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 ALTA Response to Blockchain Articles
April 19, 2018
Blockchain is an interesting concept and the technology may eventually provide some serious benefits in the real estate sector. However, there have been inaccurate and sweeping generalizations about the process title professionals take to search the public record and issue a title insurance policy to protect property rights. Read on for examples of why title insurance will remain extremely beneficial to consumers and lenders even as more information becomes digitized and potentially migrate to blockchain.
Blockchain Can’t Protect Property Rights, but Title Insurance Can
April 19, 2018
There are potential applications of blockchain technology that touch the title insurance industry, including, but not limited to, land recording systems. Enthusiastic proponents argue that these systems would be so efficient and secure that they would eliminate the need for title insurance. However, this argument ignores the fundamental purpose of title insurance: to protect a homeowner against undiscovered title issues and provide assurances of property rights.
Get Your ALTA Best Practices Questions Answered Here
April 19, 2018
To help ensure industry receives consistent guidance about the Best Practices, ALTA publishes answers to frequently asked questions on its FAQ Portal. Check out the latest answers, which address questions about protecting NPI in a locked office at night and obtaining Kroll Bond Ratings.
ALTA Supports Bipartisan Bill Requiring CFPB to Issue Useful, Timely Regulatory Guidance
April 19, 2018
U.S. Reps. Sean Duffy (R-WI) and Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) on April 18 introduced a bipartisan bill that would standardize the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) process of providing rules and guidance to better protect consumers. Read on to learn how you can encourage your member of Congress to support the bill and have the CFPB provide more clarity to the regulations it enforces.
 Beware of Fictitious Consumer Complaint Email from CFPB
April 19, 2018
According to the CFPB, a title company in Florida reportedly received a suspicious email that appeared to include a consumer complaint. The CFPB said any email that directs recipients to download an attachment to view a consumer complaint about their company is bogus.
CATIC Appoints New Member to Board of Directors
April 19, 2018
CATIC recently appointed Linda B. Meyers, a managing member of the law firm Webber & Meyers, to its Board of Directors.
Bring Your Team: Buy Two ALTA Innovation Boot Camp Passes, Get a Third Free!
April 17, 2018
If you haven’t attended ALTA Innovation Boot Camp this year, now is the time to register for our FINAL event in Minneapolis! Are you just throwing marketing ideas on the wall to “see what sticks”?
Title Financial Corp. Expands Montana Footprint With Acquisition
April 17, 2018
Title Financial Corporation (TFC) and its subsidiary, First American Title Company of Montana Inc., recently acquired American Title & Escrow and Carbon County Abstract & Title.
ALTA Supports Bill to Create CFPB Commission
April 17, 2018
ALTA joined 22 other financial services and housing groups supporting a bipartisan bill that would transition the leadership structure at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) from a sole di-rector to a commission.
Arizona Passes Flat-fee Recording Legislation
April 17, 2018
The legislation, which goes into effect June 30, 2019, introduces a flat-fee structure and replaces individual fees that are currently charged in connection with the transfer of property to be collected.
WFG National Title Acquires Washington-based Agency
April 17, 2018
The acquisition of Inland Professional Title strengthens the underwriter’s footprint in the Northwest.
Attorneys Title Guaranty Fund Bolsters Agent Support Team
April 17, 2018
Attorneys Title Guaranty Fund Inc. has hired Devin Storms as Colorado and Utah agency manager to strengthen the support provided to its independent agents throughout the region.
RamQuest Users Get Text Messaging and the Pizza Tracker for Title
April 17, 2018
CloseSimple helps title companies better communicate during the closing process through automated text messages, email updates and their Pizza Tracker for Title.
 Up In Smoke: Budding Legality of Pot Poses Challenges to Title and Escrow Industry
April 12, 2018
While more states are legalizing marijuana, the federal government still categorizes marijuana as a controlled substance. This means it’s viewed the same as heroin. Because marijuana is illegal under federal law, the title industry faces several challenges and significant risk when handling transactions involving marijuana money.
Happy With Your Company's Culture? Learn How to Improve It
April 12, 2018
When done right, strong core values can increase productivity, help guide decision making and boost employee morale. While it may be tempting to steal some core values from companies who are nailing it, they must be authentic to your culture and business. Register for ALTA's next free Title Topics webinar to learn why values matter and how they can amplify company performance.
FFIEC Issues Statement on Cyber Insurance and Potential Role in Risk Management Programs
April 12, 2018
Although the FFIEC does require financial institutions to maintain cyber insurance, the evolving cyber insurance market and the shifting cyber threat landscape may prompt institutions to consider whether cyber insurance would be an effective part of their overall risk management programs.
SEC Releases Updated Public Company Cybersecurity Disclosure Guidance
April 12, 2018
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in February released a “Commission Statement and Guidance on Public Company Cybersecurity Disclosures” to help public companies understand their obligations to disclose cybersecurity risks and incidents.
ePN Adds 25 Jurisdictions to E-recording Network
April 12, 2018
ePN announced the addition of 25 jurisdictions across the U.S. to their e-recording network during the first quarter of 2018. These counties and towns are in Alabama, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wyoming.
POLITICO’s Co-founder Mike Allen Joins ALTA Advocacy Summit Lineup
April 11, 2018
Hear co-founder of POLITICO and Axios, Mike Allen, live at ALTA Advocacy Summit! An author and journalist, Allen has not only reported on but also driven the daily conversations in and around Washington, D.C.
One Easy Step to Give Better Service to Your Lenders
April 10, 2018
Mortgage lenders want more information about the companies they do business with and need to ensure their risk management procedures are being met. You can give them more confidence in working with your company by confirming your company in the national ALTA Registry.
How to Get Started With Digital Marketing on any Budget
April 10, 2018
Digital media consumption has drastically increased over the past decade, outpacing television consumption. In 2016, the National Association of Realtors reported that 86% of homebuyers used the internet in their research process. That percentage will only increase. The internet has changed the way that people shop for everything. Digital marketing is the best way to engage consumers in the electronic age. Read on for tips to ensure a successful digital marketing campaign.
Illinois Regulator Delays Implementation of New Financial Interest Disclosure
April 10, 2018
Due to efforts by the Illinois Land Title Association, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation agreed to delay implementation of a new disclosure of financial interest form as it works to modify the regulation so that industry can comply and consumers receive a better experience.
Investment Firm Partners With Title Companies to Create Tech-based Platform
April 10, 2018
Panorama Point Partners, an Omaha-based private equity firm that specializes in working with middle-market growth-driven companies, has partnered with two title companies to create a technology-based title and escrow platform company.
Westcor Appoints Agency Rep for California and Utah
April 10, 2018
In this role, Jim Johnson will be responsible for increasing the company's footprint in the Utah and California markets.
