) inspector general to look into the handling of two controversial pilot programs—including a title waiver pilot—that would expand the government’s role in the housing market.

Kensington Vanguard National Land Services Bolsters Sales Team
June 27, 2024

Anuska Amparo was named vice president of sales and marketing, while Laura Gilbert was appointed senior vice president of business development for the company's New York office.

Radian and BatchService Partner to Offer Digital Title Solution
June 27, 2024

Through a partnership, Radian Group Inc. will offer access to its digital title and home closing platform to BatchService’s community of real estate investors and customers.

 Report Highlights Court Battles Over Wire Fraud Liability
June 25, 2024

There’s been an alarming rise in real estate wire fraud, and it’s having a devastating impact on the title industry as well as consumers. Those victimized by such scams are turning to the courts to seek damages after their life savings or business liquidity is stolen by scammers. In a new report, CertifID analyzed more than 100 real estate wire fraud cases, and concluded that it’s becoming clear that title companies, law firms, banks and real estate professionals may bear potential liability if client funds are diverted to fraudulent accounts. Read on for analysis of a bank's liability, recent legal battles involving title companies, takeaways from the court decisions and risk mitigation strategies.

The Alarming Rise of Scareware: A Malicious Tactic to Fear
June 25, 2024

In the ever-evolving landscape of cybersecurity threats, a sinister tactic known as "scareware" continues to emerge. Read on as Genady Vishnevetsky chief info security officer for Stewart Title Guaranty Co. and chair of ALTA's Information Security Work Group, highlights a few tactics criminals use to lure victims into their scareware.

WFG Bolsters Sales Team in North Texas Region
June 25, 2024

WFG National Title Insurance Co. appointed 18-year industry veteran Bette Rivera-LeMay as senior vice president for sales and strategic growth for the company’s North Texas operations.

Near North Title Group Acquires NorthStar Title
June 25, 2024

Chicago-based Near North Title Group has acquired NorthStar Title Group, LLC (NST) in a move that enhances Near North’s footprint in Minnesota footprint of 13 offices. 

SoftPro Integrates With DomiDocs
June 25, 2024

SoftPro users can provide homeowners secure digital delivery, permanent cloud-based storage of their closing documents and immediate fraud protection with the DomiDocs Homeowner Enablement Platform.

Hear Polar Explorer Alison Levine at ALTA ONE
June 24, 2024

Why do some people experience fear and anxiety following stressful events, while others come out of it as a better version of themselves? In her Omni Session at ALTA ONE, sponsored by FNF Family of Companies, history-making polar explorer Alison Levine will discuss the specific tactics we can use to stack the deck in our favor so we experience growth from tough times vs. feeling overwhelmed by stress and doubt. 

Updated TIRS State Compliance Guides Now Available
June 24, 2024

Gain exclusive access to the most comprehensive collection of regulatory information and practices available in the title industry! The TIRS State Compliance Guides will save you valuable time while providing you with the support you need to be compliant. ALTA has just updated the North Dakota and Wyoming guides and attachments with the latest legislative session information.

Deadline July 5 to Join ALTA Engagement Groups
June 20, 2024

ALTA is only as strong as the participation of its membership. Once again, we have an opportunity to continue cultivating support for our valued engagement groups. ALTA is now accepting volunteers for these groups. Deadline to submit your name is July 5. Read on to fill out an online volunteer form. Those currently serving on any groups or committees must still fill out the volunteer form.

Futura Title Promotes Chief Executive Officer
June 20, 2024

Futura Title & Escrow promoted Mark Mills to chief executive officer following Larry Matney’s retirement. Mills will formally assume the role effective July 1.

Check Out The Good News
June 20, 2024

The latest edition of The Good News is available. The Good News highlights activities of the ALTA Good Deeds Foundation (AGDF), which supports the charitable efforts of title professionals as they work to build and strengthen their local communities. The publication highlights how much money AGDF has raised and awarded, groups that have received grants and recognizes those who have supported the cause. Click here to make a donation.

AgentHome Acquires Corinthian Title
June 20, 2024

San Diego-based Corinthian Title is licensed to issue title insurance policies in 28 counties in California.

ALTA Insights: What to Know About FTC’s Ban of Non-competes
June 20, 2024

1:00-2:00 p.m. ET | Wednesday, Aug. 14 | Register Today
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a sweeping rule that bans enforcement of and execution of new non-competes with all workers, with limited exceptions. This new regulation, which is expected to go into effect Sept. 4, 2024, barring a successful legal challenge before then, will have a significant impact on the title industry as these contract clauses are used throughout the country. Register for this SoftPro-sponsored ALTA Insights webinar to learn what your company should be doing to comply with the rule.

ALTA, Consumer and Industry Advocates Highlight Measures to Counter Rise in Elder Real Estate Fraud
June 18, 2024

ALTA along with the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC), National Association of Realtors (NAR) and AARP released an issue brief with recommendations for states to help combat the rise in elder real estate fraud and financial exploitation. 

 Learn About Elder Real Estate Fraud and Financial Exploitation
June 18, 2024

It’s always important for title and settlement agents to proceed cautiously when encountering irregularities or unusual situations at closing. Listen to this CloseSimple-sponsored webinar to learn about the prevalence of elder fraud, red flags to be aware of, reporting options to law enforcement and potential legislation.

VA Issues Notice on Commissions Paid to Real Estate Agents
June 18, 2024

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that eligible veterans, active-duty service members, and surviving spouses who use the VA-guaranteed home loan benefit can pay for certain real estate buyer-broker fees when purchasing a home beginning Aug. 10, 2024.

RamQuest Offers New Remittance Feature for Old Republic Integration
June 18, 2024

RamQuest released a new feature available for its Closing Market digital network integration with Old Republic Title to deliver new remittance capabilities that will streamline the transmittal of policies. 

Discover the Right Vendors for Your Business
June 18, 2024

The ALTA Marketplace is your one-stop solution to find the right title industry products and services for your business! With this free, easy-to-use tool, you can search for resources by name, field, location and relevance from more than 100 ALTA member companies.

FCT Broadens Support for Cross-border Commercial Real Estate Transactions
June 18, 2024

FCT, a national service provider in real estate technology and title insurance, has broadened its capabilities to help facilitate and close cross-border real estate transactions to include multi-location deals valued over $1 billion.

