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Grab Your Exclusive Discount for the TIRS State Compliance Guides
January 26, 2022

For a limited time, enjoy a $100 discount on the TIRS State Compliance Guides! The guides are the most comprehensive collection of title industry regulatory information and practices available. The discount is available through Monday, Feb. 7.

Ubitquity Unveils Solution to Facilitate Deals Involving Cryptocurrency
January 26, 2022

According to Ubitquity, the solution will allow title and escrow professionals to disburse funds to all counterparties to a real estate transaction securely, instantly, and in an immutable fashion with complete transparency.

Common Phishing Techniques
January 26, 2022

Attackers leverage a variety of tactics to execute phishing attacks against their targets including emails, fake social media pages and personas (known as social engineering), instant messaging, texts and compromised websites. Read on for a list of typical phishing attack techniques.

ALTA Welcomes New Members
January 25, 2022

ALTA is pleased to announce new and associate members, as well as real estate attorneys, who have recently joined ALTA. Over the past month, ALTA gained 36 new members, including three attorney members and four associate members. So far in 2022, ALTA has 4,645 member companies. Read on to view a map of membership. Not a member? Click here to join today. You can check out member benefits here.

 Virtual Option Now Available for ALTA Commercial Network
January 25, 2022

If you deal with commercial real estate transactions, you need to be at ALTA Commercial Network! The event will be held in person, Feb. 13-15 in Miami at The Confidante Miami Beach. However, if you can’t get to Miami Beach to enjoy a few days of sunshine, we now also have a virtual option! CEs/CLEs are available for in-person sessions only.

Old Republic Acquires Utah-based Title Company
January 25, 2022

The acquisition of Mountain View Title & Escrow Inc. adds nine office locations and 86 employees to Old Republic Title's existing network of direct operations that includes more than 270 branch and subsidiary office locations nationwide.

CFPB Increases Civil Penalty for Certain RESPA Violations
January 25, 2022

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced it increased the maximum of each civil penalty under its jurisdiction, including the section of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) that addresses advance deposits in escrow accounts.

Snapdocs Achieves MISMO Certification for E-closing System Providers
January 25, 2022

Snapdocs’ e-closing offering has been certified as compliant with the MISMO eClosing System Certification Requirements. Snapdocs is the first e-closing provider to achieve this certification from MISMO.

DataTrace Adds Over 1,000 Title Plants
January 25, 2022

This gives the company title plants covering more than 80% of the U.S. population.

ALTA Insights: People-first Leadership Skills for the Busy Title Agency Manager
January 24, 2022

Wednesday, February 9 | 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET | Register Today

Are you a "boss" or are you a "leader"? Historically, command-and-control leadership styles have been the name of the game for title agency managers—bosses who gave top-down orders. Not all, but many. Today's employees want a manager who is invested in their personal and professional development; modern employees also want a voice in how work is done. In other words, they want more leading and coaching, less managing. Register for this free ALTA Insights webinar and learn core communication skills that create a positive employee experience, including setting expectations, feedback, coaching and conflict resolution.

First National Title Hires VP & Underwriting Counsel
January 20, 2022

In this role, Michelle Hebert will assist with underwriting questions for First National Title Insurance Company's agents in Texas.

 M&A Activity Stays Hot
January 20, 2022

The flurry of mergers and acquisitions continued through the end of 2021 and into 2022 as the title insurance industry continued to ride the tide of an extremely active mortgage and real estate market. Read on for commentary from Gerry Glombicki, director of insurance at Fitch Ratings, on how these deals could impact market share and the types of companies making the purchases, as well as a roundup of some of the recent acquisitions.

 Webinar Recording: The Value of Measuring Employee Engagement
January 20, 2022

Happy employees create more profitable businesses, right? Based on more than 50 years of employee engagement research, Gallup reports that engaged employees produce better business outcomes than other employees—across industry, company size and nationality, and in good economic times and bad. However, according to Gallup, just 35 percent of American workers are engaged in their jobs. Measuring employee engagement is essential to higher productivity and profitability, but you must be ready for the results. Listen to this ALTA Insights webinar recording to learn how you can use results from employee engagement surveys to improve operational results.

Save on Three of ALTA’s 2022 Events!
January 19, 2022

To help you make new connections, expand your knowledge and create even bigger business in 2022, we want to invite you to attend ALTA’s three largest meetings: ALTA SPRINGBOARD, ALTA Advocacy Summit and ALTA ONE. And because you’re an ALTA member, we want to give you a little something special: We’re gifting you a members-only discount for our Three-Pack Special! Register for ALTA’s three major events in 2022 for only $1,325! Offer expires Feb. 4.

