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 Tips for Communicating a Cybersecurity Incident with Customers
June 23, 2022

A security incident and cyberattack can cost an organization time, money, its reputation and its customers. Having an effective incident response plan can help minimize the negative impacts. It’s also important to implement a communication strategy on how to inform customers about a security incident when developing a response plan. Read on for communication dos and don’ts on how to inform customers about a cybersecurity incident and how it could affect them.

Morreale Real Estate Services Automates Document Routing Process
June 23, 2022

Businesses are dealing with increasing customer expectations, shrinking turnaround times, expanding compliance/security requirements and fluctuating demand. To help meet customer demand, Morreale Real Estate Services recently implemented a routing solution for payoff documents.

Grab Your Chance to Attend ALTA ONE for Free! 
June 21, 2022

Come see what ALTA ONE: New Horizons has to offer—for free! New this year, the ALTA ONE Hosted Agent & Abstracter Program helps fund the participation of small agents and abstracters at the largest annual event designed to connect title industry leaders.  

HomeServices of America Expands Footprint in New Jersey
June 21, 2022

HomeServices of America has acquired New Jersey-based Associated Title Agency.

SoftPro Releases Cybersecurity Service for Title Companies
June 21, 2022

SoftPro Protect powered by QOMPLX includes managed detection and response (MDR) services that provide firms with real-time threat detection, investigation, response, prevention and reporting from both cybersecurity tools and security operations experts. 

Title Industry Remembers Former ALTA Board Member Herschel Beard
June 21, 2022

A third-generation title professional, Herschel Beard will be remembered as a great friend and mentor, but more importantly as a person dedicated to serving his family and community. Beard, who served on ALTA’s Board of Governors from 2009 to 2013, passed away peacefully in his garden on June 18 at the age of 71.

RamQuest Integrates With AREAL.ai
June 21, 2022

RamQuest’s Closing Market digital network is now integrated with AREAL.ai, which incorporates artificial intelligence to provide real-time document automation, including data extraction and processing.

WFG Expands Default Management Services
June 21, 2022

WFG National Title Insurance Co.’s Default Title Services division has expanded its default management offerings to include foreclosure information reports on a nationwide basis.

 ALTA Work Group Focuses on Heirs’ Property
June 16, 2022

An ALTA State Legislative and Regulatory Action Committee Work Group meets regularly to discuss the various ways industry and government can address the issue of heirs’ property. The group is discussing questions like how to quantify heirs’ property, how to better leverage estate planning tools and resources, as well as expanding access to programs and services for those with heirs’ property. 

 The Homeownership Gap
June 16, 2022

More Americans are likely to own a home now than during any year following the Great Recession. (The homeownership rate in 2010 was 65.4%.) Black Americans, however, continue to face significant obstacles along the path to homeownership. 

Share of Mortgages for Black or African American Borrowers Increases Slightly
June 16, 2022

The share of closed-end home purchase loans for first lien, one- to four-family, site-built, owner-occupied properties made to Black or African American borrowers rose from 7.3 percent in 2020 to 7.9 percent in 2021, according to data released by the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC).

ALTA Reports Q1 2022 Title Premium Volume
June 16, 2022

The title insurance industry generated $5.89 billion in title insurance premiums during the first quarter of 2022 compared to $5.68 billion during the same period a year ago, according to ALTA’s latest Market Share Analysis.

Red Flags to Detect Sanctions Risk and Money Laundering Event
June 16, 2022

Recently, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took actions against various Russian industries, government officials and certain high-net-worth individuals and their families. Because of this, title and settlement agents should be reminded they need to comply with requirements against doing business with targeted foreign countries, designated nationals and other actors singled out by OFAC and the U.S. government. Additionally, money laundering remains a significant threat, particularly in connection with potential sanctions evasion. Listen to this CertifID-sponsored ALTA Insights webinar, "Red Flags to Detect Sanctions Risk and Money Laundering Event," to learn how to spot the red flags of money laundering when at the closing table.

Be a Leader in the Title Industry
June 15, 2022

ALTA’s Engagement Groups are now open to volunteers for the 2022-2023 association year. If you are currently a volunteer and would like to continue to participate, please submit yourreappointments. If you didn’t join a committee, council or work group this year, take a look at what we have to offer! The deadline to submit appointments is July 8. Sign up today!

FHFA, GSEs Release Equitable Housing Finance Plans
June 14, 2022

The Federal Housing Finance Agency on June 8 offered details of the government-sponsored enterprises’ (GSEs) Equitable Housing Finance Plans for 2022-2024. In their individual plans, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac address title insurance and closing costs. ALTA staff and several Board members have met with both GSEs and the FHFA. ALTA shared the industry’s perspective on the plans and asked several questions about their closing cost analysis. ALTA also highlighted the various risks, particularly to lenders, associated with attorney opinion letters in lieu of title insurance, even in limited circumstances.

ALTA ONE to Feature Former Squawk Box Host
June 14, 2022

The state of the economy is a hot topic on every news channel you watch, social media platform you read and gas station line you wait in. Fortunately, world-renowned economist and financial expert Marci Rossell will speak candidly at ALTA ONE: New Horizons to keep you “in the know” on the nexus of economics, politics, culture and the media. Don’t forget: Through Aug. 12, you can receive $200 off your registration to ALTA ONE! Click here to register today.

WFG Forms Rocky Mountain Region
June 14, 2022

Brian Phillips, vice president and Rocky Mountain area manager, will head operations for the Rocky Mountain Region. He will share responsibility for growing the new region’s title agent base with Agency Sales Representative Kristen Jorgensen. Randy Williams will serve as underwriting counsel for the new region.

Boston National Title Partners With Clarifire to Streamline Default Servicing
June 14, 2022

The partnership allows servicers to further increase efficiency by automating requests and responses for property reports, mortgage modification policies and similar documentation from Boston National Title.

Meridian Title Acquires Moore Title & Escrow
June 14, 2022

Meridian Title recently acquired Moore Title & Escrow, which was established in 1899 and serves Howard, Clinton and Tipton counties in Indiana.

Nominations Now Open for ALTA's Title Webbie Awards
June 13, 2022

Nominate Your Company Today
If you launched a new website, social media marketing campaign, blog or other digital media in 2021 to help consumers learn about the benefits of title insurance; now is the time to show us what you created! ALTA will award Title Webbies to three companies who have used their website or social media presence to educate consumers.

ALTA 2022 TIPAC Donors
June 10, 2022

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. So far in 2022, TIPAC has raised $384,000 from 446 donors. In addition, $150,000 from 26 companies has been pledged to the TIPAC Education Fund.

ALTA Member Profile: From Bar Manager to Title Agent
June 10, 2022

Six years ago, Scarlett First managed a bar and grill. With her children wanting her to find more of an 8-5 job, she applied for a job with Kansas-based Frontier Secured Title. First hasn't looked back since.

Helping Drive Affordable Housing
June 10, 2022
Several ALTA members are participating in MBA CONVERGENCE initiatives to help increase African American homeownership by amplifying existing local efforts and deploying additional national and state resources to complete several work streams.
MISMO Certifies DocMagic Platform
June 10, 2022

DocMagic attained MISMO’s eClosing System and remote online notarization (RON) certifications for its Total eClose solution.

SoftPro Integrates with Texan Title
June 10, 2022

With the new integration, SoftPro users can order title searches from Texan Title directly from their SoftPro software.

Vermont Passes E-recording Bill
June 7, 2022

Vermont became the final state to allow electronic recording as it passed HR 512, which enacted the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts and the Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act. ALTA submitted testimony in support of the bill as a way to improve the consumer experience through the use of technology and a more digital real estate transfer process.

Discover ALTA ONE: New Horizons!
June 7, 2022

October 11-14, 2022 | San Diego, CA | Register Today
This year, ALTA ONE: New Horizons can give you the courage to lose sight of the shore and swim for new horizons. Attending ALTA ONE in San Diego this October provides you the opportunity to surround yourself with more than 1,000 other title industry leaders to engage, energize and prepare to navigate the voyage ahead. Don’t forget: Through Aug. 12, you can receive $200 off your registration!

