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 N.Y. Appellate Court Upholds Title Insurance Regulations
January 17, 2019
The Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court overturned a lower court’s ruling that annulled new title industry regulations promulgated by the Department of Financial Services (DFS).
Radian Acquires Data Analytics and Predictive Model Provider
January 17, 2019
Five Bridges uses analytics to provide customers with valuation and risk management tools that span the entire loan lifecycle, from underwriting and origination to servicing, secondary market purchase and securitization.
CFPB Director Says Bureau Will Examine TRID Effectiveness
January 17, 2019
The new director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) indicated the bureau plans to examine how title fees are disclosed under the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule.
Heartland BancCorp Merges Title Companies
January 17, 2019
BancCorp, parent company of Heartland Bank, will merge TransCounty Title Agency, a community focused boutique agency acquired by the bank in July 2018, with All Ohio Title Agency, which has been 49 percent owned by the bank since 2000.
 Webinar Recording: Stay Ahead of the Customer Curve
January 17, 2019
The real estate market is changing at a pace unlike anytime before. Title companies remain at the center of the real estate transaction. More than ever, sitting in this seat makes it important for companies to think strategically about how to deliver the right experience for their customers. The easiest starting point for this is to think about the transaction through your customers' eyes. Listen to this webinar recording to learn what drives your customers' decision making and the things you can do to elevate their experience at the closing.
HURRY! Early Bird Pricing Ends January 19
January 16, 2019
Now is the best time to put your business at the top of your to-do list and register for ALTA SPRINGBOARD before our Early Bird Pricing ends!
 Are the Robots Coming for Your Job?
January 15, 2019
The emergence of artificial intelligence, machine learning, automation and other technologies may seem daunting, but the solutions offer opportunities to help title and settlement companies meet evolving customer needs. During this webinar, you’ll learn that no, the robots are not going to take your job. What you’ll learn is how certain innovations are being used in the industry and how it can unlock valuable employee time to work on revenue-generating business. You’ll walk away with knowledge on what it takes to successfully implement and adopt technology that can simplify tasks, improve quality and reduce cost.
Finding Your Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
January 15, 2019
While your company already may be crushing the market, think about the possibilities of discovering some new products or services that could deliver an even better experience for your customers.
SafeChain Digitizes Property Deed Transfer and Conveyance for Ohio County
January 15, 2019
SafeChain recently completed the digital conversion of Perry County, Ohio’s deed transfer and conveyance process between the engineer and auditor.
Westcor Agent Closes Deal With Seller in France Using RON
January 15, 2019
Westcor Land Title Insurance Company reported that one of its agents, Momentum Title in Houston, completed its first purchase transaction utilizing remote online notarization (RON) involving a seller in France.
Alert: Fraudulent Title Companies Handling Mexico Timeshares
January 15, 2019
According to the Missouri Department of Insurance, people are posing as inactive or expired licensed title insurance agencies or title insurance agents and fraudulently soliciting, handling conveyance documents and funds related to Mexico timeshare properties. Read on for tips to protect your business.
CertifID Reports It has Protected Over $1.2 Billion in Wire Transfers
January 15, 2019
CertifID announced it has protected over $1.2 billion from wire fraud from late 2017 through December 2018.
 The Docket: Missing Owner in Granting Clause—Not Necessarily Fatal
January 15, 2019
Michael Sikora III, CEO of the law firm Sikora Law LLC, provided today’s review of a ruling by the Ohio Supreme Court that addressed a bankruptcy case involving a mortgage missing the name of one of the property owners in the granting clause. Read on to learn why this decision should be helpful in other cases in which mortgages are challenged.
Survey: Most Title Companies Have E&O Coverage
January 10, 2019
More than 95 percent of title companies have errors and omissions (E&O) insurance coverage, according to a nationally representative survey conducted last year by ALTA’s Data & Analytics Work Group. Additionally, almost a quarter have made claims on that insurance over the past five years. Read on for more details.
Rethinking Closing Cost Quotes
January 10, 2019
The need for accurate up-front costs has never been higher from both a compliance and a business perspective. There is a tremendous opportunity for business growth for title agents who can leverage technology to get their fees into the hands of lenders, real estate agents and consumers as early as possible.