Pick Your Favorite Title Webbie Finalists
June 17, 2024

Help your friends and colleagues earn their bragging rights! ALTA is awarding up to three Title Webbies to companies who have used their website, social media or other digital media presence to educate consumers on the benefits of title insurance. Now through July 12, 2024, you can log in to the Title Webbie voting page and select your top three nominees. 

ALTA Reports Q1 2024 Title Premium Volume
June 13, 2024

The title insurance industry generated $3.35 billion in title insurance premiums during the first quarter of 2024 compared to $3.37 billion during the same period a year ago, according to ALTA’s latest Market Share Analysis. 

30 States Have Passed Bills Protecting Consumers From Unfair Real Estate Fee Agreements
June 13, 2024

There are now 30 states in the country that have passed bills protecting homeowners from the predatory practice of filing unfair real estate fee agreements in property records, known as Non-Title Recorded Agreements for Personal Services (NTRAPS). The latest states to pass bills include Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana and Minnesota.

 How a Strong Corporate Culture Can Enhance Every Aspect of Your Business
June 13, 2024

Many business owners these days are aware of the challenges they face, and nowhere are these challenges more critical than in the real estate industry. The most successful title insurance industry veterans know one thing for sure: We’ve been here before, and we know that strong businesses survive. One pathway many agents and business owners are taking to ensure they are ready to meet the demands of an uncertain market is to create a strong corporate culture that is built to withstand the challenges and—more importantly—prepare them to ramp up for a more active market as the year progresses.

NAHB Unveils 10-point Plan to Help Housing Affordability
June 13, 2024

The plan released by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is designed to tame shelter inflation and ease the housing affordability crisis by removing barriers that hinder the construction of new homes and apartments.

Premier One Earns SOC 2 Type II Certification For 10th Consecutive Year
June 13, 2024

The SOC 2 Type II designation is an auditing measurement indicating robust controls in the protection of confidential data and financial information from known and emerging threats.

New Course - and Discount - Available Through ALTA Learning Center
June 13, 2024

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Now is a good time to learn new skills and brush up on specialized topics! New in the ALTA Learning Center: A three-part series on ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys will introduce you to the fundamentals of surveying and help you perform your job more efficiently to reduce errors and the likelihood of adverse action against a title. Receive a 20% discount on this course now through June 30 with promo code: Launch.

Best Practices to Identify Phishing Email
June 12, 2024

Employees continue to be the weakest link when it comes to cybersecurity. According to reports, nine out of 10 data breach incidents were caused by employee mistakes. Phishing email is one way criminals attempt to garner sensitive information or data. Listen to this Closinglock-sponsored ALTA Insights webinar to learn best practices to help identify phishing attempts when reviewing emails. 

Closinglock Renews as ALTA Elite Provider
June 12, 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.

FinCEN Adds New FAQs to Help Compliance With Beneficial Ownership Rule
June 11, 2024

The new frequently asked questions (FAQs) address questions about Native tribes, homeowners associations and identification needed under the reporting requirements, among other issues.

SoftPro Named Among Best Places to Work by Triangle Business Journal
June 11, 2024

Only 50 winners earned the 2024 Best Places to Work distinction from hundreds of Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area, aka “Triangle” businesses across a variety of business sectors including technology, life sciences, construction, finance and manufacturing. This marks SoftPro’s 12th time to be recognized with this designation.

Doma Appoints Regional Agency Manager for Texas Region
June 11, 2024

In this role, Dereck Allen will provide underwriting and business operations support for the company’s independent agency base in Texas. 

ALTA Wins Four Telly Awards
June 11, 2024

ALTA recently was recognized in four categories of the 45th Annual Telly Awards. The accolades were awarded for an impactful video highlighting ALTA’s charitable foundation as well as ALTA’s innovative branding campaign.

Presenting the ALTA ONE Summer Savings Event
June 10, 2024

If you missed our magic discount, don’t worry—we’re sliding into the Summer Savings Event for ALTA ONE! Now through Friday, July 19, everyone can save $400 off the Standard Rate. No code is needed; price online is reflective of discount. Register Today!

 Federal, State Legislators Question Title Waiver Pilot
June 6, 2024

ALTA has said the pilot pushes the government sponsored enterprises (GSEs) into the title insurance business, a primary market activity for which Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are not chartered, licensed, regulated or reserved to provide. Many federal and state legislators have now voiced concerns with the pilot since title insurance is comprehensively regulated at the state level.

Stewart Names Group President of Agency Services
June 6, 2024

Iain Bryant joined Stewart in 2021 through the A.S.K. Services acquisition where he was principal and co-owner. He succeeds Tara Smith, who has accepted a position outside of Stewart. 

 CFPB Creates Registry for Repeat Nonbank Corporate Offenders
June 6, 2024

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) finalized a rule to establish a registry to detect and deter corporate nonbank offenders—including settlement service providers—who have broken consumer laws and are subject to federal, state or local government or court orders.

TitleLOOK Unveils AI-assisted Knowledge Title Curation
June 6, 2024

Leveraging the advanced capabilities of Azure AI services, this upgrade significantly reduces document-to-data classification time and also results in a more comprehensive taxonomy of the underwriting language and the curative actions essential for effectively cleaning title, the company said in a release.

National Integrity Title Agency Expands Into Florida
June 6, 2024

National Integrity Title Agency (NITA) expanded its geographic footprint beyond New Jersey and Pennsylvania and opened its first office in Florida.

True Title Names Commercial Division Counsel
June 4, 2024

Missouri-based True Title Co. LLC hired Alison Larkin to serve as commercial escrow officer and commercial division counsel.

Premier One Introduces Cybersecurity Solution
June 4, 2024

Powered by Blackpoint Cyber, the cybersecurity solution tailored for small and medium-sized businesses combines managed detection and response (MDR), cloud Response for Microsoft 365 and managed application control (Zero Trust) to protect against a wide range of cyber threats.

 The Docket: N.J. Appeals Court Holds Title Company Misclassified Employees as Contractors
June 4, 2024

Michael R. O’Donnell, co-managing partner of the law firm Riker Danzig LLP, and Kori Pruett, an associate with the firm, provided today’s review of a decision by a New Jersey appeals court that held a title agency misclassified employees as independent contractors. Read on to learn why this ruling is important to the title industry.