U.S. Lawmakers Reveal Draft Data Privacy Bill
June 7, 2022

Several members of Congress have published a discussion draft of a bipartisan federal privacy bill. In 2020, ALTA developed a set of data privacy principles that recommend the development of a single, national standard. Key aspects of principles include exemptions for entities already subject to the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, personal information that is already publicly available and business-to-business relationships. In addition, the standards say data privacy laws should recognize the need for businesses to share personal information needed complete a transaction. Consideration also should be given to the impact on small business, with respect to the cost of compliance relative to the risk of consumer harm, the principles say.

ALTA Wins Telly Award for ALTA Good Deeds Foundation Video
June 7, 2022

The award was presented for ALTA’s fundraising video for the ALTA Good Deeds Foundation. The video details how the Foundation was founded based on the idea that good deeds grow communities and how the Foundation’s grants to local nonprofits are making a real difference in communities across the country. 

Propy Launches Blockchain-bases Title and Escrow Services
June 7, 2022

Miami-based Propy recently launched title and escrow services on blockchain for residential real estate transactions in Florida, Arizona and Colorado.

ALTA Continues to Educate Consumers About Title Insurance During Homeownership Month
June 7, 2022

June is National Homeownership Month, a time to celebrate the benefits that homeownership brings to families, neighborhoods and communities across America. It’s also a time to help your customers understand the benefits of title insurance and how it protects their property rights. Through the Homeowner Outreach Program, ALTA provides exclusive resources—including PPTs, blogs, educational flyers, print and digital ads, infographics and posters — to help ALTA members explain title insurance and the closing process.

AmTrust Title Introduces Nationwide Service
June 7, 2022

AmTrust Title Insurance Co. introduced “MidPoint,” a new title closing solution that enables agents to work outside their geographic areas to service clients nationwide. 

Freddie Mac Single-family Requirements for Title Policies
June 2, 2022

Effective for mortgages with note dates on or after Jan. 1, 2023, Freddie Mac will only accept the 2021 versions of the ALTA Loan Policy, ALTA Short Form Residential Loan Policy One-to-Four-Family and the ALTA Expanded Coverage Residential Loan Policy One- to Four-Family.

MISMO Work That Impacts Title
June 2, 2022

The ALTA MISMO Liaison Work Group monitors and reports on the activities of the Mortgage Industry Standards Management Organization (MISMO). This work group meets quarterly and is co-chaired by ALTA members Steve Acker of Escrow Tab and Matt Johnson of Mainspring Services. Read on to view a summary of projects and activities that impact businesses in the title and settlement industry, including title and closing data standards, standardized Closing Instructions, fee collaboration, ALTA Registry data mapping and API, and the e-Eligibility Exchange.

SIGNiX Integrates RON Platform With RamQuest
June 2, 2022

SIGNiX announced the integration of its remote online notarization (RON) platform with RamQuest Inc.

The Title Team Acquires Minnesota-based DCA Title
June 2, 2022

The Title Team expanded its market reach with the acquisition of Minnesota-based DCA Title.

Apply for a Good Deeds Grant Today!
June 1, 2022

Apply Today
If you support a non-profit organization that could use a little extra love, apply for a grant from the ALTA Good Deeds Foundation today! If you applied for a grant in prior cycles but your organization wasn’t awarded a grant, you can apply again now. The grant application process closes July 31, and applicants will be notified of all decisions in September.

Automation and Retention
May 31, 2022

The unique confluence of a tightening labor pool and increasingly competitive market could well accelerate the title industry’s drive toward automation and increase emphasis on employee retention.

TIRS Anniversary Sale: Check Out Our Discounts and Contest
May 31, 2022

During the month of June, ALTA is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the TIRS State Compliance Guides with a $100 discount and a contest! To take advantage of our anniversary sale, purchase a TIRS single state subscription and save $100 when you use the coupon code “TIRS100” during checkout.

Title and Settlement Agents Must Remember to Comply with OFAC Regulations
May 31, 2022

While it's believed the direct effect the Russia-Ukraine War will have on the U.S. housing market will likely be marginal, title and settlement agents must remember to perform due diligence to ensure that they do not engage in transactions with blocked companies and persons, as the list of such has expanded.

Talk’uments Unveils Digital Language Services in Six Languages
May 31, 2022

Limited English Proficiency (LEP) technology provider Talk’uments now offers digital language services to mortgage lenders in English, Spanish and Mandarin (Chinese). 

Digital Closings Using RON Puts ‘Consumers in the Driver’s Seat’
May 26, 2022

Remote online notarization benefits and protects consumers by offering them safe and convenient options for executing legal documents online, ALTA member Michael O’Neal said during a virtual legislative hearing May 26 before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce.

AmTrust Title Names Director of Strategy
May 26, 2022

In this newly created position, Robert Callaghan will be responsible for the company's new agent initiatives and business development strategy and oversee finance for its title entities.

Title Alliance Expands Into Nevada
May 26, 2022

Title Alliance Ltd. recently formed a joint venture with Keller Williams to serve the Las Vegas market. 

Leadership Skills for the Busy Title Agency Manager
May 24, 2022

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. Read on to learn about core communication skills that can help create a positive employee experience. This includes setting expectations, giving feedback, offering praise and coaching.

Experience ALTA’s New and Improved Title Insurance Law Newsletter
May 24, 2022

ALTA has greatly improved the value of the Title Insurance Law Newsletter by providing increased access to content and new functionality. The enewsletter provides monthly updates with informative and quality articles on the important developments relevant to title insurance. 

Send Me the Money: Digital Funds Best Practices
May 24, 2022

June 29, 2022 | 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET | Register Today
The way money is sent and received is changing. Register for this free ALTA Insights webinar, sponsored by SoftPro, to learn what types of payments are acceptable for real estate transactions today and what steps to take to plan for leveraging new payment types in the future. CE/CLE is available for this webinar.

MEMORIAL DAY SALE: Grab Your ALTA ONE Registration Today!
May 24, 2022

Who doesn’t love a good sale?! Now through Tuesday, May 31, at 4:59 p.m. ET, you can lock in the same rate you enjoyed for ALTA ONE 2021 before prices go up for 2022. Register now and save $200 off the Early Bird Rate! The Memorial Day sale price is the lowest rate you will see for ALTA ONE this year. Join us Oct. 11-14, 2022, in San Diego! This special offer is for ALTA members only. 

Shaddock Names VP of Risk Management & Compliance; Promotes New President of Continental Title
May 24, 2022

Shaddock National Holdings has hired Matt McBride as vice president of risk management and compliance. McBride had served as president of Continental Title Co. (CTC), a Shaddock National Holdings company. Elizabeth Daniel, current COO of CTC, will take over as president effective June 1.

Fidelity Appoints Chief Information Officer
May 24, 2022

In his expanded role, Brian Maughan will analyze trends and market disruptions, search for emerging market and technology opportunities, and direct investments into new and existing initiatives.

U.S. House Subcommittee to Discuss Remote Online Notarization Bill During Hearing
May 24, 2022

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce on May 26 will consider the ALTA-supported SECURE Notarization Act as a part of a legislative hearing on various bills. ALTA member Michael O’Neal, vice president of corporate underwriting at First American Title Insurance Co., will testify during the hearing about the SECURE Notarization Act and the importance of RON.

NAR Reports Existing-home Sales Continue Slide
May 19, 2022

For the third consecutive month, existing-home sales fell, but buyers are still eager. Higher mortgage rates and prices and low inventory continue to chip away at affordability. Some regions of the U.S., however, continue to see gains, according to the National Association of Realtors.

Fannie Says Housing Activity Expected to Slow Further as Affordability Worsens
May 19, 2022

Fannie Mae reported it expects a meaningful slowdown in home sales during the second and third quarters of 2022, followed by a softening in construction activity and, ultimately, a large deceleration in home price growth.

FirstClose Secures $35 Million in Equity Funding
May 19, 2022

The company intends to use the funds to expand its financial services presence to leverage property data intelligence, partners and technology to enable lenders to compete for and close consumer loans.

ALTA Announces Technical Correction to Co-Insurance – Multiple Policies Endorsement
May 17, 2022

ALTA announced that on May 12 a technical correction was issued for the 2021 ALTA 23.1-06 (Co-Insurance – Multiple Policies) Endorsement. 

First National Title Names New CFO
May 17, 2022

Brent Scheer will replace Raymond Reece, who served as chief financial officer since First National Title Insurance Co. was created in 2012. Reece will step down effective May 31.

TitleTap Releases Content Marketing Service
May 17, 2022

Called Socialite, the service curates content from customer-selected local or industry specific news sources, generates summary blog articles on their TitleTap website, then shares as a Facebook post automatically driving website traffic and supporting higher SEO rankings.