Several ALTA Members Honored for Tech Innovations
April 10, 2018
RynohLive, CertifID and Westcor Specialty were among the winners of HousingWire’s fifth-annual Tech100 award for the top tech firms in the mortgage finance space. The awards recognize the top 100 innovative technology companies in the U.S. housing economy, spanning real estate, mortgage lending, mortgage servicing and investments
 Have 20 Seconds to Support the Title Industry?
April 10, 2018
The Title Action Network (TAN) is the premier grassroots organization promoting the value of the land title insurance industry. In the current regulatory environment, the title industry faces threats of new policies at both the state and federal levels that could seriously affect your business. Check out this short video to learn how in 20 seconds you can sign up for TAN for free and help support the industry.
Learn New Strategies to Build Relationships With Your Customers and Grow Market Share
April 5, 2018
Looking to differentiate your company from the competitor down the street? Register for one daylong in-person training and become an ALTA Homeowner Outreach Program (HOP) Leader.
 ICYMI: The Complexities and Needed Due Diligence for Commercial Transactions
April 5, 2018
Handling commercial deals can be lucrative, but they also require substantially more due diligence and carry additional risk. Listen to this recorded webinar to learn the differences between commercial and residential transactions, as well as the hurdles you must overcome when handling the more complex commercial orders. A copy of the presentation can be downloaded here.
Private Equity Firm Invests in Alliant National Title
April 5, 2018
Presidio Investors, a private equity firm specializing in mid-market companies, has agreed to partner and invest in Colorado-based underwriter Alliant National Title Insurance Co.
Radian Acquires Entitle Direct
April 5, 2018
Radian reported the acquisition will complement the geographic reach of ValuAmerica, which was acquired by Radian subsidiary Clayton Holdings in 2015.
Florida Agency Network Closes First Refinance E-closing Using Remote Online Notary
April 5, 2018
Florida Agency Network completed its first paperless, fully-digital real estate refinance transaction with United Wholesale Mortgage and Florida Mortgage Firm. Hillsborough Title completed the transaction utilizing remote online notarization via Notarize and Westcor Land Title Insurance Company, which issued the title insurance policy.
NextAce Provides Automated Title Products in Over 500 Counties
April 5, 2018
The service allows title insurers, agents and attorneys of all sizes to setup their underwriting and business rules and begin producing automated title reports in minutes. In addition, NextAce also announced new partnerships with title plant providers TitlePoint (BKFS), Data Trace, SKLD in Colorado, TDI in Texas and TitleSCAN.
Greater Illinois Title Company Completes Type 2 SOC 2 Report and ALTA Best Practices Certification
April 5, 2018
A Type II report includes the service organization's system description, as well as a detailed testing of the operating effectiveness of the service organization's controls throughout the specified period.
Homeowners Financial Group, Pavaso Deliver Digital Closing in Arizona
April 5, 2018
Homeowners Financial Group (HFG) reported it is one of the first Arizona-based mortgage lenders to complete an e-closing with Pavaso.
New CFPB Chief, Regulatory Climate: Find Out How This Affects You
April 4, 2018
In a January staff memo, acting director of the CFPB Mick Mulvaney laid out the bureau’s new governing philosophy. Attend the 2018 ALTA Advocacy Summit to learn how the CFPB’s new mission and five-year strategic plan will alter the regulatory climate.
Technical Corrections to 2016 Commitment and 2017 Short Form Commitment Announced April 2, 2018
April 3, 2018
The ALTA Forms Committee has made technical corrections to the 2016 ALTA Commitment and 2017 ALTA Short Form Commitment for an ALTA Short Form Residential Loan Policy effective April 2, 2018. Read on to learn more about this important correction.
Bring Your Team: Buy Two ALTA Innovation Boot Camp Passes, Get a Third Free
March 28, 2018
Have you tailored your marketing strategy for 2018? Wait—do you even have a marketing strategy? If you’re not completely confident in your answers to these questions, don’t worry: ALTA will help you bring your whole team to experience our Innovation Boot Camps with B2G1 pricing!
Action Title Research Expands into Pennsylvania
March 27, 2018
Action Title Research has announced its expansion into Pennsylvania with its recent acquisition of Norristown-based Central Property Search.
NATIC Names Regional Underwriting Counsel in the Southeast
March 27, 2018
As vice president and regional underwriting counsel, Kelsea Laun will support the existing counsel, Mike Bates, and help provide legal and underwriting support to NATIC agents throughout Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
2017 Title Premium Volume Up 3.3 Percent from Prior Year
March 27, 2018
The title insurance industry generated $14.8 billion in title insurance premiums during 2017 compared to $14.3 billion during 2016, according to ALTA’s latest Market Share Analysis.
ALTA Announces PropLogix as an Elite Provider
March 27, 2018
ALTA’s Elite Provider Program is comprised of premier service providers committed to offering comprehensive benefits to the title insurance and settlement services industry. PropLogix provides due diligence nationally for unrecorded debt, open permits, municipal lien searches, tax liens, land surveys, payoff tracking, lien release tracking, association estoppels and HOA/COA research.
 The Docket: Ohio Appeals Court Holds Perfection Not Needed for Valid Mortgage
March 27, 2018
Michael Sikora III, CEO of the law firm Sikora Law LLC, provided today’s review of a ruling by an Ohio appeals court that addressed multiple real property issues including what’s needed for a mortgage to be valid. Read on to learn why this ruling is important to the title industry.
10 Cybersecurity Threats and Trends
March 22, 2018
Title and settlement companies must remain vigilant protecting data and money. Christopher Skinner, chief executive officer of technology security firm SpiderOak, details 10 threats and trends to look out for across business, governmental and personal arenas.
Do You Own Your Block?
March 22, 2018
Despite ongoing efforts to make transactions more efficient and digitize processes, there’s still the need for human connections and interactions. While new technologies and homebuyer demands are shifting customer needs, title and settlement companies can still own their own block. Read on for advice that Bill Svoboda, co-founder of CloseSimple, offered during ALTA SPRINGBOARD in Atlanta.
Knight Barry Title Launches New Website to Better Serve Growing Customer Base
March 22, 2018
The new site features an icon navigation panel to better find the tools and resources available to the company's customers. In addition to the ability to search for a local office, customers can use the website to sign into their Knight Barry Title account (or create a new one) for access to title orders, closing documents and other resources and information.
Help Us Create a Lasting Impression on Congress
March 22, 2018
As a member of the title insurance industry, you have the perfect opportunity to reach legislators and explain the benefits of our business during the 2018 ALTA Advocacy Summit to be held May 21-23 at The Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C.
