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 Member Exclusive: Download the January 2020 Digital Edition of TitleNews
January 16, 2020
The January 2020 digital edition of TitleNews is available for download. The cover article of this edition analyzes the 2020 housing and mortgage market. Other highlights include Fidelity partnering with the ALTA-led Coalition to Stop Real Estate Wire Fraud; an article on how one title company found success using ALTA-provided consumer-focused marketing material; the opportunity for youth in the title industry; the hardware and software needs to offer remote online closings; and FinCEN renewing its Geographic Targeting Order through May 9.
Lenders Complete More Than 38,000 Digital Closings With Docutech Platform
January 16, 2020
Kicking off the 2020 mortgage lending year, Docutech announced that lenders have now utilized the company’s Solex eClosing platform to digitally close more than 38,000 loans since late 2017.
Notarize, Stewart Title Partner to Offer Hybrid and Fully Online Closings
January 16, 2020
Notarize announced a partnership that will give Stewart Title and its direct offices and independent agents the ability to offer fully online and hybrid closings.
Qualia Expands Closing Platform to Serve Mortgage Industry
January 16, 2020
Qualia Post empowers lenders to collect digital and physical trailing documents across all their title company partners. Title companies receive automated email reminders to share documents and lenders can review the status of all their requests without leaving their normal LOS workflow.
Matthew Morris Steps Down as Stewart President
January 16, 2020
Matthew Morris announced that he stepped down as president of Stewart Information Services Corp. on Jan. 15. He will continue to serve as a member of Stewart’s Board of Directors. In addition, Morris will provide advisory services to the company and to new CEO Fred Eppinger for the next six months.
Technology is Hard. Get Schooled at ALTA SPRINGBOARD
January 14, 2020
Are you afraid of technology or eager to see what’s next? Do you hesitate at the thought of change or celebrate “out with the old, in with the new?” Whether you’re on either end of the spectrum or somewhere in between, the Ideas Festival “Tech Talk – Solving for a Business Problem” at ALTA Springboard will help you explore industry technology in a brighter light. In this Ideas Festival, we’ll discuss:
ATG Joins American Title Reinsurance Alliance
January 14, 2020
The American Title Reinsurance Alliance was formed in January 2012 to provide a secure source of reinsurance for large transactions for regional title insurers.
Agencies Issue Alerts on Iranian Cyber Activity
January 14, 2020
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) issued guidance to companies on securing their computer networks.
Webinar Recording: 2020 Housing and Mortgage Market Forcast
January 14, 2020
Today’s housing market looks very different from the past. No longer can you rely on falling mortgage rates to financially encourage refinancing and moving. Millennials now represent the largest cohort of homebuyers, older homeowners are staying in place longer and ibuyers continue to gain traction in markets across the country. How will this affect your business? Listen to this webinar recording to get a better understanding of the types of title orders that will come in your door over the next year.
Adeptive to Offer AI Customer Service for ResWare Platform
January 14, 2020
With the Alanna customer service resource, title agencies using ResWare can communicate with their customers via text or web chat, using everyday conversational language.
The Evolution of TitleNews
January 14, 2020
For more than a century, TitleNews has been the go-to source of information about the land title insurance industry. Since the first edition in 1918, iterations have evolved from an extremely text-heavy publication to a magazine filled with useful charts and graphics that attempts to meet the needs of today’s readers.
PropLogix Purchases Building for New Headquarters
January 14, 2020
PropLogix CEO Jesse Biter and his partners, Evan Berlin and Jamie Ebling, spent $10.5 million on a building to house the growing real estate research and tech company.
States Title Receives Patent for Predictive Machine Learning Models
January 14, 2020
The patent for invention number 10,510,009 allows States Title to optimize the value-maximizing point in the instant underwriting model by modifying the Markov Chain Monte Carlo technique with unique title-specific mathematical components.
Avoid Being Hacked in the New Year: Perform a Network Penetration Test
January 9, 2020
Want to protect your computer network from being hacked in the New Year? Experts say companies should perform what’s called a “Penetration Test” to find any vulnerabilities in your network. And fix them.
Know Your Business
January 9, 2020
Nobel Prize winning physicist and chemist Marie Curie once said, “Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood.” That point of view can apply to businesses today. Understanding your company’s susceptibility to disruption will help you make momentous strategic choices.
NotaryCam Approved to Provide eNotary, RON Services for Michigan Notaries
January 9, 2020
NotaryCam has been approved by the Michigan Department of State to provide both eNotary and remote online notarization (RON) services to the more than 113,000 notaries public registered in the state.
