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Take ALTA's Survey on Business and Cyber Insurance
February 22, 2018
Every day our industry continues to evolve. This constant change brings new ways of doing business as well as new threats. At ALTA, our goal is to help the title and settlement industry keep up with these trends. To help with this, ALTA is asking title professionals to take this survey about the types of insurance coverages title agencies and settlement companies buy to protect their businesses. Results of the ALTA Survey on Business and Cyber Insurance will be shared with the industry for benchmarking purposes. Responses will be anonymous. Participants will receive a copy of the findings.
Title and Rap Industries Collide
February 21, 2018
Atlanta-based rapper Brandon Blue will set the tone for ALTA SPRINGBOARD during the opening Finding Your Rhythm session. Blue will sing a self-written song that encompasses the title industry's values of leading, delivering and protecting. More than just gritty beats and standard lyrics, Blue's music reflects personal experiences and the ability to overcome adversity. He will then hold a Q&A about his creative process for developing the lyrics.
Old Republic Title Announces Pavaso as National E-closing Technology Provider
February 20, 2018
Old Republic National Title Insurance Company (ORNTIC) has partnered with Pavaso to provide an e-closing solution that serves as a foundation for processing digital real estate transactions in ORNTIC's direct and national settlement operations.
First American Named to the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work
February 20, 2018
For the third consecutive year, First American Financial Corporation was named as one of the 2018 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For.
North American Title Names State Agency Manager for Colorado
February 20, 2018
As state agency manager for Colorado, Susan Stewart will be responsible for overseeing agency operations across the state and working with new and existing title insurance agents to grow their business.
Technology that Makes Sense for the Digital Mortgage Closing Community
February 20, 2018
A primary opportunity in creating the digital mortgage process is in the closing phase. There are certainly a variety of digital closing solutions on the market today, offering a range of capabilities, such as allowing customers to review documents electronically, and to e-sign documents when appropriate. The question is not whether an e-close can be done, but rather, what questions must be asked and answered for it to be deployed successfully across the industry.
Help Protect Your Industry: Take the Congressional Liaisons Survey
February 20, 2018
Do you know an elected official? You can get started today by taking our Congressional Liaisons survey.
Title Midwest Acquires Title Company in Oklahoma
February 15, 2018
Title Midwest Inc. announced its recent acquisition of Main Street Title, which has locations in Tulsa and Edmond.
House Passes ALTA-supported Bill to Fix TRID
February 15, 2018
By a vote of 269-143, the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill that corrects the inaccurate disclosure of title insurance premiums on the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures (TRID) and help consumers understand the true cost of their real estate transaction.
The Docket: Equitable Subrogation May Be Applied to Series of Prior Payoffs
February 15, 2018
Michael N. Russo Jr., director of the law firm Council Baradel, reviews a recent decision by the U. S. District Court that addressed whether equitable subrogation can be applied to previous refinances.
Fidelity Announces Brand Refresh for TitleWave
February 15, 2018
Fidelity National Title Group (FNTG) announced a new logo, tagline and website for TitleWave Real Estate Solutions, which provides title production in over 25 states,
Earn Olympic Gold With Your Marketing Efforts
February 14, 2018
2018 is expected to be another strong purchase market. What are you doing to grow your business? Register for one of ALTA's Innovation Boot Camps and learn how to build an effective marketing plan that you can implement tomorrow and dominate the competition.
Get Busy Growing - ALTA SPRINGBOARD
February 14, 2018
Business, like life, comes down to taking advantage of new opportunities and continue growing your company and career. There's no better opportunity to do this than at the 2018 ALTA SPRINGBOARD.
Four Proactive Tips to Improve Cybersecurity for Small Businesses
February 13, 2018
According to Verizon’s 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report, 61 percent of data breaches in 2016 affected small businesses. As many of you are aware, the title industry is in the attackers’ direct line of fire. The good news is that effective IT security is not beyond reach. Here are a few cybersecurity tips that can benefit your business.
