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Kansas Joins Growing List of States With RON Legislation
April 15, 2021

Kansas joined 31 other states passing legislation that authorizes the use of remote online notarization (RON).

Boston National Title Promotes
April 15, 2021

Boston National Title has promoted Lisa Vogel to senior vice president of its national commercial division.

FNF Promotes Associate Regional Underwriting Counsel
April 15, 2021

Fidelity National Financial (FNF) recently promoted Rick Rivas to the position of associate regional counsel for Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

PropLogix Voted Best Local Place to Work
April 15, 2021

PropLogix was voted the best local place to work in Sarasota, Fla., by SRQ Magazine.

ALTA Insights Podcast: ALTA CEO Diane Tomb Talks with ALTA President Bill Burding
April 14, 2021

Now that we’re more than a year into the COVID-19 crisis, ALTA CEO Diane Tomb recently talked with ALTA President Bill Burding NTP during the first ALTA Insights Podcast to reflect on how the health pandemic has impacted the real estate market. We discussed how the industry responded working to innovate and serve the needs of their communities and customers—all while handling historic order volume. The two also chatted about COVID-19 vaccinations, being able to travel once again, and the importance of telling your story and advocating for your industry. You’ll get the chance to do the latter during our free virtual ALTA Advocacy Summit, which will be held May 18.20.

ALTA Insights: Advocating for Your Business
April 14, 2021

Wednesday, April 28 | 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT | Register Today

Several issues that will affect housing and mortgage finance are being discussed at the federal level. Significant infrastructure investments, major tax law changes, and industry-specific legislation, such as the SECURE Notarization Act and SAFE Banking Act, could impact your operation. Register for this free ALTA Insights webinar to get a snapshot of what’s coming on Capitol Hill, while also learning more about this year’s virtual ALTA Advocacy Summit (May 18-20, 2021) and the opportunity to tell our industry’s story. You’ll get a preview of speakers and sessions, as well as best practices on how to successfully conduct virtual meetings with members of Congress and their staff.

Spruce Launches Automated Underwriting Model
April 13, 2021

The automated underwriting model was launched in Colorado and Arizona and in conjunction with Spruce's partnership with American Digital Title Insurance Company.

 Webinar Recording: Get Your Cyber House in Order
April 13, 2021

Even before the COVID-19 crisis, cybercrime was on the rise. And because criminals take advantage of the chaos emergencies create, the pandemic has produced the prime environment to embolden these thieves. As has been proven time and time again, it only takes one: One click, one failed alert or one unsuspecting employee, and the criminal can be in your network. But heightened awareness can be a powerful antidote. Listen to this Qualia-sponsored ALTA Insights webinar to learn how to safeguard against social engineering, phishing and business email compromise (BEC) scams. This webinar discussed the latest cyber statistics, impact on the real estate industry, tips to protect you, your agency and clients, and how to develop a response plan.

Kentucky Governor Vetoes Redaction Bill
April 13, 2021

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on April 8 vetoed a bill that would have would have exempted personally identifiable information of judges, prosecutors and law enforcement officers from public records.

Patten Title Company Acquires Celebrity Title
April 13, 2021

Patten Title Co. has expanded its presence in Houston with the acquisition of Celebrity Title Co. 

First National Title Names Florida Agency Manager
April 13, 2021

Texas-based First National Title Insurance Co. (FNTI) has hired Nicole Hayes as agency manager in Florida.

Stewart Expands Presence in New Mexico
April 13, 2021

Stewart Title recently acquired Santa Fe, N.M.-based Prima Title in an effort to continuously build out its local markets, 

First American Makes Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For List
April 13, 2021

This marks the sixth year in a row that First American Financial has earned a place on the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list.

Do You Know All of Your State’s Laws and Regs?
April 13, 2021

ALTA makes it easy for you to stay up-to-date with your state’s legislative changes! ALTA has updated more than 40 state Title Insurance Regulatory Surveys (TIRS) within the past 12 months. An ALTA membership provides you with discounts on these publications. Subscribe Today

April Is National Fair Housing Month
April 8, 2021

This year marks the 53rd anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, landmark legislation signed into law April 11, 1968, by President Lyndon B. Johnson. To help raise awareness, Realogy Holdings produced an online course titled “Delivering the Promise of Fair Housing,” which offers insight across a slate of topics such as the human side of the home, history and reform, building on past progress, and how agents and brokers can contribute by doing their part.

 The Docket: California Court Rules Possibility of Fraud Not a Title Defect
April 8, 2021

Cheryl Cowherd NTP, KTP, MTP, director of underwriting for Agents National Title Insurance Co., provided today’s review of a decision by the California State Court of Appeals that addressed exclusion of matters subsequent to the date of policy and marketable title.

Proliant Settlement Systems Continues Expansion in Michigan
April 8, 2021

For Neville Nofar, owner of Great Northern Title, becoming a Proliant Settlement Systems franchisee was a natural way to complement his suite of businesses that also comprises Great Northern Tax and Great Northern Insurance Agency.

Revised ALTA Closing Protection Letters Published
April 8, 2021

Revisions to two ALTA Closing Protection Letters (CPLs) were published and went into effect April 2. The ALTA Forms Committee recognized the need to conform the CPLs for single and multiple transactions to the work in progress on the 2021 ALTA Loan and Owner’s Policies and the value of making the revisions available immediately. The CPLs were last revised in December 2018.

CNL Strategic Capital Acquires Majority Stake in Michigan-based ATA National Title Group
April 8, 2021

Newly formed Florida-based holding company CNL Strategic Capital acquired a majority stake in ATA National Title Group LLC, its subsidiaries and affiliated companies, including Talon Title Agency. Dave Trott, chairman of ATA National Title Group, said that all existing equity members of ATA and Talon will also participate as owners of the holding company. 

PropLogix Reports 187% Growth in Orders Since 2019
April 8, 2021

The company reported it broke a record for orders received in a single day in March and saw a 187% growth for all services compared to March 2019 and a 70% increase over 2020.

Omni Title Names VP of Business Development
April 8, 2021

Columbus, Ohio-based Omni Title LLC named Jon Lindahl as vice president of business development.

 Digital Marketing for Every Month of the Year
April 6, 2021

Social media marketing is one of the most direct and cost-effective ways companies can reach consumers and customers. ALTA has created a full year of marketing content for members to use on social media. The calendar provides a month-by-month plan or can be used à la carte.

 Title Premium Volume Increases 21.7% in 2020
April 6, 2021

Driven by historic mortgage origination activity and increased home values, ALTA reported the title insurance industry generated $19.2 billion in title insurance premiums during 2020 compared to $15.8 billion during 2019, according to ALTA’s Market Share Analysis.

NATIC Appoints Northwest Regional Underwriting Counsel
April 6, 2021

North American Title Insurance Co. (NATIC) has added Andrea Alderman Keith as Northwest regional underwriting counsel to provide underwriting guidance, support and education to title agents and affiliates in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and additional jurisdictions.

FNF Hires National Agency Education Trainer
April 6, 2021

Fidelity National Financial Family of Companies has hired Elizabeth Wysong Berg NTP as national agency vice president for education and training.

D. Bello Named Top-growing Small Business in California
April 6, 2021

D. Bello, which provides remote production solutions for companies in the real estate land title space, was recently named one of the top growing small businesses in California by Inc. Magazine.

ALTA Elite Provider Profile: CSC
April 6, 2021

ALTA's Elite Provider program comprised of premier service providers committed to offering comprehensive 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. Today, we highlight CSC, which provides e-recording and nationwide paper document recording that allows document submitters to record documents quickly and securely across the United States.

NYSLTA Kicks Off 100th Anniversary With Virtual Food Drive
April 6, 2021

The New York State Land Title Association (NYSLTA) kicked off its 100th anniversary celebration with the “Feeding Our Neighbors” fundraiser—a statewide virtual food drive. 

