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Title Industry Delivers With Curbside, Drive-through Closing Options
April 2, 2020
Title and settlement companies across the country have modified their closing processes to serve their customers and keep everyone safe in a world of social distancing and the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to safe closing protocols, companies have developed drive-through or curbside closings as a signing option to keep the pipeline going and handle the near historic levels of business.
Webinar: How Your Business Can Access Financial Assistance Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
April 2, 2020
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 | 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET | Register Today
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated almost $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses. Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward. Register for this Qualia-sponsored webinar to learn how your company can access these emergency loans and take advantage of deferring this year’s Social Security payroll taxes until next year and 2022. We also will detail additional financial assistance options, such as the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Grants, as well as the Treasury’s Exchange Stabilization Fund.
Adeptive Partners With Beyond Computer Solutions for IT Services for Customers
April 2, 2020
Adeptive Software, developers of the title and escrow production software ResWare, has partnered with Beyond Computer Solutions (BCS) as an IT solutions provider option for its customers.
Quick Tips for Communicating with Clients During a Crisis
American Land Title Association  |  April 2, 2020
Powered by ALTA's Homeowner Outreach Program, this webpage features ways to let consumers know you are open and operating during the COVID-19 pandemic, ideas on how to advertise your business appropriately and solutions on safely interacting with coworkers and clients while maintaining all social distancing, shelter-in-place and stay-at-home guidelines.
What Building 1,000 Homes Means to the U.S. Economy
April 2, 2020
Building 1,000 average single-family homes creates 2,900 full-time jobs and generates $110.96 million in taxes and fees, according to a new study from the National Association of Home Builders.
Three Tips to Cope With Evolving Technology, Remote Workers  
April 2, 2020
Real estate title and closing companies have quickly modified staffing and processes due to issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic while still delivering essential services to their customers and communities. Jeffrey Bates, chief executive officer of D. Bello provides three recommendations as title agents look toward the future and assess how all the recent evolution in real estate technology and working remotely has affected their business.
ClosingCorp: Closing Costs Averaged $5,779 in 2019
April 2, 2020
Closing costs for a single-family property averaged $5,749 including taxes—$3,339 excluding taxes—according to data released by ClosingCorp. Closing costs remained nearly flat compared to 2018.
Introduction to Digital Closings
March 31, 2020
watch this three-minute video to get a quick overview of the various types of digital closings, as well as the benefits and operational efficiencies they can provide.
Share Your Story
March 31, 2020
ALTA would like to hear how you are continuing to serve your customers and communities during this uncertain and unprecedented time.
GSEs Issue New Guidance on RON, Powers of Attorney
March 31, 2020
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac modified their single-family seller guides including temporary requirements for remote online notarizations (RON) and powers of attorney.
Eight Details About SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program
March 31, 2020
One of the central pillars of the $2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package known as the CARES Act is nearly $350 billion for forgivable loans to help small businesses with payroll costs and avoid layoffs. The program called the Paycheck Protection Program is run by the federal Small Business Administration. Because there is limited funds, title and settlement companies are encouraged to speak to an SBA lender as soon as possible if there are concerns about retaining staff and paying other expenses. Guidelines for the program will be released this week. Read on for details.
Comparison of Various SBA Financial Relief Programs
March 31, 2020
The Small Business Administration offers various financial relief programs. This chart compares the Paycheck Protection Program, SBA Economic Injury Disaster loans and EIDL Emergency Grants.
 Finding Diamonds in the Rough
March 31, 2020
While in high school, Amy Gregory joined a job-training program. Students who landed a business job got the perk of leaving school early. The Brandon, Fla., native answered an advertisement from a local title company. The interview went well, and she started as a part-time receptionist during her junior year of high school. From the receptionist position, she worked her way through post-closing, processing, closing and management. Now, she’s chief administrative officer/president for the Florida Agency Network. For several years, the title industry has grappled with “attracting the next generation." Read on for tips and strategies to improve your recruiting and hiring process.
WFG National Title Names Chief HR Officer
March 31, 2020
In this role, Heather Krablin will be responsible for ensuring that WFG National Title's human resources policies, objectives and initiatives support the company's overall goals and objectives.
Getting our Security Terminology Right
March 31, 2020
Data privacy is quite different than information security and is best handled by a different department in the company. The distinction is subtle and often missed even by industry veterans.
ALTA Discusses How COVID-19 Pandemic is Impacting the Industry
March 30, 2020
With so much uncertainty and information being shared about the impact of the health crisis, ALTA held a townhall/webinar to discuss several important issues and provide reliable information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Sponsored by SoftPro, the discussion provided information on the federal stimulus packages; remote online notarization; recording jurisdiction closures; essential vs. non-essential businesses; ALTA events; and resources.
CISA: County Recorders ‘Essential’ in Updated Guidance
March 30, 2020
The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) updated its guidance to include government offices that assist title searches and recording services as essential and should remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Several States Issue Emergency RON Orders and Guidance
March 27, 2020
Several more states have issued emergency orders and guidance allowing for the immediate use of remote online notarization as the country continues to contend with the COVID-19 pandemic. Not all of the orders conform with the ALTA-MBA model or RULONA standards for consumer protections and anti-fraud safeguards. Check out ALTA’s Digital Closings resource page for more information and a list of states that have issued emergency RON orders.
Trade Groups Plead for 'Essential Services' Consideration
March 27, 2020
On Thursday, the American Land Title Association, Mortgage Bankers Association, National Association of REALTORS and National Association of Home Builders signed an open letter to six organizations working with government leaders requesting they take steps to ensure that financial services and housing sectors can support the critical needs of homeowners and borrowers during the COVID-19 pandemic. They asked that businesses and government agencies supporting the financial services and housing industries as well as home construction, home sales and renovation services be deemed essential services. The organizations also noted that necessary services related to housing include title searches, appraisals, permitting, inspections, housing materials and improvement retailers, moving, as well as the recording, legal, financial and other services needed to complete the sale or construction of housing. With interest rates at or near all time lows, the volume of mortgage refinancing has increased sharply, allowing families to reduce monthly payments and providing billions of dollars of additional disposable income to families in need. Many families also recently have taken advantage of low rates to purchase a home. According to the trade groups, housing and finance are critical infrastructure for these families.
Technology Is Like a Puzzle
March 26, 2020
During ALTA SPRINGBOARD in Denver, Web Raulston of Team Title Services and Samantha Budzyn of Nexsys Technologies led a discussion on ways title professionals can embrace technology and use it to solve business problems and improve operations. Read on for several technology ideals that were discussed to drive efficiency.
ALTA Marketplace: Find Companies to Help With Digital Closing Solutions
March 26, 2020
Search ALTA's Marketplace to help find companies that offer electronic and digital closing solutions, including remote online notarization capabilities.
Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund Names CFO
March 26, 2020
In this role, John Francoeur is responsible for all areas of finance, including accounting, financial reporting, budgeting, cash management, profitability reporting, and the implementation and monitoring of controls across the organization.