The Hidden Dangers of YouTube
June 4, 2024

YouTube, a popular platform for entertainment and education, has unfortunately become a playground for cybercriminals. According to research by Avast, cybercriminals exploit the platform's automated advertising and user-generated content to propagate their harmful activities, making YouTube a significant channel for phishing and malware attacks. Read on as Genady Vishnevetsky, chief information security officer for Stewart Title Guaranty Company and chair of ALTA's Information Security Workgroup, details tactics criminals are using on YouTube.

MAGIC DISCOUNT: Grab Your Tickets for ALTA ONE Today!
June 4, 2024

Forget wishing upon a star: Ignite your power and spark magic! Lock in your magic discount today: This sale price is the lowest rate you will see for ALTA ONE this year. Now through Friday, June 7, you can save $400 off the Early Bird Rate and $600 off the Standard Rate. This special offer is for ALTA members only. The discounted rate is non-refundable and non-transferable to another ALTA Event; however, substitutions are permitted. Register Today

See How You Stack Up: Complete ALTA’s Compensation Index Today
June 4, 2024

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An organization is only as good as its people, so one of the best decisions you can make is to hire and retain top talent! Whether you’re looking to attract the best and brightest, retain your team, improve productivity or boost morale, the Compensation Index can support you. Made possible by Stewart, ALTA's 2023 Compensation Index is the comprehensive tool that allows you benchmark yourself against your competitors, make informed decisions and stay on top of industry trends.

Good Deeds is Open for Your Application
June 3, 2024

If you volunteer for or financially support a nonprofit organization that could use a bit of help, apply for a grant on the nonprofit’s behalf from the ALTA Good Deeds Foundation! The grant application process is open now through July 31, 2024, and applicants will be notified of all decisions in September. Take a look at the kind of charities we support in this award-winning video!

ALTA Responds to CFPB’s Request for Information on Closing Costs
May 30, 2024

ALTA responded to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s public inquiry into mortgage closing costs by explaining the services provided by title professionals and the ongoing protection of a title insurance policy are some of the most essential, but least expensive, parts of the homebuying process.

Proof Launches AI-powered Fraud Detection Tool
May 30, 2024

Proof launched a fraud detection product powered by artificial intelligence (AI) built to combat the $81 billion in annual losses in the U.S. caused by falsified records, forged signatures, and identity theft.

National Integrity Title Agency Names Director of Operations
May 30, 2024

In this role, Diane King will seek to uncover areas of improvement that will be aimed at creating greater efficiencies, streamlined processes and enhanced communication, while also managing teams and overseeing the title processing, production and closing processes.

Viking Sasquatch Adds Product Manager
May 30, 2024

In this role, Stephanie Davis will serve as the liaison between industry professionals who use 24|Seven products and its developers.

Average Title Insurance Claim Cost for Fraud and Forgery is $143,000
May 28, 2024

Fraud and forgery claims represent 21% of the total dollars spent by title insurers on claims expense and losses, with an average claim cost of over $143,000, according to a new independent analysis conducted by global consulting and actuarial firm Milliman. The analysis also found nearly 30% of title insurers’ losses and claims expenses stemmed from title problems not discoverable from a public records search. Read on for more report details.

TitleWave Appoints Production Regional VP for Midwest/Southwest
May 28, 2024

In this role, Christina Sparks Pancake will manage title production in 11 states, including Missouri, Kansas, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Utah, Colorado, Minnesota, Nevada, Illinois and Wisconsin.

 Former Title Agent Sentenced for Mortgage Fraud Scheme
May 28, 2024

A former title agent was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $6.6 million in forfeiture for carrying out a $6.6 million mortgage fraud scheme.

Fidelity Names Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer
May 28, 2024

In this expanded role, Jason Nadeau will continue to focus on maximizing the potential artificial intelligence (AI) technologies have to enhance business operations and customer experiences.

ALTA Welcomes New Members
May 28, 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 23 new members, including 14 title agencies and two real estate attorneys. ALTA has 5,652 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.

ALTA Recommends Changes to Property Tax Foreclosure Laws
May 23, 2024

ALTA, AARP and the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) have issued recommendations for states to revise their laws to protect property owners from unnecessary tax foreclosures and promote sustainable homeownership. 

ALTA 2024 TIPAC Donors
May 23, 2024

The Title Industry Political Action Committee is ALTA's voluntary, non-partisan political action committee (PAC). TIPAC raises money to help elect and re-elect candidates to Congress who understand and support the issues affecting the title industry. So far in 2024, TIPAC has raised $357,715 from 453 people. In addition, $139,000 from 19 companies has been pledged to the TIPAC Education Fund. Check out who has supported the industry.

 Modern Payment Rails and the Impact on Good Funds Laws
May 22, 2024

The way people send and receive money is changing. Consumers and businesses are moving toward technologically advanced payment practices that better align with their evolving wants and needs. While the industry has been hearing a lot over the past few years about modern payment rails, it’s important for title and settlement services professionals to understand which payment methods are appropriate for real estate transactions.

SoftPro Integrates With TitleLogix Solutions
May 22, 2024

SoftPro released a new integration with TitleLogix Solutions LLC for tax and homeowner association (HOA) certificates. 

Alanna.ai Introduces Secure DocLink
May 22, 2024

Alanna.ai, which provides a conversational artificial intelligence-powered virtual assistant for title agents, has introduced a secure document delivery system that creates a temporary, convenient means to connect real estate agents, buyers and sellers to their title and closing documents without the need for a password or creation of a new account. 

CloseSimple Launches Integrated Identity Verification and Wire Fraud Solutions
May 22, 2024

Integrated into the CloseSimple portal, these features enable title companies and real estate attorneys to consolidate the consumer closing experience under one platform.

Viking Sasquatch Unveils 24|Seven Fees
May 22, 2024

24|Seven Fees, which is SOC II Type 2 certified, provides real-time recording fees, transfer taxes, custom branding and data.

Comparison of Payment Rail Options
May 22, 2024

ALTA developed analysis that examines how money could be transferred using four different payment alternatives for a hypothetical transaction. The analysis examines the transaction limits, timing and fraud/allocation risks for wires, Real-time Payments, FedNow and the Automated Clearing House.

SoftPro Enhances AgentTrax Integration With ionFraud
May 16, 2024

The ionFraud tool is designed to assist agents of FNF Family of Companies’ underwriting brands combat seller impersonation fraud. 

ALTA Congratulates Latest NTP Designee
May 16, 2024

Zachary Atwood, Mississippi state counsel for Stewart Title Guaranty Co. in Birmingham, Ala., joins the list of title professionals who have earned their national title professional designation (NTP). Atwood, who is a trained title examiner, is a member of the Land Title Association of Mississippi, Arkansas Land Title Association and Southwest Land Title Association. Check out the full list of NTPs here.