FinCEN Extends Money Laundering Prevention Effort
March 20, 2018
The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) renewed for an additional six months an existing Geographic Targeting Order (GTO) that requires U.S. title insurance companies—along with their subsidiaries and agents—to identify the individuals behind companies used to conduct high-end, all-cash real estate transactions in certain major jurisdictions. The renewed GTO runs through Sept. 16.
Simplifile Automates Return of Trailing Mortgage Documents
March 20, 2018
Simplifile says the new post-closing service is designed to save lenders time on final Closing Disclosure reconciliation, eliminate time-consuming post-closing document management tasks, and provide a complete audit trail to reduce regulatory risk.
Pavaso Partners With TRG
March 20, 2018
Robert Fitzpatrick, senior vice president of Title Resource Group’s Lender Services Division, noted that moving to a digital process highlights the company’s dedication to transparent communication with clients and customers.
Fidelity to Acquire Stewart for $1.2 Billion
March 19, 2018
Fidelity National Financial Inc. has signed an agreement to acquire Stewart Information Services Corp. for $1.2 billion. In a release, Fidelity said it will retain and grow the Stewart brand. The deal is subject to certain closing conditions, including Stewart stockholder approval and federal and state regulatory approvals. The deal is expected to close during the first or second quarter of 2019. Read on for details.
ALTA-supported Bill Introduced in House to Restructure CFPB Leadership
March 15, 2018
Introduced by four U.S Representatives on March 13, the Financial Product Safety Commission Act of 2018 (H.R. 5266) would replace the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s sole director with a bipartisan, five-member commission.
2030 Marks Important Milestone for U.S. Population, Housing Market
March 15, 2018
The year 2030 marks an important demographic turning point in U.S. history, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 National Population Projections. Why? By 2030, all baby boomers will be older than age 65. This will expand the size of the older population so that one in every five residents will be retirement age.
Westcor Appoints Agency Manager for Southern Virginia
March 15, 2018
Westcor Land Title Insurance Company named Stephanie Campbell as southern Virginia agency manager to increase the company’s footprint in the Mid-Atlantic market.
NTP Can Help Establish Industry Credibility
March 15, 2018
Chuck Sheffield NTP, senior vice president and corporate title manager for AmeriTitle Inc. in Bend, Ore., has worked in the title insurance industry for nearly 40 years. Find out Sheffield obtained his National Title Professional designation from ALTA five years ago.
It's Not Too Late to Register for ALTA SPRINGBOARD
March 14, 2018
If you haven't yet registered for ALTA SPRINGBOARD, you still have time! Learn, share and network with title professions across the country, as well as ALTA staff, at the W Midtown in Atlanta from March 20-21.
 Video: Intro to Google AdWord
March 13, 2018
As part of the Homebuyer Outreach Program (HOP), ALTA developed a short video to help members get started promoting their business on Google AdWords.
 Silent Revolution Sweeping across the Title Industry
March 13, 2018
Alok Data says title agents have long held tight to control of back-office or production functions of issuing a title insurance policy. But times have changed. Read on to learn why Data says title agents are beginning to focus on profitability over revenue and cost over sales.
Survey: New Tax Code Expected to Have Little Impact on Housing Market
March 13, 2018
Title agents and real estate professionals believe the recent change to the U.S. tax code will only have a minimal impact on the real estate industry, according to the latest Real Estate Sentiment Index (RESI) from First American.
5 Steps to Promote Your Company on Google
March 13, 2018
Google ads may seem confusing or too costly for your business. ALTA has developed this five-step process to help you get started for just $50 per ad. Read on to learn how you can place a digital ad that's measurable, cost-effective, maximizes relevance and is highly targeted.
Five Tips to Make Your Social Media Life Easier
March 13, 2018
Trying to manage several social media profiles can seem downright overwhelming, especially for someone running a small business. Read on for five tips to help you administer the various accounts and make your job and life easier. Also, check out the social media content ALTA provides through the Homebuyer Outreach Program.
Florida Agency Network Closes Full Digital Transaction in Sunshine State
March 13, 2018
The closing was completed by Paramount Title, a member of the Florida Agency Network, on March 7. The electronic notarization of deeds and affidavits was performed by Notarize via an app interface utilizing a notary in the state of Virginia.
ALTA Innovation Boot Camp: Room Block to Close
March 13, 2018
There’s Still Room at the Inn – For a Short Time
ALTA’s Innovation Boot Camp, to be held April 17-18 in New Orleans, still has rooms available for a discount at the NOPSI Hotel. But hurry, the room block ENDS March 16!
Don't Let Your Deal Crumble at Closing
March 8, 2018
No real estate agent wants his or her deal to crumble at the closing because of errors or unanswered questions. ALTA has created a video that members can use to help explain why their clients should purchase an owner's title insurance policy to protect their property rights. This video, titled "Don't Let Your Deal Crumble at Closing," is one of several available in the HOP Video Library powered by AmTrust Title to serve as a resource for marketing and education efforts. Additional videos include "5 Reasons You Need Title Insurance," "Title Insurance is Where the Smart Is" and "Protect Your Money From Wire Fraud Schemes."
7 Tips to Enhance Cybersecurity Awareness in Your Organization
March 8, 2018
A recent study has shown that the average size of a data breach has increased 1.8 percent to more than 24,000 records since 2016. It is now more important than ever to implement preventative measures to help mitigate the risk of cyber attacks and train employees on cybersecurity best practices. The weakest link is often not the technology itself, but the users who can unknowingly cause a security incident through events such as opening a phishing email or allowing a visitor on-site without checking their access.
Simplifile Approved E-notary Vendor in Arkansas
March 8, 2018
Simplifile is the fifth e-notary service provider to be approved by the state since it began allowing e-notarizations in 2013.
AmTrust Title Introduces ASAP Digital Tool for Agents
March 8, 2018
Through new features in its proprietary system AmTrust Search and Production (ASAP), agents can order, track and receive title search products and generate draft commitments.
Qualia Raises $33 Million in Funding from Venture Firms
March 8, 2018
With the new capital, Qualia said it will expand its engineering and product teams and accelerate their growth into additional markets across the United States.
Stewart Adds Commercial Services Staff in California and Washington State
March 8, 2018
To support expansion of its commercial services and meet growing demand in the western United States, Stewart is adding industry veterans to its existing team.
Look Who's Attending ALTA SPRINGBOARD
March 7, 2018
Want to take your business to the next level? Join ALTA and title industry experts from across the U.S. at the second annual ALTA SPRINGBOARD! Log in to ALTA’s website and find out which of your friends will be representing their companies at the conference.