Meet New Members of Congress at ALTA Advocacy Summit
March 31, 2021

Freshmen members of Congress need to know what is happening in the title insurance industry, and the only way they’re going to be informed is if we show up and tell our story during the free, virtual ALTA Advocacy Summit! We need your help May 18-20 showing new Congress members who we are: the protectors of the American Dream. Register Today

See How You are Making a Difference!
March 30, 2021

Have you heard the good news? The ALTA Good Deeds Foundation awarded 21 grants this month for a total of $125,000 to charitable organizations in local communities across the United States!

 Regulators Focused on Innovation
March 30, 2021

As part of its consumer protection mission, Congress tasked the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) with ensuring that markets for consumer financial products and services operate transparently and efficiently to facilitate access and innovation. One area the CFPB is monitoring is AI and machine learning (ML). Meanwhile, state regulators have started paying attention to how companies utilize technology as well. In 2020, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) unanimously adopted guiding principles that AI be fair, ethical, accountable and safe. 

 Title Gets Innovative
March 30, 2021

The title industry has used AI and automation in various parts of the process for many years. Title production software companies have made great strides in automation that eliminates rekeying and the transferring of data from one application to another. This streamlines the order process and eliminates duplicative tasks. More and more companies—including underwriters, third-party vendors and business process outsourcers—have started offering title production automation.

TitleTap Launches Hub to Ease Business Solution Integrations on Websites
March 30, 2021

TitleTap launched a new service making it easier for title and settlement companies to integrate business solutions on their websites.

Stewart Title Names Group Vice President for Southeast Direct Operations
March 30, 2021

As group vice president for the Southeast, Ana Villela-Murillo will oversee direct operations in Florida, Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee.

Republic Title of Texas Promotes COO
March 30, 2021

In this role, Chase Evans will provide leadership, team management and vision as he oversees the implementation of the company’s strategies.

Notarize Secures $130M in Funding to Fuel Growth of Digital Transaction
March 30, 2021

Through its role in giving consumers and businesses options to complete these transactions online, reported 800% year-over-year growth in volume in its real estate sector.

PLTA Marks 100 Years of Protecting Property Rights
March 30, 2021

The Pennsylvania Land Title Association (PLTA) is ”A Century Strong” as it celebrates its 100th year of protecting property rights of Pennsylvanians through its member title agents and agencies, title insurance underwriters, real estate attorneys and other real estate professionals.

ALTA Advocacy Summit to Host Rep. Ed Perlmutter
March 29, 2021

It’s not every year that we have a title insurance champion working in the hallowed halls of the Capitol Building, and it’s not every day that we get to hear from such a powerhouse about what’s happening in Congress! At this year’s virtual ALTA Advocacy Summit, you will have the chance to hear directly from title industry supporter Rep. Ed Perlmutter.  Register Today

Elevate Your Staff with ALTA’s New Learning Center
March 26, 2021

Stop wasting time on TikTok and watch videos that can help you grow your career! From beginners to experts, everyone on your staff can benefit from ALTA’s new Elevate Learning Center. Sponsored by Qualia, the courses include materials such as videos, reading materials, quizzes and/or a resource guide as well as a certificate of completion. An ALTA membership provides discounts on these courses, and CE/CLE credits are offered for some of the classes in certain states. Study at your own pace and in your own place!

 ALTA Is There for You! Become a Member Today
March 25, 2021
ALTA stood with the title and settlement services industry every day through 2020. Stand with us to achieve more for your business in 2021. Make sure you renew your membership or join today to enjoy all the benefits, including access to business tools, education and training resources, and information to help improve your operation.
 ICYMI: February Edition of TitleNews
March 25, 2021

The cover article of February 2021 edition discusses the various ways title companies are using artificial intelligence and machine learning to automate various aspects of the real estate transaction. Other articles include a survey that shows the majority of borrowers want a digital closing experience; a review of what title company owners should be doing to develop an exit strategy; when title professionals can get the COVID-19 vaccine; and Qualia acquiring the developer of ResWare.

CFPB Reports 54% Spike in Consumer Complaints in 2020
March 25, 2021

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) reported a 54 percent increase in consumer complaints last year when compared to 2019. Specific to mortgages, the CFPB received roughly 29,400 complaints in 2020. Of these, 10 percent were related to the closing of mortgages.

ALTA Joins 30 Organizations in Support of 1031 Exchanges
March 25, 2021

ALTA joined 30 other organizations in letters to Congressional leaders and U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen explaining the importance of 1031 like-kind exchanges. 

 The Docket: Georgia Supreme Court Affirms Doctrine of Mutual Mistake
March 25, 2021

Monica Gilroy, a partner at The Gilroy Firm, and Matthew Mashburn, apartner at Aldridge Pite, provided today’s review of a decision by the Georgia Supreme Court addressing the doctrine of mutual mistake. Read on to learn how this case unfolded.

ALTA Insights: How to Embed a Culture of Inclusion and Diversity
March 24, 2021

Wednesday, April 14 | 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT | Register Today

Bringing a diverse pool of employees into your company is great, but unless those employees feel included and welcomed, retention could be a challenge. Beyond creating a positive, welcoming environment, inclusion has many benefits, including increased employee performance, retention and financial growth. Creating inclusive, diverse workplaces is more than just a “nice” thing to do. Industry experts will discuss ways to maximize your inclusion efforts in this informative and motivational seminar.

What’s Your Superpower?
March 23, 2021

What would happen if you let go of fear, got off the sidelines, and jumped boldly into the game of life? Lisa Sun, founder and CEO of GRAVITAS, unpacked the vital question in a moving, motivating and empowering talk during an ALTA SPRINGBOARD Ideas Festival. Sun explored why it’s vital to push past your potential, how to transform an idea into a movement and why you’ve got to bet on yourself every single day. She encouraged the virtual attendees to harness their “superpower” and use gravitas to advance personally and professionally.

Creating Business Rock Stars
March 23, 2021

From Oreos to Gatorade, Bonin Bough is the master marketer behind the rapid growth of some of the world’s most-loved brands in kitchens across the country. During an Ideas Festival at the 2021 ALTA SPRINGBOARD, the award-winning marketing executive provided tips to help companies create their own breakthrough “communications experience” and how to cultivate talent.

 Modus to Appeal Cease-and-Desist Order From Washington Regulator
March 23, 2021

Washington’s insurance commissioner issued a cease-and-desist order against Seattle-based title and escrow software startup Modus for allegedly violating the state’s anti-inducement regulations and offering non-title services for free in exchange for business.

Guaranty & Title Co. Opens New Commercial Office
March 23, 2021

Minnesota-based Guaranty & Title Co. named Ashliegh Rymar as commercial escrow manager for the company’s new office in Eden Prairie, Minn.

ALTA Elite Provider Profile: TrustLink
March 23, 2021

ALTA's Elite Provider program comprised of premier service providers committed to offering comprehensive 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. Today, we highlight TrustLink, which provides full-service trust accounting. The company offers segregation of duties, daily three-way reconciliation, electronic verification and management approval, a comprehensive unclaimed property service and positive pay upload to the bank, along with our 1099-S tax reporting and W-9 due diligence service.

Regs Changing? ALTA Keeps You Up to Date
March 23, 2021

Much has changed in 2021, and ALTA now has 40 updated Title Insurance Regulatory Surveys (TIRS) to help keep you in the know. The latest reports include Iowa, California and Pennsylvania! An ALTA membership provides you with discounts on these publications. Subscribe Today

Stewart Acquires A.S.K. Services
March 23, 2021

A.S.K. Services is a provider of search and support services to the title industry, currently operating in five states and 312 counties.