ALTA Welcomes New Members
February 13, 2018
ALTA is pleased to announce new and associate members, as well as real estate attorneys, who have recently joined ALTA. You can view the entire list of new members. Not a member? Click here to join today. You can also check out this video to learn how ALTA membership can take your business to new summits.
CFPB Refocuses Mission in New Strategic Plan
February 13, 2018
The five-year strategic plan refocuses the CFPB's mission on regulating consumer financial products or services under existing federal consumer financial laws, enforcing those laws judiciously, and educating and empowering consumers to make better informed financial decisions.
 House Expected to Vote on ALTA-supported Bill to Fix TRID
February 13, 2018
The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote Wednesday on a bill that would correct the inaccurate disclosure of title insurance premiums on the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures (TRID) and help consumers understand the true cost of their real estate transaction.
Step-by-Step Recovery Process Made Available for Wire Fraud Victims
February 13, 2018
To help the increasing number of title agents, homebuyers, real estate professionals and mortgage lenders targeted by the wire fraud epidemic, two industry experts have published a white paper detailing the immediate steps the victimized professional or homebuyer must take in order to improve the odds of recovering stolen funds.
 Investors Title Reports Q4 and Full-year 2017 Earnings
February 13, 2018
North Carolina-based Investors Title Co. reported pre-tax income of $30.3 million during 2017. This compares to pre-tax income of $28.1 million during 2016.
 #HAPPYCLOSINGDAY
February 8, 2018
Ironclad Title in Louisiana is an example of one title company embracing the mantra of ALTA's Homebuyer Outreach Program (HOP). And it’s paying dividends. Read on to find out how simple changes to the company's color scheme and promoting #happyclosingday on social media have brought new juice to Ironclad Title's marketing efforts.
Boost Your Marketing Efforts With These New Ads
February 8, 2018
ALTA and its Homebuyer Outreach Program Committee have developed several new advertisements for members to use as handouts to first-time hombuyers, ads for real estate clients or flyers in coffee shops. Members can customize material and download PDFs for free or order prints that can be delivered directly to your office. Check out the new ads, which include material targeting consumers, real estate agents and regulators.
 House Passes Mortgage Choice Act
February 8, 2018
The U.S. House of Representatives on Feb. 8 voted 280-131 to pass H.R. 1153, the Mortgage Choice Act of 2017, which would relax the restriction on fees paid to lender-affiliated title companies in Qualified Mortgage (QM) transactions.
 Stewart Reports Financial Results
February 8, 2018
Stewart Information Services Corp. reported that its title insurance segment generated $27 million in pre-tax income during the fourth quarter of 2017. This compared to $38.1 million during the same period in 2016.
 First American Reports Q4, Full-year 2017 Results
February 8, 2018
First American Financial reported that its title insurance and services segment generated pre-tax income of nearly $642.4 million in 2017. This compared to pre-tax income of $598.9 million in 2016.
Simplifile Expands E-recording in Florida
February 8, 2018
Manatee County joins 51 other Florida counties that also offer e-recording through Simplifile.
CATIC and CATIC Foundation Provide Financial Support to the Connecticut Community Law Center
February 8, 2018
CATIC and CATIC Foundation announced a pledge of $45,000 in support of the Connecticut Community Law Center, an initiative of the University of Connecticut School of Law and the Hartford County Bar Association.
 Watch the Brand New ALTA SPRINGBOARD Video!
February 7, 2018
Let's face it, we could tell you until we're blue in the face how perfect ALTA SPRINGBOARD is for you and your organization. But when you want to try something new, who do you go to for an honest opinion?
 Watch the Brand New ALTA SPRINGBOARD Video!
February 7, 2018
Let's face it, we could tell you until we're blue in the face how perfect ALTA SPRINGBOARD is for you and your organization. But when you want to try something new, who do you go to for an honest opinion? Your friends! Take a look at this short video of your title industry friends describing their experiences at the in-person event that gets you ready to share and learn new ideas.