 ICYMI: December TitleNews
January 18, 2022

The cover article of the December 2021 edition of TitleNews featured new ALTA President Dan Wold and how he looks to strengthen engagement and participation with ALTA, and also highlighted the association's 2022 strategic priorities. Other features focused on why ALTA membership is worth ‘every penny’; 20 for 21: A few things we hope made you feel good about being an ALTA member in 2021; A recap of 2021 ALTA ONE; ALTA Good Deeds Foundation awarded $143,000 in grants; ALTA’s ‘Godfather of Advocacy’ honored for advancing the title industry; ALTA bestowed an honorary membership; Placer Title, First American win 2021 Title Webbie Awards; the winner of the ALTA Our Values Award; and when it comes to wire fraud, are we asking enough questions.

 Engagement Secret Seasoning for Success
January 18, 2022

Advocacy efforts are the most successful when more title professionals get involved and mobilize on issues that impact our business. It’s the community—our grassroots advocacy—that resonates with government officials. But ALTA needs more people across the industry advocating for our business.

AmeriTitle Bolsters Executive Team
January 18, 2022

As vice president, Darci Davis will expand her role to provide support and leadership to an escrow team of over 50 members in Twin Falls, Idaho.

AI Virtual Assistant Alanna Now ‘Speaks’ 54 Languages
January 18, 2022

Alanna can engage in conversations with clients via SMS text or web chat, often for customer service or information gathering.

 SKOL, ALTA!
January 13, 2022

Traditions bring a sense of security. Certain practices and events can help create unity. They keep us connected to the past, build memories of the present and pave the way to new traditions. Deeply rooted to his Scandinavian heritage, Dan Wold holds in high regard the importance of family, community and faith. Read on to learn more about ALTA's president plans to utilize his nearly four decades of experience to help guide the industry through current and anticipated challenges and increase engagement through advocacy—all while sprinkling in some of his well-known, special brand of Scandinavian humor.

Report: Fraud Costs, Frequency Remain Significantly Higher than Pre-pandemic for Mortgage Lenders
January 12, 2022

According to the latest report from LexisNexis Risk Solutions, the cost of fraud for U.S. financial services and lending firms is between 6.7% and 9.9% higher than before the pandemic. This is driven by mortgage lending (up 23.5% since pre-COVID-19). The report found that for every $1 of fraud loss, the total cost for a mortgage lender is $4.40. 

HURRY! Early Bird Rates End Jan. 21
January 12, 2022

Boost your business to new heights and register for ALTA SPRINGBOARD before our Early Bird rates are gone for good! Sign up by Friday, Jan. 21, and save $100 on your member or non-member registration. And don’t miss your opportunity to save even more: Our room block is going fast, so reserve your room today. Live and in person, ALTA SPRINGBOARD will be held March 15-16 in Tampa, Fla.

First American to Acquire Mother Lode Holding Company
January 12, 2022

First American Financial Corp. has signed an agreement to acquire California-based Mother Lode Holding Co., which operates 17 subsidiaries that primarily conducts business in California, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Texas, Arizona, Washington and New Mexico.

 Title Companies Work to Keep Deals Moving Following Ransomware Attack on N.M. County
January 11, 2022

Title companies continued to implement procedures to help facilitate transactions after Bernalillo County, N.M., took all of its systems offline following a ransomware attack on Jan. 5. Bernalillo County commissioners have approved $2 million in recovery funding for the county’s recent ransomware issue. To date, the county has incurred costs of about $191,000 for the replacement of laptops affected by the malware. 

Hurry: Room Block is Closing for ALTA Commercial Network
January 11, 2022

It’s time to get your ducks in a row: Grab your hotel room discount for ALTA Commercial Network before the room block closes on Jan. 19! The event will be held in person, Feb. 13-15 in Miami at The Confidante Miami Beach.

ALTA Insights: What Will the 2022 Housing Market Look Like?
January 11, 2022

Wednesday, January 26 | 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET | Register Today

Join us for the next ALTA Insights webinar, "What Will the 2022 Housing Market Look Like," to learn some of the dynamics that will drive the housing market over the next year. During this SoftPro-sponsored webinar, you’ll also get details about the latest National Association of Realtors’ Profile of Home Buyer and Seller to help you understand the types of people who will be at the closing table.

ALTA Joins Groups in Letter to CFPB on Small Business Loan Reporting Rule
January 11, 2022

ALTA and five other trade groups responded to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) proposed rule to implement the small business lending reporting requirements established under Section 1071 of the Dodd-Frank Act. The proposal would allow the CFPB to collect information on applications for credit for small businesses, including those that are owned by women or minorities.

First National Title Insurance Company Promotes Agency Manager for Southwest Region
January 11, 2022

DJ Horn, who has been with First National Title Insurance Co. for nearly 10 years, was promoted to southwest region agency manager.