Build a Better Workplace with ALTA’s Employee Engagement Program
March 22, 2021

Drive a more successful business with the new ALTA Employee Engagement Program! This new initiative helps you reduce turnover costs by improving your employees’ experience and retaining more of your workforce while raising productivity and improving your bottom line. ALTA members can benefit from reduced prices for this program.

$1.8 Billion Lost Due to Business Email Compromise in 2020
March 18, 2021

According to the FBI’s 2020 Internet Crime Report, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) received 791,790, complaints with reported losses exceeding $4.2 billion last year. Business email compromise (BEC) schemes continued to be the costliest, with 19,369 complaints resulting in losses of $1.8 billion. In regard to real estate, there were 13,638 fraud victims with $213,196,082 in reported losses. 

ALTA Good Deeds Foundation Awards $125,000 in Grants
March 18, 2021

Grants in the amount of $6,000 were awarded to charities supported by ALTA members across the United States, ranging from the Second Harvest food bank network in Spokane, Wash., to the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland, Ohio.

Bipartisan Cannabis Bills Introduced in Senate, House
March 18, 2021

In the House, the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act of 2021 was reintroduced and provides a legal safe harbor for financial institutions doing business with state-legal cannabis businesses. Meanwhile, the Clarifying Law Around Insurance of Marijuana (CLAIM) Act of 2021 was introduced in the Senate and ensures legal marijuana and related businesses have access to comprehensive and affordable insurance coverage. ALTA supports efforts to clarify compliance for businesses that provide services to the growing cannabis industry.

Best Homes Title Agency Expands Corporate Team
March 18, 2021

Michigan-based Best Homes Title Agency, along with the law firm Schneiderman and Sherman PC, hired Eric Hamann as corporate controller.

Blend to Acquire Title365 from Mr. Cooper Group in $500M Deal
March 18, 2021

Digital lending software company Blend has entered into a definitive agreement with Mr. Cooper Group to acquire Title365 in a deal valued at near $500 million. Title365 was founded in 2009 by a group of settlement service veterans to offer a combination of centralized product fulfillment, including title, escrow and default services, 

JetClosing Names Former Amazon, Microsoft Exec as CEO
March 18, 2021

Anna Collins has vast experience scaling new businesses and has held leadership roles with notable companies including Amazon, Microsoft, drugstore.com, aQuantive, and several startups.

 Owner of Fake Title Company in Michigan Pleads Guilty to Fraud Scheme to Fuel Gambling Habit
March 18, 2021

A Michigan real estate broker and investor pleaded guilty for executing a fraud scheme to defraud investors to fund his gambling habit with the Michigan Lottery. The man convinced the investors to wire funds into the account of a fake title company. The fraud scheme unraveled over a two-year period resulting in over $19 million in losses. 

Get Your Amazing Alpha by Being Playful
March 16, 2021

As the former vice president of innovation and creativity at The Walt Disney Co., creativity speaker Duncan Wardle knows a thing or two about fostering an environment of innovation. Innovation is not something that happens by chance. It is the result of building an environment in which it can thrive. Speaking at the 2021 ALTA SPRINGBOARD during a session sponsored by SoftPro, Wardle shared strategies to encourage an innovative culture that unlocks employees’ ability to let their ingenuity run wild. Find out how to get your amazing alpha.

SoftPro Integrates With ClosingCorp Order Management
March 16, 2021

The new integration between ClosingCorp Order Management and SoftPro 360 integrates lender and settlement agent data to streamline the reconciliation of fees for final loan closing disclosures.

Avanze Tech Labs Unveils Technology to Automate Post-closing Process
March 16, 2021

Avanze Tech Labs said its post-closing SaaS solution STACX leverages artificial intelligence (AI), optical character recognition (OCR) and machine learning (ML) to support lenders and servicers, title companies, and correspondent lending channel by creating an automated workflow solution.

Lone Wolf Launches Solution for Real Estate Agents to Submit Digital Title Orders
March 16, 2021

The new feature allows real estate agents using Lone Wolf Transactions' zipForm or TransactionDesk editions to digitally submit title orders with their preferred provider.

Texas Lender Launches Digital-focused Title Company
March 16, 2021

Texas-based Mid America Mortgage Inc. launched a title company dedicated to providing a more comprehensive digital mortgage closing experience to the residential real estate market.

Qualia Unveils New Program for Scaling PropTech Companies
March 16, 2021

Qualia Scale allows companies to integrate their own their own internal title operations directly or access a network of tech-enabled title and escrow companies across the United States.

Report: Home Price Appreciation Drives Increase in Closing Costs for Purchases
March 16, 2021

The average U.S. home price increased by roughly $30,000 last year, but the year-over-year difference in the average purchase closing costs was only $339 including taxes and $131 excluding taxes, according to Bob Jennings, chief executive officer of ClosingCorp. The use of technology enabled the industry to scale up capacity while holding the line on closing costs.

Agents National Title Hires Agency Service Manager in Florida
March 16, 2021

In this role, Rusty Tellone oversees and serves the needs of the underwriter's title agents throughout the state.

Private Equity Firm Invests in World Wide Land Transfer
March 16, 2021

Britehorn Partners served as the exclusive investment bank in the transaction between Philadelphia-based World Wide and private equity firm Corridor Capital.

Do Better With New Employee Engagement Program
March 15, 2021

Improve your employees’ experience and create an engaging culture to drive a more successful business! With the new ALTA Employee Engagement Program, you can reduce turnover costs by retaining more of your workforce while raising productivity and improving your bottom line. ALTA members benefit from reduced prices for this program.

A Year of Virtual Meetings and Hugs: What Do You Miss From Pre-pandemic Life?
March 11, 2021

It was one year ago today that the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. Two days later, the United States declared a national emergency and the country started shutting down. While stay-at-home orders affected millions of workers, the title and settlement services industry pressed on as “essential businesses” and helped facilitate closings for a record-breaking $4.3 trillion in mortgages during 2020. But what do you miss most from your pre-pandemic life? According to responses on ALTA’s social media channels, the overwhelming majority miss travel, friends and hugs.

 Level Up at ALTA SPRINGBOARD
March 11, 2021

At ALTA SPRINGBOARD you will you find specific interactive outlets for initiating discussion with your peers on today’s most important topics relevant to the industry. The format of this virtual event allows you to customize your experience through unique connections and conversations. The virtual ALTA SPRINGBOARD will be held March 16-18. Register today!

A Year Into COVID-19
March 11, 2021

A year into one of the most difficult years for public health in modern history, we’ve struggled, adapted and persevered. One positive thing from the crisis, however, is that it showed the country how the title and settlement services industry gets things done. We’d like to hear how COVID-19 has changed your life.

One Big Family: ALTA CEO Diane Tomb Delivers an Industry Update
March 11, 2021

One year ago the world changed, and the real estate industry was forced to adapt within a matter of weeks. Numerous technology tools were quickly implemented along with safety protocols and creative closings to produce what was a record year for many professionals. Now, as we begin to emerge from COVID-19, what lessons were learned? How can we leverage this experience to continuously improve our industry? ALTA CEO Diane Tomb shares some answers during a podcast with Linda Grahovec  ITP, IEP, NTP, national agency director of education and marketing strategy for FNF Family of Companies.

Boston National Title Names President of National Commercial Division
March 11, 2021

In addition to serving as president of Boston National Title's national commercial division, Nicole Wolosoff will remain president of BNT’s New York office.

AccuTitle Partners With TitleTap to Automate Marketing
March 11, 2021

To help drive new business through automation, all three of AccuTitle’s title management platforms (TitleFusion, Closers’ Choice and Landtech) are now integrated with TitleTap to offer “Automatic Reviews” functionality. 