 Supreme Court Rules CFPB Funding Structure Constitutional
May 16, 2024

In a 7-2 decision, the court rejected an argument that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) funding method violated the U.S. Constitution’s Appropriations Clause because Congress had not annually authorized money for the agency. Instead, Congress authorized the CFPB to draw funding from the Federal Reserve system that the agency’s director deems necessary for its work.

Qualia Renews as ALTA Elite Provider
May 16, 2024

Qualia is offering one free month of its Qualia Marketplace, Qualia’s Vendor Management subscription valued at $500, to ALTA members.

Settlor Launches Enhanced Security Features for Customer Portal
May 16, 2024

In addition to multifactor authentication via both email and phone, Settlor offers the ability to add wire instruction delivery details, providing safe access to view this sensitive information.

First National Title Hires National Title Production Manager
May 16, 2024

Robert Schmidt has worked entry level positions to leadership roles across all areas of title, escrow, examination, curative, survey review, and more with numerous title and underwriting companies.

FNF Family of Companies Launches Tool to Detect Seller Impersonation
May 15, 2024

Called ionFraud, the tool allows title agents to verify a myriad of property information when they open a new order, including owner name, owner’s mailing address, occupancy, assessed value and estimated mortgage balance.

FBI Urges Companies to Update Email Security
May 15, 2024

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of State have issued a joint cybersecurity advisory warning of state-sponsored email attacks that evade authentication security measures. According to the advisory, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, a.k.a. North Korea) Kimsuky cyber actors to exploit improperly configured DNS Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance (DMARC) record policies to conceal social engineering attempts.

 Fidelity Reports Q1 2024 Results
May 14, 2024

Fidelity National Financial reported that its title insurance segment generated pretax earnings of $218 million during the first quarter of 2024. This compared to pretax earnings of $157 million during the same period in 2023. During the company's earnings call, Fidelity CEO Mike Nolan commented on the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) misguided title waiver pilot program and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) accusations that title insurance is a junk fee driving up housing costs.

AccuTitle Renews as ALTA Elite Provider
May 14, 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.

Mother Lode Acquires Wisconsin Title Service Company
May 14, 2024

The deal included Wisconsin Title Service Company’s sister company, Wisconsin Title Closing Service, Inc., as well as its title plants in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Walworth and Washington counties.

First National Title Announces Director of Strategic Accounts
May 14, 2024

In this role, Stacy Daniels will work with agents across the country to provide support and strategies to grow their business.

WFG Appoints Southwest Regional Manager for Agency Division
May 14, 2024

In this role, Dan Hassen will be responsible for ensuring that WFG’s Southwest region aligns with and supports the company’s agency division business objectives, growing the company's title agent base within the region and helping the region’s title agents succeed and increase market share.

Show Off Your Website or Social Media—and Win!
May 14, 2024

If your company has a new or updated website, social media campaign, podcast, webinar or video, we want to see what you’ve been working on! Submit your company’s new consumer-facing content for a Title Webbie Award and be recognized for your originality.  Click here for more information on rules, categories and past winners.

Claim Your Free Sample of the Title Insurance Law Journal
May 13, 2024

Make sure you have all the resources you need to succeed: The Title Insurance Law Journal is the perfect tool for title industry experts and newbies!

Five More States Ban Unfair Real Estate Fee Agreements
May 9, 2024

Nearly half of the states in the country now have passed bills protecting homeowners from the predatory practice of filing unfair real estate fee agreements in property records, known as Non-Title Recorded Agreements for Personal Services (NTRAPS). The latest states to pass bills over the past month include Arizona, Nebraska, Kentucky, Oklahoma and West Virginia.

ALTA Good Deeds Foundation Awards Grant to Legal Counsel for the Elderly
May 9, 2024

The ALTA Good Deeds Foundation awarded a $6,000 grant to Legal Counsel for the Elderly in Washington, D.C. For more than 45 years, Legal Counsel for the Elderly has championed the dignity and rights of elders by providing free legal and social work services to those in need.

Title Professionals Spend Significant Time, Resources to Protect Property Rights
May 9, 2024

Title insurance companies invest heavily in upfront title research and curative work that significantly protects property rights and limits ownership challenges down the road. According to a study conducted by ndp | analytics, expert title professionals spend approximately 22 hours to close a standard transaction and 45 hours for more difficult transactions.

ALTA-supported HEIRS Act of 2024 Introduced in House
May 9, 2024

Led by U.S. Rep. Nikema Williams (D-Ga.), alongside Reps. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), Lizzie Fletcher (D-Texas) and Byron Donalds (R-Fla.), the HEIRS Act will preserve family legacies and the transfer of generational wealth by establishing a grant program to provide legal assistance for heirs’ property owners to clear titles and incentivize states to adopt the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act.

SoftPro Honored as Gold Winner in 2024 American Business Awards
May 9, 2024

SoftPro was named as a Gold Stevie Award Winner in the 22nd Annual American Business Awards for Customer Service Department of the Year.

CertifID Renews as ALTA Elite Provider
May 9, 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.

Settlor Launches API Gateway
May 9, 2024

Alanna, an AI-powered virtual assistant for title companies, is the first company to integrate with the Settlor API.

Payload Achieves Dual Certification, Bolstering Commitment to Data Security
May 9, 2024

Payload attained its SOC 2 Type II certification and also renewed its PCI DSS Level 1 certification for the fourth year in a row, marking a significant enhancement in its commitment to data security and compliance.

 The Docket: Nevada Supreme Court Holds No Coverage for Post-policy HOA Liens
May 2, 2024

Kevin Sinclair, a partner with the law firm Sinclair Braun LLP, provided today’s review of a ruling by the Nevada Supreme Court, which held the lender did not receive protection against post-policy association liens that achieved superpriority. Read on to learn why this case is important to the title industry.

 Financial Institutions Report $27 Billion in Elder Financial Exploitation
April 30, 2024

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s (FinCEN) Financial Trend Analysis highlighted threat patterns and trends from June 2022 to June 2023. Financial institutions submitted 155,415 filings regarding elder financial exploitation (EFE).