ALTA Statement on Biden Administration Housing Supply Action Plan
May 17, 2022

The Biden administration on May 16 announced legislative and administrative actions to address the U.S. housing supply shortage. This plan includes reforming zoning and land-use policies, as well as expanding federally backed financing for affordable housing and directing grants to localities that encourage construction.

Rynoh Releases Escheatment Software
May 17, 2022

Called RynohEscheat, the cloud-based software integrates with a user’s bank account (read-only access) to make it easier to stay informed about outstanding checks and notify the appropriate parties. 

Fannie Mae Updates Requirements for Virtual Currencies
May 17, 2022

Fannie Mae issued an update on May 4 to its Selling Guide with new requirements for virtual and cryptocurrencies. The new policies went into effect immediately.

CertifID Secures $12.5M Series A Financing
May 17, 2022

CertifID, a Texas-based wire fraud technology solution, recently closed on a $12.5 million Series A round of financing from Arthur Ventures.

Don’t Miss the Digital Closing Wave: Get Listed in the ALTA Registry
May 12, 2022

The MISMO e-Eligibility Exchange powered by Snapdocs helps real estate and finance professionals understand how digital individual closings can be. ALTA is the sole provider of title and settlement data for the MISMO e-Eligibility Exchange. Help ensure you don’t miss out on lender business. Get your free listing in the ALTA Registry so your company is part of the MISMO e-Eligibility Exchange.

MBA Reports Commercial/Multifamily Borrowing Jumped 72 Percent During Q1
May 12, 2022

Compared to a year earlier, a rise in originations for hotel, industrial, and retail properties led the overall increase in commercial/multifamily lending volumes. By property type, hotels increased by 359 percent, industrial increased by 145 percent, retail increased by 88 percent, health care properties increased by 81 percent, multifamily increase by 57 percent and office increased 30 percent.

Fidelity Reports Q1 Earnings
May 12, 2022

Fidelity National Financial reported that its title segment generated $437 million in pre-tax income during the first quarter of 2022. This compared to $512 million in pre-tax income during the same period a year ago.

Submit a Nomination for the ALTA Our Values Awards
May 11, 2022

Don’t let the extraordinary ALTA members in your life go unnoticed: Nominate someone for the ALTA Our Values Awards. Celebrate your friends and colleagues who showcase what it means to Lead, Deliver and Protect in the best possible ways. Up to four awards are up for grabs: three for individuals and one for an entire ALTA member office or operational team. The deadline to submit nominations is June 24.

First American Brands Venture Capital Arm as Parker89
May 11, 2022

The new brand, Parker89, pays homage to First American’s roots, which can be traced to the year 1889. Parker89 is a blend of 1889 and C.E. Parker, the name of the founder of the company that decades later would become First American Title Insurance Co.

 New Hire Checklist
May 10, 2022

Download this new hire checklist to help your organization ensure everything is in place in time for an employee's start date, as well as items that should be completed upon arrival.

 Remote Interviewing and Onboarding Best Practices
May 10, 2022

Title and settlement companies continue to operate in hybrid and remote work environments as business shifts to a purchase-dominated market, Organizations need to ensure they have the proper procedures in place to successfully conduct remote interviews and onboard employees after making the hire. Read on for info about having strong job descriptions and how to post job openings, as well as timelines and checklists to help with the onboarding process. 

Ascendant National Title Adds to Title Team
May 10, 2022

As vice president of title operations in Colorado and Texas for Ascendant National, David Kennedy will be responsible for supporting the company’s continued growth in these states.

Compass to Acquire Consumer's Title Company of California
May 10, 2022

Compass recently signed a definitive agreement to acquire Consumer's Title Company of California Inc., which is licensed in all 58 counties in the Golden State.

ALTA Needs Your Help!
May 10, 2022

You hear from ALTA a lot. You get our e-newsletters and marketing eblasts and see our ads, videos and social media channels. Are you seeing us too much or not enough? Are you getting the content that best helps you and your business? Well, we want your opinion: Take our anonymous 3-minute survey!

CATIC Selected as a National Top Workplace
May 10, 2022

This is the first year CATIC received national recognition from Top Workplaces USA.

First American Recognized as ‘Most Innovative Company of the Year’
May 10, 2022

First American Financial Corp. earned a bronze Stevie award in the category for companies with more than 2,500 employees. 

ALTA Reports Full-year, Q4 2021 Title Premium Volume, Market Share Data
May 5, 2022

Driven by historic mortgage origination activity and substantial increase in home values, ALTA reported title insurance premium volume increased 35.9% during 2021 when compared to 2020.

HomeServices of America Acquires Ownership Stake in Title Resources Group
May 5, 2022

Berkshire Hathaway-affiliate HomeServices of America is joining Title Resources Group's other major shareholders, Centerbridge Partners LP and Realogy Holdings Corp., in participating in the joint venture.

Punctual Abstract Achieves SOC 2 Type 1 Certification
May 5, 2022

Louisiana-based Punctual Abstract has achieved its SOC 2 Type1 (Service Organization Control) certification in an independent audit of the firm’s internal data and security control systems.

Maine Becomes 40th State With RON Legislation
May 5, 2022

Maine joined 39 other states to allow remote online notarization (RON) after Gov. Janet Mills signed into law LD 2023. The legislation will go into effect July 1, 2023.

PropLogix Acquires City Lien Search
May 5, 2022

PropLogix took over operating City Lien Search back in June of 2019, but the acquisition is now final. 

First American Mortgage Solutions Integrates With ICE
May 5, 2022

First American Mortgage Solutions LLC has integrated with ICE Mortgage Technology to offer automated service ordering through the Encompass platform.

SoftPro Integrates With Notarize
May 5, 2022

Notarize’s On-Demand Notary service connects SoftPro users with a nationwide network of commissioned Notarize notaries.

ICE to Acquire Black Knight for $13.1 Billion
May 5, 2022

The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2023, following regulatory approvals, Black Knight stockholder approval and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. The definitive agreement has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies.

Hear From Federal Leaders at ALTA Advocacy Summit
May 4, 2022

ALTA is proud to host many federal leaders and Capitol Hill insiders during ALTA Advocacy Summit, May 16-18 in Washington, D.C. Featured are FHFA Acting Director Sandra Thompson; Nathan Gonzales, editor and publisher of Inside Elections; Freddie Mac Senior Economist Rama Yanamandra, PhD, and many more. Register Today!

ALTA ONE 2022 Call for Faculty is Open
May 4, 2022

The Call for Faculty for ALTA ONE, Oct. 11-14 in San Diego, is now open. Submit an application today!

Utah Passes Data Privacy Legislation
May 3, 2022

Utah became the fourth state—joining California, Virginia, and Colorado—to enact a comprehensive privacy law after Gov. Spencer Cox signed the Utah Consumer Privacy Act (UCPA) on March 24.

 For Title Businesses, It’s Time to Automate Everything That’s Automatable
May 3, 2022

It’s one thing to invest in new technology to streamline production and cut time and cost. But too many owners and agents are overlooking some of the manual processes that could most easily be automated.

FinCEN Expands, Renews Geographic Targeting Orders; Thanks ALTA, Industry for Continued Help
May 3, 2022

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) expanded and renewed its Geographic Targeting Orders (GTOs) that require U.S. title insurance companies to identify the natural persons behind shell companies used in all-cash purchases of residential real estate. The new order ends Oct. 26. In the announcement, FinCEN said it appreciates the continued assistance and cooperation of title insurance companies and ALTA in protecting real estate markets from abuse by illicit actors. Read on to see which jurisdictions are now included.

 First American Completes Acquisition of Mother Lode
May 3, 2022

First American Financial Corp. completed its acquisition of Mother Lode Holding Company, a California-based provider of title insurance, underwriting and escrow services with 17 operating subsidiaries.

Westcor, ClosingLock Partner to Help Combat Wire Fraud
May 3, 2022

Westcor Land Title Insurance Co. and ClosingLock are partnering to help combat wire fraud for the underwriter’s agents. The partnership will allow Westcor to offer ClosingLock to their agents, protecting them from wire fraud in addition to improving the closing experience.

SoftPro Wins Company of the Year in 20th Annual American Business Awards
May 3, 2022

SoftPro recently was named the winner of a Gold Stevie Award in the Company of the Year – Real Estate Large category in the 20th Annual American Business Awards.