Pavaso, Evolve Mortgage Services Partner to Offer E-closing Solution
March 26, 2020
Pavaso recently partnered with Evolve Mortgage Services, a provider of outsourced mortgage solutions, to offer a digital mortgage experience that supports remote online notarization.
Demotech Affirms Financial Stability of Title Insurance Industry
March 26, 2020
Demotech Inc. recently concluded that the nation's title underwriters are financially healthy and possess the means to address time gaps in coverage associated with the closing or limited hours of recording jurisdictions.
PRIA Issues Best Practices for Recording Queue Management
March 26, 2020
Recognizing that the title and mortgage finance industries depend heavily on the recording jurisdictions’ documentation as essential functions for their businesses and for the consumer, the Property Records Industry Association (PRIA) issued best practices to help recording jurisdictions manage the volume of documents they are receiving.
Fidelity Urges FHFA to Help Keep Recording Jurisdictions Open
March 26, 2020
Fidelity National Financial has requested assistance from the director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to help keep recording jurisdictions open during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fidelity also asked the FHFA to encourage financial institutions require that all electronic closings and remote online notarizations follow standards set by Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Organization.
What Every Title Agent Needs to Know About the Latest COVID-19 Stimulus Package
March 26, 2020
The House on March 27 passed the historic $2 trillion stimulus package the Senate passed earlier this week to help companies and workers affected by the shutdown of business due to COVID-19. The bill is designed to offer relief to individuals, the health-care system and businesses that saw their revenue dramatically decline since the pandemic hit the United States. Read on for five things every title professional needs to know about the stimulus and how it can help them and their employees.
Tips for Working Remotely During COVID-19
March 25, 2020
While working from home can help slow the spread of COVID-19, it brings new challenges: juggling work while kids are home from school; learning new software and conferencing programs; and managing paper files at home. As you’re getting your work-at-home systems set up, here are some tips for protecting your devices and personal information, as well as a list of free tools to help.
Washington Governor Orders RON to go Into Effect March 27
March 25, 2020
Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, Washington’s governor issued a proclamation allowing the state’s remote online notarization legislation to go in effect March 27. The order suspends the effective date of the legislation through April 26. The legislation had specified the legislation would go into effect Oct. 1. 2020.
Many Businesses Must Offer Paid Leave Under Coronavirus Relief Law
March 24, 2020
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201), which goes into effect no later than April 2 and will continue through Dec. 31, 2020, provides paid emergency family leave in limited circumstances, as well as paid sick leave for people affected by COVID-19. In general, the emergency paid-leave provisions in the legislation apply to businesses with fewer than 500 employees, but there may be some exceptions available for small businesses. Roughly two-thirds of ALTA’s membership is considered small business.
Companion of ALTA-supported RON Bill Introduced in House
March 24, 2020
Less than a week after being introduced in the Senate, a companion of the Securing and Enabling Commerce Using Remote and Electronic Notarization Act of 2020 has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Guy Reschenthaler (R-Pa.) and Madeleine Dean (D-Pa.).
WFG National Title Names TWO Area Sales Managers
March 24, 2020
In their roles, Chris Peugeot will work with agents in Tennessee, while Janelle Rosenbaum will oversee agency work in upstate New York, Connecticut and New England.
Fannie Mae Guidance on Acceptance of Remote Online Notarization
March 24, 2020
To address several industry questions and concerns, Fannie Mae has issued a lender letter that provides information on various topics including electronic signature requirements and title insurance. The letter refers lenders to Fannie Mae’s Seller Guide, which specifies that it accepts loans where documents have been electronically notarized, either in person or remotely using real-time, two-way audio/video communication. ALTA is working with the government sponsored entities to get more guidance about the types remote online notarization transactions that will be accepted.
FaceTime, Skype Options Unsecure for Digital Closings
March 24, 2020
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for social distancing, several states have issued executive orders allowing for the immediate use of remote online notarization. However, some orders allow the use of public-facing options such as FaceTime and Skype to facilitate the transaction. ALTA has identified several issues--including the lack of security to protect against fraud--with using these types of platforms.
How UPS is Responding to the Coronavirus
March 23, 2020
UPS is closely monitoring the impact of the Coronavirus and we want to make sure you are kept up-to-date on what they are doing to keep members and customers like you safe while continuing to deliver around the world. Read on for info on what to expect.
Title and Settlement Considered ‘Essential’ Under Shelter-in-place Orders
March 23, 2020
The stay-at-home orders several states have issued follow guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and only permit “essential businesses” to remain open. According to the guidance, businesses in the title and settlement industry are considered “essential.” United States Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin also issued a memo on March 22 that reinforces the fact that settlement and insurance services are considered "essential." ALTA and several state land title associations have requested that county recorders and register of deeds be considered "essential."
 ALTA Asks Treasury to Delay Deadlines for 1031 Exchanges
March 23, 2020
In a letter to Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, ALTA and 19 other groups requested that deadlines to identify replacement property and/or complete 1031 exchanges be extended for 120 days or to the last day of the general disaster extension period authorized by the IRS.
N.Y. Governor Allows Immediate Use of Remote Online Notarizations Following Statewide Lockdown
March 20, 2020
As the country continues to contend with the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered a statewide lockdown in response to the national crisis. Following the announcement, the governor issued an executive order allowing the immediate use of remote online notarization. Read on for some of the industry's concerns about what New York will allow.
County Closures Causing Gap Coverage Issue as Industry Asks Offices to Remain Open
March 19, 2020
Title underwriters are taking different approaches to the closures or limited hours of county offices due to the COVID-19 pandemic as the inability to record and process documents in some counties in increasing the gap period. Read on to learn how the industry is reacting and going on the offensive to convince recorders and register of deeds to remain open to allow for searched and recording.
 Hardware and Software Needs to Offer Remote Online Closings
March 19, 2020
In the ever-changing world of technology, title and escrow companies often ask what software they should purchase and what hardware is best to conduct remote online closings. While some prefer form over function, you do need to ensure you have the right tools to accomplish the task at hand. Read on for advice to help you implement the proper infrastructure.
Phishing Prevention Webinar: Don’t Take the Bait
March 19, 2020
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 | 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET | Register Today
Scammers are using phishing emails to profit from the COVID-19 pandemic. With more people working remotely, now is the time to learn how to help avoid getting scammed by fake email. Because phishing attacks look like legitimate emails from your trusted vendors’ and customers’ domains, traditional defenses often don't work against them. These phishing schemes often lead to wire transfer fraud, which can be devastating to your business and customers. Your top defense is a strong human firewall—and that means having an educated staff. Register for this webinar and learn how to spot the latest phishing techniques and what defenses do and don't work against them so you can better protect your business and your customers.
 2019 Title Premium Volume Increases from Prior Year
March 19, 2020
ALTA reported title insurance premium volume increased 6.5 percent during 2019 when compared to the same period a year ago.