First National Title Names Agency Manager
March 11, 2021

Norma Scott has nearly 25 years of industry experience, previously holding executive roles in escrow operations with national underwriters.

ALTA Applauds Confirmation of U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge as HUD Secretary
March 11, 2021

ALTA praised the Senate’s confirmation on March 10 of U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Getting Online Reviews While Your Business is Hot, Will Help You When the Market is Not
March 10, 2021

If you have been in business for any amount of time, you have probably noticed that most markets tend to be cyclical and require some evolution to survive. A company that was once king often must adapt to stay relevant. What you may not know is that online reviews are quickly becoming one of the most effective ways to market your business. It boils down to which company builds trust fastest, and online reviews on platforms like Facebook and Google do just that.

Mainspring Services Unveils Service That Hyperlinks Documents, Creates Web-based Format
March 10, 2021

Using commitments and preliminary reports from any title production software, titleLOOK automatically inserts hyperlinks to search documents, creates the title exception summary and publishes a responsive web format.

 Lender Agrees to $1.5M Fine for Violating N.Y. Cybersecurity Regulation
March 10, 2021

A lender headquartered in Maine agreed to a $1.5 million fine for violating several provisions of New York’s cybersecurity regulations after an employee’s email account was compromised due to a phishing attack. Read on to learn what this consent order means to companies that are licensed to operate in New York.

Hurry! Last Call for ALTA SPRINGBOARD
March 9, 2021

ALTA SPRINGBOARD is almost here! We are very excited for this virtual event, and we hope to see you online. Scheduled for March 16-18, ALTA SPRINGBOARD has a LOT to offer—including inspirational speakers, education sessions, networking opportunities, CE/CLE credits, vendors with the latest in tech and services and even a full slate of prizes! Register Today

ALTA 2021 TIPAC Donors
March 9, 2021

The Title Industry Political Action Committee (TIPAC) 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 2021, TIPAC received $ 124,520 from 125 donors. In addition, $110,000 from 17 companies has been pledged to the TIPAC Education Fund.

ALTA Elite Provider Profile: RynohLive
March 9, 2021

ALTA's Elite Provider program comprised of premier service providers committed to offering comprehensive 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. Today, we highlight RynohLive, which provides financial management and fraud solution systems for title and settlement companies. RynohLive conducts automated three-way reconciliation, an end-to-end auditing of escrow accounts and identifies anomalies, potential fraud and audit issues to minimize exposure to loss.

Average Time to Close 10 Days Longer Than a Year Ago
March 9, 2021

The average time to close all transaction types averaged 58 days in December and January, according to an origination report from ICE Mortgage Technology.

Armatage Capital Acquires Meridian Title
March 9, 2021

Armatage Capital announced it has acquired Meridian Title Corp., which has 34 offices in Indiana and Michigan. Britehorn Partners served as exclusive investment banker in the deal.

CATIC Promotes Two to SVP Positions
March 9, 2021

CATIC announced it has promoted Edward Forristall to chief revenue officer, while Michael Savenelli was named chief operating officer.

What the $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Bill Means for Title Professionals
March 9, 2021

President Biden on March 11 signed into law the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress. Read on for a summary of provisions of the American Rescue Plan that could impact title professionals, including another round of stimulus checks, money for the Paycheck Protection Program, as well as funds that could affect the commercial market.

Save Your (Free) Seat for ALTA Advocacy Summit
March 8, 2021

Registration is open for the virtual ALTA Advocacy Summit, and there is a lot that is fresh this year! New dates: May 18-20, 2021. New platform: Virtual. Join us from wherever you are! New cost: $0.00 (That’s right, it’s free!) Register Today

 Stand With ALTA
March 4, 2021

ALTA stood with the title and settlement services industry every day through 2020. Stand with us to achieve more for your business in 2021. Make sure to renew your membership or join today.

ALTA Registry Helps Save Funding for 25 Deals
March 4, 2021

An agent verification system used by a lender showed that a title company’s closing protection letters (CPLs) were inactive, putting 25 deals in peril. However, a quick review of the ALTA Registry validated the title company was in good standing, allowing the deals to close that day. Does your title company have a free listing in the ALTA Registry?

 States Title Going Public as Doma in $3B Deal With SPAC
March 4, 2021

States Title will go public as Doma following a $3 billion deal with special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Capitol Investment Corp. V.

Make Real Connections at ALTA SPRINGBOARD
March 2, 2021

March 16-18, 2021 | Register Today
A virtual ALTA SPRINGBOARD doesn’t mean missing out on networking opportunities—it means creating connections you couldn’t otherwise have initiated! ALTA SPRINGBOARD is hosting virtual Braindates as well as Networking Roulette, allowing you to bond online with people who share your interests, ambitions and concerns. If you are ready to LEVEL UP, join us March 16-18 from wherever you are for this one-of-a-kind experience!

Compass to Purchase D.C.-based KVS Title
March 2, 2021

Real estate technology company Compass, which acquired title and escrow software startup Modus in November, has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Washington, D.C.-based KVS Title.

Stewart Acquires Signature Closers
March 2, 2021

Stewart Information Services Corporation acquired Signature Closers LLC in a move to strengthen its digital closing strategy.

 Webinar Recording: How to Use Social Media as a Digital Marketing Tool
March 2, 2021

Social media can be a cost-effective way for title and settlement companies to reach target audiences and grow their market share. Powered by the Homeowner Outreach Program, ALTA provides members several digital advertising and marketing options that can be used on social media platforms. There are also several resources to educate real estate agents, consumers and lenders about the benefits of title insurance and how it protects property rights. Listen to this webinar recording and learn how to find and use the marketing resources ALTA provides, as well as tips and a demo on how to get started or how to enhance your current digital marketing efforts.

Share Tips, Best Practices About Wire Fraud During National Consumer Protection Week
March 2, 2021

Title and settlement professionals can join the Federal Trade Commission and more than 100 groups and organizations participating in the 23rd annual National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) to raise awareness about scams, including wire fraud.

ALTA Discusses Wire Fraud on AARP Perfect Scam Podcast
March 2, 2021

Every year mortgage closing scams cost homebuyers millions of dollars and, tragically, sometimes even their homes. These scams aren’t new, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s been a rise in this type of fraud. AARP talked with a recent homebuyer who moved back to his hometown to care for his mother but finds that his life savings and his new home are in jeopardy because of a scam. AARP also spoke with ALTA CEO Diane Tomb and Tom Cronkright, CEO of CertifID, about the anatomy of mortgage closing scams and how consumers can protect their money.

CATIC Names Pennsylvania State Manager
March 2, 2021

CATIC Title Insurance Company named Lisa Mansueto as vice president and state manager of Pennsylvania.

TitleOne Acquires Title Company in Idaho
March 2, 2021

TitleOne, a subsidiary of Realogy Title Group LLC, acquired Land Title of Nez Perce County in Lewiston, Idaho.

Realty Title Names President of Mid-South Divisions
March 2, 2021

Tennessee-based Realty Title announced it named Brad Lehman as president of its Mid-South divisions.

SoftPro Wins Multiple Gold Stevie Awards
March 2, 2021

SoftPro was awarded Gold in two categories, Sales Growth Achievement of the Year and Sales Distinction of the Year for Computer Software.

 Michigan Regulator Issues Cease and Desist Against Title Company
March 2, 2021

The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) issued a cease-and-desist order against a business for posing as a Michigan-based title insurance company, selling fraudulent title insurance online to consumers and operating without a license.

Can Your Business Compete?
March 1, 2021

2020 was—well—a lot of things, including incredibly busy for those of us in the real estate industry. Now, all of the trends reports are signaling more of the same for 2021. If you aren’t already evaluating your compensation packages to attract the new employees you’ll be hiring, now is definitely the time. Sponsored by Qualia, the ALTA’s Title & Settlement Services Industry Compensation Index is officially open for 2020 data collection!

