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Title Agent’s Guide to Video Marketing
January 19, 2017The best thing about video marketing is that it is particularly actionable, very affordable, easy to target to specific audiences, and extremely measurable.
Bill Would Require IRS to Accept Electronic Tax Transcripts
January 19, 2017The IRS Data Verification Modernization Act (HR 5725), which was introduced by U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), would require the IRS to accept electronic transmission of tax transcripts.
Recorded Webinar: Evolution of ALTA’s Best Practices and Tools to Aid Implementation
January 19, 2017With some lenders not requiring any vendor oversight requirements to others mandating third-party certifications, it is essential title agents have useful tools to evaluate where they stand in regard to compliance. Listen to this recorded webinar to learn about recent changes made to the Best Practices, tools to aid implementation including the new Maturity Model, the CFPB’s Third-party Service Provider bulletin and how scalability will affect lender adoption of vendor management programs.
WACO Title Expands Arkansas Footprint
January 19, 2017WACO Title completed its acquisition of Saline County Abstract on Jan. 16. WACO Title has 21 offices in Arkansas and Missouri.
Latest Email Scam Targets State Land Title Association
January 19, 2017While many phishing scams target Realtors and title agents in the hopes of accessing escrow funds, the latest scheme has targeted a state land title association. ALTA warns all title professionals to be vigilant when receiving and responding to email.
DocuSign Names New CEO
January 19, 2017Daniel Springer previously served as chairman and CEO for 10 years at Responsys where he transformed the business from private start up to a leading cross-channel marketing automation platform globally and a publicly traded company.
Get Some Marketing Mojo at ALTA's Innovation Boot Camps
January 19, 2017Make sure your company doesn't get left behind during this technology renaissance. Register for one of ALTA's Innovation Boot Camps and immerse yourself in a day and a half of innovative marketing and education. Read on to learn about the key takeaways you'll get from attending.
Renew Your Membership for Access to Essential Tools and Information
January 18, 2017ALTA membership is the key way for title and settlement companies to get access to products that help save money and to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to excel.
What Is ALTA SPRINGBOARD? Details Shared During Facebook Live Event
January 17, 2017Looking around at the businesses of today and the changes they're making to succeed tomorrow, we know this is our opportunity to invest in lasting improvements. Telephones, taxis and hotels have turned into Skype, Uber and AirBnB. It's time to approach the industry in bold and new ways. To offer title professionals a forum for fresh thinking and new insights, ALTA developed a new live-event experience called ALTA SPRINGBOARD. During a Facebook Live event, ALTA President Dan Mennenoh ITP, NTP and CEO Michelle Korsmo highlighted what to expect at ALTA SPRINGBOARD.
HA&W Changes Name to Aprio
January 17, 2017Habif, Arogeti & Wynne LLP (HA&W) has rebranded to "Aprio" in a move that more strongly communicates the firm's services, culture and approach toward serving clients, the company said in a release.
CATIC Completes ResWare Integration
January 17, 2017This integration enables CATIC’s agents to quickly generate policy jackets and produce closing protection letters without ever having to leave their ResWare title software and process flow management system.
Integrity Title Expands Texas Footprint
January 17, 2017Hidalgo, San Patricio and several other Texas counties are now available for access from Integrity Title Records.
Preparing for Transition
January 17, 2017Shortly after Donald Trump was elected, ALTA formed a Transition Workgroup to help advance the industry during this shift in federal government leadership. Read on to learn why it's important to participate in ALTA's Title Action Network and support the Congressional Liaison Program to make lasting changes and improve the industry.
Title Agent Licensing Bill Introduced in Kentucky
January 17, 2017The bill, which is supported by the Kentucky Land Title Association, would require title insurance agents to be licensed by the Department of Insurance and meet minimum qualification standards, to disclose fees charged to consumers and obtain continuing education.