ALTA’s 2018 Strategic Priorities
February 6, 2018
Strategic planning is an important focus of ALTA’s Board of Governors and its staff. It provides a sense of direction and outlines measurable goals. Strategic planning helps guide day-to-day decisions, and also helps when evaluating progress and changing approaches while moving forward. Read on to learn the six strategic priorities ALTA will focus on in 2018.
ALTA 2018 TIPAC Donors
February 6, 2018
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. TIPAC has received $186,275 from 121 donors so far in 2018. Check out who has supported the industry.
Agents National Title Appoints Florida State Manager
February 6, 2018
As Florida state manager and counsel, Kevin Thomas will be responsible for establishing the company's business operations and agency base in the state, and will also oversee agency operations, production and underwriting.
Black Knight to Deliver End-to-End Digital Mortgage Solution
February 6, 2018
Black Knight announced plans to launch an advanced hybrid and full digital closing solution that supports data and document exchange, workflow and processes associated with real estate transactions.
Eliminate 'Stare and Compare' When Confirming Your Title and Settlement Agents
February 6, 2018
The American Land Title Association (ALTA) has launched a national registry of title and settlement agents: The ALTA Registry. This is a unique and first of its kind registry for the title industry. The electronic database is updated daily.
Utah-based Cottonwood Title Acquires Competitor
February 6, 2018
Cottonwood Title Insurance Agency Inc., a Utah-based title insurance company, announced the acquisition of Founders Title Company and Founders Title Company of Davis.
ALTA Registry Hits Critical Mass: Almost 4,000 Confirmed Locations Already
February 2, 2018
With 29 confirming underwriters onboard, the national ALTA Registry sped past the 3,000 confirmed locations at years end and is now on course to break the 4,000 barrier! Be part of the solution: Get confirmed today.
Link Directly to Your ALTA Registry Listing
February 2, 2018
Now that you are in the ALTA Registry and confirmed by your underwriter(s), a great way to highlight to your clients that you are “part of the solution” is to add a link from your website or email directly to your own listing in the ALTA Registry.
 Court Rules RESPA Allows Referral Arrangements, Finds CFPB Structure Constitutional
February 1, 2018
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Jan. 31 issued a ruling in PHH Corporation v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a landmark case challenging the bureau’s constitutionality and a controversial anti-kickback enforcement action for alleged RESPA section 8 violations.
 The Docket: U.S. District Court Addresses Effect of Forfeiture on Tenancy by the Entirety
February 1, 2018
Jeffrey Lang, vice president and national underwriting counsel for Old Republic National Title Insurance Co., reviews a recent decision by the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia that addresses applicability of a federal criminal forfeiture to a tenancy by the entirety interest created under state law.
 Fidelity Reports 2017, Q4 Results
February 1, 2018
Fidelity National Financial reported that its title insurance segment generated pre-tax earnings of $955 million during 2017.
ALTA SPRINGBOARD Scholarship Can Help Get You to Atlanta
February 1, 2018
The Fidelity National Title Group Scholarship will award 10 recipients complimentary registration to ALTA SPRINGBOARD. This scholarship program is open to title insurance agents and real estate attorneys employed by a company that has a gross revenue of less than $500,000.
Fidelity Names New Agency President
February 1, 2018
Steven G. Day NTP was promoted to president of Fidelity National Title Group's National Agency Operations and will oversee the company’s network of over 5,000 agents.
Sold Out! Time to Sign Up for the Next HOP Leader Training
January 31, 2018
It's Official! We Sold Out! The HOP Leader Training on February 8 in Nashville has SOLD OUT of registration spots! If you don't want to be left in the cold, be sure to register NOW for our other upcoming HOP Leader Trainings
 ICYMI: Webinar on Building the Right Foundation for Your Team
January 30, 2018
Listen to this webinar recording and find out how an industry leader is actively building his team and changing his company’s culture to enhance engagement, empower employees for success and bring positive energy to title insurance. Learn tips about how to energize your teams and how to get employees to buy into your vision or mission.