Be Kind to Others, and Yourself
February 25, 2021

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek was recently asked, “If you had a billboard, metaphorically speaking, to get a message, a quote, a question, an image, anything out to billions of people, noncommercial, what might you put on that billboard?” The self-made billionaire offered a rather simple eight-word response.

ICYMI: Download January Edition of TitleNews
February 25, 2021

The cover article of this digital edition discusses how the results of the 2020 election will affect the title insurance industry. The article looks at issues such as the SECURE Notarization Act, housing finance reform, housing opportunity and availability, tax policy, financial services policy, CFPB, cannabis and beneficial ownership. Other articles in this edition include a forecast of the 2021 housing market; why enhancing operational efficiency is so important; a review of a TRID assessment report released by the CFPB; and a settlement between Zoom and the FTC regarding data security concerns.

 FNF Reports Full-year 2020, Q4 Financial Results
February 25, 2021

Fidelity National Financial reported that its title insurance segment generated record pretax earnings of $1.8 billion during 2020. This is up from $1.5 billion in pretax earnings during 2019.

 The Docket: Virginia Supreme Court Holds ‘Fair Market Value’ Provides no Certainty to Price
February 25, 2021

Stephen Gregory, underwriting counsel for WFG National Title Insurance Co., provided today’s review of a decision by the Virginia Supreme Court that considered whether an option to purchase a decedent’s real property at “fair market value” provided sufficient certainty as to the sale price to warrant specific performance of a contract for sale. Read on to learn why this case is important to the title industry.

FNF Family of Companies Appoints Southeast Region Manager
February 25, 2021

The FNF Family of Companies named Ravi Bapodra to the position of senior vice president and regional manager for the Southeast Region of Agency Operations. 

Homebuyer’s Life Savings Stolen in Wire Fraud but Recovered for Timely Closing
February 24, 2021

As a second-time home buyer outside of Denver prepared for the purchase of his new home, he received an email appearing to come from the title company asking him to wire his closing funds early in the transaction. The buyer wired nearly $80,000. Two days later, he was notified that the money did not arrive at the title company. Fortunately, the title company quickly engaged and advised him how to notify the financial institutions involved of the crime.

ALTA Insights: How to Get Your Cyber House in Order
February 24, 2021

Wednesday, March 24 | 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT | Register Today
As has been proven time and time again, it only takes one: One click, one failed alert or one unsuspecting employee, and the criminal can be in your network. But heightened awareness can be a powerful antidote. Register for this free Qualia-sponsored ALTA Insights webinar to learn how to safeguard against social engineering, phishing and business email compromise (BEC) scams.

CoreLogic Launches New Digital Title and Closing Solution
February 24, 2021

CoreLogic launched a new digital title and closing solution to deliver a single, end-to-end digital mortgage workflow. The company said the solution can help lenders accelerate their existing title processes by automating dozens of manual steps.

Learn to Create Business Rock Stars at ALTA SPRINGBOARD
February 24, 2021

From Oreos to Gatorade, Bonin Bough is the master marketer behind the rapid growth of some of the world’s most-loved brands you probably have in your kitchen right now. Once one of the largest media buyers in the world, Bough will show you how to create your own breakthrough “communications experience” during virtual ALTA SPRINGBOARD, March 16-18. Register Today

ALTA Elite Provider Profile: RamQuest
February 23, 2021

ALTA's Elite Provider program comprised of premier service providers committed to offering comprehensive 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. Today, we highlight RamQuest, which provides title and settlement production, escrow accounting, document imaging and management, and transaction management services.

 

First American Integrates Loss Mitigation Products With BackInTheBlack
February 23, 2021

The integration automates orders of First American Mortgage Solutions’ loss mitigation products and services for BackInTheBlack technology users. 

 Virginia Passes Data Privacy Bill With ALTA-supported GLB Exemption
February 23, 2021

If signed by the governor, Virginia would be the second state to enact major privacy legislation, following the California Consumer Privacy Act.

PRIA Co-brands ALTA Redaction Resources
February 23, 2021

ALTA and the Property Records Industry (PRIA) have combined efforts to publish several documents to aid members facing redaction legislation statutes in their states.

NEW: Grab the 2021 Title and Escrow Claims Guide Today
February 23, 2021

Need advice on how to handle claims on land title insurance policies, closing protection letters and closing mistakes? With 150 new court decisions, the 2021 Title and Escrow Claims Guide is now available to purchase. For the first time, the digital version features a linkable table of contents for ease of use. Subscribe Now

States Title Raises $150 Million to Improve Home Closing Experience
February 23, 2021

States Title recently announced $150 million in debt financing from HSCM Bermuda,.The financing will be used to accelerate market expansion to transform the home closing experience, the company said.

ALTA Develops Principles for Amending Good Funds Laws
February 23, 2021

In addition to the increase in acceptance of cybercurrencies, several payment services have emerged as alternatives to automated clearing house (ACH) transactions and wire transfers. Because of this, updates to good funds laws should ensure new transfer methods have the same level of security, stability, payment assurance and consumer protection as the ones the industry currently relies upon. ALTA’s Digital Process Impact Work Group developed principles that should be considered when amending good funds laws as well as best practices title and settlement agents should consider when accepting digital funds from consumers.

TitleWave Announces New Managers
February 23, 2021

TitleWave Real Estate Solutions, a Division of the FNF Family of Companies, has named Martin Brown as national vendor and customer service manager, and promoted Jeremiah Richard to Ohio state manager.

ALTA Board Approves Revised CPLs, Adopts Four New Endorsements
February 18, 2021

ALTA’s Board of Governors approved a recommendation by the Forms Committee to revise the two ALTA Closing Protection Letters (CPLs), and adopt four new Endorsements and two new Addendums during a meeting on Feb. 11. The forms are now available for comment until March 19.

AM Best Revises Title Industry Outlook
February 18, 2021

AM Best revised its market segment outlook on the U.S. title insurance industry to stable from negative due to its exceptional performance in 2020 despite the pandemic. In 2020, the title insurance industry proved to be the most profitable segment in the property/casualty industry, as low interest rates and record-low mortgage rates led to a refinancing and homebuying surge in the latter half of 2020, and furthered the business activities of title insurers.

Surety Title Company Appoints COO
February 18, 2021

With more than 20 years of experience, Casey Brown will take a lead role managing internal operations, streamlining processes and improving efficiencies across departments and office locations.

SoftPro Integrates With SearchCONNECT
February 18, 2021

The SoftPro 360 business exchange platform is now integrated with SearchCONNECT, an affiliate of Investors Title and National Investors that provides search solutions in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

Two Rivers Title Bolsters Exec Team
February 18, 2021

New Jersey-based Two Rivers Title Family of Companies hired Laurie Emenecker as assistant vice president of operations!

Help #GoodDeeds Support Local Communities
February 17, 2021

Every year, February brings us Valentine’s Day and Random Acts of Kindness Day (well, that and really, really bad weather). It’s as if someone wants us to be nice to each other! With all of those good vibes in the air, why not “Spread the Love” with the ALTA Good Deeds Foundation and help us provide grants to charities that strengthen local communities? Give Today

 Level Up Your Business at ALTA SPRINGBOARD
February 16, 2021

ALTA SPRINGBOARD will be virtual this year, making it easier than ever to level up your business! Join us March 16-18 for inspiration, education and networking opportunities. Register by Monday, Feb. 22, to get an ALTA SPRINGBOARD welcome box full of event goodies! Check out this new video to see why your peers and colleagues attend. Register Today.