ALTA Announces National Notary Association as Elite Provider
January 17, 2017ALTA’s Elite Provider Program is comprised of premier service providers committed to offering comprehensive benefits to the title insurance and settlement services industry.
Report: Trump Team Signals It Will Can Cordray
January 13, 2017According to Huffington Post, senior Trump spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters on a conference call that President-elect Donald Trump interviewed former Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) for the position last week.
ALTA Looks Forward to Working With HUD Nominee Carson
January 12, 2017ALTA Chief Executive Officer Michelle Korsmo said that the nomination of Dr. Ben Carson as the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development provides an opportunity to discuss ways to rejuvenate urban cores and strengthen communities, while ensuring that all consumers looking to purchase a home have access to affordable credit.
Compliance Webinar: How PHH v. CFPB Impacts RESPA Enforcement
January 12, 2017The October ruling by U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in PHH Corp. v. CFPB questions the bureau’s constitutionality and interpretation of RESPA. While a final decision remains in limbo, one thing remains certain: Enforcement of RESPA isn’t going away. To learn about the far-reaching policy and compliance implications, register for ALTA’s next compliance webinar “Much Ado About Nothing? How PHH v. CFPB Impacts RESPA Enforcement," which will be held from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Feb. 22. RESPA expert Richard Horn, founder of the law firm Richard Horn Legal PLLC and a former senior counsel at the CFPB, will provide an overview of the case, discuss what’s next and explain how the current ruling affects RESPA enforcement going forward. Attendees also will learn how state enforcement interplays with federal regulation of RESPA.
Respecting the Past, Innovating for the Future
January 12, 2017Whether it’s his passion for auto racing, telephones, the title industry or his family, Daniel D. Mennenoh is rooted in history. He’s only missed two races at the famed Indianapolis 500 over the past 28 years. His home is filled with antique telephones harkening back to a time of switchboard operators and pay phones. He lives in the historic district of Galena, Ill., notable for the home of Ulysses S. Grant. And he’s the president of a title company originally established in 1883 that now employs the third generation of Mennenoh’s family. As ALTA's 2017-17 president, Mennenoh encourages members to embrace innovation and improve the customer experience.
Be Part of the Faculty at ALTA SPRINGBOARD
January 12, 2017The format of ALTA SPRINGBOARD is different from the typical ALTA meeting, so the responsibilities of the faculty are different as well. ALTA is looking for discussion facilitators to lead thoughtful and interactive round-table discussions and brainstorms on specific issues, and speakers for a limited series on career advancement. Find out what’s required, the perks and how to submit an application. Deadline to submit an application is Friday, Jan. 20.
North American Title Realigns Geographic Regions
January 12, 2017North American Title Co. recently promoted Michael A. Montalvo to the new position of central region president for Colorado, Illinois and Minnesota, while Chad Barth was promoted to area president for Arizona, Nevada and Utah.
Kroll Bond Rating Agency Releases 2017 U.S. Title Insurance Sector Outlook
January 12, 2017Despite projections that mortgage origination volume will decrease in 2017, Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) reported the title insurance industry is well positioned to manage this considerable decline.
Data Trace Adds New Title Plants in Texas
January 12, 2017Data Trace Information Services LLC introduced four new geographically indexed, P-12 compliant thick title plants in Texas. The new plants cover Dallas, Denton, Kaufman and Tarrant counties, with additional depth in Collin county.
Adeptive ResWare Platform Integrates With Ops Insights
January 12, 2017Adeptive’s ResWare platform is now integrated with Ops Insights, which is a SaaS operational reporting solution provided by ProcessFast that helps identify business trends. The solution allows ResWare users to confidently decipher they are on the right path to a better bottom line.
Don’t Miss ALTA’s Live Facebook Event
January 10, 2017Join ALTA President Dan Mennenoh ITP, NTP and CEO Michelle Korsmo today for a unique Facebook Live event. This special industry event will share information and invite all land title industry professionals to ALTA's newest live experience, ALTA SPRINGBOARD. You won't want to miss it.