Hit by Wire Transfer Fraud? Use the Kill Chain Process
January 30, 2018
The FBI offers a Financial Fraud Kill Chain (FFKC) process to help recover large international wire transfers stolen from the United States. This process can only be used if the fraudulent wire transfer meets certain criteria.
 Vermont Launches Blockchain Pilot to Record Real Estate Transfers
January 30, 2018
Propy has launched a project in collaboration with the City Clerk's Office of South Burlington, Vt., to utilize blockchain technology to record real estate conveyance documents. In 2016, the state's legislature released results of a report that concluded the costs and challenges associated with the use of blockchain technology for the state's public recordkeeping outweighed the benefits.
 Old Republic Reports Full-year 2017, Q4 Results
January 30, 2018
Old Republic reported that its title insurance group generated $237.1 million in pre-tax income during 2017. This is up from $210.2 million in pre-tax income the previous year.
FNTG Names Division Manager
January 30, 2018
As executive vice president and division manager, Edson Burton will oversee Fidelity National Title Group’s commercial and residential real estate operations in the Midwest, East and Southeast.
Membership Grace Period Ends Jan. 31
January 30, 2018
ALTA membership is the key way for title and settlement companies to get access to products that help save money and to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to excel. Make sure to renew your membership before Jan. 31 or you’ll lose access to exclusive member-only business tools, insights and information.
Survey Shows TRID Helping With Borrower Satisfaction
January 30, 2018
The Stratmor Group notes that despite the increase in loan cost and longer closing cycle, borrower satisfaction has improved. Stratmor attributes this increase to the fact that more lenders are contacting consumers prior to closing. Increased contact between the borrower and lender was one of the key goals of TRID.
Take Advantage of the ALTA Hiring Resources
January 25, 2018
ALTA has developed many tools and resources to aid members in the hiring process. Check out the sample behavioral interviewing questions and Career Fair Experience Guide. You must be an ALTA member and logged into the site to access the material.
CFPB Seeks Comments on Investigation Process
January 25, 2018
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published a request for information (RFI) on Jan. 24 seeking comment on the bureau's process for investigating companies that face possible enforcement actions. A day after issuing the request, CFPB Acting Director Mick Mulvaney laid out the bureau’s new governing philosophy in a staff memo, which said that regulated businesses should have the right to know the rules before being charged. “This means more formal rulemaking on which financial institutions can rely, and less regulation by enforcement,” Mulvaney wrote.
WFG Grows National Commercial Services Division
January 25, 2018
As senior vice president of the division, Erin Scheckler’s primary focus will be to expand the commercial presence in WFG’s direct-owned western operations while leveraging the WFG agency network in the eastern states through its Florida-based National Agency Commercial Services group.
Title Tap Launches Solution for Online Reputation, Consumer Complaint Tracking
January 25, 2018
TitleTap, a provider of real estate law and title insurance website marketing tools, announced a new solution that combines a way for consumers to share positive reviews on places like Facebook and Google, while satisfying the requirement for consumer complaint resolution tracking.
NATIC Appoints Georgia Agency Manager
January 25, 2018
John Kotleba will oversee agency operations throughout Georgia, while securing and servicing title insurance agents to promote new and increased business activity.
AmTrust Title Partners With A.S.K. Services
January 25, 2018
AmTrust Title Insurance Company has formed an alliance with A.S.K. Services, a title production and public record research firm, to support the underwriter’s agents in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio.
DocMagic Reaches E-signing Milestone
January 25, 2018
DocMagic Inc. reached a significant milestone having processed more than 300 million mortgage-related electronic signatures.
Simplifile E-recording Network Passes 1,700 Jurisdictions
January 25, 2018
Simplifile now offers its e-recording solution in 1,715 jurisdictions, which encompasses 97 percent of the total number of U.S. jurisdictions reported by the Property Records Industry Association (PRIA).