Senators Introduce ALTA-supported Bill to Fix TRID
March 6, 2018
On March 5, Sens. Tim Scott (R-SC) and Doug Jones (D-AL) introduced the TRID Improvement Act (S. 2490), a bipartisan bill that corrects the inaccurate disclosure of title insurance premiums on the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures (TRID) and helps consumers understand the true cost of their real estate transaction.
Indiana Joins States With Online Notary Legislation
March 6, 2018
Indiana’s General Assembly on Feb. 27 passed a bill by a 95-0 vote in the House after a prior 46-1 vote in the Senate that will allow remote online notarizations (RON). The legislation will go into effect July 1, 2019 once the bill is signed by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb.
CFPB Releases List of Rural and Underserved Counties
March 6, 2018
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released on March 6 the 2018 list of rural and underserved counties and a separate 2018 list that includes only rural counties.
Stewart Expands Commitment to E-closing Convenience in 12 States
March 6, 2018
In a release, Stewart said partnerships and technology integrations have positioned the company to support digital closings with electronic consumer and notary signatures, as well as remote online notarization of required lender and settlement documents.
Lessons From Losses: Don’t Let the Finish Line Become a Starting Line for Trouble
March 6, 2018
Remember when Grand Poobah Fred sold the Loyal Order of the Water Buffaloes’ land without authority and absconded with the proceeds of the sale? Well fraud is not the only reason to make sure the person signing corporate documents has authority to do so. Even honest mistakes by a buyer or seller, when they are not caught by the title agency, can lead to significant losses.
AmTrust Names New SVP in National Commercial Division
March 6, 2018
In this role, Stephen W. Francis is charged with growing direct national commercial business throughout the southeast region and will oversee the production center servicing the customers of the region.
Free Webinar: Commercial vs. Residential Transactions
March 1, 2018
Handling commercial deals can be lucrative, but they also require substantially more due diligence and carry additional risk. Register for ALTA's next free webinar to learn the differences between commercial and residential transactions, as well as the hurdles you must overcome when handling the more complex commercial orders.
Profile: ALTA President Steve Day
March 1, 2018
ALTA President Steve Day captures the title industry’s essence with the development of Our Values initiative. Read on to learn more about ALTA's president and association's strategic priorities for 2018.
Register for First-ever ALTA Commercial Network
March 1, 2018
ALTA will host its first ALTA Commercial Network June 3-5 in Chicago. If you're looking for a networking opportunity and a forum to discuss trends and policy regarding commercial transactions, this is the place.
CATIC Expands Into Florida
March 1, 2018
CATIC, a Bar-related title insurance company, has expanded its operations with the opening of an office in Orlando, Fla.
Where Can You Get CE/CLE, Hear a Rapper and Braindate?
February 28, 2018
Yeah, you read that right. Attend 2018 ALTA SPRINGBOARD and you’ll get to experience Braindating—where you can curate your own conference experience and meet one-on-one with other attendees—and hear Atlanta-based rapper Brandon Blue perform a self-written song about the title industry.
IRS Requires Personal Information When Verifying Taxpayer Identity
February 27, 2018
On Jan. 3, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) instituted a new identity verification process requiring third parties calling on behalf of a taxpayer to verify their identity by providing personal information such as their Social Security Number and date of birth.
House Passes TRID Bill Again in Effort to Spur Senate Action
February 27, 2018
By a voice vote on Feb. 27, the U.S. House of Representatives for a second time passed the TRID Improvement Act of 2017.
Tax Reform Webinar Recording Available for Purchase
February 27, 2018
Whether you are a sole practitioner, small business owner or large corporation, tax reform legislation will change your tax liability and impact business planning for years to come. Purchase this webinar recording as experts from Steptoe & Johnson's tax group detail how the changes affect your business so you know the questions to ask when talking with your accountant.
Diverse Syndicate Invests $3 Million Into SafeChain
February 27, 2018
SafeChain’s product, SafeWire, uses a unique multi-factor authentication mechanism to help prevent wire transfer fraud.
ALTA Members Can Save with UPS
February 27, 2018
ALTA members can take advantage of some of the most competitive rates available on shipping services with UPS.
Res/Title Raises Money for Congenial Heart Walk
February 27, 2018
On February 23, ALTA President Steve Day NTP and Res/Title CEO Jim Paolino participated in February’s “End of the Month for a Cause,” by wearing red to raise funds for the Congenital Heart Walk.
Qualia Achieves ISO 27001 Certification
February 27, 2018
Qualia announced that it is an ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certified provider whose Information Security Management System (ISMS) has received third-party accreditation from the International Standards Organization.
Our Values In Action
February 22, 2018
Last year, ALTA unveiled its Our Values initiative. The key words of the values are: We Lead, We Deliver, We Protect. Check out how one member etched the values in glass and displayed them in their office.
 The Docket: California Court Addresses Priority of Liens Filed at Same Time
February 22, 2018
Giancarlo Spolidoro, vice president and commercial counsel for Chicago Title, reviews a recent decision by a California Court of Appeals that addressed the lien priority of a refinance and a HELOC that were filed at the same time. Read on to learn why this case is important to the title industry.
Stewart, Pavaso Partner to Accelerate Adoption of E-closings
February 22, 2018
Stewart and e-mortgage technology developer Pavaso Inc. have partnered to promote and deliver a fully digital mortgage closing process.
CertifID Receives $1.7M in Seed Financing
February 22, 2018
CertifID is a wire fraud prevention platform designed to authenticate the identities of transactional parties and share banking information securely.
Oregon Now E-recording Statewide with Simplifile
February 22, 2018
Simplifile announced that Wallowa County, Ore., has adopted its e-recording service, making Oregon the eighth state to implement e-recording in each of its counties statewide.
Take ALTA's Survey on Business and Cyber Insurance
February 22, 2018
Every day our industry continues to evolve. This constant change brings new ways of doing business as well as new threats. At ALTA, our goal is to help the title and settlement industry keep up with these trends. To help with this, ALTA is asking title professionals to take this survey about the types of insurance coverages title agencies and settlement companies buy to protect their businesses. Results of the ALTA Survey on Business and Cyber Insurance will be shared with the industry for benchmarking purposes. Responses will be anonymous. Participants will receive a copy of the findings.
Title and Rap Industries Collide
February 21, 2018
Atlanta-based rapper Brandon Blue will set the tone for ALTA SPRINGBOARD during the opening Finding Your Rhythm session. Blue will sing a self-written song that encompasses the title industry's values of leading, delivering and protecting. More than just gritty beats and standard lyrics, Blue's music reflects personal experiences and the ability to overcome adversity. He will then hold a Q&A about his creative process for developing the lyrics.
Old Republic Title Announces Pavaso as National E-closing Technology Provider
February 20, 2018
Old Republic National Title Insurance Company (ORNTIC) has partnered with Pavaso to provide an e-closing solution that serves as a foundation for processing digital real estate transactions in ORNTIC's direct and national settlement operations.