How Does Your Company Compare?
March 19, 2020
Compensation surveys provide important data to businesses looking to set wages and attract and retain top talent. Trying to determine numbers such as salary and benefits can be difficult. Creating and advertising a position that will attract talent is half the equation. Knowing how much you’ll need to pay them to keep them is another factor. Read on to learn more about ALTA's Compensation Index.
Family or Not, Opportunity for Youth in Title Industry Shouldn’t Be Ignored
March 19, 2020
Craig Haskins, the chief operating officer of Knight Barry Title, has a deal with his three sons when it comes to future employment with his Wisconsin company. An industry veteran, Haskins isn’t pressuring his children to join him in the business, but they know it could be an option down the road if they eventually want it.
Senators Introduce ALTA-supported Federal RON Bill
March 19, 2020
U.S. Senators Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) introduced on Wednesday the Securing and Enabling Commerce Using Remote and Electronic Notarization Act of 2020, which permits immediate nationwide use of remote online notarization (RON) with minimum standards and provide certainty for the interstate recognition of RON. While RON won’t be available for every transaction, it does provide another closing option in some circumstances. “With the need for social distancing to help prevent the spread of the virus, we want to provide options to consumers to close their transaction remotely nationwide,” said Diane Tomb, ALTA’s chief executive officer. “The strong standards in this bill are important to prevent fraud and offer consumers a more secure alternative rather than FaceTime or Skype when buying property or refinancing a mortgage.”
ALTA COVID-19 Update
March 18, 2020
ALTA, Industry Partners Develop Draft Bill to Permit RON Nationwide
March 17, 2020
ALTA—along with the MBA, NAR, vendors and notarial experts—have developed The Securing and Enabling Commerce Using Remote and Electronic Notarization Act of 2020 (SECURE Notarization Act), which would permit immediate nationwide use of remote online notary (RON) with minimum standards and provide certainty for the interstate recognition of RON.
Congress Working on Paid Leave Bill for Those Affected by COVID-19
March 17, 2020
Congress is working on a bill to create emergency paid sick leave, as well as paid family leave in the case of school closures, for working families impacted by COVID-19.
Treasury Extends Tax Filing Season by 3 Months
March 17, 2020
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced today that taxpayers will get a three-month reprieve pay 2019 income taxes. As part of its coronavirus response, the federal government will give filers until July 15 to pay income taxes due on up to $1 million in tax owed, Mnuchin said. The reprieve on that amount would cover many pass-through entities and small businesses. Corporate filers would get the same length of time to pay amounts due on up to $10 million in taxes owed, Mnuchin said.
Title, Settlement Companies Develop Safe Closing Protocols
March 17, 2020
Recent concerns relating to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) has generated significant public attention and changes in guidelines prescribed by health officials such as the CDC and the WHO. Title and settlement companies across the country have developed protocols to ensure healthy and safe closings in the wake of this uncertainty.
Track County Office Closures
March 17, 2020
ALTA is tracking the operating status of recording jurisdictions, as well as projected reopen dates, if online access is available and if counties accepts e-recording.
NNA Develops Health Disclosures for Signers, Borrowers
March 17, 2020
Keeping everyone safe during the closing process is vital amid growing concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19). Among the developments is a new recommended best practice from the National Notary Association (NNA) that both Notaries and signers/borrowers complete a disclosure prior to each individual signing. The disclosures, which will have questions about recent travel and if there’s been contact with any people diagnosed with the coronavirus, should be completed if requested.
Common Issues Your Business May Encounter
March 17, 2020
The U.S. Small Business Administration says companies may have to contend with several issues during the crisis, ranging from facility remediation to insurance coverage issues.
Help for Businesses
March 17, 2020
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said U.S. officials are committed to ensuring that financial firms and businesses facing disruptions related to the coronavirus have access to liquidity. The Fed has said it would make vast sums of short-term loans available. In addition, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that it will offer disaster assistance loans of up to $2 million to small businesses that have been severely impacted by the spread of the coronavirus.
Graphic: Keeping Your Workplace Safe
March 17, 2020
Read on for a graphic from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that provides tips to keep the workplace safe.
WFG Names Arizona Division President
March 17, 2020
WFG National Title Insurance Company announced the appointment of Brian Hughes as president of its Arizona Division.
ALTA Response to COVID-19
March 16, 2020
ALTA is closely following the growing concerns relating to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the impact on our members, their customers and on our staff. This is a very fluid situation and ALTA continues to monitor updates from national and local public health officials regarding this pandemic. We are receiving many calls asking about county office closures, information on how to handle closings and updates on meetings, among other questions. To help provide answers, we have created a webpage to host ALTA/title industry related updates.
Fannie Mae: Lender Expectations of Consumer Demand Mortgages Hits High
March 12, 2020
Mortgage lenders’ profit margin outlook for the next three months reached a new survey high based on data collected in the first half of February, according to Fannie Mae’s Q1 2020 Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey. Although uncertainty around coronavirus may have a dampening effect on housing market sentiment, Fannie Mae Senior Vice President and Chief Economist Doug Duncan expects the continued low interest rate environment will help bolster mortgage volume.
Survey: Nearly 1 in 4 Homesellers Changed How Their Home is Viewed on the Market Due to Coronavirus Outbreak
March 12, 2020
Nearly 1 in 4 home sellers nationwide are changing how their home is viewed while the home remains on the market due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, according to a new survey from the National Association of Realtors.
What’s Your Spice?
March 12, 2020
Lisa Steele of Mother Lode Holding Co. and ALTA Board member David Townsend MTP, NTP of Agents National Title Insurance Co. led the discussion in front of roughly 325 attendees during an Ideas Festival at ALTA SPRINGBOARD in Denver.
Protect Email by Disabling Auto-forward
March 12, 2020
There are legitimate reasons why a company may allow auto-forwarding of business email. However, most of the time the best course of action is to simply disable this functionality because hackers can gain access to a user’s mailbox though phishing emails and can forward messages to an outside address. Read on for methods to turn off the off the auto-forward function in Microsoft 365 and Gmail.
PropertySync Launches National Title Plant Platform
March 11, 2020
PropertySync, a cloud-based SaaS title plant platform, is now available nationwide to companies looking for data management and searching capabilities.
Fill Out ALTA’s Compensation Index and WIN
March 6, 2020
Will you be the lucky winner? If you complete the survey for ALTA’s Title & Settlement Services Industry Compensation Index, you could be the Grand Prize Winner of a flight, hotel and registration to ALTA ONE in New York City!
A Vision for Our Story 
March 5, 2020
Stories can change our mood, outlook and perceptions. The right story at the right time can have a dramatic impact. Stories have power because they make sense of difficult topics and connect us with others.
Agents National Title Names Florida Agency Service Manager
March 5, 2020
In this role, Ben Sommers will continue the company’s expansion throughout the west coast of Florida and assist with growth and recruiting independent title agencies.