Dazed and Confused Consumer
January 23, 2018
Fannie Mae research shows education empowers homeownership with knowledge and confidence. The ALTA Homebuyer Outreach Program can help explain benefits of title insurance earlier in the process.
The Docket: N.Y. Court Addresses Case Involving Deed Obtained by Fraudulent Inducement
January 23, 2018
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 recent decision by the New York Appellate Division (First Department) that involved a deed obtained by fraudulent inducement and the execution of a Consolidated Extension Mortgage Agreement Note. Read on to learn why this decision is important to the title industry.
WACO Title, Pavaso Collaborate to Deliver E-notary Closing in Arkansas
January 23, 2018
WACO Title Company and Pavaso Inc. reported that the companies recently completed Arkansas’ first full e-notary closing since the state legislature passed The Arkansas Electronic Notary Public Act in early 2017.
ResWare Integrates with Alliant National for CPLs and Policy Jackets
January 23, 2018
Agents of Alliant National Title Insurance Company can now generate policies and CPLs from the title production system for improved efficiency and accuracy.
Tohickon Settlement Services Opens New Office in Center City, Pa.
January 23, 2018
The firm has named Rob Stephan as account executive and Ryan Cortez as closing agent to handle client needs at its new office in Center City, Pa., which includes the central business and central neighborhoods of Philadelphia.
Cloudstar Names VP of Business Development
January 23, 2018
As vice president of business development, Deb Grace will foster new relationships, while at the same time, nurture existing clients by acting act as a knowledgeable industry resource and expert to help solve problems for title agents, underwriters, vendors and others in the mortgage, real estate and financial services industries.
Buy Two ALTA SPRINGBOARD Tickets, and the Third Is On Us
January 23, 2018
Get the biggest savings you’ll find for ALTA SPRINGBOARD when you purchase two full-price registrations and get a third from ALTA for free! Send more so you can do more.
Confirm Your Phone Book Listing Today
January 20, 2018
The national ALTA Registry operates similarly to a phone book. A phone book tells you that at the time of printing, it can be confirmed that a business existed with its printed name and location(s).
ALTA Continues Support of Bill Clarifying CFPB’s Ability to Regulate Insurance
January 18, 2018
ALTA joined seven other insurance trade groups urging support for a bipartisan bill that would clarify and reinforce the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s ability to regulate the insurance industry.
How Social Engineering and Phishing Can Affect You and Your Business
January 18, 2018
Phishing email flood our inboxes every day. That’s why it’s important to constantly be cautious when you receive a suspect message. Read on for tips from ALTA’s Information Security Committee to help protect against phishing schemes.
OneTitle Partners With Title Agency to Expand Into New Jersey
January 18, 2018
OneTitle National Guaranty Company, Inc. has formed a partnership with Sovereign Title Agency LLC to offer title insurance policies for residential and commercial properties in New Jersey.
CoreLogic Integrates Fraud and Income Verification Solutions With LendingQB
January 18, 2018
CoreLogic’s income verification solution and fraud report are now available on the LendingQB Loan Origination System (LOS).
Florida Agency Network Launches Collaboration Portal
January 18, 2018
The company said its portal bridges wire fraud security best practices with the benefits of a consumer-friendly closing experience.
ResWare Integrates With National Title Information Services
January 18, 2018
Adeptive Software announced the integration of its ResWare title production software with National Title Information Services (NTIS), which provides tax and municipal lien searches in all 50 states.
No Gimmicks, Just Savings When You Register Now for ALTA SPRINGBOARD!
January 17, 2018
If you’ve been thinking about registering for ALTA SPRINGBOARD, now is the time: Take advantage of our Early Bird Pricing, ending this Friday, January 19! Save $50 off regular registration and start making plans to join us March 20-21 in Atlanta!
ALTAprints Is Your Marketing Department
January 16, 2018
ALTA members can modify and brand material with their company information and logo at www.ALTAprints.com. You can customize material and download PDFs for free or order prints that can be delivered directly to your office.