First American Named to the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work
February 20, 2018
For the third consecutive year, First American Financial Corporation was named as one of the 2018 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For.
North American Title Names State Agency Manager for Colorado
February 20, 2018
As state agency manager for Colorado, Susan Stewart will be responsible for overseeing agency operations across the state and working with new and existing title insurance agents to grow their business.
Technology that Makes Sense for the Digital Mortgage Closing Community
February 20, 2018
A primary opportunity in creating the digital mortgage process is in the closing phase. There are certainly a variety of digital closing solutions on the market today, offering a range of capabilities, such as allowing customers to review documents electronically, and to e-sign documents when appropriate. The question is not whether an e-close can be done, but rather, what questions must be asked and answered for it to be deployed successfully across the industry.
Help Protect Your Industry: Take the Congressional Liaisons Survey
February 20, 2018
John Voso Jr. made a commitment to be an advocate for the title industry about six years ago. He's challenging you to do the same. Do you know an elected official? You can get started today by taking our Congressional Liaisons survey.
Title Midwest Acquires Title Company in Oklahoma
February 15, 2018
Title Midwest Inc. announced its recent acquisition of Main Street Title, which has locations in Tulsa and Edmond.
House Passes ALTA-supported Bill to Fix TRID
February 15, 2018
By a vote of 269-143, the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill that corrects the inaccurate disclosure of title insurance premiums on the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures (TRID) and help consumers understand the true cost of their real estate transaction.
The Docket: Equitable Subrogation May Be Applied to Series of Prior Payoffs
February 15, 2018
Michael N. Russo Jr., director of the law firm Council Baradel, reviews a recent decision by the U. S. District Court that addressed whether equitable subrogation can be applied to previous refinances.
Fidelity Announces Brand Refresh for TitleWave
February 15, 2018
Fidelity National Title Group (FNTG) announced a new logo, tagline and website for TitleWave Real Estate Solutions, which provides title production in over 25 states,
Earn Olympic Gold With Your Marketing Efforts
February 14, 2018
2018 is expected to be another strong purchase market. What are you doing to grow your business? Register for one of ALTA's Innovation Boot Camps and learn how to build an effective marketing plan that you can implement tomorrow and dominate the competition.
Get Busy Growing - ALTA SPRINGBOARD
February 14, 2018
Business, like life, comes down to taking advantage of new opportunities and continue growing your company and career. There's no better opportunity to do this than at the 2018 ALTA SPRINGBOARD.
Four Proactive Tips to Improve Cybersecurity for Small Businesses
February 13, 2018
According to Verizon’s 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report, 61 percent of data breaches in 2016 affected small businesses. As many of you are aware, the title industry is in the attackers’ direct line of fire. The good news is that effective IT security is not beyond reach. Here are a few cybersecurity tips that can benefit your business.
ALTA Welcomes New Members
February 13, 2018
ALTA is pleased to announce new and associate members, as well as real estate attorneys, who have recently joined ALTA. You can view the entire list of new members. Not a member? Click here to join today. You can also check out this video to learn how ALTA membership can take your business to new summits.
CFPB Refocuses Mission in New Strategic Plan
February 13, 2018
The five-year strategic plan refocuses the CFPB's mission on regulating consumer financial products or services under existing federal consumer financial laws, enforcing those laws judiciously, and educating and empowering consumers to make better informed financial decisions.
 House Expected to Vote on ALTA-supported Bill to Fix TRID
February 13, 2018
The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote Wednesday on a bill that would correct the inaccurate disclosure of title insurance premiums on the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures (TRID) and help consumers understand the true cost of their real estate transaction.
Step-by-Step Recovery Process Made Available for Wire Fraud Victims
February 13, 2018
To help the increasing number of title agents, homebuyers, real estate professionals and mortgage lenders targeted by the wire fraud epidemic, two industry experts have published a white paper detailing the immediate steps the victimized professional or homebuyer must take in order to improve the odds of recovering stolen funds.
 Investors Title Reports Q4 and Full-year 2017 Earnings
February 13, 2018
North Carolina-based Investors Title Co. reported pre-tax income of $30.3 million during 2017. This compares to pre-tax income of $28.1 million during 2016.
 #HAPPYCLOSINGDAY
February 8, 2018
Ironclad Title in Louisiana is an example of one title company embracing the mantra of ALTA's Homebuyer Outreach Program (HOP). And it’s paying dividends. Read on to find out how simple changes to the company's color scheme and promoting #happyclosingday on social media have brought new juice to Ironclad Title's marketing efforts.
Boost Your Marketing Efforts With These New Ads
February 8, 2018
ALTA and its Homebuyer Outreach Program Committee have developed several new advertisements for members to use as handouts to first-time hombuyers, ads for real estate clients or flyers in coffee shops. Members can customize material and download PDFs for free or order prints that can be delivered directly to your office. Check out the new ads, which include material targeting consumers, real estate agents and regulators.
 House Passes Mortgage Choice Act
February 8, 2018
The U.S. House of Representatives on Feb. 8 voted 280-131 to pass H.R. 1153, the Mortgage Choice Act of 2017, which would relax the restriction on fees paid to lender-affiliated title companies in Qualified Mortgage (QM) transactions.
 Stewart Reports Financial Results
February 8, 2018
Stewart Information Services Corp. reported that its title insurance segment generated $27 million in pre-tax income during the fourth quarter of 2017. This compared to $38.1 million during the same period in 2016.
 First American Reports Q4, Full-year 2017 Results
February 8, 2018
First American Financial reported that its title insurance and services segment generated pre-tax income of nearly $642.4 million in 2017. This compared to pre-tax income of $598.9 million in 2016.
Simplifile Expands E-recording in Florida
February 8, 2018
Manatee County joins 51 other Florida counties that also offer e-recording through Simplifile.
CATIC and CATIC Foundation Provide Financial Support to the Connecticut Community Law Center
February 8, 2018
CATIC and CATIC Foundation announced a pledge of $45,000 in support of the Connecticut Community Law Center, an initiative of the University of Connecticut School of Law and the Hartford County Bar Association.
 Watch the Brand New ALTA SPRINGBOARD Video!
February 7, 2018
Let's face it, we could tell you until we're blue in the face how perfect ALTA SPRINGBOARD is for you and your organization. But when you want to try something new, who do you go to for an honest opinion?
 Watch the Brand New ALTA SPRINGBOARD Video!
February 7, 2018
Let's face it, we could tell you until we're blue in the face how perfect ALTA SPRINGBOARD is for you and your organization. But when you want to try something new, who do you go to for an honest opinion? Your friends! Take a look at this short video of your title industry friends describing their experiences at the in-person event that gets you ready to share and learn new ideas.