WFG National Title Expands Colorado Footprint
March 5, 2020
WFG National Title Insurance Co. has expanded its footprint in Colorado by acquiring access to title plant records in 11 counties and also acquired a title office in Colorado Springs.
Alert: Spoofed Email Appears to Come From ALTA
March 5, 2020
ALTA is alerting its members to delete a phishing email that includes an attachment letter that needs to be certified. Do not open the PDF.
CFPB Publishes TRID FAQs on Treatment of Lender Credits
March 5, 2020
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Feb. 26 published 10 new FAQs for the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures Rule related to lender credits.
Play Member March Madness
March 5, 2020
ALTA members now can go toe-to-toe in the ultimate battle royale: Member March Madness! Compete with your fellow ALTA members to see who can recruit the most new companies for ALTA membership. You can win up to $1,500 in prizes!
Breaking News: Mark Calabria to Headline ALTA Advocacy Summit
March 4, 2020
If you’ve been thinking about attending ALTA Advocacy Summit, let us give you a little extra incentive: FHFA Director Mark Calabria will headline the event, scheduled for May 11-13 in Washington, D.C. The Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac watchdog will get you excited to meet with legislators on Capitol Hill. And don’t forget: Register by March 23 to grab your Early Bird discount and save $100!
 Washington State Senate Passes Data Privacy Bill
March 3, 2020
Senate Bill 6281 would apply to legal entities that conduct business in Washington or produce products or services that are targeted to residents of the state. Read on for details.
Foundation Title & Escrow Expands Footprint in Tennessee 
March 3, 2020
Foundation Title & Escrow Series LLC has expanded into the Knoxville, Tenn., area after joining forces with East Tennessee Title Insurance Agency Inc.
First American Completes Deal for Docutech
March 3, 2020
First American Financial has completed its $350 million acquisition of Docutech, a provider of document, e-closing and fulfillment technology.
Workflow Automation Provider Acquires GreenFolders
March 3, 2020
Title iO Inc., which provides workflow automation software solutions, announced the acquisition of GreenFolders Inc., a wholly owned entity of First American Financial Corp.
Missouri-based Security Title Insurance Agency Adds Another Office 
March 3, 2020
Security Title Insurance Agency has added another location in the St. Louis market.
Punctual Abstract Integrates with RamQuest
March 3, 2020
From their RamQuest solution, title agencies may place orders from Punctual Abstract’s nationwide team of digital and local abstracting experts, exchange notes and receive fully examined evidence back without leaving the platform.
Webinar: What an Agent Should Do During a Claims Investigation
March 3, 2020
While we wish we lived in a world with no claims, it’s a part of doing business. When a claim does arise, it’s important for your operation to have policies and procedures in place to know how to respond to claims that could challenge your business. This presentation will provide a brief overview of key terms and conditions in a policy that often affect coverage and investigations into coverage, what to do when a claim is made and during the pendency of the claim, and how coverage on a claim is afforded and on what terms. Register for this webinar and get insights and tips on how to resolve these challenging situations. Registration closed today. The webinar will be held from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET, Thursday, March 19.
Member March Madness Starts Today!
February 28, 2020
ALTA members now can go toe-to-toe in the ultimate battle royale: Member March Madness! Compete with your fellow ALTA members to see who can recruit the most new companies for ALTA membership. You can win up to $1,500 in prizes!
12 Social Media Strategies
February 27, 2020
Included in ALTA's Homeowner Outreach Program is presentation that outlines social media strategies for Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Google Ads and Yelp. ALTA member companies can develop their social media strategy using these 12 proven methods to reach the consumer in a variety of social media channels. Read on and check out the Features Resource box to access the content.
Access ALTA's Leadership & Volunteer Directory
February 27, 2020
ALTA members have exclusive access to ALTA's online Leadership & Volunteer Directory, which compiles information about all committee members and their contact information. The directory also includes information for all state association leaders. You must be logged in to access the directory.
 The Docket: Idaho Supreme Court Says Montana Anti-deficiency Statute Prohibits Lenders From Seeking Deficiency After Non-Judicial Foreclosure
February 27, 2020
Justin M. Scorza, vice president in First American Title’s corporate underwriting department, provided today’s review of a ruling by the Idaho Supreme Court that affirmed the dismissal of a lender’s claim against a title company because the lender’s full-credit bid at a non-judicial foreclosure extinguished the underlying debt. Read on to learn why this case is important to the title industry.
What You Need to Know About Coronavirus
February 27, 2020
The Centers for Disease and Prevention is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and which has now been detected in 37 locations internationally, including cases in the United States. ALTA continues to monitor the updates from national and local public health officials regarding the virus.
Riebling Insurance Provides Enhanced Wire Fraud Protection With CertifID
February 27, 2020
In an effort to combat the growing threat of wire fraud in real estate transactions, Riebling Insurance announced a new endorsement to its FNF-Pak insurance program that provide up to $500,000 for all inbound and outbound wire funds transfers with the use of CertifID.
Fidelity Expands Consumer Wire Fraud Protection Program
February 27, 2020
Fidelity National Financial has expanded its WireSafe homebuyer and seller program to include startSafe, a new digital opening package for consumers engaged in a home purchase with any one of the FNF family of title companies.
Look Who’s Attending ALTA SPRINGBOARD
February 26, 2020
March 10-11, 2020 | Denver, CO | Grand Hyatt Denver | Register Today
It’s much easier—and more fun—to check out an event when you have a friend or two to hang out with. If you’re contemplating ALTA SPRINGBOARD, make sure you take a look at the attendees already registered on ALTA’s website. You may see an old buddy you’d like to catch up with or a potential customer you’ve been hoping to meet.
Webinar Recording: Learn How to Protect Your Business With Multifactor Authentication
February 26, 2020
The FBI reported that losses due to real estate wire fraud increased to $221 million in 2019. What can be done to help limit potential losses at your company? According to Google, experts say using multifactor authentication is one of the top three things that can be implemented to enhance online security. In addition, an update to ALTA’s Best Practices requires the use of multifactor authentication for all remotely hosted or remotely accessible systems storing, transmitting or transferring non-public personal information. But where do you start? Watch this webinar recording to learn how to implement multifactor authentication across your organization and how it can improve the customer experience without compromising security.
2020 Claims Guide Features 150 New Court Decisions
February 26, 2020
When you need advice on how to handle claims on title insurance policies, closing protection letters and closing mistakes, turn to the 2020 edition of the Title and Escrow Claims Guide! A 1,662-page volume, the Claims Guide is the ultimate resource not only for attorneys but also claim handlers, underwriting personnel, title examiners, escrow officers and regulators.
Get the Latest on State Digital Closing Statutes
February 25, 2020
ALTA members have access to this state-by-state list of digital closing statutes. This document provides general information on notary statutes and what states have passed Uniform Electronic Transactions Act, as well as what states have passed the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts, and e-notary, remote online notarization, e-recording and curative statutes.