Trident Announces Leadership Changes
Reuters  |  January 16, 2018  |  Pete Schroeder
Barbara Griest has been named president of The Trident Group, while Lisa DeWolf was appointed president of Trident Land Transfer Company.
ZOCCAM Enhances Platform That Facilitates Escrow Payments
January 16, 2018
ZOCCAM announced an enhancement to its platform that expedites onboarding of escrow agents and financial institutions. ZOCCAM enables real estate agents and consumers utilizing its mobile app to send earnest money and closing costs to the escrow agent via mobile capture.
Stewart Names District Manager of New England
January 16, 2018
In this role, Gary Bernier will be responsible for agency operations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Calling All Experts: Apply to be Faculty at 2018 ALTA SPRINGBOARD
January 16, 2018
The Call for Faculty for 2018 ALTA SPRINGBOARD is now open. We are looking for discussion facilitators to lead thoughtful and interactive round-table discussions and brainstorms on specific issues, and speakers for a limited series on career advancement. As a member of the ALTA Faculty, you’ll showcase your knowledge and expertise, and facilitate SPRINGBOARD attendees through this unique, collaborative learning experience. ALTA SPRINGBOARD will be held March 20-21 in Atlanta, Ga., at the W Midtown. We are accepting faculty applications through Wednesday, Jan. 17.
House Financial Services Committee to Vote on Bill Clarifying CFPB’s Ability to Regulate Insurance
January 11, 2018
The Business of Insurance Regulatory Reform Act of 2017 (3746)—introduced by U.S. Reps. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) and Gwen Moore (D-Wis.)—would amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to clarify the authority of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) with respect to entities regulated by a state insurance regulator, and for other purposes.
Westcor Partners With Notarize to Offer Online Notarization in 16 States
January 11, 2018
Westcor Land Title Insurance Company has partnered with Notarize to expand online notarization to real estate transactions in 16 states. The partnership enables borrowers, independent title agents and lenders to benefit from online closings utilizing Notarize’s platforms.
SoftPro Integrates With New Jersey Search Experts
January 11, 2018
SoftPro recently integrated with New Jersey Search Experts for ordering judgment searches, chancery abstracts, corporate status reports, UCC’s, assessment, utility searches, and many other reports and searches.
The Need for Change Management
January 11, 2018
We live in an era of constant change. Nothing stays the same. Change comes in many forms. It could be a change in legislative or regulatory compliance (CFPB), or a change in your business process or policies (ALTA’s Best Practices), and it will most likely include a change in technology. The success of any business transition depends on leaders being able to influence others, such as your staff.
The Docket: Is A ‘Real Covenant’ Just A Contract?
January 11, 2018
Lance Pomerantz, a New York sole practitioner who provides expert testimony, litigation consulting and strategic advice in land title disputes, reviews a recent New York case that asks if a recorded covenant that runs with the land can be “abandoned” in the same way as a contract provision.
AmTrust Selects New Southeast Counsel
January 11, 2018
As Southeast counsel, Richard H. Himes Jr. will be responsible for providing underwriting assistance to agents in Florida and the Southeast as well as to support company management as it launches business operations in those states.
ATG LegalServe Partners with File & ServeXpress to Provide E-filing Solution in Illinois
January 11, 2018
Now that electronic filing is required throughout most of Illinois as of Jan. 1, 2018, law firms and courts can realize even more efficiency and cost savings because of a partnership between ATG LegalServe and File & ServeXpress.
Make the Grade With ALTA's Title 101 Online Course
January 10, 2018
Class is in session! ALTA's Title 101 has been updated for 2018.
Senate Hearing Examines Overhauling Ant-money Laundering Regulations
January 9, 2018
The Senate Banking Committee held a hearing Jan. 9 discussing the potential of overhauling regulations aimed at curbing money laundering. During the hearing, one of the expert witnesses said the information collected by title companies about individuals behind companies used to conduct high-end, all-cash real estate transactions in certain major jurisdictions was an example of successful data collection reported to FinCEN.