ALTA Good Deeds Foundation Provides $10K Emergency Grant for Colorado Wildfire Relief
January 11, 2022

The Board of the ALTA Good Deeds Foundation (AGDF) decided to award the grant, which is one of the foundation’s largest individual charitable contributions to date, to the Community Foundation of Boulder County because the wildfire was determined to be the most destructive in Colorado’s history. 

University Title Makes Acquisition in Houston Market
January 11, 2022

University Title Co. (UTC) recently acquired Homeland Title Company’s Houston division, which includes offices in Clear Lake, Hempstead, Sugar Land and Spring.

Stewart Acquires Majority Interest in Great American Title
January 11, 2022

Stewart Information Services Corp. acquired a majority interest in Houston-based Great American Title Co., which operates in 38 counties across Texas.

MISMO Names 2022 Board of Directors
January 11, 2022

Sally Tyler, executive vice president and division president for First American Title Insurance Co., is a new member of the organization's Board of Directors.

Proper Title Insurance Agency Expands Outside Illinois
January 11, 2022

Illinois-based Proper Title LLC has expanded into Northwest Indiana with a new office in Schererville.

Virtual Option Now Available for Digital Closing Boot Camp
January 10, 2022

You asked for it… Due to high demand, we are now offering a virtual option for the ALTA, MBA & MISMO Digital Closing & eMortgage Boot Camp being held Jan. 13-14. If you wanted to attend but just couldn’t leave your (home) office, now is the time to register! Watch the education sessions virtually from the convenience of your own space.

 To Sell or Not to Sell (or Buy)
January 6, 2022

Whether a title agency intends to enter as a buyer or seller, the M&A market can be incredibly complex for unique, privately held businesses. There is no universal market for title agents, and the value of a title business can be affected by a wide number of disparate factors.

 So, You’ve Acquired a Title Business. Now What?
January 6, 2022

For the title company seeking to grow, the due diligence and valuation process is critical to the success of the strategy. But often overlooked in the larger process is what comes after the contracts are signed. For many, the real work begins once multiple offices and firms become one in name. A lot of thought, work and, yes, capital will still have to be injected into the process of integrating the new entity and positioning it to operate efficiently and profitably. Read on for a few of the things some acquiring businesses don’t always fully consider before they’ve received the proverbial keys to their new offices.

Federal Title & Escrow Donates $5,500 During Holiday Giving Campaign
January 6, 2022

Federal Title kicked off the Holiday Giving Campaign just after Thanksgiving, working with 11 local real estate agents to identify non-profit organizations that held special meaning to them. Then, just before the Christmas holiday, Federal Title gave a $500 donation in honor of each agent and donated to 10 organizations for a total of $5,500.

TitleWave Names VP of Sales for Northeast and Southeast Regions
January 6, 2022

TitleWave Real Estate Solutions has named Jennifer Barnes as vice president of sales for the Northeast region and appointed Lisa Hinton to the same position for the Southeast region.

FNF Makes Leadership Transition
January 6, 2022

Mike Nolan, who served as president of Fidelity National Financial for the past six years, will assume the role of chief executive officer as Randy Quirk transitions to executive vice chairman on the company's Board of Directors. The changes go into effect Feb. 1.

Stewart Names Vice President of Enterprise Operations
January 6, 2022

In this role, Stephanie Silcott will lead product innovation and development efforts for Stewart's direct channel technology.

Let’s Get You in the Spotlight at ALTA SPRINGBOARD
January 6, 2022

ALTA is looking for knowledgeable members to respond to our call for ALTA SPRINGBOARD faculty! We need facilitators to lead thoughtful and interactive round-table discussions and brainstorm sessions on today’s most important topics relevant to the title insurance industry as well as speakers for a limited series on career advancement. We are accepting faculty applications through Friday, Jan. 21.

Stewart Purchases Agency in Michigan
January 4, 2022

In December, Stewart Information Services Corporation acquired Devon Title Agency, which has operated in Michigan for more than 30 years.

 39 States Have Passed RON Legislation
January 4, 2022

New York became the 39th state to pass legislation allowing the use of remote online notarization (RON). The law is supported by the New York State Land Title Association (NYSLTA) and ALTA.

In-Person Registration is Open for ALTA Commercial Network
January 4, 2022

The ALTA Commercial Network is back—and in person. The event will be held Feb. 13-15 in Miami at The Confidante Miami Beach. Don’t wait too long: Our room block ends Jan. 19! Register Today

AmeriTitle Bolsters Exec Team
January 4, 2022

AmeriTitle recently announced that Eric Templeton and Richard Hajek Jr. both have been promoted to senior vice president.

Chicago Title Acquires Ohio Agency
January 4, 2022

Chicago Title Co., a member of the Fidelity National Financial Family of Companies, recently acquired Ohio-based Enterprise Title Agency Inc.

CATIC Launches CATIC Academy
January 4, 2022

The underwriter's online learning platform will provide its agents with training programs comprised of national and state-specific content.