ALTA’s 2018 Strategic Priorities
February 6, 2018
Strategic planning is an important focus of ALTA’s Board of Governors and its staff. It provides a sense of direction and outlines measurable goals. Strategic planning helps guide day-to-day decisions, and also helps when evaluating progress and changing approaches while moving forward. Read on to learn the six strategic priorities ALTA will focus on in 2018.
ALTA 2018 TIPAC Donors
February 6, 2018
The Title Industry Political Action Committee (TIPAC) is ALTA’s voluntary, non-partisan Political Action Committee (PAC). TIPAC raises money to help elect and re-elect candidates to Congress who understand and support the issues affecting the title industry. TIPAC has received $293,352 from 350 donors so far in 2018. Check out who has supported the industry.
Agents National Title Appoints Florida State Manager
February 6, 2018
As Florida state manager and counsel, Kevin Thomas will be responsible for establishing the company's business operations and agency base in the state, and will also oversee agency operations, production and underwriting.
Black Knight to Deliver End-to-End Digital Mortgage Solution
February 6, 2018
Black Knight announced plans to launch an advanced hybrid and full digital closing solution that supports data and document exchange, workflow and processes associated with real estate transactions.
Eliminate 'Stare and Compare' When Confirming Your Title and Settlement Agents
February 6, 2018
The American Land Title Association (ALTA) has launched a national registry of title and settlement agents: The ALTA Registry. This is a unique and first of its kind registry for the title industry. The electronic database is updated daily.
Utah-based Cottonwood Title Acquires Competitor
February 6, 2018
Cottonwood Title Insurance Agency Inc., a Utah-based title insurance company, announced the acquisition of Founders Title Company and Founders Title Company of Davis.
Help Bring Order to Lender Pipeline
February 2, 2018
With 29 confirming underwriters onboard, the national ALTA Registry sped past the 3,000 confirmed locations at years end and is now on course to break the 4,000 barrier! Be part of the solution: Get confirmed today and help your lender clients reduce errors and risk.
Link Directly to Your ALTA Registry Listing
February 2, 2018
If your company is in the ALTA Registry and confirmed by your underwriter(s), a great way to highlight to your clients that you are “part of the solution” is to add a link from your website or email directly to your own listing in the ALTA Registry.
 Court Rules RESPA Allows Referral Arrangements, Finds CFPB Structure Constitutional
February 1, 2018
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Jan. 31 issued a ruling in PHH Corporation v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a landmark case challenging the bureau’s constitutionality and a controversial anti-kickback enforcement action for alleged RESPA section 8 violations.
 The Docket: U.S. District Court Addresses Effect of Forfeiture on Tenancy by the Entirety
February 1, 2018
Jeffrey Lang, vice president and national underwriting counsel for Old Republic National Title Insurance Co., reviews a recent decision by the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia that addresses applicability of a federal criminal forfeiture to a tenancy by the entirety interest created under state law.
 Fidelity Reports 2017, Q4 Results
February 1, 2018
Fidelity National Financial reported that its title insurance segment generated pre-tax earnings of $955 million during 2017.
ALTA SPRINGBOARD Scholarship Can Help Get You to Atlanta
February 1, 2018
The Fidelity National Title Group Scholarship will award 10 recipients complimentary registration to ALTA SPRINGBOARD. This scholarship program is open to title insurance agents and real estate attorneys employed by a company that has a gross revenue of less than $500,000.
Fidelity Names New Agency President
February 1, 2018
Steven G. Day NTP was promoted to president of Fidelity National Title Group's National Agency Operations and will oversee the company’s network of over 5,000 agents.
Periodic Reminder: Beware of Phishers and Offers of Registry Data-For-Sale
February 1, 2018
The National ALTA Registry Operates Similarly to a Phone Book.
A phone book tells you that at the time of printing, it can be confirmed that a business existed with its printed name and location(s). It is an industry utility designed only to help the lending industry communicate more effectively with their title and settlement service providers. To this end we would like to that this opportunity to refresh us all as to what data is published in it and how it gets there.
Sold Out! Time to Sign Up for the Next HOP Leader Training
January 31, 2018
It's Official! We Sold Out! The HOP Leader Training on February 8 in Nashville has SOLD OUT of registration spots! If you don't want to be left in the cold, be sure to register NOW for our other upcoming HOP Leader Trainings
 ICYMI: Webinar on Building the Right Foundation for Your Team
January 30, 2018
Listen to this webinar recording and find out how an industry leader is actively building his team and changing his company’s culture to enhance engagement, empower employees for success and bring positive energy to title insurance. Learn tips about how to energize your teams and how to get employees to buy into your vision or mission.
Hit by Wire Transfer Fraud? Use the Kill Chain Process
January 30, 2018
The FBI offers a Financial Fraud Kill Chain (FFKC) process to help recover large international wire transfers stolen from the United States. This process can only be used if the fraudulent wire transfer meets certain criteria.
 Vermont Launches Blockchain Pilot to Record Real Estate Transfers
January 30, 2018
Propy has launched a project in collaboration with the City Clerk's Office of South Burlington, Vt., to utilize blockchain technology to record real estate conveyance documents. In 2016, the state's legislature released results of a report that concluded the costs and challenges associated with the use of blockchain technology for the state's public recordkeeping outweighed the benefits.
 Old Republic Reports Full-year 2017, Q4 Results
January 30, 2018
Old Republic reported that its title insurance group generated $237.1 million in pre-tax income during 2017. This is up from $210.2 million in pre-tax income the previous year.
FNTG Names Division Manager
January 30, 2018
As executive vice president and division manager, Edson Burton will oversee Fidelity National Title Group’s commercial and residential real estate operations in the Midwest, East and Southeast.
Membership Grace Period Ends Jan. 31
January 30, 2018
ALTA 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. Make sure to renew your membership before Jan. 31 or you’ll lose access to exclusive member-only business tools, insights and information.
Survey Shows TRID Helping With Borrower Satisfaction
January 30, 2018
The Stratmor Group notes that despite the increase in loan cost and longer closing cycle, borrower satisfaction has improved. Stratmor attributes this increase to the fact that more lenders are contacting consumers prior to closing. Increased contact between the borrower and lender was one of the key goals of TRID.
Take Advantage of the ALTA Hiring Resources
January 25, 2018
Looking to add staff to help cover the spring homebuying season? ALTA has developed many tools and resources to aid members in the hiring process. Check out the sample behavioral interviewing questions and Career Fair Experience Guide. You must be an ALTA member and logged into the site to access the material.