 Diving Into the Title Industry: From Temp Job to Company Owner
April 28, 2022

Wendy Ethen temped as a closing assistant for title agency handling residential transactions. After earning her law degree, she moved into the commercial space and bought Minneapolis- based Guaranty Commercial Title Inc. in 2004. Read on to learn more about Ethen and her experience in the title industry.

 First American Shares First-quarter Results
April 28, 2022

First American Financial Corp. reported that its title insurance segment generated $200 million in pre-tax income during the first quarter of 2022. This compared to $280 million in pre-tax income during same period a year ago.

 Old Republic Shares First-quarter 2022 Financials
April 28, 2022

Old Republic International Corp. reported that its title insurance segment generated $80.9 million in pre-tax income during the first quarter of 2022. This compared to $103.7 million in pre-tax income during the first quarter of 2021.

 Stewart Reports Q1 Results
April 28, 2022

Stewart Information Services reported its title segment generated $82.8 million in pre-tax income during the first quarter of 2022. This was up from $77.1 million in pre-tax income during the same period a year ago.

Join Leaders from the Problem Solvers Caucus at ALTA Advocacy Summit
April 27, 2022

If you want to “break the gridlock” on Capitol Hill, you need to talk to the Problems Solvers Caucus. And what better way to kick off a day at ALTA Advocacy Summit than to have breakfast with the Caucus co-chairs, Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA)! Register today for the ALTA Advocacy Summit, May 16-18 in Washington, D.C.

Russian State-sponsored and Criminal Cyber Threats to Critical Infrastructure
April 26, 2022

Cybersecurity authorities from the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom released a joint cybersecurity advisory (CSA) warning that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could expose organizations to increased malicious cyber activity.

Riverside County to Use First American Solution to Detect Discriminatory Covenants
April 26, 2022

The County of Riverside Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder’s office selected First American Data & Analytics CovenantGuard solution to help identify and redact unlawful discriminatory restrictive covenants in county recorded real estate documents.

Knox Capital Acquires Rosenberg LPA
April 26, 2022

Private equity firm Knox Capital Holdings LLC recently acquired the law firm Rosenberg LPA., which operates in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

 The Docket: Pennsylvania Court Addresses Statute of Frauds
April 26, 2022

Shawn Briner of the law firm Briner Law Group LLC provided today’s review of decision by Pennsylvania’s Superior Court that held the statute of frauds was satisfied because the grantor could not have signed the deeds because she was dead. Read on to learn why this case is important to the title industry.

ALTA Updates 7 TIRS State Compliance Guides
April 21, 2022

Seven of ALTA’s TIRS State Compliance Guides have been updated! Our editors have updated the guides for Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, Oregon, Tennessee and Wyoming to reflect the latest regulations and statutes on their respective legislative sessions. The TIRS State Compliance Guides are the most comprehensive collection of title industry regulatory information and practices available. Subscribe Today

 Tips for Communicating a Cybersecurity Incident with Customers
April 21, 2022

When a business experiences a cybersecurity incident, it’s easy to forget that responding to the technical issue is only part of the response effort. A major component of a cybersecurity issue is how to let people know what’s going on and how it could affect them. Read on for some communication dos and don’ts developed by attorneys with the law firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

Action Title Research Acquires Eastland Title Services
April 21, 2022

Technology-based search solution Action Title Research recently acquired Eastland Title Services, which provides title services throughout New England.

Title Resources Group Names Chief Development Officer
April 21, 2022

As executive vice president and chief development officer, Neil Gulley will be responsible for strategic business growth and forging new alliances across the real estate, lending and developer spectrums.

Learn the Keys to Successful Marketing at ALTA’s Consumer Marketing Workshop
April 20, 2022

June 8, 2022 | Renaissance Nashville Hotel | REGISTER TODAY
ALTA’s Homeowner Outreach Program (HOP) is back with its first in-person Consumer Marketing Workshop in two years to help you keep business coming in the door. The content provided in this full-day training, sponsored by Qualia, will re-invigorate your marketing and help you gain a competitive advantage.

ALTA Advocacy Summit is Your Opportunity to Network with Members of Congress
April 20, 2022

May 16 - 18, 2022 | Washington D.C. | Register Today
Where else besides ALTA Advocacy Summit can you engage with Members of Congress in person? All attendees are invited to join us for a unique reception on May 17 at 5:30 p.m. More than 20 Members of Congress are expected to attend, including Reps. French Hill (R-AR), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), Bill Huizenga (R-MI) and Joyce Beatty (D-OH) as well as Sens. Jack Reed (D-RI), John Hoeven (R-ND) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), among many others. Whether you want to discuss legislation affecting the title insurance industry, talk about what’s on the horizon for Capitol Hill or you’re just interested in the perfect photo op, this is your chance.

 Three Key Cyber Threats Spurred by Russia’s Attack on Ukraine
April 19, 2022

It’s been two months since Russia invaded Ukraine. While aggression continues to escalate, so do cybersecurity threats as well. Genady Vishnevetsky, chief information security officer for Stewart Title and chair of ALTA’s Information Security Work Group., explains the most common threats spreading out of this conflict that you need to know about.

White Paper: Helping Manage Mortgage Lending Chaos With Better Order Processing
April 19, 2022

According to Freddie Mac, a lender’s average closing time is one of the most important factors influencing a consumer’s decision to do business with them. In the rapidly accelerating world of digital mortgage, title companies should be thinking of ways to remove friction in transactions. Title companies and mortgage lenders must communicate better if they hope to win business in a purchase-dominated market, according to a white paper from Visionet Systems’ AtClose division.

 Add ‘Ish’ to Your Service
April 19, 2022

Imagine the power and potential of your staff connecting, collaborating and celebrating all that creativity inspires and invites. This approach can be applied to many aspects of an organization.

Notarize Hires Chief Financial Officer
April 19, 2022

Kartik Ramachandran will be responsible for guiding the company’s investments to further accelerate high-growth, innovative initiatives across the business.

 The Clearing House Raises RTP Transaction Limit to $1 Million
April 19, 2022

The Clearing House (TCH) announced it increased the general transaction value limit from $100,000 to $1 million on its real-time platform network (RTP network). The increase for the RTP transaction limit follows a similar increase to the Same-Day ACH transaction limit, which took place on March 18. Read on to learn how title companies can benefit and potentially grow their business using this payment method.

Agents National Title Names Western Region Manager/Underwriting Counsel
April 19, 2022

In this role, Thomas Imperiale oversees all aspects of Agents National Title’s growth and operations in the Western U.S. This includes everything from expanding staff and agency appointments, to building new joint ventures/alliances with other title insurers, Realtors and attorneys. 

Study Finds RON Drives ROI for Title Agents, Lenders
April 14, 2022

Title agents can save up to $100 per transaction and lenders up to $444 per loan when electronically closed with Remote Online Notarization (RON), according to a study by MarketWise Advisors.

AmTrust Names COO
April 14, 2022

AmTrust Title Holding Co. recently appointed Ronald Frederick as chief operating officer.

Pioneer Title Works to ‘Leave Things Better’
April 14, 2022

One of the title company's initiatives supports the Arizona Housing Fund and Northern Arizona Housing Fund.

 Games May Change but Compliance Shouldn't
April 14, 2022

While one title company may consider certain fees “junk,” others may have legitimate reasons to charge them. At the end of the day, the fees should be transparent to the consumer. They shouldn’t be left to trying play Wordle or Mastermind, trying to puzzle out what’s important and what’s not.

What to Expect at ALTA Advocacy Summit: An Update from Capitol Hill
April 13, 2022

Several issues that will affect housing and mortgage finance are being discussed at the federal level. Among the topics are initiatives to increase housing affordability, which has policymakers, regulators and other entities looking at a variety of financial services industries and how they are serving consumers.  This includes Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the Federal Housing Finance Agency and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Industry-specific legislation, such as the SECURE Notarization Act, also could impact your operation. Register for this free AccuTitle-sponsored ALTA Insights webinar to get a snapshot of what’s coming up on Capitol Hill, while learning more about this year’s ALTA Advocacy Summit and the opportunity to tell our industry’s story.  You'll walk away understanding the importance of advocacy and why you need to register for ALTA Advocacy Summit, May 16-18 in Washington, D.C.