Dear Mr. President
February 16, 2021

ALTA submitted a letter to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris congratulating them on the quick start to the Administration, while also highlighting how the title and settlement industry responded during the COVID-19 crisis and the importance of expanding housing opportunities and affordability. The letter also touched on the growth of digital closings, importance of protecting consumers from wire transfer fraud, cannabis legislation, the impact of commercial real estate on the economy, consumer privacy, and the need for effective and balanced regulation.



First American Forms Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council
February 16, 2021

First American Financial Corp. recently formed an advisory council to promote the company’s commitment to a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment.

Multifamily Housing Down in 2021 but Will Rebound in 2022
February 11, 2021

Regulatory and supply-side challenges coupled with slowing rent growth and rising vacancy rates will weaken the multifamily construction market in 2021. However, the development market should stabilize by 2022, according to economists from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Read on for analysis from NAHB as well as commercial real estate services and investment firm CBRE.

 First American Reports Full-year, Q4 Results
February 11, 2021

First American Financial Corp. reported that its title insurance and services segment generated pretax income of $1.0 billion during 2020. This was up from $912.2 million in pretax income during 2019.

 Stewart Shares Q4 Financials
February 11, 2021

Stewart Information Services Inc. reported that its title insurance segment generated $94.9 million in pretax income during the fourth quarter of 2020. This is up from $20.3 million in pretax income during the same period a year ago.

WFG Names Regional Underwriting Counsel for Central Region
February 11, 2021

Neil Narut will provide underwriting support to title agents in Illinois and Indiana, which comprise the central region of WFG's Midwest Division.

Midland Trust Company to Acquire ATG Trust
February 11, 2021

Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to sell its subsidiary, ATG Trust Company, to Midland Trust Company.

Learn How to Deal With Crisis at ALTA SPRINGBOARD
February 10, 2021

March 16-18, 2021 | Register Today
Oprah loves her, and so will you. Lisa Sun, founder and CEO of GRAVITAS, a women’s clothing brand, will tell you how her business used flexibility to manage a worldwide crisis during virtual ALTA SPRINGBOARD, March 16-18. Sponsored by the FNF Family of Companies, Sun will share the difficult decisions she's made during the pandemic and the changes she's implemented to ensure success now and in the future. Register Today

SoftPro Integrates with Skyline Lien Search
February 10, 2021

With this new functionality, users of the SoftPro360 business exchange platform can directly order municipal lien searches, HOA estoppels and tax certificates from Skyline.

Stay Vigilant Against Phishing Emails
February 9, 2021

The combination of a global pandemic coupled with a world full of remote workers led to a 660 percent increase in phishing attempts since March 1, 2020, according to ID Agent. Title and settlement companies can protect themselves by increasing staff awareness about these scams. Like title and settlement companies, email from ALTA staff can be spoofed. As a reminder, ALTA will never ask for personal information. Do not click on any links and delete the phishing email if you receive an email asking for this information.

DataTrace Enhances Available Images for Four Counties in New York
February 9, 2021

DataTrace announced it now can provide title professionals access to historical property document images that are currently unavailable through New York City’s Automated City Register Information System (ACRIS).

ALTA Names First Chief Information Officer
February 9, 2021

In this role, Kelly Romeo will provide strategic direction of the association’s information technology, ensuring that all systems necessary to support its operations are in place. 

ValuTrust Adds Evaluation Services and Broker Price Opinions
February 9, 2021

Valutrust Solutions has added property evaluation services and broker price opinions to its suite of property valuation offerings.

ALTA Elite Provider Profile: CSC
February 9, 2021

ALTA's Elite Provider program comprised of premier service providers committed to offering comprehensive 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. Today, we highlight CSC, which provides electronic recording and nationwide paper document recording.

Help Protect Your Industry: Take the Congressional Liaisons Survey
February 9, 2021

You can play a key role in shaping the work of the new Congress, be an educator to these politicians and be a protector of the title industry. Start today by taking five minutes to complete the ALTA Congressional Liaisons Survey.

 Indiana Considers Bill Rejecting Discriminatory Restrictive Covenants
February 9, 2021

While the U.S. Supreme Court struck down racial covenants in the 1948 case Shelley v. Kraemer and state and federal laws banning housing discrimination, the language remains in property records across the country. A bill introduced in Indiana’s General Assembly and supported by the Indiana Land Title Association would allow for a notice to be attached rejecting any of these covenants.

2-for-1 Sale on our Best-selling Board Game
February 8, 2021

Don’t miss the Presidents’ Day sale on ALTA’s best-selling board game: Title Triumph! For the very first time, we are offering a 2-for-1 sale on both levels of ALTA’s favorite quiz game. Hurry: This offer is good through Feb. 28 while supplies last. Order Title Triumph Today.

Alert: Spoofed Email Appears to Come From ALTA
February 4, 2021

ALTA asks you to delete a phishing email with the subject line "ALTA request for information." ALTA will never ask for personal information via email. This is a phishing scam and our system was not breached.

Spread the Love with Good Deeds
February 4, 2021

Whether you’re celebrating Feb. 14 with your Valentine, Galentine or cat, why not “Spread the Love” with the ALTA Good Deeds Foundation? When you donate in the month of February, the Foundation will “Spread the Love” right back. Keep an eye on your mail for a special “thank you” from our hearts. Give Today

 ALTA Submits Letters to CFPB on Access to Consumer Financial Data
February 4, 2021

ALTA submitted two letters to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to aid in the development of regulations that affect consumer rights to access financial data. The bureau issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking last year to gather comments and information to assist in the development of regulations to implement Section 1033 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. In one letter, ALTA outlined five principles the bureau should consider when evaluating access and use of data. In a second letter, ALTA along with eight other trade groups wrote evolving standards that protect consumers while promoting innovation.

North American Title Bolsters Underwriting Counsel
February 4, 2021

In this new role, Jenkins provides guidance on underwriting decisions for business originated by strategic and enterprise accounts and advises associates and customers on instant underwriting files and the legal aspects of title and closing issues. 

SoftPro Integrates With Collaboration Center by Mortgage Cadence
February 4, 2021

The integration allows users of SoftPro’s closing and title automation software to link directly with Mortgage Cadence’s Collaboration Center.

Westcor Names Manager for Mountain States Region
February 4, 2021

Westcor Land Title Insurance Co. has promoted Erik Helgeson to regional manager of the company’s Mountain states region.

First American Earns Top Marks for Workplace Equality
February 4, 2021

First American Financial Corp. earned a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2021 Corporate Equality Index, a benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality.

New ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey Standards go Into Effect Today
February 4, 2021

The changes primarily focus on modifications making the standard easier to understand. There are also updates to resolve inconsistent, confusing or conflicting language in and across the different sections. In a few instances, the refinements address unintended liability placed on surveyors while assuring that lender and title needs are still adequately met. Read on.

How to Use Social Media as a Digital Marketing Tool
February 3, 2021

Feb. 24, 2021 | 12-1 p.m. EST | Register Today
Learn how to stop the scroll! Social media can be a cost-effective way for title and settlement companies to reach target audiences and grow their market share. Powered by the Homeowner Outreach Program, ALTA provides members several digital advertising and marketing options that can be used on social media. Register for this free FNF Family of Companies-sponsored ALTA Insights webinar and learn what resources are available, how title agents have used the material for successful campaigns and tips to start a your digital marketing effort. Your next deal could be one “like” away!

 Title Agent Has No Insurance Coverage for Wire Transfer Fraud
February 2, 2021

In the case Authentic Title Services, Inc. vs. Greenwich Ins. Co., a New Jersey court held that an attorney title agent has no coverage under his errors and omissions insurance against a claim based on wire transfer fraud.