CFPB Seeks Comments on Investigation Process
January 25, 2018
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published a request for information (RFI) on Jan. 24 seeking comment on the bureau's process for investigating companies that face possible enforcement actions. A day after issuing the request, CFPB Acting Director Mick Mulvaney laid out the bureau’s new governing philosophy in a staff memo, which said that regulated businesses should have the right to know the rules before being charged. “This means more formal rulemaking on which financial institutions can rely, and less regulation by enforcement,” Mulvaney wrote.
WFG Grows National Commercial Services Division
January 25, 2018
As senior vice president of the division, Erin Scheckler’s primary focus will be to expand the commercial presence in WFG’s direct-owned western operations while leveraging the WFG agency network in the eastern states through its Florida-based National Agency Commercial Services group.
Title Tap Launches Solution for Online Reputation, Consumer Complaint Tracking
January 25, 2018
TitleTap, a provider of real estate law and title insurance website marketing tools, announced a new solution that combines a way for consumers to share positive reviews on places like Facebook and Google, while satisfying the requirement for consumer complaint resolution tracking.
NATIC Appoints Georgia Agency Manager
January 25, 2018
John Kotleba will oversee agency operations throughout Georgia, while securing and servicing title insurance agents to promote new and increased business activity.
AmTrust Title Partners With A.S.K. Services
January 25, 2018
AmTrust Title Insurance Company has formed an alliance with A.S.K. Services, a title production and public record research firm, to support the underwriter’s agents in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio.
DocMagic Reaches E-signing Milestone
January 25, 2018
DocMagic Inc. reached a significant milestone having processed more than 300 million mortgage-related electronic signatures.
Simplifile E-recording Network Passes 1,700 Jurisdictions
January 25, 2018
Simplifile now offers its e-recording solution in 1,715 jurisdictions, which encompasses 97 percent of the total number of U.S. jurisdictions reported by the Property Records Industry Association (PRIA).
Dazed and Confused Consumer
January 23, 2018
Fannie Mae research shows education empowers homeownership with knowledge and confidence. The ALTA Homebuyer Outreach Program can help explain benefits of title insurance earlier in the process.
The Docket: N.Y. Court Addresses Case Involving Deed Obtained by Fraudulent Inducement
January 23, 2018
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 recent decision by the New York Appellate Division (First Department) that involved a deed obtained by fraudulent inducement and the execution of a Consolidated Extension Mortgage Agreement Note. Read on to learn why this decision is important to the title industry.
WACO Title, Pavaso Collaborate to Deliver E-notary Closing in Arkansas
January 23, 2018
WACO Title Company and Pavaso Inc. reported that the companies recently completed Arkansas’ first full e-notary closing since the state legislature passed The Arkansas Electronic Notary Public Act in early 2017.
ResWare Integrates with Alliant National for CPLs and Policy Jackets
January 23, 2018
Agents of Alliant National Title Insurance Company can now generate policies and CPLs from the title production system for improved efficiency and accuracy.
Tohickon Settlement Services Opens New Office in Center City, Pa.
January 23, 2018
The firm has named Rob Stephan as account executive and Ryan Cortez as closing agent to handle client needs at its new office in Center City, Pa., which includes the central business and central neighborhoods of Philadelphia.
Cloudstar Names VP of Business Development
January 23, 2018
As vice president of business development, Deb Grace will foster new relationships, while at the same time, nurture existing clients by acting act as a knowledgeable industry resource and expert to help solve problems for title agents, underwriters, vendors and others in the mortgage, real estate and financial services industries.
Buy Two ALTA SPRINGBOARD Tickets, and the Third Is On Us
January 23, 2018
Get the biggest savings you’ll find for ALTA SPRINGBOARD when you purchase two full-price registrations and get a third from ALTA for free! Send more so you can do more.
Confirm Your Registry Listing Today
January 20, 2018
The national ALTA Registry operates similarly to a phone book and is an industry utility designed only to help the lending industry communicate more effectively with their title and settlement service providers.
ALTA Continues Support of Bill Clarifying CFPB’s Ability to Regulate Insurance
January 18, 2018
ALTA joined seven other insurance trade groups urging support for a bipartisan bill that would clarify and reinforce the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s ability to regulate the insurance industry.
How Social Engineering and Phishing Can Affect You and Your Business
January 18, 2018
Phishing email flood our inboxes every day. That’s why it’s important to constantly be cautious when you receive a suspect message. Read on for tips from ALTA’s Information Security Committee to help protect against phishing schemes.
OneTitle Partners With Title Agency to Expand Into New Jersey
January 18, 2018
OneTitle National Guaranty Company, Inc. has formed a partnership with Sovereign Title Agency LLC to offer title insurance policies for residential and commercial properties in New Jersey.
CoreLogic Integrates Fraud and Income Verification Solutions With LendingQB
January 18, 2018
CoreLogic’s income verification solution and fraud report are now available on the LendingQB Loan Origination System (LOS).
Florida Agency Network Launches Collaboration Portal
January 18, 2018
The company said its portal bridges wire fraud security best practices with the benefits of a consumer-friendly closing experience.
ResWare Integrates With National Title Information Services
January 18, 2018
Adeptive Software announced the integration of its ResWare title production software with National Title Information Services (NTIS), which provides tax and municipal lien searches in all 50 states.
No Gimmicks, Just Savings When You Register Now for ALTA SPRINGBOARD!
January 17, 2018
If you’ve been thinking about registering for ALTA SPRINGBOARD, now is the time: Take advantage of our Early Bird Pricing, ending this Friday, January 19! Save $50 off regular registration and start making plans to join us March 20-21 in Atlanta!
ALTAprints Is Your Marketing Department
January 16, 2018
ALTA members can modify and brand material with their company information and logo at www.ALTAprints.com. You can customize material and download PDFs for free or order prints that can be delivered directly to your office.
Trident Announces Leadership Changes
Reuters  |  January 16, 2018  |  Pete Schroeder
Barbara Griest has been named president of The Trident Group, while Lisa DeWolf was appointed president of Trident Land Transfer Company.
ZOCCAM Enhances Platform That Facilitates Escrow Payments
January 16, 2018
ZOCCAM announced an enhancement to its platform that expedites onboarding of escrow agents and financial institutions. ZOCCAM enables real estate agents and consumers utilizing its mobile app to send earnest money and closing costs to the escrow agent via mobile capture.
Stewart Names District Manager of New England
January 16, 2018
In this role, Gary Bernier will be responsible for agency operations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Calling All Experts: Apply to be Faculty at 2018 ALTA SPRINGBOARD
January 16, 2018
The Call for Faculty for 2018 ALTA SPRINGBOARD is now open. We are 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. As a member of the ALTA Faculty, you’ll showcase your knowledge and expertise, and facilitate SPRINGBOARD attendees through this unique, collaborative learning experience. ALTA SPRINGBOARD will be held March 20-21 in Atlanta, Ga., at the W Midtown. We are accepting faculty applications through Wednesday, Jan. 17.