Help Us Improve the ALTA Website
April 13, 2022

We are redesigning ALTA.org and want to hear from you. Your answers to these key questions will help us create a better user experience for you. Please take this 5-minute survey to help us improve our site and serve you better.

Hurry: Room Block for ALTA Advocacy Summit Closes April 20
April 12, 2022

If you have even the smallest bit of interest in what’s happening in Washington, D.C., ALTA Advocacy Summit is the event you need to attend this spring. On Tuesday, May 17, we’ll kick off our morning session with Reps. Madeleine Dean (D-PA) and Kelly Armstrong (R-ND), who introduced the bipartisan SECURE Notarization Act with 31 of their colleagues. The legislators will discuss how they have worked together to get the SECURE Notarization Act introduced and included in the National Defense Authorization Act last year as well as how they are pushing forward this year. Register Today

Fannie Mae Follows Freddie Mac Guidance to Allow Limited Use of Title Insurance Alternative
April 12, 2022

In an update to its Selling Guide, Fannie Mae aligned its policy with Freddie Mac and now will accept written attorney opinion letters in lieu of a title insurance policy “in limited circumstances.” ALTA continues to engage with the Government Sponsored Entities and lending partners on the vital role the title industry’s products and services play in a well-functioning housing finance market.

Truly Title Strengthens Leadership Team
April 12, 2022

As chief marketing officer, Brian Nachlas will be responsible for developing and executing strategies that build the Truly Title brand and help drive growth.

ALTA Partners With MISMO for e-Eligibility Exchange Initiative
April 12, 2022

ALTA announced that it will be the sole provider of title and settlement data for the MISMO e-Eligibility Exchange, powered by Snapdocs. The e-Eligibility Exchange features information on trading partner requirements, e-notarization regulations, county recording requirements, settlement agent readiness and title underwriter restrictions. The platform helps real estate and finance professionals navigate these factors so each closing can be as digital as possible. Get your free listing in the ALTA Registry so your company is part of the e-Eligibility Exchange.

Last Chance: Take ALTA's Wire Fraud & Cyber Crime Survey
April 12, 2022

The United States experienced an unprecedented increase in cyberattacks and malicious cyber activity as consumers lost $6.9 billion to internet crime in 2021, according to the FBI. Because of this, ALTA would like to know your company’s experience with wire transfer fraud or cybersecurity? Please take ALTA's Wire Fraud & Cyber Crime Survey to share your experience. The goal of the survey is to learn more about wire fraud incidents in the industry. Your participation and results of the survey will help ALTA continue to raise awareness and encourage federal agencies to focus more on the threat of wire transfer fraud. Survey results will help title and settlement agents benchmark wire fraud experiences and practices.

First American Named One of the 100 Best Companies to Work For
April 12, 2022

This marks the seventh consecutive year that First American has earned a place on the 100 Best Companies to Work For list, which is compiled by global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work and Fortune magazine.

NotaryCam Passes One Million RON Transactions
April 12, 2022

Since 2012, NotaryCam has performed RON transactions for customers in all 50 states and 150 countries.

ePN Adds 90 Jurisdictions to E-recording Network
April 12, 2022

eRecording Partners Network (ePN) partnered with 90 additional counties in the first quarter of 2022.

Paymints.io Integrates With Notarize
April 12, 2022

Paymints.io announced an integration with online notarization provider Notarize that will allow users to see if a transaction is eligible for a digital closing, including online notarization.

 RESPA Class Action Survives in Ohio
April 7, 2022

An Ohio court refused to dismiss a class action brought against a real estate broker that allegedly promised bonuses to its own agents and others for the placement of orders with a title company.

 RESPA Rules for Advertising
April 7, 2022

If a title or settlement company is looking to enter into a marketing services agreement (MSA) with another company involved in the mortgage or real estate transaction, it’s important to know what is acceptable and what’s illegal under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA). There are a lot of questions about what you can do to market your business. Read on for the 411 on the dos and don’ts to driving business.

ALTA Submits Letter in Response to CFPB’s Request for Information on ‘Junk Fees’
April 7, 2022

ALTA recently submitted a comment letter in response to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) request for information (RFI) on fees imposed by providers of consumer financial product or services. The letter highlights the value the title insurance industry provides and the robust nature of the current regulatory framework. While ALTA shares the CFPB’s desire to root out companies and practices that mislead consumers about their charges, the bureau would benefit from conducting a full Administrative Procedures Act rulemaking before taking action on any area of concern, including so-called “junk fees.” 

ALTA Announces New and Updated Policy Forms
April 5, 2022

ALTA’s Policy Forms Committee announced that several new and updated policy forms became available effective April 2.

 Washington Supreme Court Rules Law Strikes Right Balance Addressing Discriminatory Covenants
April 5, 2022

The Washington Supreme Court held the state’s discriminatory covenants law strikes a balance between removing racial covenants from a home’s chain of title while keeping them part of the public record. ALTA’s Discriminatory Covenants Workgroup developed a publication that details the various approaches to addressing discriminatory covenants in the public land records. The document also highlights the pros and cons of each method, which include notification, repudiation, modification and redaction. 

New Mexico Title Rates to Decrease 6%
April 5, 2022

Title insurance rates will decrease 6% in New Mexico on July 1, the state’s Office of Superintendent of Insurance reported. Considering the facts and circumstances involved in the rate case, the New Mexico Land Title Association believes the rate decrease is acceptable to the title industry. 

Guaranteed Rate Acquires Attorneys' Title Guaranty Fund
April 5, 2022

Guaranteed Rate Companies completed its acquisition of Chicago-based underwriter Attorneys' Title Guaranty Fund Inc.

US Title Insurance Agency Acquires Utah-Based American Secure Title
April 5, 2022

Utah-based US Title Insurance Agency has acquired American Secure Title Insurance Agency, a title and escrow company with seven offices in Utah.

SoftPro Releases New Bank Wiring Application
April 5, 2022

With SoftPro Banking, users can manage wire transfers from a network of integrated banks from across the U.S. 

Pavaso Launches New Signing Experience
April 5, 2022

Pavaso released a new, optimized signing experience that the company says will help expedite digital closings for closing agents.

Webinar: Title Agent Tips For Social Media Success
March 31, 2022

Social media is an absolute goldmine for brand recognition and driving conversations that could lead to new business opportunities. Watch this ALTA Insights webinar recording and learn how to build a recipe for social media success.

First National Title Names Florida Agency Manager
March 31, 2022

First National Title Insurance Co. announced it named Sarah Hasch as the company’s Florida agency manager and sales & marketing trainer.

Stavvy Appoints General Counsel
March 31, 2022

As general counsel and chief compliance officer, Brooke Adams oversee the the Boston-based fintech company's legal, governance, risk and compliance programs.

Tie With Title
March 31, 2022

The Title Team's office in Minot, N.D. “Tie With Title” campaign recently celebrated its fifth year of making blankets for those in need.

 Seller Able to Void Purchase Contract Requiring Portion of Proceeds Paid in Crypto
March 31, 2022

Why this decision matters: The decision creates an additional risk for parties when buying real estate with cryptocurrency. Additionally, the ruling that the cryptocurrency Troptions is a security under Georgia law is in alignment with guidance from federal agencies including the SEC’s "Framework for 'Investment Contract' Analysis of Digital Assets" and IRS Notice 2014-21 that treats the sale of crypto as property subject to capital gains taxation.

Doma Names Agency Manager for Minnesota
March 31, 2022

As agency manager for Minnesota, Brian Johnson will support Doma’s existing independent title agent customers and will add to the company’s growing network across the state.

Alanna Digitizes Data Collection Phase of Title Transaction
March 31, 2022

Using Alanna Forms Processing, a title agency can now send customers a link to an online form via SMS text or email. Once completed by the customer, the form is reviewed for data conflicts or errors against any previously collected data. After approval, the data is digitally populated into the title agency’s production platform, without the need for manual input.

Ascendant National Title Names Operations Executive
March 31, 2022

In this role, Theresa Root will focus on managing the operations, process and workflow for the company’s title and closing operations.

Realogy, Centerbridge Launch Underwriting Joint Venture
March 31, 2022

Title Resources Guaranty Company (TRG) received approval from the Texas Department of Insurance to form and fund its previously announced title underwriting joint venture with Centerbridge Partners and Realogy Holdings Corp.