RamQuest Integrates With SIGNiX
February 25, 2020
The integration enables mutual customers to take a step closer to a fully electronic closing by providing a secure digital signature and remote e-notary solution.
Learn How to Take CFPB's TRID Survey
February 25, 2020
To ensure the CFPB’s assessment of TRID is comprehensive and reflects the diversity of the industry, it’s important for as many title and settlement companies as possible to take the survey. To help prepare for the survey, watch this webinar recording as CFPB staff and ALTA members go through each question and provide an explanation of what the bureau is trying to learn. The webinar also addresses the type of data agents should gather before starting the survey.
Alliant Names National Agency Manager
February 25, 2020
Rodney Anderson will expand his current responsibilities for developing, marketing and managing Alliant National’s southwest region agency operations to include national market expansion and oversight of the company’s 32 licensed state agency operations.
 Fidelity Reports Q4, Full-year 2019 Results
February 20, 2020
Fidelity National Financial reported that its title insurance division generated $355 million in pre-tax income during the fourth quarter of 2019. This is up from $102 million in pre-tax income during the same period in 2019.
Wisconsin Passes Remote Online Notarization Bill
February 20, 2020
Wisconsin became the 23rd state to pass legislation that allows for remote online notarization (RON).
Digital Closing Readiness Checklist
February 20, 2020
Implementing a digital closing solution may seem daunting. To help your operation prepare, download ALTA's Digital Closing Readiness Checklist. The document outlines the initial steps a company should take and provides a path to getting started and being ready to offer your first digital closing.
 Member Exclusive: Download the February Digital Edition of TitleNews
February 20, 2020
The February 2020 digital edition of TitleNews is available for download. The cover article of this edition details strategies to recruit and retain employees. Other highlights include a new partner with the Coalition to Stop Real Estate Wire Fraud; Mortgage Cadence’s integration with the ALTA Registry; how the industry has adapted to TRID; Why you need to take the CFPB’s TRID survey; Matthew Morris stepping down as Stewart’s president; The difference between HTTPS and HTTP; Expansion of RON regulations; and the CFPB’s TRID guides on construction loans.
ProcessFast Deploys RamQuest-specific Version of Ops Insights Platform
February 20, 2020
The platform allows title agents to monitor new and old client order counts, provides improved vendor manager scorecards and direct communication with JV partners.
Get Ready for Some Serious Growth
February 19, 2020
March 10-11, 2020 | Denver, CO | Grand Hyatt Denver | Register Today
Shake off the dust! Whether you are stuck in a rut at work or just want to see how far you can take your career, ALTA SPRINGBOARD can give you a hand. Our 30-minute Career Advancement Talks are all focused on your professional growth. Whether you’re new to the industry or a title lifer, these six educational sessions will help point you in the right direction. Let’s take a look:
WTF: $221M Lost to Wire Transfer Fraud in 2019
February 18, 2020
Incidents and losses due to real estate wire fraud continue to increase, according to the FBI’s 2019 Internet Crime Report. The report shows there were 11,677 victims in 2019 with $221 million in losses. This compares to 11,300 reported victims and $150 million in losses in 2018.
 Old Republic Reports 2019 and Q4 Results
February 18, 2020
Old Republic International reported that its title insurance segment generated $230.8 million in pre-tax income during 2019. This is up from $219.3 million in pre-tax income during 2018.
Stewart Title Enhances National Agents Team
February 18, 2020
Stewart Information Services Corp. has enhanced its national agents team by naming Scott Gillen as senior vice president and Kimberly Prete and as manager.
First American Named to the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For
February 18, 2020
For the fifth consecutive year, First American Financial Corp. has been named as one of the 2020 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For.
Knight Barry Title Expands Florida Footprint
February 18, 2020
Wisconsin-based Knight Barry Title (KBT) is growing again in the Sunshine State with its latest acquisition of Island Title in St. Augustine, Fla.
RecordsOnline Bolsters Sales Team
February 18, 2020
RecordsOnline, a Texas-based SaaS platform, recently hired Mark Holley as executive sales director. In this role, he is responsible for the coordination, management and direction of sales operations for all RecordsOnline product groups.
Free Training Available for New Employees
February 14, 2020
Sometimes all you need are the basics—no more, no less. That’s exactly what you’ll get with our new, FREE Nuts and Bolts educational videos: the information your new hires require to get started in the land title insurance industry—no more, no less.
 Stewart Reports Fourth Quarter, Full-year 2019 Results
February 13, 2020
Stewart Information Services Corp. reported its title segment generated pre-tax income of $20.3 million during the fourth quarter of 2019. This was down from $29.5 million in pre-tax income during the same period a year ago.
 First American Reports Q4, Complete 2019 Financials
February 13, 2020
First American Financial Corp. reported that its title insurance and services segment generated pre-tax income of $283.8 million during the fourth quarter of 2019. This compared to $136.4 of pre-tax income during the fourth quarter of 2019.
Become an Active Congressional Liaison and WIN
February 13, 2020
If you have a relationship with a Member of Congress or their staffs, we need your help. (And, hey, there’s something in it for you, too.) As a special “thank you” this year, we’ll be awarding the three most active Congressional Liaisons with a personalized trip to Washington, D.C.! The prize includes airfare, accommodations and a personalized tour and itinerary, not to mention—ahem—bragging rights.
First American to Acquire Docutech
February 13, 2020
First American reported that the $350 million acquisition positions the company to further improve the consumer experience in real estate transactions and accelerate the evolution of real estate closings.
Stewart Insurance Partners with CertifID for Additional Wire Fraud Protection
February 13, 2020
In response to the wire fraud epidemic facing the title and real estate industry, Stewart Insurance, a subsidiary of Stewart Title Co., announced a new endorsement for select title professionals offering coverage up to $500,000 for all inbound and outbound wire funds transfers when CertifID is used to send and receive wiring instructions.
Do You Know You Are NOT in the ALTA Registry?
February 12, 2020
The ALTA Registry has hit critical mass, and lenders are looking for you! More than 8,000 of your competitors’ locations are already confirmed in the ALTA Registry—what are you waiting for? Listings in the ALTA Registry are FREE, and ALTA membership is not required. Each year, the ALTA Registry is searched more than 12,000 times, and the number continues to grow. In January alone, the Registry was searched 1,000 times.
Early Bird Rate is Almost Gone for Digital Boot Camp
February 12, 2020
April 8-9, 2020 | Atlanta, GA | Register Today
The ALTA & MBA Digital Closing & eMortgage Boot Camps are here to help you go digital now. Don’t wait to learn how to go digital and start from the back of the pack—put your business in the best possible position to succeed today! Hurry: Our Early Bird Rate for the Boot Camp in Atlanta ends Tuesday, Feb. 25!