House Financial Services Committee to Vote on Bill Clarifying CFPB’s Ability to Regulate Insurance
January 11, 2018
The Business of Insurance Regulatory Reform Act of 2017 (3746)—introduced by U.S. Reps. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) and Gwen Moore (D-Wis.)—would amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to clarify the authority of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) with respect to entities regulated by a state insurance regulator, and for other purposes.
Westcor Partners With Notarize to Offer Online Notarization in 16 States
January 11, 2018
Westcor Land Title Insurance Company has partnered with Notarize to expand online notarization to real estate transactions in 16 states. The partnership enables borrowers, independent title agents and lenders to benefit from online closings utilizing Notarize’s platforms.
SoftPro Integrates With New Jersey Search Experts
January 11, 2018
SoftPro recently integrated with New Jersey Search Experts for ordering judgment searches, chancery abstracts, corporate status reports, UCC’s, assessment, utility searches, and many other reports and searches.
The Need for Change Management
January 11, 2018
We live in an era of constant change. Nothing stays the same. Change comes in many forms. It could be a change in legislative or regulatory compliance (CFPB), or a change in your business process or policies (ALTA’s Best Practices), and it will most likely include a change in technology. The success of any business transition depends on leaders being able to influence others, such as your staff.
The Docket: Is A ‘Real Covenant’ Just A Contract?
January 11, 2018
Lance Pomerantz, a New York sole practitioner who provides expert testimony, litigation consulting and strategic advice in land title disputes, reviews a recent New York case that asks if a recorded covenant that runs with the land can be “abandoned” in the same way as a contract provision.
AmTrust Selects New Southeast Counsel
January 11, 2018
As Southeast counsel, Richard H. Himes Jr. will be responsible for providing underwriting assistance to agents in Florida and the Southeast as well as to support company management as it launches business operations in those states.
ATG LegalServe Partners with File & ServeXpress to Provide E-filing Solution in Illinois
January 11, 2018
Now that electronic filing is required throughout most of Illinois as of Jan. 1, 2018, law firms and courts can realize even more efficiency and cost savings because of a partnership between ATG LegalServe and File & ServeXpress.
Make the Grade With ALTA's Title 101 Online Course
January 10, 2018
Class is in session! ALTA's Title 101 has been updated for 2018.
Senate Hearing Examines Overhauling Ant-money Laundering Regulations
January 9, 2018
The Senate Banking Committee held a hearing Jan. 9 discussing the potential of overhauling regulations aimed at curbing money laundering. During the hearing, one of the expert witnesses said the information collected by title companies about individuals behind companies used to conduct high-end, all-cash real estate transactions in certain major jurisdictions was an example of successful data collection reported to FinCEN.
Knight Barry Title Expands Service Area to Eastern Minnesota
January 9, 2018
Knight Barry Title continued its expansion efforts with the recent acquisition of a title insurance group in Minnesota owned by Chuck and David Bang.
ALTA Joins Industry Groups Urging Congress to Enact National Data Breach Legislation
January 9, 2018
Following a series of recent data breaches, ALTA and 21 other industry groups sent a letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee asking Congress to pass strong federal data protection and consumer breach notification legislation to help ensure consumers’ important personal and payment information is not vulnerable to cyber hackers.
Demotech Partners With Tridster to Help Consumers Make Better-Informed Decisions on Title Insurance
January 9, 2018
Demotech and Tridster have partnered to provide consumers with financial stability ratings when they are shopping for title insurance companies.
 The Docket: Maryland Appellate Court Rules on Adverse Possession
January 9, 2018
Sally Presler-McCash of the law firm Joseph Greenwald & Laake PA reviews an unreported opinion from the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland, which addresses an adverse possession claim. While this is an unreported opinion, the decision is still important to the title industry. Read on.
Stewart Chief Corporate Development Officer to Provide Strategic Oversight to Direct Operations
January 9, 2018
Stewart announced that John Magness will provide strategic oversight to Stewart’s U.S. direct operations as an expanded part of his role as chief corporate development officer.
 To Our Members: Thank You
January 4, 2018
ALTA constantly thinks about new tools and resources our members need to succeed. Formulating the ALTA Best Practices, launching a human resources library to help you in your hiring process, starting the Title Action Network and creating the Homebuyer Outreach Program are just a few examples of tools we’ve rolled out the last few years to help our members meet market demands.
 ICYMI: 2018 Housing Market Forecast Webinar
January 4, 2018
The future of the housing market looks very different from the past. No longer can we rely on falling mortgage rates to financially encourage refinancing and moving. First-time homebuyers are increasingly a critical segment of the housing market, but Millennials are so different from their Baby Boomer parents with different attitudes and impediments to homeownership. Or are they? Listen to a recording of this webinar as Mark Fleming, chief economist for First American Financial Corporation, provides a forecast of the 2018 housing market.
Public Hearing Set in New York to Examine New Title Regs
January 4, 2018
The New York Assembly Standing Committee on Insurance will hold a public hearing to evaluate new title insurance regulations that clarify rules about marketing expenses and ancillary fees that title agents or title insurers may charge.
Holler Law Among Top 100 Law Firms in U.S. for Growth
January 4, 2018
Milford, Conn.-based Holler Law firm was recognized as one of the fastest growing law firms in the United States by Law Firm 500.
ResWare Integrates With TitleM
January 4, 2018
TitleM aggregates data from multiple customer platforms including legacy, archived, payment or acquisition-related systems into a single service.
It's a New Year: Time to Invest in Your Business and Yourself
January 3, 2018
Register for ALTA SPRINGBOARD and Drive New Business, Foster Professional Growth. Looking for new ways to grow market share, enhance customer relationships and improve staff performance? Register now for ALTA SPRINGBOARD, be part of the conversation and collaborate with other professionals to help drive innovation and position yourself for success.
Proplogix Integrates With Qualia’s Marketplace
January 2, 2018
PropLogix has become the newest partner in the Qualia Marketplace, offering users nationwide HOA Estoppel certificates and municipal lien search options directly through the Qualia platform.
NATIC Names Northwest Regional Underwriting Counsel
January 2, 2018
Ian Kyle has eight years' experience in real estate law, including experience in litigation and as an underwriting counsel at the commercial branch of a national title insurance company
North American Title Insurance Company (NATIC) is a seasoned title insurance underwriter, helping title agents to achieve their individual business goals for more than 50 years. Today, the company conducts real estate settlement services in 39 states and the District of Columbia through a network of experienced, independent agents.