FHFA Acting Director to Speak at ALTA Advocacy Summit
March 29, 2022

Big news: ALTA is proud to host Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Acting Director Sandra Thompson during ALTA Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C., on May 17. Thompson will sit down for a conversation with ALTA CEO Diane Tomb to discuss the FHFA’s work overseeing the safety and soundness and housing finance mission of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Don’t forget to take advantage of our Early Bird Rate while you can: Register today. 

ALTA SPRINGBOARD: How to Achieve a Human-centric Digital Transformation
March 24, 2022

Businesses can’t ignore the need for digitization, and humanity can’t ignore the need for purpose and meaning. The best and ultimately most successful approach to digital transformation strategy is one that starts with strategic purpose, uses ongoing data and results to improve, and achieves sustainable business success. During the Westcor-sponsored Idea Festival at the 2022 ALTA SPRINGBOARD in Tampa, Fla., tech humanist Kate O’Neill shared insight to help attendees better understand the human impact of emerging technologies.

Qualia Enhances Digital Solution Features, Expands RON in Six New States
March 24, 2022

Qualia unveiled new features to help make it easier for title companies to complete fully remote signings and closings. Additionally, the company now offers Qualia RON in Texas, Tennessee, Washington, Maryland, Utah and Nevada.

ATG Insures Largest Multi-residential Sale in Champaign County, Ill.
March 24, 2022

The transaction involved multiple residential buildings on or around Green Street, the heart of Champaign's "Campustown." The properties were amassed over a 60-year period by the late Leon Bankier in his long career as a real estate investor. The transaction included 35 properties, 580 residential units, more than 80,000 square feet of retail, and four assemblage sites for future development.

Cyber Losses Hit $6.9B in 2021
March 23, 2022

America experienced an unprecedented increase in cyberattacks and malicious cyber activity as U.S. consumers lost $6.9 billion to internet crime in 2021, according to the latest report from theFBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). Real estate/rental cybercrime losses reached $350 million in 2021, up from $213 million in losses in 2020. The number of victims, however, decreased to 11,578 from 13,638 in 2020.

ALTA Good Deeds Foundation Provides Emergency Grant for Ukrainian Relief
March 22, 2022

The ALTA Good Deeds Foundation awarded a $10,000 emergency grant to the World Central Kitchen (WCK), a not-for-profit organization devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters. Founded in 2010 by celebrity Chef José Andrés, WCK currently is serving thousands of fresh meals to Ukrainian families fleeing the devastation as well as those who remain in their country. 

N.Y. Governor Signs Bill Amending RON Law
March 22, 2022

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed into law Senate Bill 7780, which makes significant updates to the prior remote online notarization (RON) bill that was signed in late 2021. New York became the 39th state to allow RON. Among other things, the amendment moves the effective date the state's notaries can conduct RONs to Jan. 31, 2023, and starting Feb. 24, 2022, the bill temporarily authorizes notaries to perform notarial acts using a video conference notarization process, known as remote ink-signed notarization (RIN), until the full RON law goes into effect.

ALTA SPRINGBOARD: Shift Your Brilliance
March 22, 2022

During the 2022 ALTA SPRINGBOARD in Tampa, Fla., author, entrepreneur and life coach Simon Bailey shared tips on how people can find their brilliance. In the pursuit of brilliance and grow their careers, he encouraged attendees to take advantage of the various resources provided by ALTA. "ALTA will work if you work it,” Bailey said.

 The Docket: California Court of Appeal Says Seller’s Remorse Can’t Unwind Deal
March 22, 2022

Kevin Sinclair, a partner with the law firm Sinclair Braun LLP, provided today’s review of by a California Court of Appeal that held the doctrine of unilateral mistake does not apply to an “error in judgment” as to the value of the property. Read on to learn why this case is important to the title industry.

Fidelity National Title Names President
March 22, 2022

With 36 years of title and escrow experience, Diane Day has been a member of Arizona-based Fidelity National Title’s leadership team for 14 years. 

Core Title Services Adds Underwriting Counsel
March 22, 2022

New York-based Core Title Services recently added title industry veteran Mike Slive to its leadership team as senior vice president and underwriting counsel.

Title Alliance Appoints General Manager of Ohio, Florida
March 22, 2022

In this role, Lisa Scott will be responsible for ensuring the proper processes and procedures are implemented and will be accountable for profitability metrics set forth for each individual Title Alliance company in Ohio and Florida.

ALTA SPRINGBOARD: The Secrets of Influence
March 16, 2022

Are you curious why people make the decisions they make and how to affect them? The world scientific community has amassed astounding research on human behavior but virtually none of it is applied. During an Idea Festival at the 2022 ALTA SPRINGBOARD, behavioral scientist Jon Levy helped more than 300 attendees learn how to apply cutting-edge science to help them influence their customers.

 Improving Operational Performance: Engagement Surveys Used to Strategize Growth Plans, Get Staff Feedback
March 16, 2022

Roselyn Langianese, president of Summit Title Services in Bedford, N.H., has first-hand experience of the benefits of understanding the level of her employees’ engagement. Her company recently participated in a program ALTA offers through a relationship with the employee engagement firm DecisionWise. Read on to learn how other title companies have benefitted from the program.

Qualia Rolls Out Automatic Ordering Feature
March 15, 2022

The new Marketplace feature allows title and escrow companies to automatically order closing services from participating vendors in order to eliminate hours off of their workload and materially reduce the time it takes to complete closings.

Doma Expands Underwriting in New England Region
March 15, 2022

Doma Title Insurance Inc. expanded its underwriting footprint with two new hires in the New England adding Laurie Barrett as agency manager and Lony-Ann Sheehan as regional underwriting counsel.

Agents National Title Achieves 126% Year-over-year Growth in Premiums
March 15, 2022

The underwriter, which generated about $144 million in title premiums last year, said the results were driven by technological innovation, new vertical markets and joint ventures.

ALTA Good Deeds Foundation Awards $130K in Grants
March 15, 2022

The ALTA Good Deeds Foundation announced it awarded $130,000 in grants to 20 charities during the 2022 ALTA SPRINGBOARD event in Tampa, Fla.

 ALTA Wins PRNews Nonprofit Award
March 15, 2022

The ALTA Good Deeds Foundation won the award for working with corporate partners to raise more than $800,000 in the organization’s first year of operation. 

Freddie Mac Economist to Speak at ALTA Advocacy Summit
March 15, 2022

May 16-18, 2022  |  Washington, DC  |  Register by March 31 and save $100!
Everyone in the country wants to know where our economy is headed. Lucky for you, we will be hosting an expert at ALTA Advocacy Summit! Freddie Mac Senior Economist Rama Yanamandra, PhD, will be providing an economic update and forecast with a focus on housing during ALTA Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C., on May 16-18. Don’t forget to take advantage of our Early Bird Rate while you can.

Use This Template to Help Respond to Cybersecurity Incidents
March 10, 2022

ALTA created a Cybersecurity Incident Response Plan template to help member companies develop a structured strategy to prepare for, identify, respond and recover from cybersecurity incidents. Read on to access the template.

Proper Title Expands Reach in Illinois
March 10, 2022

Proper Title LLC announced the opening of its 13th location with a new office in Crystal Lake, Ill.

First American Appoints Chief Innovation Officer
March 10, 2022

First American Financial Corp. appointed Paul Hurst as chief innovation officer and will be responsible for identifying opportunities to innovate through strategic venture investments, partnerships, and mergers and acquisitions.

Nathan Gonzales to Headline ALTA Advocacy Summit
March 10, 2022

Capitol Hill is an exciting landscape these days, and who better to give us the inside scoop at ALTA Advocacy Summit than Nathan Gonzales, editor and publisher of Inside Elections, a newsletter that provides non-partisan analysis of Senate, House, governor and president campaigns. Join us at ALTA Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C., on May 16-18 to hear Gonzales speak about the 2022 midterm elections and the state of play on Capitol Hill. Register today!

Build a Tech Stack That Improves the Bottom Line
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1A6FTuNkWc8  |  March 9, 2022

You need a strong foundation to build something lasting. That is why a title company’s technology stack is so important—it is the underlying foundation that enables the team to build with confidence. Multiple technologies with overlapping capabilities or poor compatibility can have a negative impact on your bottom line as well as your customer’s experience and satisfaction. This Qualia-sponsored webinar discusses practical elements necessary to build a strong tech stack, including user interface, connectivity, ability to co-exist with other technologies and cost. Speakers include Jason Doshi,  CEO and co-founder of paymints.io; Hoyt Mann, president and co-founder of alanna.ai; and Kevin Nincehelser, COO of Premier One.