Pavaso Supports Remote Online Notarization in Florida and Idaho
January 9, 2020
State commissioned remote electronic notaries in these states can select the Pavaso platform to complete RON closings, which gives homebuyers and sellers the option to close real estate transactions remotely, from almost anywhere in the world.
SoftPro Integrates With ZOCCAM
January 9, 2020
The integration allows SoftPro users to connect with ZOCCAM for such submissions as well as authenticating the borrower’s identification.
ePN adds 13 Jurisdictions to E-recording Network
January 9, 2020
eRecording Partners Network (ePN) announces the addition of 13 jurisdictions across the United States to its e-recording network in the fourth quarter of 2019.
CATIC Launches New Website
January 9, 2020
CATIC said the new website is focused on ensuring a positive user experience by giving agents a more consistent workflow and better navigation.
Track State Data Privacy Legislation
January 8, 2020
Utilize ALTA’s State Legislation Tracking Map to follow any data privacy bills that have been introduced or passed in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.
Listen to Podcasts About CCPA
January 8, 2020
ALTA, in partnership with the law firm Carlton Fields, has developed a four-part podcast series to help you un-derstand the California Consumer Privacy Act. The segments are titled Who Does CCPA Apply To?; Service Providers and Sale of Data Under CCPA; CCPA Resources and Compliance Tips; and Practical Compliance With CCPA and New Privacy Laws. Read on to access the podcasts on ALTA’s data privacy page.
What is Data Mapping?
January 8, 2020
Data mapping is discovering what data you collect, where it’s stored, with whom it’s shared, how long it’s retained and for what purposes it’s used.
ALTA Marketplace: Find Privacy Compliance Solutions
January 8, 2020
The ALTA Marketplace connects you with companies that offer data privacy and mapping solutions, as well as services to help you comply with other regulations.
Learn How to Go Digital in 2020
January 8, 2020
It’s 2020: The future is HERE. If your business isn’t prepared to go digital, it’s time to attend a Digital Closing & eMortgage Boot Camp. The American Land Title Association and Mortgage Bankers Association are hosting two more live events in 2020 to help your business navigate the digital closing process. Due to high attendee volume at the first Digital Closing Boot Camp, we encourage you to register now for your preferred date/place so you don’t get shut out!
The California Consumer Privacy Act Q&A
January 8, 2020
This document provides an overview of key questions regarding the California Consumer Privacy Act. The Q&A answers which companies are covered by the regulation; applicability to controlled entities with shared branding; who is protected; examples of personal information; exemptions; consumer right to access, disclosure and opt-out; obligations on a company; and costs of compliance.
The Next Big Thing: Consumer Data Privacy
January 8, 2020
California’s sweeping legislation that went into effect Jan. 1 is the beginning of things to come as more states look to bolster consumer privacy and enforce stricter U.S. consumer protections.
 Crowning Moment: British-born Mary O’Donnell First Woman From Underwriter Ranks to Serve as ALTA President
January 7, 2020
Margaret Thatcher served as prime minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990. She was the longest-serving British prime minister of the 20th century and the first woman to hold that office. Her uncompromising politics and leadership style earned her nickname “The Iron Lady.” Growing up in Liverpool, England, Mary O’Donnell dreamed of rising to similar heights. “I wanted to be the first British female prime minister, but Margaret Thatcher beat me to it,” O’Donnell joked. Instead, O’Donnell blazed her own path on this side of the pond. In October, she became the first woman out of the Underwriters’ Executive Section to be named president of ALTA. Read on to learn more about ALTA's president.
Stewart Title Adds Staff in Massachusetts
January 7, 2020
Stewart Title’s Agency Services in Massachusetts announced the addition of Tracie Kester and Christine Provost as underwriting counsels, while Tom Potito and Mary Blomerth joined the company as senior agency services representatives
First American Acquires Arizona-based Agency
January 7, 2020
First American Financial Corp. has fully acquired Title Security Agency LLC, an Arizona-based title agency that has operated for more than four decades.
Kensington Vanguard Acquires GRS Title Services
January 7, 2020
Kensington Vanguard National Land Services (KV) recently completed the acquisition of Virginia-based GRS Title Services LLC.
Futura Title & Escrow Grows in Washington
January 7, 2020
Futura Title and Escrow Corp., parent company to AmeriTitle Inc. and Alliance Title & Escrow Corp., announced the acquisition of Washington-based title companies Pacific Alliance Title and Kittitas Title & Escrow.
Agents National Names COO
January 7, 2020
In this role, Todd Mendolia will support Agents National Title Insurance Company's regional and national agents, while leading key initiatives supporting the geographic expansion of ANTIC.