Millennial Demand for Efficiency, Security Fuels Fintech Innovation
February 11, 2020
Title agents and real estate professionals believe demand for greater security and efficiency will be key drivers for greater fintech adoption in 2020, according to First American’s latest Real Estate Sentiment Index.
Rep. Sherman Presses Fed Chair on Wire Transfer Fraud Solution
February 11, 2020
With Fed Chair Jerome Powell testifying Feb. 11 before the House Financial Services Committee about monetary policy and the economy, U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif) took the opportunity to ask why the Fed doesn’t institute payee matching requirements for banks to help thwart wire transfer fraud.
Don’t Get Shut Out
February 11, 2020
March 10-11, 2020 | Denver, CO | Grand Hyatt Denver | Register Today
Do you like to save money? (That’s rhetorical. Of course you do!) Then get moving and secure your hotel room for ALTA SPRINGBOARD before our room block closes this Friday, Feb. 14! Compare our rate with the standard rate at the Grand Hyatt Denver:
SnapClose Expands Integration With First American
February 11, 2020
The updated integration allows agents of First American Title to electronically remit and upload policies.
SingleSource Launches Deed in Lieu Title Product
February 11, 2020
SingleSource now offers a deed in lieu title product that provides full, state-driven searches at 20, 40 and 60 years.
ALTA Develops Data Privacy Principles
February 6, 2020
ALTA announced the release of its data privacy principles that recommend the development of a single, national standard to help protect consumer private information uniformly and consistently while maintaining an efficient homebuying and selling experience.
RynohLive Names VP of Sales
February 6, 2020
Shane Palladino will primarily focus on new customer acquisition with a secondary focus on expanding Rynoh into new verticals to bolster the company’s strategic growth.
 Stewart Title Promotes Chief Human Resources Officer
February 6, 2020
Emily Kain will be responsible for overseeing the people side of the business, focusing on attracting, retaining and engaging associates worldwide.
Financial Technology Start-up Introduces Cloud-based Title Search Software
February 6, 2020
The cloud-based technology platform provides automated ordering of title searches for any residential or commercial property in the United States and streamlines the title search management process.
Want to Win a Trip to ALTA ONE in NYC?
February 6, 2020
It’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to pack when you win a flight, hotel and registration to ALTA ONE in New York City!* Now that the 2019 data collection is open for ALTA’s Title & Settlement Services Industry Compensation Index, all you have to do is complete the index questions for 2018 and 2019 by May 1 and automatically be entered into a drawing to walk away with one of the biggest prizes in ALTA history.
Win Big During Member March Madness!
February 5, 2020
For the first time ever, ALTA members can go toe-to-toe in what will become the biggest, baddest battle royale the title insurance industry has ever seen. The great minds who brought you the no-holds-barred “Title Triumph” board game now present: Member March Madness! Compete with your fellow ALTA members to see who can recruit the most new companies for ALTA membership. Get in on the mayhem, and you can win up to $1,500 in prizes!
Share This Wire Fraud Tips Video
February 5, 2020
When buying a home, consumers must be on alert for email or phone scams that will try to steal their money. Criminals can pose as the real estate agent, settlement agent or other trusted professional and provide false instructions for wiring mortgage closing funds. This video provides tips to avoid these scams. By being careful and taking a few important steps ahead of the closing, you can help protect your customer's money. For more information about closing scams, go to stopwirefraud.org.
Announcing ALTA SPRINGBOARD Speakers
February 4, 2020
March 10-11, 2020 | Denver, CO | Grand Hyatt Denver | Register Today
Speakers can make or break an event! At ALTA, we only invite the crème de la crème to inform, entertain and inspire you. (Seriously, we have a lot of meetings to narrow down our list of favorite presenters. A LOT.) This year, we have been combing the title industry to bring you a slate of next-level speakers for ALTA SPRINGBOARD Ideas Festivals. Check them out:
ALTA Releases Discussion Draft for Policy Forms Revisions
February 4, 2020
ALTA’s Title Insurance Forms Committee has released the third set of discussion drafts of the proposed revisions to the standard ALTA 2006 Loan and Owner’s Title Insurance Policies. Deadline to submit comments is Feb. 20.
WFG Names COO for National Title Support Division
February 4, 2020
WFG National Title Insurance Co. has named Kevin Beach as chief operating officer for the company’s national title support division. Beach comes to WFG from Title Information Associates, the management and business-consulting firm he founded in 2010.
O’Kelley & Sorohan Bolsters Commercial Expertise With Addition of Law Firm
February 4, 2020
Georgia-based O’Kelley & Sorohan, Attorneys at Law LLC announced that it recently added the law firm, R.E. Hodges Jr. LLC to bolster its existing expertise in handling commercial real estate transactions.
Webinar: Take the CFPB’s TRID Survey
February 3, 2020
To ensure the CFPB’s assessment of TRID is comprehensive and reflects the diversity of the industry, it’s important for as many title and settlement companies as possible to take the survey. To help prepare you for the survey, CFPB staff and ALTA members will go through each question and provide an explanation of what the bureau is trying to learn. The webinar will also address the type of data agents should gather before starting the survey.
 The Docket: Calif. Appeals Court Affirms Deed of Trust Void in Fraud Case
January 30, 2020
David G. Boss of Boss Law Firm provided today’s review of a ruling by a California appeals court that affirmed an order declaring a deed of trust void in a case where a woman pleaded guilty to grand theft for encumbering a married couple's real property with a fraudulent deed of trust. read on to learn why this case is important to the title industry.
Cloudphish Unveils New Phishing Defense Solution
January 30, 2020
Cloudphish uses the Ethereum blockchain ledger to create an externalized verification framework for emails trusted users send and receive between one another.
Spruce Expands Into California
January 30, 2020
Spruce announced the opening of its West Coast headquarters in Sacramento after receiving its license to operate as an underwriter in California from the state’s Department of Insurance.
Fidelity Hires Exec to Lead National Expansion of Alamo Title
January 30, 2020
John Magness will lead the operational expansion and growth of Alamo Title Company in Texas and across the United States.
First American Launches Marketing List Solution for Customer Acquisition
January 30, 2020
First American DataTree launched a new solution that provides targeted, direct marketing lists built from a database of U.S. property and homeownership information.
Having Trouble Finding – and Keeping – Good Employees?
January 29, 2020
March 10-11, 2020 | Denver, CO | Grand Hyatt Denver | Register Today
“Company culture” is officially a thing. Ten years ago, maybe even five, most people were simply happy to have a job. But now with a growing economy and younger generations searching for more than just a paycheck, it’s time to take a step back and examine what your business has to offer new recruits. The ALTA SPRINGBOARD Ideas Festival “Talent and Diversity: Does Your Company Reflect Your Community?” will challenge the way you think about workplace diversity.