 FHFA Releases Fair Lending Final Rule, Updates to Equitable Housing Finance Plans
April 30, 2024

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) on April 29 released its final Fair Lending, Fair Housing, and Equitable Housing Finance Plans Final Rule. The FHFA also released updates to Equitable Housing Finance Plans for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, as well as 2023 performance reports.

 First American Reports 2024 Q1 Results
April 30, 2024

First American Financial Corp. reported its title insurance segment generated $73 million in pretax income during the first quarter of 2023. This is down from $88 million in pretax income during the same period in 2023.

 Old Republic Reports First-quarter 2024 Results
April 30, 2024

Old Republic International Corp. reported its title insurance segment generated $2.3 million in pretax income during the first quarter of 2024. This compared to $17.4 million in pretax income during the same period a year ago.

 Stewart Reports Q1 2024 Results
April 30, 2024

Stewart Information Services Corp. reported its title insurance segment generated pretax income of $10.2 million during the first quarter of 2024. This compared to a pretax loss of $700,000 during the same period a year ago.

 Title Insurance Premium Volume Decreased 31% in 2023, ALTA Reports
April 29, 2024

As mortgage originations contracted last year, so did title insurance premium volume. According to ALTA’s Market Share Analysis, the title insurance industry generated $15.1 billion in title insurance premiums during 2023, a 31% decrease compared to 2022.

 2023 Year-end Title Insurance Industry Market Share Executive Summary
April 26, 2024

Title Insurance Industry Market Share and Financial Statement compilations for the 4th Quarter of 2023 are now available on the ALTA website. The fourth quarter of 2023 was a difficult, but still a positive quarter for the title insurance industry. Title Insurance Premiums Written were down 16.0% from the fourth quarter of 2022.

ALTA Training Resources
April 25, 2024

ALTA has developed several items to help train new hires. Check out the various training videos, webinars, online courses and model training program that are available on ALTA’s website.

 Recruiting and Training: Who Has Time?
April 25, 2024

With fewer young people entering the industry organically, agency owners continue to struggle with filling empty seats. Recruiting from other agencies is one strategy, but that is a zero-sum game for the industry. Mary Anne Harris, founder and president of Positively Balanced, offers tips for agency owners to improve recruitment and retention efforts.

 FTC Bans Most Non-compete Agreements
April 25, 2024

The Federal Trade Commission on April 23 issued a final rule banning most non-compete agreements nationwide. The rule becomes effective 120 days after publication in the Federal Register. Read on for more details about the rule.

AccuTitle Wins Gold in 2024 Titan Business Awards
April 25, 2024

AccuTitle received two gold 2024 TITAN Business Awards for business to business and real estate categories.

Fresh Phish: Fake SharePoint Fax
April 24, 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, details what the fraudsters are attempting to do and explains how to spot the bait. This "fresh phish" attempts to steal Office365 credentials so the phisher can sign in to user's email account or sell the information.

 FinCEN Warns Criminals Using Fake Passports Cards in Identity Theft, Fraud Schemes
April 23, 2024

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) warned financial institutions to be vigilant in identifying and reporting suspicious activity related to the use of counterfeit U.S. passport cards. Read on to learn about the security features of legitimate U.S. Passport Cards and a list of technical, behaviorial and financial red flags.

CloseSimple Launches Integrated E-signing Solution
April 23, 2024

Called E-Sign Anything, the solution integrates with a title company’s title production software, allowing for documents to be tagged and sent for secure signing.

ALTA, PRIA Host Fraud Forum
April 23, 2024

ALTA and the Property Records Industry Association (PRIA) held a joint forum on April 17 to discuss efforts to address deed and seller impersonation fraud.

CATIC Releases Annual Inclusion Report
April 22, 2024

The report explains how the company initiated its DEI journey across the organization, and provides updates regarding the key components of the company’s social justice strategy and the impact of these various initiatives on the community.

ALTA Recommends Changes to FinCEN’s Proposed Anti-Money Laundering Rule
April 18, 2024

ALTA submitted a letter April 16 outlining the industry’s concerns with FinCEN’s proposed anti-money laundering rule 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. ALTA suggested several changes to the scope of the rule and data requested that will make it more effective and manageable for those responsible for reporting and improving the value of reports for law enforcement. Read on for details.

 How to Build a Compliant, Scalable JV Title Agency
April 18, 2024

This RamQuest-sponsred webinar provides a blueprint for building compliant joint ventures in today’s economic and regulatory climate. Expert speakers during this webinar offer insight from operational and compliance perspectives. The discussion delves into analysis of core and non-core title services to utilizing technology and central services models.

FinCEN Renews Real Estate Geographic Targeting Orders
April 18, 2024

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) on April 17 renewed its Geographic Targeting Order (GTOs) that requires U.S. title insurance companies to identify the natural persons behind shell companies used in non-financed purchases of residential real estate. The terms of the GTO are effective through Oct. 15, 2024.

18 House Democrats Question Biden Administration’s Title Waiver Program
April 18, 2024

A group of 18 Democratic members of Congress sent a letter to President Biden expressing concern with the administration’s program that will waive the requirement for lender’s title insurance on certain refinances.

Old Republic Title, CertifID Partner to Combat Mortgage Payoff Fraud
April 18, 2024

CertifID and Old Republic Title formed a strategic partnership to help prevent mortgage payoff fraud in the title industry.

Learn How to Protect Consumers Beyond the Closing Table
April 17, 2024

ALTA Advocacy Summit | May 6 -8, 2024 | Register Today
Between unfair fee agreements, seller impersonation fraud and other scams, many types of bad actors are attempting to attack the real estate industry. ALTA and our partners at AARP and the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) are working on the front lines to protect vulnerable homebuyers and sellers.

 Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Issue Notices on Commissions Paid to Real Estate Agents
April 16, 2024

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac issued industry notices on April 15 addressing the current treatment of buyer real estate agent fees paid by the seller.

 Misguided Title Waiver Pilot Lacks Transparency, Review Process
April 16, 2024

More than a month after the Biden Administration revived a misguided and previously shelved plan to waive title insurance on certain refinances, Fannie Mae said it intends to request proposals from vendors to participate in the program.

 Questions to Consider if Lender Asks You to Close an AOL Deal
April 16, 2024

Title and settlement agents may see lender customers request a transaction be closed with an attorney opinion letter (AOL) now that Fannie Mae expanded the use of AOLs in limited circumstances for loans on condo properties and those subject to homeowner associations. Read on items you should be considering and questions you should be asking.

