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ALTA’s Title Insurance and Settlement Company Best Practices

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ALTA created best practices to help members highlight policies and procedures the industry exercises to protect lenders and consumers, while ensuring a positive and compliant real estate settlement experience.

Title Insurance and Settlement Company Best Practices
Download the full document of ALTA's Best Practices.

Resources and Documents
Here you will find guidance material to aid implementation for each pillar of the Best Practices, including Assessment Readiness Guides, webinars and links to additional information.

Assessment Readiness Guides
Available to ALTA members, the Assessment Readiness Guides can be used to help companies determine if they are prepared to undergo an assessment to determine compliance with ALTA’s Best Practices.

Assessment Procedures
The standard assessment procedures can be used by third parties to evaluate settlement services providers.

Certification Package
The certification package can be used by title professionals to demonstrate to lenders that they have implemented Best Practices. The certification package includes a cover page, an agency letter, a Best Practices certificate and a declarations page.

Best Practices Policy and Procedure Creation Guidance
This guide provides members step-by-step directions on how to draft formal policies and procedures for the Best Practices. In addition, a sample policy and procedure as well as a template to help provide a standard format are provided.

Template for Best Practices Policy and Procedure
Download the template to begin building your Best Practices Policy and Procedure for each of the Best Practices.

Best Practices FAQs
These FAQs are designed to give you a better understanding of the Best Practices.

News on Best Practices
February 24, 2015 RynohLive Surpasses Company Milestones
RynohLive has protected more than two million closings with its patented escrow and financial management system.
February 19, 2015 CertainSafe Partners with Express Notary Services to Ensure Data Protection for Mobile Notaries
Express Notary client and internal documents will be shared and stored with the protection of CertainSafe’s MicroEncrypted file sharing, collaboration and secure messaging technology.
February 17, 2015 SSAE 16 Professionals Expands to Help the Title and Escrow Industry Meet Regulatory Guidance
SSAE 16 Professionals has responded to the rise in demand by expanding resources in every major market to serve the title and escrow industry.
February 10, 2015 Orange Coast Title Completes SOC Examination
Orange Coast Title Company and its family of title companies recently completed its SSAE 16 Service Organization Control examination and was certified for both with “NO EXCEPTIONS” to ALTA's Best Practices.
February 10, 2015 Commonwealth USA Settlements Receives Best Practices Certification
National Certified Public Accounting and consulting firm Pershing, Yoakley & Associates provided the assessment and certification of Pittsburgh-based Commonwealth USA Settlements.
February 5, 2015 ALTA Workgroup to Present Best Practices Webinar for American Escrow Association
The webinar “Challenging Closing Changes Ahead: Get Ready for New Closing Requirements with ALTA’s Best Practices,” will discuss how ALTA’s Best Practices can help guide settlement providers throughout the settlement process.
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