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Alert: Spoofed Email Appears to Come From ALTA
January 22, 2021
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 The Docket: No Duty to Defend Against Easement Despite Long-standing Contract
January 21, 2021

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

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

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

Disney Innovator Coming to ALTA SPRINGBOARD
January 21, 2021

Cultivating creativity and innovation is extremely difficult when your staff is working remotely or behind closed doors because of a worldwide pandemic. During ALTA SPRINGBOARD, former Disney executive Duncan Wardle will share the exact steps and strategies you need to encourage an innovative culture and ensure everyone on your team is able to let their inner ingenuity run wild. ALTA members can register for just $99 when you sign up by Jan. 31! Register Today

Webinar Recording: 2021 Housing Market Forecast
January 21, 2021

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

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

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

Stewart Title Opens New European Underwriter
January 21, 2021

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

Apply for a Good Deeds Grant Today
January 19, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Stay Up to Date on State Regulations
January 14, 2021

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

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

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

Stewart Acquires Title Agency in Ohio
January 14, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

FTC Warns Small Businesses of COVID Scam
January 14, 2021

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

SBA Develops Free Platform for Women Entrepreneurs
January 14, 2021

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

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

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

 Ready to Serve Aces for Title Industry
January 12, 2021

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

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

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

SBA, Treasury Re-open PPP, Issue New Guidance
January 12, 2021

This round of the PPP continues to allow small business borrowers to have their loans forgiven if they spend the funds on job retention and certain other expenses through March 31.

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

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

Black Knight Enhances to Digital Closing Solution
January 12, 2021

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

PRIA Develops Papering-out Paper
January 12, 2021

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

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

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

Greater Illinois Title Names Chief Underwriting Counsel
January 12, 2021

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

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

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

 Working to Foster Female Leadership
January 7, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

SYNRGO Automates Post-closing Processes
January 7, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

 Disagree and Commit
January 7, 2021

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

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

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

Registration is Open for ALTA SPRINGBOARD
January 5, 2021

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

Foundation Title & Escrow Expands in Alabama
January 5, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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