 2020 Vision: The Housing Market Forecast
January 28, 2020
Today’s housing market looks very different from the past. No longer can you rely on falling mortgage rates to financially encourage refinancing and moving. Millennials now represent the largest cohort of homebuyers, older homeowners are staying in place longer, and digital closings and ibuyers continue to gain traction in markets across the country. Read on to learn how title companies across the country are approaching 2020 and find out how economists expect the market to perform over the next year.
ALTA Members: Get Free Online Industry Training for New Hires
January 28, 2020
ALTA recently launched free online training to help companies train new employees become familiar with industry terminology and concepts. Titled “Nuts and Bolts of the Land Title Industry,” the training includes three videos covering the what, who and how of title insurance. The training is free to members and $75 for non-members.
Stewart Promotes Group SVP for Pacific Northwest and Mountain States
January 28, 2020
Stewart Information Services Corp. recently promoted Wyomia Clifton to group senior vice president for the Pacific Northwest and Mountain States. She will be responsible for overseeing direct operations in Montana, Idaho, Colorado and Utah markets, on top of her existing markets of Alaska, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.
SYNRGO Names Director of Product Management
January 28, 2020
SYNRGO Inc. recently named Chris Dufault to the newly formed role of director of product management.
CFPB Issues Policy on Using ‘Compliance Aids’
January 28, 2020
In an effort to clarify the role of guidance, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published a statement in the Federal Register establishing outlining how regulated businesses may use new “Compliance Aids” issued by the bureau. The policy statement becomes applicable Feb. 1.
Title Insurance is Confusing. We Make it Easy
January 28, 2020
April 8, 2020 | Atlanta, GA | Register Today
Title insurance can be difficult to explain. Try describing it to your friends and neighbors, and their eyes glaze over. We’ve all been there. But the bigger problem is that title insurance is hard for people in the real estate transaction to understand, too! How can you get a homebuyer to purchase an owner’s policy when half the people in the room don’t grasp the benefits of the product? That’s where ALTA comes in.
ALTA Members Get the Best Discounts
January 23, 2020
It’s a new year, and ALTA membership benefits just keep getting better! Some of the lesser known but incredibly useful benefits include discounts through various vendors as well as our Elite Providers. Let’s check out a few:
Why You Need to Take the CFPB’s TRID Survey
January 23, 2020
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is asking companies that conduct closings covered by the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule (TRID) to take a survey to help the bureau assess the effectiveness of the regulation. It's important for as many title and settlement companies to take the survey by March 6 to help ALTA's efforts to fix the title fee disclosure and remove the optional tag for owner's title insurance.
Contractual Requirements Between Covered Businesses and Service Providers Under California’s Consumer Privacy Law
January 23, 2020
It is common for title and settlement companies to share data in the process of closing a real estate transaction. However, some key definitions in the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) that went into effect at the beginning of the year are causing the companies to reassess practices and agreements as they figure out how to comply with the new privacy law.
Passport Title Expands Into Kentucky
January 23, 2020
Passport Title Services recently expanded into Kentucky to provide its title agency partnership solutions to attorneys, title agents and title agency owners in the Bluegrass State.
Kentucky Goes Live With E-recording Using Simplifile
January 23, 2020
Kentucky joins 48 other U.S. states that have authorized e-recording of deeds, mortgages and other documents to enable faster and more cost-effective land record transactions. Only Vermont has yet to begin e-recording.
Grab Your Discount for ALTA SPRINGBOARD
January 21, 2020
March 10-11, 2020 | Denver, CO | Grand Hyatt Denver | Register Today
"You can spend your entire career trying to figure out where to go to meet the people that you need to be able to meet. Here at ALTA SPRINGBOARD, whatever you would want to get out of it, you will get out of it." ALTA SPRINGBOARD is an attendee favorite every year because it's unique.
Coalition to Stop Real Estate Wire Fraud Announces RynohLive as New Partner
January 21, 2020
RynohLive recently became the latest partner of the Coalition to Stop Real Estate Wire Fraud to help raise awareness about mortgage closing scams and real estate wire fraud.
FDIC, OCC Warn Against ‘Heightened Cybersecurity Risk’
January 21, 2020
The FDIC and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency issued a joint statement last week in response to the heightened cybersecurity risk facing the financial services industry and other critical business sectors.
 The Docket: Washington Appeals Court Rules Underwriter Not Liable for Survey Exception
January 21, 2020
Yosi (Joe) Benlevi, vice president and senior underwriting counsel for Chicago Title Insurance Co., provided today’s review of a ruling by a Washington appellate court that held a title company is not liable under a survey exception. Read on to learn why this case is important to the title industry.
AmTrust Bolsters Commercial Team
January 21, 2020
Michael Bebon has joined AmTrust Title's commercial real estate division as senior executive vice president of direct operations.
 Member Exclusive: Download the January 2020 Digital Edition of TitleNews
January 16, 2020
The January 2020 digital edition of TitleNews is available for download. The cover article of this edition analyzes the 2020 housing and mortgage market. Other highlights include Fidelity partnering with the ALTA-led Coalition to Stop Real Estate Wire Fraud; an article on how one title company found success using ALTA-provided consumer-focused marketing material; the opportunity for youth in the title industry; the hardware and software needs to offer remote online closings; and FinCEN renewing its Geographic Targeting Order through May 9.
Lenders Complete More Than 38,000 Digital Closings With Docutech Platform
January 16, 2020
Kicking off the 2020 mortgage lending year, Docutech announced that lenders have now utilized the company’s Solex eClosing platform to digitally close more than 38,000 loans since late 2017.
Notarize, Stewart Title Partner to Offer Hybrid and Fully Online Closings
January 16, 2020
Notarize announced a partnership that will give Stewart Title and its direct offices and independent agents the ability to offer fully online and hybrid closings.
Qualia Expands Closing Platform to Serve Mortgage Industry
January 16, 2020
Qualia Post empowers lenders to collect digital and physical trailing documents across all their title company partners. Title companies receive automated email reminders to share documents and lenders can review the status of all their requests without leaving their normal LOS workflow.
Matthew Morris Steps Down as Stewart President
January 16, 2020
Matthew Morris announced that he stepped down as president of Stewart Information Services Corp. on Jan. 15. He will continue to serve as a member of Stewart’s Board of Directors. In addition, Morris will provide advisory services to the company and to new CEO Fred Eppinger for the next six months.
Technology is Hard. Get Schooled at ALTA SPRINGBOARD
January 14, 2020
Are you afraid of technology or eager to see what’s next? Do you hesitate at the thought of change or celebrate “out with the old, in with the new?” Whether you’re on either end of the spectrum or somewhere in between, the Ideas Festival “Tech Talk – Solving for a Business Problem” at ALTA Springboard will help you explore industry technology in a brighter light. In this Ideas Festival, we’ll discuss:
ATG Joins American Title Reinsurance Alliance
January 14, 2020
The American Title Reinsurance Alliance was formed in January 2012 to provide a secure source of reinsurance for large transactions for regional title insurers.