ALTA Member Profile: From Bartender to Innovative Title Company Owner
February 2, 2021

Originally from Casablanca, Morocco, Mo Choumil, founder and CEO of Virginia-based ATG Title, got his start in the industry as an abstractor in 1993. Read on to learn more about Choumil and how he embraces technology, the user experience and reggae.

Grab a Coffee and Network at ALTA SPRINGBOARD
February 2, 2021

We all miss the heart-to-hearts and exchange of ideas that often happens during chance encounters at in-person events. That’s why ALTA incorporated opportunities for those spontaneous conversations into the ALTA SPRINGBOARD virtual format! Register Today

Consolidated Title Services Expands Minnesota Presence
February 2, 2021

Consolidated Title Services, which has offices in Detroit Lakes and Perham, Minn., is a subsidiary of North Dakota-based Guaranty and Title Co.

 Enhancing Title Efficiencies Has Never Been More Important Than Now
February 2, 2021

The increase in origination volume will continue to put significant pressure on production capacity, and with default-oriented volumes anticipated to jump start in early 2021, it will cause ongoing stress to title and settlement operations. Reducing this tension will require title and settlement providers to place a laser focus on production capacity while managing operating costs. More specifically, it will require ongoing innovation to drive as much efficiency in their title and settlement operations as possible. The question is how.

CATIC Receives 2020 Laserfiche Run Smarter Award
February 2, 2021

Chris Cooper, CATIC’s business analyst, said the company has saved an average of $200,000 annually since implementing intelligent content management and business process automation provided by Laserfiche.

 The Docket: California Appeals Court Addresses Constructive Notice
January 28, 2021

David Boss, a partner with the law firm Dillon Miller Ahuja & Boss LLP, provided today’s review of a decision by a California appeals court that held a purchaser of real estate does not have constructive notice of a seller’s alias that does not appear in the chain of title.

 Old Republic Reports Q4 and Full-year 2020 Results
January 28, 2021

Old Republic International reported that its title insurance segment generated pre-tax income of $344 million during 2020. This was up from $230.8 million in pre-tax income during 2019.

Illinois-based H. B. Wilkinson Title Acquires Florida Agency
January 28, 2021

Illinois-based H. B. Wilkinson Title Co. (HBW) has acquired Access Title Agency LLC in Naples, Fla.

Learn Why Telling Your Story Matters to Your Business and Industry
January 28, 2021

Feb. 17, 2021 | 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST | Register Today
From books to movies to water-cooler chat, what do people like better than a good story? Join us Feb. 17 from 1-2 p.m. EST for this Westcor-sponsored ALTA Insights webinar as we discuss how telling your story can help grow business, showcase your culture and attract new talent.

D.C.-based Federal Title Expands in Northern Virginia
January 28, 2021

The Ballston, Va., location is Federal Title’s fourth, joining two offices in Washington, D.C. and one in Rockville, Md.

 Fraudulent Unemployment Insurance Claims Spike
January 28, 2021

The FBI has seen a spike in fraudulent unemployment insurance claims complaints related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic involving the use of stolen personally identifiable information. Because of this, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has reminded employers of their obligations related to unemployment insurance. Companies may be committing fraud if they take certain actions to avoid tax liability or enable fraudulent claims against their accounts. Each state has different requirements and time frames for reporting.

ALTA Elite Provider Spotlight: CertifID
January 27, 2021

ALTA's Elite Provider program comprised of premier service providers committed to offering comprehensive 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. Today, we highlight CertifiID, which is a wire fraud prevention solution that protects title companies and their customers from wire fraud losses.

Are You Eligible for a Second PPP Loan?
January 26, 2021

The new funding through the Paycheck Protection Program is available to both first-time applicants and returning borrowers. The rules are more strict for those seeking a second loan.

Data Privacy Day: Raise Awareness
January 26, 2021

Data Privacy Day is today. Now is a good time to do something to protect yourself, your customers and your business. According to a Pew Research Center study, 79 percent of U.S. adults report being concerned about the way their data is being used by companies. The National Cyber Security Alliance says respecting consumers’ privacy is a smart strategy for inspiring trust and enhancing reputation and growth in your business.

National Integrity Title Expands in Philly With Acquisition
January 26, 2021

New Jersey-based National Integrity Title Agency announced it has acquired Acro Settlement Co.

Agents National Title Names Florida Underwriter
January 26, 2021

Agents National Title Insurance Company announced that Wil Townsend has joined the company as Florida underwriter and agency services manager.

Notarize Appoints President
January 26, 2021

Notarize appointed Larry D’Angelo as the company’s first president and chief commercial officer. He served on the company's board for the past two years.

Qualia Partners With Realtor.com
January 26, 2021

Qualia and Realtor.com have partnered to give real estate agents and their clients the ability to collaborate online with their title provider of choice as part of a fully integrated digital closing experience. The service will first launch in February as a pilot test in Florida, Maryland, Ohio, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia.

Hurry - Flash Sale is Ending
January 25, 2021

The ALTA SPRINGBOARD Flash Sale is almost over! Your ALTA membership is paying off once again as members can register for our first virtual ALTA SPRINGBOARD for an unbelievably low $99!* But you need to hurry—after Jan. 31, the regular member rate will go up to $299. Register today and save $200!

 The Docket: No Duty to Defend Against Easement Despite Long-standing Contract
January 21, 2021

Jennifer Briner of the Briner Law Group provided today’s review of a decision by a U.S. district court in South Carolina that held an underwriter no duty to defend its insureds in a lawsuit claiming that the insureds failed to honor a term in their purchase contract requiring them to grant an easement to the neighboring parcel. Read on to learn why this decision is important to the title industry.

Fidelity Launches Guided Digital Closing Tool for Consumers
January 21, 2021

According to the company, Close inHere provides presents closing information in an interactive format with on-demand explanations, tips and definitions.

Disney Innovator Coming to ALTA SPRINGBOARD
January 21, 2021

March 16-18, 2021 | Register Today
Cultivating creativity and innovation is extremely difficult when your staff is working remotely or behind closed doors because of a worldwide pandemic. During ALTA SPRINGBOARD, former Disney executive Duncan Wardle will share the exact steps and strategies you need to encourage an innovative culture and ensure everyone on your team is able to let their inner ingenuity run wild. 

Webinar Recording: 2021 Housing Market Forecast
January 21, 2021

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the housing market surpassed expectations in 2020. Will the strong real estate market carry over into 2021? Listen to this ALTA Insights webinar recording, “The Big Short? 2021 Housing Market Forecast,” as First American Deputy Chief Economist Odeta Kushi addresses the pandemic, mortgage rates, potential for existing-home sales, new construction, housing supply and price appreciation.

 When Can Title Professionals Get COVID-19 Vaccine?
January 21, 2021

Guided by evolving federal recommendations and limited vaccine supplies, states continue to refine distribution plans that prioritize when specific workforce members and populations receive the COVID-19 vaccine. States are choosing who gets the vaccine and in what order based on various phases. Considered essential workers by the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, title and settlement professionals fall into the last tier of phase one in most states. Read on for more information.

Stewart Title Opens New European Underwriter
January 21, 2021

The new underwriter will operate in Malta under the name Stewart Title Europe Limited and will handle all transactions in the European Union.

Apply for a Good Deeds Grant Today
January 19, 2021

If you support a non-profit organization that could use a little extra help this year, apply for a grant from the ALTA Good Deeds Foundation today! The grant application process closes Jan. 31, and applicants will be notified of all decisions in March. Apply Today

Planning and Goal Setting for the ‘New Normal’
January 19, 2021

With the world turned upside down, take time to conduct a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) Analysis. Your strengths may have kept you afloat this year, or your weaknesses might have been more obviously exposed. There are new opportunities for those willing to innovate.