ALTA Congratulates Latest NTP Designees
April 16, 2024

Dan Roe NTP of Black Hills Title Inc. in Sturgis, S.D., and Ellen Margheim NTP of Rosebud Title in Gregory, S.D., join the list of title professionals who have earned their national title professional designation (NTP). Both Roe and Margheim also have earned the South Dakota Title Professional designation. Check out the full list of NTPs here.

Stewart Acquires Title Agency in New York
April 16, 2024

Stewart Information Services Corp. acquired White Plains, N.Y.-based All New York Title Agency Inc., in an effort to expand its commercial and affordable housing presence.

Capital Title of Texas Names President of Austin, San Antonio Regions
April 16, 2024

Capital Title of Texas recently named Kristy Santelia as president of its Austin and San Antonio regions.

 4 Leadership Capabilities to Weather Uncertainty in 2024
April 11, 2024

Navigating today's dynamics will require leaders to continually evolve and grow. As esteemed executive coach Marshal Goldsmith famously stated, “What got you here, won’t get you there.” Read on to learn about a simple problem-solving approach that helps create a culture of proactive, we-oriented employees.

Breaking Down the FinCEN Anti-Money Laundering Rule: What Is Considered Residential Property?
April 11, 2024

ALTA analyzes 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 what FinCEN considers residential property.

First American Among Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For
April 11, 2024

For the ninth year in a row, First American Financial Corp. was named to the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list.

 New Video: Stand Out From Your Competition
April 10, 2024

Whether you want to level up your career, enhance your reputation or simply prove your knowledge, earning ALTA’s National Title Professional (NTP) designation can help you reach your goal. A measure of personal achievement, the NTP designation proves you are a powerhouse of knowledge, experience and dedication essential to the title industry. Hear what your peers have to say about NTPs in this video!

 2024 State of Wire Fraud in the Title Industry
April 9, 2024

Last year, the industry took steps to adopt new ALTA Best Practices on wire verification. But our work isn't done. Reported losses from real estate wire fraud continue to climb. Listen to this webinar recording for a deeper dive into how this is impacting the title industry and your customers. The webinar provides insights from the latest FBI IC3 report, ALTA survey on wire fraud and cybercrime and the CertifID State of Wire Fraud report.

Arizona Bans Unfair Real Estate Fee Agreements
April 9, 2024

Arizona became the 22nd state to pass legislation protecting homeowners from the filing of Non-Title Recorded Agreements for Personal Services (NTRAPS). Both the ALTA and Land Title Association of Arizona supported the bill.

FBI Reports Cybercrime Losses Hit $12.5B, Record Number of Complaints Filed in 2023
April 9, 2024

The FBI received a record 880,418 complaints with potential losses exceeding $12.5 billion in 2023, according to the 2023 Internet Crime Report.

Property Sync Appoints Interim CEO
April 9, 2024

Property Sync Software Systems LLC, a cloud-based SaaS title plant platform, announced the appointment of Rob Martinson as interim chief executive officer.

Best Practices to Spot Phishing Emails
April 9, 2024

With companies receiving phishing email every day, it’s best to keep in mind a few best practices when reviewing emails. Read on for tips from Kloud9.

DataTrace Expands Title Plants in Eight Florida Counties
April 9, 2024

DataTrace has expanded the depth of title plants in eight Florida counties, including Charlotte, DeSoto, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Martin, Okeechobee and Sumter.

Fresh Phish: U.S. Post Office Text Phishing Message
April 4, 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, details what the fraudsters are attempting to do and explains how to spot the bait. This "fresh phish" attempts to get you to click on the phishing link and reply to the scam text message potentially infecting your cell phone or stealing your information.

ALTA Congratulates Latest NTP Designee
April 4, 2024

Eric Swarthout NTP of Thoroughbred Title Services in Rye Brook, N.Y., joins the list of title professionals who have earned their national title professional designation (NTP). Check out the full list of NTPs here.

ALTA Alert: Spoofed Email Appears to Come from ALTA President
April 4, 2024

ALTA is alerting its members of phishing emails with "ALTA" and the company name in the subject line. Like title and settlement companies, email from ALTA leadership and staff can be spoofed. In the latest scheme, a phishing email appears to come from ALTA President Don Kennedy telling recipients that ALTA's regulatory department has made multiple attempts to contact them to deliver a notice that requires attention. Note the fraudulent email address in the image. This is a phishing email. ALTA’s system was not breached. Your information is safe. Do not open the attachment, respond or click any links in the email. Read on for more.

SoftPro Integrates With American Eagle Title
April 4, 2024

The integration allows SoftPro users who are agents of American Eagle Title to order closing protection letters (CPLs) and access rates and forms through the underwriter’s AE Netcom.

TRG to Acquire Doma for $85M
April 2, 2024

The agreement would be an all-cash transaction with TRG acquiring all Doma’s outstanding shares for $6.29 a share. The transaction, which was unanimously approved by Doma’s Board of Directors, is expected to close in the second half of 2024, pending certain closing conditions and approvals.

Tennessee-based Title Companies Partner to Form Malcolm Title
April 2, 2024

Heartland Title and The Title Group LLC announced a partnership to form Malcolm Title LLC.

Doma Names Agency Manager for Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska
April 2, 2024

In this role, Casey Evans will assist agents in developing effective marketing initiatives, as well as identifying and implementing business growth strategies specific to their market.

ALTA SPRINGBOARD: Getting Started With an Artificial Intelligence Strategy
April 2, 2024

ALTA President Don Kennedy sat down with ALTA members Argun Kilic, CEO and co-founder of Areal.ai; Hoyt Mann, president and co-founder of Alanna.ai; and Matthew Younkle, CEO and co-founder of Pythonic Corp., during the 2024 ALTA SPRINGBOARD to discuss the benefits and challenges of incorporating an AI technology into a title insurance operation.

ALTA Policy Forms Update
April 2, 2024

The ALTA Board of Governors on Feb. 9 approved a recommendation to adopt revisions to the 2021 ALTA Forms Collection, as well as the approval of two new Collateral Assignment endorsements. The forms are now final and went into effect April 2 after going through a comment period. Read on for more information.

Important Yet Affordable Cybersecurity Defenses
March 27, 2024

ALTA is dedicated to helping members safeguard their operations from the constant threat of cyber attacks. Read on for a collection of helpful links to cybersecurity resources provided by ALTA’s Information Security Work Group and other trusted sources.