Title Company Owner Involved in $10M Fraud Scheme, Lawsuit Alleges
January 10, 2017The owner of a Florida-based title company along with a former newspaper publisher who was a real estate agent and mortgage broker face federal charges for allegedly participating in a $10 million mortgage fraud conspiracy in the Sunshine State.
Quicken Loans Pushes Remote Notarization for Closings
January 10, 2017The online lender believes remote notarizations could revolutionize the mortgage industry and improve the closing experience for consumers. Read on to learn how Quicken Loans envisions how closings will be handled.
Majesty Title Services Expands Footprint in Florida
January 10, 2017Vince Cassidy, Majesty Title's chief executive officer, said the company continues to execute on its strategic expansion opening its fourth Tampa Bay office in the Brandon market.
ALTA Updates Job Description and Advertisement Library
January 10, 2017ALTA’s Education Committee's Workforce Development Subcommittee has developed five additional job descriptions and sample advertisements for ALTA’s Human Resources Library. Job descriptions and sample advertisements are now available for escrow assistant, escrow officer, title assistant, title officer and order entry clerk. Check out what’s available in the library.
Best Practices Plus Updates Software for Creation of Best Practice Manuals
January 10, 2017Best Practices Plus recently updated its manual creation software to incorporate the modifications included in ALTA’s Title Insurance and Settlement Company Best Practices version 2.5.
Wyoming Authorizes E-recording as Four New Counties Adopt Simplifile
January 10, 2017Wyoming joins 30 other U.S. states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia in adopting the Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act.
Scam Alert: ALTA Mailing Database
January 5, 2017ALTA would like to inform its members about fraudulent emails coming from marketing firms indicating that they are selling contact information of companies listed in ALTA’s database.
CFPB Expects to Finalize TRID Amendments by Mid-2017
January 5, 2017In its latest semi-annual report, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) reported that it expects to finalize its proposed amendments to the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures rule in mid-2017.
Segin Systems Receives ISO-27001 Certification
January 5, 2017Segin’s information security management system (ISMS) was certified compliant with all 114 ISO-27001 requirements by HA&W, an external independent certification authority.
The Docket: Federal Court Rules Title Company Not Liable for Undiscovered Public Beach Access
January 5, 2017Laura S. Bauman, special counsel in the Sarasota, Fla., office of Adams and Reese LLP, provided today’s review of a recent decision by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida that held a title company’s searching obligations do not extend to matters outside the chain of title. Read on to learn why this decision is important to the title industry.
Virginia-based Bank Acquires Title Company
January 5, 2017F&M Bank Corp., parent company of Farmers & Merchants Bank, completed its acquisition of Valley Southern Title on Jan. 1.
Register for Free Webinar on 2017 Housing Forecast and Buyer Trends
January 5, 2017Register for the free webinar "Has the Game Changed? 2017 Housing Market Forecast and Homebuyer Trends" and get a better understanding of the types of title orders you will receive in 2017. This webinar will help you dominate a purchase-driven market and provide better service to your customers.
WFG Adds Agency Resource in Chesapeake Region
January 5, 2017As assistant vice president and underwriter/account manager, Ned Livornese will serve as a resource for WFG title agents in Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia and Virginia.
Stewart Adds Two to Board of Directors
January 5, 2017Stewart appointed Clifford Allen Bradley and Frederick H. Eppinger to the company’s board of directors.
Earn Industry Distinction as a HOP Leader
January 5, 2017Want to do the one thing that will separate you from the competitor down the street? Register for one daylong in-person training and become an ALTA Homebuyer Outreach Program (HOP) Leader.
Minnesota Title Firm Ordered to Pay Fine for Alleged Kickbacks
January 5, 2017The Minnesota Commissioner of Insurance ordered a title company to pay a civil penalty of $45,000 for allegedly providing things of value in exchange for business from a real estate agent.