Agencies Issue Alerts on Iranian Cyber Activity
January 14, 2020
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) issued guidance to companies on securing their computer networks.
Webinar Recording: 2020 Housing and Mortgage Market Forcast
January 14, 2020
Today’s housing market looks very different from the past. No longer can you rely on falling mortgage rates to financially encourage refinancing and moving. Millennials now represent the largest cohort of homebuyers, older homeowners are staying in place longer and ibuyers continue to gain traction in markets across the country. How will this affect your business? Listen to this webinar recording to get a better understanding of the types of title orders that will come in your door over the next year.
Adeptive to Offer AI Customer Service for ResWare Platform
January 14, 2020
With the Alanna customer service resource, title agencies using ResWare can communicate with their customers via text or web chat, using everyday conversational language.
The Evolution of TitleNews
January 14, 2020
For more than a century, TitleNews has been the go-to source of information about the land title insurance industry. Since the first edition in 1918, iterations have evolved from an extremely text-heavy publication to a magazine filled with useful charts and graphics that attempts to meet the needs of today’s readers.
PropLogix Purchases Building for New Headquarters
January 14, 2020
PropLogix CEO Jesse Biter and his partners, Evan Berlin and Jamie Ebling, spent $10.5 million on a building to house the growing real estate research and tech company.
States Title Receives Patent for Predictive Machine Learning Models
January 14, 2020
The patent for invention number 10,510,009 allows States Title to optimize the value-maximizing point in the instant underwriting model by modifying the Markov Chain Monte Carlo technique with unique title-specific mathematical components.
Avoid Being Hacked in the New Year: Perform a Network Penetration Test
January 9, 2020
Want to protect your computer network from being hacked in the New Year? Experts say companies should perform what’s called a “Penetration Test” to find any vulnerabilities in your network. And fix them.
Know Your Business
January 9, 2020
Nobel Prize winning physicist and chemist Marie Curie once said, “Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood.” That point of view can apply to businesses today. Understanding your company’s susceptibility to disruption will help you make momentous strategic choices.
NotaryCam Approved to Provide eNotary, RON Services for Michigan Notaries
January 9, 2020
NotaryCam has been approved by the Michigan Department of State to provide both eNotary and remote online notarization (RON) services to the more than 113,000 notaries public registered in the state.
Pavaso Supports Remote Online Notarization in Florida and Idaho
January 9, 2020
State commissioned remote electronic notaries in these states can select the Pavaso platform to complete RON closings, which gives homebuyers and sellers the option to close real estate transactions remotely, from almost anywhere in the world.
SoftPro Integrates With ZOCCAM
January 9, 2020
The integration allows SoftPro users to connect with ZOCCAM for such submissions as well as authenticating the borrower’s identification.
ePN adds 13 Jurisdictions to E-recording Network
January 9, 2020
eRecording Partners Network (ePN) announces the addition of 13 jurisdictions across the United States to its e-recording network in the fourth quarter of 2019.
CATIC Launches New Website
January 9, 2020
CATIC said the new website is focused on ensuring a positive user experience by giving agents a more consistent workflow and better navigation.
Track State Data Privacy Legislation
January 8, 2020
Utilize ALTA’s State Legislation Tracking Map to follow any data privacy bills that have been introduced or passed in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.
Listen to Podcasts About CCPA
January 8, 2020
ALTA, in partnership with the law firm Carlton Fields, has developed a four-part podcast series to help you un-derstand the California Consumer Privacy Act. The segments are titled Who Does CCPA Apply To?; Service Providers and Sale of Data Under CCPA; CCPA Resources and Compliance Tips; and Practical Compliance With CCPA and New Privacy Laws. Read on to access the podcasts on ALTA’s data privacy page.
What is Data Mapping?
January 8, 2020
Data mapping is discovering what data you collect, where it’s stored, with whom it’s shared, how long it’s retained and for what purposes it’s used.
ALTA Marketplace: Find Privacy Compliance Solutions
January 8, 2020
The ALTA Marketplace connects you with companies that offer data privacy and mapping solutions, as well as services to help you comply with other regulations.
Learn How to Go Digital in 2020
January 8, 2020
April 8-9, 2020 | Atlanta, GA | Register Today
It’s 2020: The future is HERE. If your business isn’t prepared to go digital, it’s time to attend a Digital Closing & eMortgage Boot Camp. The American Land Title Association and Mortgage Bankers Association are hosting two live events in 2020 to help your business navigate the digital closing process. Due to high attendee volume at the first Digital Closing Boot Camp, we encourage you to register now for your preferred date/place so you don’t get shut out.
The California Consumer Privacy Act Q&A
January 8, 2020
This document provides an overview of key questions regarding the California Consumer Privacy Act. The Q&A answers which companies are covered by the regulation; applicability to controlled entities with shared branding; who is protected; examples of personal information; exemptions; consumer right to access, disclosure and opt-out; obligations on a company; and costs of compliance.
The Next Big Thing: Consumer Data Privacy
January 8, 2020
California’s sweeping legislation that went into effect Jan. 1 is the beginning of things to come as more states look to bolster consumer privacy and enforce stricter U.S. consumer protections.
 Crowning Moment: British-born Mary O’Donnell First Woman From Underwriter Ranks to Serve as ALTA President
January 7, 2020
Margaret Thatcher served as prime minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990. She was the longest-serving British prime minister of the 20th century and the first woman to hold that office. Her uncompromising politics and leadership style earned her nickname “The Iron Lady.” Growing up in Liverpool, England, Mary O’Donnell dreamed of rising to similar heights. “I wanted to be the first British female prime minister, but Margaret Thatcher beat me to it,” O’Donnell joked. Instead, O’Donnell blazed her own path on this side of the pond. In October, she became the first woman out of the Underwriters’ Executive Section to be named president of ALTA. Read on to learn more about ALTA's president.
Stewart Title Adds Staff in Massachusetts
January 7, 2020
Stewart Title’s Agency Services in Massachusetts announced the addition of Tracie Kester and Christine Provost as underwriting counsels, while Tom Potito and Mary Blomerth joined the company as senior agency services representatives
First American Acquires Arizona-based Agency
January 7, 2020
First American Financial Corp. has fully acquired Title Security Agency LLC, an Arizona-based title agency that has operated for more than four decades.
Kensington Vanguard Acquires GRS Title Services
January 7, 2020
Kensington Vanguard National Land Services (KV) recently completed the acquisition of Virginia-based GRS Title Services LLC.
Futura Title & Escrow Grows in Washington
January 7, 2020
Futura Title and Escrow Corp., parent company to AmeriTitle Inc. and Alliance Title & Escrow Corp., announced the acquisition of Washington-based title companies Pacific Alliance Title and Kittitas Title & Escrow.
Agents National Names COO
January 7, 2020
In this role, Todd Mendolia will support Agents National Title Insurance Company's regional and national agents, while leading key initiatives supporting the geographic expansion of ANTIC.