Stewart Strengthens Texas Title Operations
March 26, 2024

As underwriting counsel, John Nisbet will provide underwriting support and guidance to the company’s Texas partners and agents within the Stewart Trusted Provider Network.

First American Enhances Closing Solution for Multiple Commercial Properties
March 26, 2024

First American Title Insurance Co. enhanced its multisite commercial real estate closing transaction solution, a key component within its end-to-end digital platform ClarityFirst.

ALTA SPRINGBOARD: Identifying Fraud Trends
March 26, 2024

Real estate wire fraud and seller impersonation fraud were on the top of the hit list during an Idea Festival at the 2024 ALTA SPRINGBOARD in Oklahoma City, Okla.

 Title Waiver Pilot Plan Won’t Help First-time Homebuyers, MBA Economist Says
March 21, 2024

During a hearing before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, U.S. Rep. Andrew Garbarino (R-N.Y.), asked Michael Fratantoni, chief economist for the Mortgage Bankers Association, if he thought the Biden Administration's pilot to eliminate title insurance on refinances would help first-time homebuyers purchase their first home. “The short answer is no,” Fratantoni said.

ALTA Good Deeds Foundation Awards $132K in Grants
March 21, 2024

Twenty-one $6,000 grants were awarded to charities supported by ALTA members. In addition, the Foundation awarded a $6,000 grant to Neighborhood Housing Services Oklahoma Inc., a nonprofit that helps would-be homebuyers access affordable housing, in Oklahoma City, Okla., the host city of this year’s ALTA SPRINGBOARD.

ALTA SPRINGBOARD: Bulletproof Strategies for Leading Fearlessly
March 21, 2024

Evy Poumpouras, a former Secret Service Special Agent and interrogator, shared her insights on leadership during the FNF Family of Companies-sponsored Idea Festival at the 2024 ALTA SPRINGBOARD in Oklahoma City, Okla. Read on to learn about the traits of good leaders.

 Court Rules for Stewart in Software Contract Dispute With Qualia
March 21, 2024

A district court in Texas issued a summary judgment in favor of Stwart Title Co., which filed a lawsuit against Qualia Lab alleging the software provider gave “improper notice” concerning the termination of its license agreement for the title production platform ResWare.

NotaryCam Achieves Record RON Growth in 2023
March 21, 2024

NotaryCam expanded its independent notary platform customer base by 46% and the number of loss mitigation-related remote online notarization (RON) transactions by 115% last year. 

 The Docket: You Have to Ask for What You Want
March 19, 2024

Lance Pomerantz, a New York-based sole practitioner who provides expert testimony, litigation consulting and strategic advice in land title disputes, reviews a recent New York case that illustrates how an unambiguous title insurance policy will prevail over an apparently obvious mistake. Read on to learn why this decision is important to the title industry.

Nominate a Colleague for an ALTA Our Values Award
March 19, 2024

Don’t let the extraordinary ALTA members in your life go unnoticed. Nominate someone for the ALTA Our Values Awards. Our Values describe who we are as an industry and encapsulate our promise to our customers. Winners will be recognized during the 2024 ALTA ONE in Orlando, Fla.

Fidelity Acquires N.C.-based Metro Title
March 19, 2024

Fidelity National Financial Inc. announced the acquisition of Metro Title Co. which is based in Raleigh, N.C.

SoftPro Integrates With Association Online
March 19, 2024

SoftPro’s integration with Association Online allows users to order HOA estoppels and documents directly through the SoftPro 360 vendor portal.

Stewart Morris Sr. Passes Away at 104
March 19, 2024

Stewart Morris Sr., who helped grow Stewart Title into what it is today, passed away March 11 at the age of 104. Morris and his brother, Carloss Morris, were thrust into leadership when their father, William Carloss Morris, and two other top company leaders all passed away in 1950.

Missouri Sues Real Estate Firm for Filing Unfair Real Estate Fee Agreements
March 19, 2024

Missouri became the 10th state to sue MV Realty and certain affiliates for filing unfair real estate fee agreements in property records, known as Non-Title Recorded Agreements for Personal Services (NTRAPS).

 Breaking Down the FinCEN Anti-Money Laundering Rule: Who is in Charge of Reporting?
March 14, 2024

ALTA analyzes 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 who must report the information to FinCEN.

 Fannie Mae to Charge Fee to Cover Risk Under Title Waiver Pilot; Pushes GSEs into Insurance Business
March 14, 2024

Fannie Mae will charge lenders a fee to cover risk under a proposed title waiver pilot program announced by the Biden administration. The program essentially turns the government sponsored entities (GSEs) into primary market insurers and expands authority beyond their mission and charter. Read on to learn more.

Share Your Claims Stories
March 14, 2024

Marcos Aguilar of Westcor Land Title Insurance Co. shared an example of a claim story that if not for title insurance, would have been costly for the parties involved. You can help our advocacy efforts by sharing information about issues or claims involved in refinances and why lenders title insurance is important. Please send your examples to [email protected].

SoftPro Integrates With United Tax Services
March 14, 2024

SoftPro users are now able to order and receive United Tax Services reports via the new integration within the SoftPro 360 vendor portal.

 The Three Rs to Cyber Defense and Response
March 13, 2024

Just as when you were in school, if you could read but not write, you might get by for a while, but eventually you will have issues getting ahead in life. The same holds true for a strong cybersecurity defense and response program. Read on as two members of ALTA's Information Security Work Group walk through the three Rs of cybersecurity.

Fresh Phish: Microsoft Authenticator
March 13, 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.

HUD Approves Use of 2021 ALTA Policy Forms
March 12, 2024

HUD will accept the 2021 and 2006 Policy Forms for all Multifamily and Office of Healthcare closings during a transition period up to and including June 30, 2024. Effective July 1, 2024, the ALTA 2021 Policy Forms will be required for all Multifamily and Office of Healthcare closings.

Vista Title & Escrow Helps Buyers Modify Discriminatory Covenants
March 12, 2024

Washington-based Vista Title and Escrow launched a new service helping property buyers to have a restrictive covenant modification filed with the county auditor’s office at no cost.

Skyline Lien Search Renews as Elite Provider
March 12, 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.