Show Lenders Your Operation Handles RON Closings
March 9, 2022

Creating a listing in the ALTA Registry is free and membership in ALTA isn’t required. Currently, more than 9,000 title agents, settlement companies and real estate attorneys appear in the database. Closing companies that offer RON are designated with a small icon, making them easy to identify in the ALTA Registry. Click here to get listed today.

War in Ukraine Increases Cyber Risk: Social Engineering Red Flags
March 9, 2022

Cyberattacks on businesses and government agencies have increased following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with the risk of spillover cyberattacks against non-primary targets becoming much more widespread. Experts also expect an increase in sophisticated social engineering schemes centered around the war. Read on for some red flags to help protect yourself and your company.

ICE Mortgage Says E-close Solution Saves Lenders 70 Minutes Per Loan
March 8, 2022

The study, which was conducted by MarketWise Advisors LLC, found that lenders saved $134 per loan and could save more than $500 per loan with a full e-closing.

Women’s History Month: Title Industry Proves to be Successful Career Path for Female Entrepreneurs
March 8, 2022

Women comprise more than 70% of the title industry workforce. That equates to more than 100,000 women working in the industry. It’s a significant percentage and important to be recognized as the country celebrates Women’s History Month in March. Read on for a stories from several women who have found successful careers in the title industry. Share your story in the comments section.

Single Women Skip the Spouse to Buy a House
First American  |  March 8, 2022

As we celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, growing numbers of women, specifically single women, have become homeowners, achieving one of the main tenets of the American Dream.

Limited Virtual Option Available for ALTA SPRINGBOARD
March 7, 2022

If you aren’t able to join us for ALTA SPRINGBOARD in Tampa next week, don't worry: Our limited virtual option has you covered! If you want to be inspired by our headline speakers, the Festival Ideas are open to all ALTA members for free! Available at the click of a button, the Idea Festivals can be viewed from the comfort of your home or office. ALTA SPRINGBOARD will be held March 15-16.

 Do’s and Don’ts for Winning Realtor Business in a Purchase Market
March 3, 2022

It’s no secret by now. The title industry has changed gears for its first competitive purchase market in years. With that pivot comes the change of marketing focus from lender to real estate professional—agents and brokers alike. Read on for some direct tips from real estate professionals to title agents who’d like to win their business.

Offerpad Expands its iBuyer Reach in California
March 3, 2022

The company’s new availability near Sacramento reaches El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Solano, Sutter and Yolo counties. Offerpad is now available in over 1,700 cities.

 Fitch: Record Earnings to Level Off for U.S. Title Insurers
March 3, 2022

Underwriters will likely report modest reductions in margins and overall profits in 2022, but that profitability will continue to exceed historical averages, according to Fitch Insurance Ratings Director Gerry Glombicki.

Realogy Names COO
March 3, 2022

In her role as chief operating officer (COO), Melissa McSherry will focus on driving product, technology, enterprise marketing and customer experience. 

First Integrity Title Company Announces Hire of New Partner
March 3, 2022

Denver-based First Integrity Title Company announced that Tom Konkel has joined the company as a partner to lead strategic growth efforts locally and nationally. 

SoftPro Wins Multiple Gold Stevie Awards
March 3, 2022

SoftPro was awarded Stevie Awards in the categories of Inbound Marketing Program of the Year and Sales Distinction of the Year for Computer Software.

 Get Your Operation Future-Ready at ALTA SPRINGBOARD
March 3, 2022

Get the inside track on how to use data to make your company future-ready! Founder and CEO of KO Insights, Kate O’Neill helps companies like Google, Etsy and Cisco prepare for an increasingly tech-driven future by guiding business leaders to be successful and respectful with human-centric data and technology. Join us for O’Neill’s Idea Festival, “Human Centric Digital Transformation: Strategy Articulation,” sponsored by Westcor, on March 16 at ALTA SPRINGBOARD. Register Today!

 ICYMI: January TitleNews
March 1, 2022

The cover article of the January edition of TitleNews highlights the 2022 housing market and how title companies will need to employ new tactics to capture business and close deals as order mix shifts to purchase. Check out another feature that provides tips for winning Realtor business in a purchase market.

Summit Title, Stavvy Complete First RON Closing in New Hampshire
March 1, 2022

Summit Title Services and Stavvy collaborated to help complete the first remote online notarization (RON) closing in New Hampshire.

InspectHOA Garners $3.1M to Automate HOA Information
March 1, 2022

InspectHOA recently received $3.1 million during a seed funding round led by SVQUAD, with additional investment from Inventus Capital Partners, DevRev CEO and co-founder Dheeraj Pandey, as well as other prominent angel investors.

ALTA Creates Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Council
March 1, 2022

ALTA’s Board of Governors approved the creation of a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Advisory Council compromised of ALTA members who have been critical in developing initiatives at their organizations.

Join Us for Golf at the Good Deeds Happy Hour!
March 1, 2022

March 15 - 16, 2022 | Tampa, FL | Register Today
Giving couldn’t be more fun! Presented by Westcor and benefitting the ALTA Good Deeds Foundation, the Good Deeds Happy Hour will feature Topgolf Swing Suites: immersive, luxury virtual simulators that are fun for golfers and non-golfers alike. Held prior to the start of ALTA SPRINGBOARD, the Good Deeds Happy Hour will be held at the Garrison Tavern in Tampa, March 14 from 5-6:30 p.m. For ticketing information, click here.

Register Today and Save $100!
March 1, 2022

May 16 - 18, 2022 | Washington D.C. | Register Today
Engage with Congressional leaders and your peers at ALTA Advocacy Summit! Take advantage of our Early Bird Rate while you can: Register by March 31 and save $100. This in-person and virtual event provides the only opportunity you’ll have to speak with legislators and create a lasting impression on members of Congress. Join us in person in Washington, D.C., from May 16-18.

Supply Chain Issues Continue to Slow Housing
February 24, 2022

With builders continuing to report supply chain problems that are causing construction delays, overall housing starts decreased 4.1% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.64 million units, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau.

 Fidelity Reports Financial Results for 2021
February 24, 2022

Fidelity National Financial reported that its title insurance segment generated $2.1 billion in pretax earnings in 2021. This compared to $1.9 billion in 2020.

ALTA Welcomes New Members
February 24, 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 74 new members, including 48 title agencies, 18 real estate attorneys. So far in 2022, ALTA has 5,981 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.

 Stewart Posts 2021 Financial Results
February 24, 2022

Stewart Information Services Corp. reported its title insurance segment generated $440.2 million in pretax income in 2021. This compared to $246.9 million in pretax income in 2020.

 Take Your Business to the Next Level
February 24, 2022

ALTA SPRINGBOARD is a forum for fresh thinking and new insights, and help accelerate your career and differentiate your business from the pack. Register today and learn the latest on the changing work place, operations and workflow, and improving customer connections, all while taking advantage of many networking opportunities.

 Learn to Influence Your Customers at ALTA SPRINGBOARD
February 24, 2022

When dealing with customers and industry partners (not to mention your boss), wouldn’t it be helpful to understand the “why” behind their decisions and—even better—how to sway those decisions? The world scientific community has amassed astounding research on human behavior, but little of it is applied. In the “Secrets of Influence,” behavioral scientist Jon Levy will teach us how to apply cutting-edge science to influence customers. Join us for this Idea Festival, sponsored by First American, on March 15 during ALTA SPRINGBOARD.

Title Resources Guaranty Adds Texas Underwriting Counsel
February 24, 2022

In this role, Christina Johnson will provide underwriting counsel to the company's agents in Texas, ensuring transactions close seamlessly, while effectively managing risk for all parties involved.

 Find Your Spark at ALTA SPRINGBOARD
February 23, 2022

If you want to feel invigorated, powerful and ready to take on the challenges at your office, you need to be at ALTA SPRINGBOARD to experience Idea Festival speaker Simon T. Bailey. A prolific author and Hall of Fame keynote speaker, Bailey will introduce us to high-impact habits we can use in our daily lives and talk about how we can differentiate our businesses from the ones down the street. Join Bailey for “Shifting Your Brilliance” on March 15, sponsored by the FNF Family of Companies.