Register for Free Webinar: 2019 Housing Market Forecast
January 10, 2019
As Millennials continue to age into homeownership—and like prior generations choose ownership over renting—potential demand will continue to increase. Yet, the question is where will the supply come from? Will existing homeowners choose to sell their homes and "move up?" Is the housing stock growing sufficiently to keep pace with the growth in households looking for shelter? Will the supply shortage that we have experienced for the last two years continue and will quickly rising house prices cause an affordability crisis? Is 2019 the year that the housing market turns and ends it’s seven-year bull run?
Report: Keep GSEs in Conservatorship Until Flawed Charters Are Fixed
January 10, 2019
While talk renews for housing finance reform and removing the government sponsored entities (GSE) from government control, a new report from the Milken Institute opposes releasing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from conservatorship without fixing the critical flaws in their charters.
Wife of Former ALTA President Passes Away
January 10, 2019
Glenda Sproles Rattikin, the wife of former ALTA President Jack Rattikin Jr. and the mother of current ALTA Board member Jack Rattikin III, passed away Jan. 2 at the age of 84.
WACO Title Expands Footprint in Arkansas
January 10, 2019
The opening of an office in Bentonville gives WACO Title 24 offices throughout Arkansas and Missouri.
Stewart Title Names New Leader of Lender Services
January 10, 2019
As senior vice president of Lender Services, Beth Fowler will oversee Stewart's valuations, search and centralized title services operations.
Discover How to Survive the Silver Tsunami, Analyze Metrics and Drive Innovation at ALTA SPRINGBOARD
January 9, 2019
ALTA SPRINGBOARD is the event designed specifically to help title insurance professionals take their businesses to the next level. It is focused on providing proven strategies, practical education and networking opportunities that will accelerate business success for anyone who attends.
 Government Shutdown Delaying, Cancelling Deals Involving IRS Liens
January 8, 2019
The continued government shutdown is disrupting closings and causing problems for title companies trying to obtain lien payoff information from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
 The Docket: U.S. Bankruptcy Court Rules Insurer Not Liable for Misrepresentation
January 8, 2019
Cheryl Cowherd, senior underwriting counsel for Agents National Title Insurance Co., provided today’s review of a ruling by a U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Illinois that addressed grounds for dischargeability. Read on to learn why the ruling could have been different if the title company had not followed proper search procedures.
Wyoming County to Develop Blockchain-based Land Record Platform
January 8, 2019
Teton County in Wyoming plans to work with Medici Land Governance (MLG)—a subsidiary of Overstock.com—to develop a blockchain-based land records and information platform in 2019.
Want a Four-Pack in 2019?
January 8, 2019
If you're ready to make a commitment to yourself and your business, stop saying, "I'll get started tomorrow," and get moving today. To help you stay motivated, we're providing our members-only discount for the Four-Pack Special: Register for ALTA's three major events as well as one Innovation Boot Camp for a discounted rate! Offer expires Jan. 31, 2019.
First American Names President of Direct Division
January 8, 2019
Janette Waller will oversee First American Title's direct operations across the country.
Simmons Bank Partners With ALTA Registry
January 8, 2019
Simmons Bank will be able to search the ALTA Registry and verify the identity of title insurance agents and settlement companies, providing an enhanced level of efficiency and security to the real estate transaction.
January 8, 2019
Effective Jan. 7, Kenneth B. Popeleski succeeded Richard A. Lawrence, who stepped down as CFO, but will retain his position as a CATIC director, senior vice president and treasurer until his previously announced retirement date in May 2019.
SoftPro Integrates With A.S.K. Services
January 8, 2019
SoftPro users who have title production needs in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Ohio are now able to order title services from A.S.K. directly through their SoftPro software.
Separate Yourself from the Pack and Register for HOP Leader Training
January 7, 2019
New year, new you, right? So do something that will separate you from the competitor down the street and position your business a step ahead of everyone else: Register for a one-day in-person training and become an ALTA Homeowner Outreach Program (HOP) Leader!
ALTA Establishes Digital Closing Committee
January 1, 2019
ALTA’s Board of Governors approved the formation of a Digital Closing Committee, which will focus on improving and innovating the real estate closing space and collaborating with industry stakeholders on digital closings.