How to Prepare for Consumer Data Privacy Laws
January 14, 2021

Comprehensive data privacy laws have become hot topics in state legislatures across the country, as well as in the halls of Congress. Laws like the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which establishes consumer rights related to personal information, are expected to be widely enacted across the country over the next few years. Read on for tips on how to start preparing and get your compliance ducks in a row.

Stay Up to Date on State Regulations
January 14, 2021

Regulations are always changing. ALTA wants you to have everything you need to stay on top of state laws that relate to your business’ licensing and operating requirements.

Kick Off the Year With a Good Deed
January 14, 2021

2021 got off to a rough start. But with your help, the ALTA Good Deeds Foundation wants to make it a little bit brighter for the charitable organizations you and your colleagues support.

Stewart Acquires Title Agency in Ohio
January 14, 2021

Stewart Title expanded its reach in Ohio with the acquisition of Cleveland-based NorthStar Title Services LLC.

FNF Family of Companies Supports ALTA Good Deeds Foundation
January 14, 2021

The FNF Family of Companies is a founding donor of the ALTA Good Deeds Foundation, a nonprofit ALTA established last year to bolster the charitable efforts of title and settlement professionals and help with housing needs as well as those adversely impacted by national emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Arizona-based Long Companies Names New CEO
January 14, 2021

Long Companies, which is a subsidiary of HomeServices of America, announced the appointment of Reneé Gonzales as chief executive officer.

FTC Warns Small Businesses of COVID Scam
January 14, 2021

According to the Federal Trade Commission, the email claims to come from the “Small Business Administration Office of Disaster Assistance,” indicating the recipient is eligible for a loan of up to $250,000 and asks for personal information like birth date and Social Security number.

SBA Develops Free Platform for Women Entrepreneurs
January 14, 2021

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has unveiled an interactive digital platform packed with resources women business owners need to set and achieve their business goals.

CATIC Names State Counsel, Manager for Georgia
January 14, 2021

Gregory Riley is a licensed attorney in Georgia and Florida with nearly two decades of experience in real estate closings, title insurance, national and state underwriting, estate planning, business, bankruptcy and related legal matters.

 Ready to Serve Aces for Title Industry
January 12, 2021

Bill Burding’s work ethic on the tennis court easily transferred to the principles he has followed during his career in the title industry. Serving as general counsel for California-based Orange Coast Title Co., Burding was installed in October as ALTA’s 2020-21 president. Read on to learn more about Burding and his areas of focus for this year.

What’s New for ALTA SPRINGBOARD?
January 12, 2021

You are tired—tired of pandemic life, tired of the winter doldrums and tired of the daily grind. Don’t worry, ALTA is here to help! ALTA SPRINGBOARD has lined up three Idea Festivals sure to challenge the way you see a problem or motivate you to tackle a new opportunity. Join us March 16-18 from wherever you are! Register Today

American Notary USA Selects SIGNiX for Remote Online Notarization
January 12, 2021

American Notary USA, a network of over 1,500 notaries, selected SIGNiX as its recommended remote online notarization (RON) platform provider.

Black Knight Enhances to Digital Closing Solution
January 12, 2021

Expedite Close now offers detailed, document-by-document guidance to help borrowers through the closing package, allowing for a more efficient, contactless process, up to and including the remote online notarization (RON) of all necessary paperwork.

PRIA Develops Papering-out Paper
January 12, 2021

The document, which is under a 30-day comment period, includes definitions pertinent to the process of papering-out, applicable background information and, by reference to PRIA’s website, state statutory citations. A sample certification page is also included.

First American Title, DataTrace Support ALTA Good Deeds Foundation
January 12, 2021

First American Title Insurance Co. and DataTrace Information Services LLC announced the companies are founding donors of the non-profit ALTA Good Deeds Foundation.

Greater Illinois Title Names Chief Underwriting Counsel
January 12, 2021

Greater Illinois Title Company (GIT) named Gina Llanas as chief underwriting counsel. The company also promoted Ladislaus (Wally) Zbilut to senior underwriting counsel.

How to Reset Your Password on ALTA Website
January 11, 2021

In December, ALTA implemented a new database to manage membership information and purchases. For security purposes, you need to create a new password if you have not done so already.

 Working to Foster Female Leadership
January 7, 2021

A few years ago, Erika Meinhardt gave a presentation during an ALTA conference about women in leadership. At the time, she had her plate full leading the national agency operations for FNF Family of Companies, but the discussion was a springboard to expand the conversation within Fidelity and other organizations across the country. Now in a scaled back role after “retiring” three years ago, Meinhardt is focused on helping women feel more empowered to take on leadership roles. While more than 70 percent of the title industry’s overall workforce is female, the percentage of women among the executive ranks is much smaller. Read on to learn more about efforts Meinhardt is leading to foster a culture of female empowerment, as well as addressing diversity, equity and inclusion.

ALTA Statement on Violence at U.S. Capitol
January 7, 2021

“The insurrection and violence we saw Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol leaves a heartbreaking stain on our country’s history," said ALTA Chief Executive Officer Diane Tomb. "The rioters’ intolerable actions were an attack on the rule of law, our traditions and our institutions."

Capital Title of Texas Expands in Lone Star State
January 7, 2021

Capital Title of Texas LLC recently acquired GPS Title Inc., which is based in Granbury, Texas, and does business as Porter Title Co.

SYNRGO Automates Post-closing Processes
January 7, 2021

The SYNRGO PostClosing+ application consolidates quality-control tracking information relevant to all stages of the post-closing process, from scanning and separating packages to identifying recordables and integrating all shipping phases.

 The Docket: Maryland Federal Court Holds No Title Insurance Coverage for Water Runoff
January 7, 2021

Michael R. O’Donnell and Michael P. Crowley, both of the law firm Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti LLP, provided today’s review of a decision by a U.S. district court in Maryland that held there is no coverage under a title insurance policy when the insured’s neighbor brings a claim due to water runoff from the insured property. Find out why this decision is important to the title industry.

Agents National Title Names Midwest Region Agency Manager
January 7, 2021

In this role, Matt Hood is responsible for growing the company's regional presence by establishing an expanded network of title insurance agents and agency representatives.

 Disagree and Commit
January 7, 2021

Disagree and commit is a management principle that states individuals can disagree while a decision is being made, but once a direction has been chosen, everybody must commit to it. 

Congress Overrides Trump Veto as Beneficial Ownership Registry Becomes Law
January 5, 2021

On a rare New Year's Day session, Congress voted to override President Trump's veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). With the move, the law creates a new beneficial ownership registry for shell companies. ALTA members asked members of Congress to co-sponsor the bill during the 2019 ALTA Advocacy Summit.

Registration is Open for ALTA SPRINGBOARD
January 5, 2021

If you haven’t been able to attend ALTA SPRINGBOARD in the past, 2021 is your year! For the first time, ALTA SPRINGBOARD will be virtual March 16-18, which means you can attend from the comfort of your office or couch without paying for airfare or a hotel. As an added bonus, ALTA members can register for an unbelievably low $99Register Today

Foundation Title & Escrow Expands in Alabama
January 5, 2021

Foundation Title & Escrow Series LLC is expanding into Alabama following a merger with Paulus Title LLC.

Florida Agency Network Introduces Electronic Earnest Money Delivery
January 5, 2021

Florida Agency Network (FAN) has released a new electronic Earnest Money Deposit (EMD) program aimed at streamlining the closing process and keeping everyone safe and secure.

Knight Barry Title Acquires Minnesota-based Title One
January 5, 2021

The deal gives Wisconsin-based Knight Barry Title 13 offices throughout Minnesota.

Good Deeds: Notary Singing Agent Blueprint Provides 13,600 Meals to Feeding America
January 5, 2021

The company provided 13,600 meals to Feeding America after holding an online fundraiser during November.