 ALTA Says White House Title Waiver Pilot Is ‘Bad Politics, Bad Process, Bad Policy’
March 7, 2024

ALTA continues to voice significant concern with the Biden administration’s misguided pilot program that would waive the requirement for lender’s title insurance on certain refinances. “This pilot will not help achieve the administration’s goals of expanding homebuying opportunities and affordability for first-time or lower- and moderate-income individuals," said ALTA CEO Diane Tomb. "Rather, it’s a hollow attempt by the White House to placate Americans’ current economic frustrations. The pilot is simply bad politics, bad process, and bad policy.” Read on to learn how you can help advocate for the industry and encourage your member of Congress to support the Protecting America’s Property Rights Act.

Indiana Becomes 17th State to Protect Homebuyers from Predatory Contracts
March 7, 2024

Indiana became the latest state to pass legislation that protects homeowners from the predatory practice of filing unfair real estate fee agreements in property records, known as Non-Title Recorded Agreements for Personal Services (NTRAPS).

 Learn How Proposed Real Estate Anti-Money Laundering Rule Impacts You
March 7, 2024

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. Listen to this webinar recording to learn more about the proposed rule, the impact it will have on title and settlement agents, and ALTA’s advocacy efforts.

HDEP Renews as ALTA Elite Provider
March 7, 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.

True Title Company Acquires Premier Title Group
March 7, 2024

True Title Company expanded its reach in Missouri with the acquisition of Rolla, Mo.-based Premier Title Group LLC.

It's March Madness for Your Team: Strategic Plays to Run a Fast Break for a Quick Score!
March 7, 2024

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. Listen to this webinar recording as Dr. Cindy McGovern opens her playbook and shares tips and techniques to help you score.

Small Business-dominated Title Industry Generates $30 Billion Annually to U.S. GDP, New Study Finds
March 6, 2024

The title insurance and settlement services industry directly generated $30 billion of GDP in the U.S. economy and 155,000 jobs in 2022, according to a new report released by ALTA.

ALTA Releases Economic Contribution of the U.S. Land Title Insurance and Settlement Services Industry in 2022
March 6, 2024

Economic Contribution of the U.S. Land Title Insurance and Settlement Services Industry in 2022
Report  |  National Infographic  |  Press Release

AccuTitle Makes Inc. Magazine List of Fastest-growing Private Companies
March 5, 2024

AccuTitle came in at No. 194 on Inc. magazine’s fourth annual Inc. 5000 Regionals: Northeast list.

Truly Title Bolsters Leadership Team
March 5, 2024

Texas-based Truly Title Inc. named Marc Archuleta as regional vice president and branch manager of its office in Upper Kirby, Texas.

Viking Sasquatch Obtains SOC2 Type II Certification
March 5, 2024

Viking Sasquatch, a national provider of custom software solutions and consulting services within the title insurance, mortgage and real estate sectors, recently obtained its SOC2 Type II Certification.

DataTrace Expands TitleFlex Property Data Solution
March 5, 2024

The offerings include new search and automated list-building capabilities that enable title companies to generate more effective prospecting lists of property owners with a propensity to buy or sell real estate.

 U.S. District Judge Rules Corporate Transparency Act Is Unconstitutional
March 5, 2024

A federal district judge in Alabama on March 1 issued an opinion finding that the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) is unconstitutional on the grounds that Congress supposedly exceeded certain limits on its powers. Read on to learn what this means for companies that must report information to the U.S. government about the individuals who ultimately own or control the company.

Take Advantage of Our New Discount on Education
March 4, 2024

A challenging market is a good time to learn new skills and brush up on specialized topics. Let ALTA help you get in the game with a discount: 25% off all online courses in ALTA’s Elevate Learning Center!

Have You Heard of Lender Fraud? Email Solution Helps Title Company Prevent Theft
February 29, 2024

A day after implementing RPost's email solution, Aegis Land Title Group detected two of their emails were opened in Russia. The discovery initiated an investigation that found the lender involved in the transaction was fake. Read on to learn how the title company was able to stop the fraud with the help of RPost.

All Cash Buyers Highest Since 2014
February 29, 2024

While mortgage interest rates have risen from their all-time lows in recent years, the share of all cash buyers reached the highest level in a decade.

Check Your Email for an Important Request
February 29, 2024

As a title professional, you understand and appreciate all the work that happens behind the scenes to guarantee a clean title and protect what is likely your customer’s biggest purchase. ALTA has created a first-of-its-kind Title Insurance Curative Work Study to shed light on the amount of labor you put into completing a title policy. 

Ongoing Azure Compromises Target Senior Execs, Microsoft 365 Apps
February 28, 2024

According to cybersecuirity company Proofpoint, hackers have been sending phishing emails to various organizations since November 2023 attempting to break into Microsoft 365 applications and steal information.

Alanna.ai Retains SOC 2, Type II Certification
February 28, 2024

Alanna.ai, the creator of a conversational AI-powered virtual assistant for title agents, has been designated with the American Institute of Public Accountants’ Service Organization Control 2 (SOC 2) Type II certification.

Avoiding Technology Debt
February 28, 2024

In spite of the industry’s digital transformation, not every business owner is happy with their tech investment.

 The Docket: Title Company May Rely on Default Judgment of Quiet Title
February 27, 2024

Lauren Foster, senior attorney in the transactional services center for the law firm Paul Hastings LLP, provided today’s review of a decision by the Michigan Appeals Court that held a title company could rely on default judgment prior to issuing a title insurance policy. Read on to learn why this case is important to the title and settlement industry. 

First National Title Appoints Texas Underwriting Counsel
February 27, 2024
Georgia Becomes Ninth State to File Lawsuit Against MV Realty
February 27, 2024

ALTA, the AARP and the Southeast Land Title Association (SLTA) applauded Georgia Attorney General Christopher Carr for suing MV Realty and certain affiliates for filing unfair real estate fee agreements in property records, known as Non-Title Recorded Agreements for Personal Services (NTRAPS).

SoftPro Renews as Elite Provider
February 27, 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.

Multilingual Marketing Materials Available to ALTA Members
February 27, 2024

Homeownership rates for racial minorities increased in 2022, with Asian and Hispanic Americans achieving historic peaks, according to a report from the National Association of Realtors. To help members communicate with homebuyers who may not speak English, ALTA has translated its most popular consumer marketing materials into multiple languages. 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.

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 Anti-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

March 19 - 21, 2024 | Oklahoma City, OK |  Register Today
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!

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.

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.

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.

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 [email protected]. For more information on the Foundation, visit altagooddeeds.org.

 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.

TitleEQ Expands Into Texas
February 6, 2024

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

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.

 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.

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.

 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.

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.