Knight Barry Title Expands Service Area to Eastern Minnesota
January 9, 2018
Knight Barry Title continued its expansion efforts with the recent acquisition of a title insurance group in Minnesota owned by Chuck and David Bang.
ALTA Joins Industry Groups Urging Congress to Enact National Data Breach Legislation
January 9, 2018
Following a series of recent data breaches, ALTA and 21 other industry groups sent a letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee asking Congress to pass strong federal data protection and consumer breach notification legislation to help ensure consumers’ important personal and payment information is not vulnerable to cyber hackers.
Demotech Partners With Tridster to Help Consumers Make Better-Informed Decisions on Title Insurance
January 9, 2018
Demotech and Tridster have partnered to provide consumers with financial stability ratings when they are shopping for title insurance companies.
 The Docket: Maryland Appellate Court Rules on Adverse Possession
January 9, 2018
Sally Presler-McCash of the law firm Joseph Greenwald & Laake PA reviews an unreported opinion from the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland, which addresses an adverse possession claim. While this is an unreported opinion, the decision is still important to the title industry. Read on.
Stewart Chief Corporate Development Officer to Provide Strategic Oversight to Direct Operations
January 9, 2018
Stewart announced that John Magness will provide strategic oversight to Stewart’s U.S. direct operations as an expanded part of his role as chief corporate development officer.
 To Our Members: Thank You
January 4, 2018
ALTA constantly thinks about new tools and resources our members need to succeed. Formulating the ALTA Best Practices, launching a human resources library to help you in your hiring process, starting the Title Action Network and creating the Homebuyer Outreach Program are just a few examples of tools we’ve rolled out the last few years to help our members meet market demands.
 ICYMI: 2018 Housing Market Forecast Webinar
January 4, 2018
The future of the housing market looks very different from the past. No longer can we rely on falling mortgage rates to financially encourage refinancing and moving. First-time homebuyers are increasingly a critical segment of the housing market, but Millennials are so different from their Baby Boomer parents with different attitudes and impediments to homeownership. Or are they? Listen to a recording of this webinar as Mark Fleming, chief economist for First American Financial Corporation, provides a forecast of the 2018 housing market.
Public Hearing Set in New York to Examine New Title Regs
January 4, 2018
The New York Assembly Standing Committee on Insurance will hold a public hearing to evaluate new title insurance regulations that clarify rules about marketing expenses and ancillary fees that title agents or title insurers may charge.
Holler Law Among Top 100 Law Firms in U.S. for Growth
January 4, 2018
Milford, Conn.-based Holler Law firm was recognized as one of the fastest growing law firms in the United States by Law Firm 500.
ResWare Integrates With TitleM
January 4, 2018
TitleM aggregates data from multiple customer platforms including legacy, archived, payment or acquisition-related systems into a single service.
It's a New Year: Time to Invest in Your Business and Yourself
January 3, 2018
Register for ALTA SPRINGBOARD and Drive New Business, Foster Professional Growth. Looking for new ways to grow market share, enhance customer relationships and improve staff performance? Register now for ALTA SPRINGBOARD, be part of the conversation and collaborate with other professionals to help drive innovation and position yourself for success.
Proplogix Integrates With Qualia’s Marketplace
January 2, 2018
PropLogix has become the newest partner in the Qualia Marketplace, offering users nationwide HOA Estoppel certificates and municipal lien search options directly through the Qualia platform.
NATIC Names Northwest Regional Underwriting Counsel
January 2, 2018
Ian Kyle has eight years' experience in real estate law, including experience in litigation and as an underwriting counsel at the commercial branch of a national title insurance company
North American Title Insurance Company (NATIC) is a seasoned title insurance underwriter, helping title agents to achieve their individual business goals for more than 50 years. Today, the company conducts real estate settlement services in 39 states and the District of Columbia through a network of experienced, independent agents.