 Webinar Recording: How to Select a RON Provider
February 23, 2022
During this Dell-sponsored ALTA Insights webinar recording, you'll learn about the requirements tech providers must meet to receive a MISMO RON compliance certification. You’ll also hear from a title company executive who will share a punch list of items to consider before selecting a RON partner. Speakers include Jonathan Kearns, vice president of technology for MISMO, and Kyle Tyler, eClosings team lead for Virginia-based Champion Title & Settlements.
ALTA Submits Comments to FinCEN Regarding Proposed Anti-money Laundering Regulations
February 22, 2022

ALTA submitted a letter to FinCEN in response to the agency’s potential rule that would address the vulnerability of the U.S. real estate market to money laundering and other illicit activity. ALTA recommended FinCEN develop tailored and specific transaction reporting requirements for the all-cash real estate transactions involving corporate entities and should finalize regulations for the development of a beneficial ownership database required under the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA).

DataTrace Aims to Accelerate Implementation of Automated Title Production
February 22, 2022

With DataTrace Digital Gateway, title companies can access and directly integrate the full suite of DataTrace title and tax products, including title reports and searches, legal and vesting data, tax reporting, property and ownership data, and recorded document images, with their commercial or proprietary title production system though an API connection.

 The Docket: Death and Tax Foreclosures
February 22, 2022

Lance Pomerantz reviews a recent New York case that addressed the jurisdictional nuances of in rem tax foreclosure when the assessed owner has died, or in the case of a corporation, has been dissolved prior to commencement of the foreclosure action. He is a New York-based sole practitioner who provides expert testimony, litigation consulting and strategic advice in land title disputes. Pomerantz is also the author of the chapter on “Tax Titles” in the most recent edition of the treatise Real Estate Titles, published by the New York State Bar Association in 2020. 

Rynoh and paymints.io Unveil New Integration
February 22, 2022

Financial security software provider Rynoh and paymints.io, a digital funds transfer solution, announced an integration that enables title agencies to accept funds and reconcile bank transactions.

 Time to Service Purchase
February 17, 2022

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) forecasts a record year for purchase volume in 2022, driven by millennials reaching peak first-time homebuyer age and a strong job market. Purchases present different challenges and opportunities for title and settlement agents, reinforcing the need to maintain strong relationships with real estate agents, builders and others in the housing market. Read on for tips and tactics to capture business and close deals as the market shifts.

 Advocacy Update
February 17, 2022

In this week's Advocacy Update, ALTA CEO Diane Tomb discusses what CFPB Director Rohit Chopra said during a Q&A discussing the bureau's larger plans and recent request for public comment on "junk fees." Tomb also shares that ALTA will submit comments to FinCEN regarding the agency's Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on Anti-Money Laundering Regulations for Real Estate Transactions. This week's Advocacy Update also touches on FEMA's plans to move into the final stages of overhauling the National Flood Insurance Program and a hearing before the House Financial Services Committee on stablecoins.

SitusAMC Promotes Title Industry Sales Leaders
February 17, 2022

In their roles, Joe Salmons and Rob Dace will be responsible for driving continued growth of the SitusAMC's title production offering.

 Social Media Marketing for Every Month of the Year
February 17, 2022

Social media marketing is one of the most direct and cost-effective ways companies can reach consumers and customers. ALTA has created a full year of marketing content for members to use on social media. The calendar provides a month-by-month plan or can be used à la carte.

TitleLOOK Adds Marketing Automation to Digital Title Platform
February 17, 2022

The new marketing automation features add customization options and enhances the way users share, follow and interact with digital title reports.

Need to Hire? Utilize ALTA's Sample Job Descriptions and Advertisements
February 17, 2022

The housing market continues to churn along at historic levels. Maybe you need to add to your staff but don't have time to develop job descriptions and summaries. ALTA has you covered and provides information for more than 30 positions in its Human Resources Library. The descriptions include job summaries, as well as suggested duties and responsibilities, knowledge and skills, and other information for each position. Check out what’s available in the library. 

 Join us for a Special Women in Title Event at ALTA SPRINGBOARD
February 17, 2022

You know you deserve more! But deciding what “more” looks like to you—and figuring out how to get it—can be difficult. Dr. Meg Myers Morgan will teach us how to negotiate more from life during a special Women in Title Breakfast at ALTA SPRINGBOARD. Join Morgan for “How to Negotiate: From Higher Salary to Life Satisfaction” on Wednesday, March 16, from 7:30-8:30 a.m. in Tampa. Register Today!

RamQuest Enhances Integration With Title Data
February 15, 2022

Texas title agents can now leverage the integration to route an order directly from their RamQuest solution to Title Data. Title Data’s Auto Order system automatically opens the order in Title Data’s TIMS platform using the party information entered into RamQuest system.

 The Docket: Laches Defense Prevails Against Challenge to Allegedly Void Judgment
February 15, 2022

Ron Damashek, a partner at Dickinson Wright PLLC, provided today’s review of decision by the Illinois Supreme Court that addressed a challenge to an alleged foreclosure judgment. While part of the decision may be unique to Illinois, the laches defense has broad implications to the title industry. Read on to learn how the decision could impact title and non-title litigation.

 First American Reports Q4 and 2021 Earnings
February 15, 2022

First American Financial Corp. reported that its title insurance and services segment generated pretax income of $1.36 billion during 2021. This compared to pretax income of $1.03 billion during 2020.

Corcoran Global Living Expands Reach Into Title Business
February 15, 2022

Corcoran Global Living has announced it has acquired an ownership interest in Gradus Capital, Inc., the parent company of Innovative Title Company and HomeData Disclosure Services Inc.

NEW: 2022 Claims Guide Now Available
February 15, 2022

The 2022 Title and Escrow Claims Guide is now available in print and digital versions! Packed full of practical analysis, the 1,754-page volume adds more than 100 court decisions not found in the 2021 edition. An ALTA membership pays off yet again, providing you with $120 off the non-member price.

KeyCity Capital Jumps Into Texas Market
February 15, 2022

Private equity firm KeyCity Capital recently acquired a 50% stake of Texas-based Hudson Title Group LLC.

Happy ValenTITLE Day!
February 14, 2022

Celebrate ValenTITLE Day (I know, I know—we’ve got jokes today) with a gift to the ALTA Good Deeds Foundation! ALTA members like you have given almost $875,000 to the ALTA Good Deeds Foundation since its inception in 2020, and we have given more than one-third of those funds to worthy non-profit organizations around thecountry—submitted by you! Donate Today!

ALTA Board of Governors Approves Revised Forms, New Endorsement
February 10, 2022

ALTA’s Board of Governors approved a recommendation to adopt several revised ALTA Policy Forms and a new American Lands Waivers and Consents Endorsement during its winter meeting Feb. 1.

OceanFirst Financial to Acquire Trident Abstract Title Agency
February 10, 2022

OceanFirst Financial Corp. is the holding company for OceanFirst Bank NA, which was founded in 1902 and is a  $11.7 billion regional bank providing financial services throughout New Jersey and in the major metropolitan markets of Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, Washington D.C., and Boston. Established in 1975, Trident is a family owned business located in Wall Township, N.J.

Truist Insurance Holdings to acquire Kensington Vanguard National Land Services
February 10, 2022

The transaction significantly expands Truist Insurance Holdings’ presence in the title insurance market. Truist’s existing title operation, BridgeTrust Title, will be integrated into the Kensington Vanguard platform.

 ALTA Insights: People-first Leadership Skills for the Busy Title Agency Manager
February 10, 2022

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. Listen to this ALTA Insights webinar and learn core communication skills that create a positive employee experience, including setting expectations, feedback, coaching and conflict resolution.

Study Finds RON Drives Impactful ROI for Title Agents, Lenders
February 10, 2022

Title agents can save up to $100 per transaction and lenders up to $444 per loan when electronically closed with Remote Online Notarization (RON), according to a study by MarketWise Advisors.

First American Financial Names New CEO
February 10, 2022

First American Financial Corp. announced that Kenneth DeGiorgio was appointed chief executive officer, while Dennis Gilmore, the company’s CEO since 2010, will transition to become chairman of the board of directors. Parker Kennedy, who has chaired First American’s board since 2010, will serve as its lead independent director.

First National Title Names State Agency Manager for Mid-Atlantic Region
February 10, 2022

Theresa Kane-Mackenzie, a 20-year industry veteran, will primarily be responsible for the support and growth for the company in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Doma Appoints Regional Managing Director of California
February 10, 2022

In this role, Scott Callender is responsible for managing all associates and branch operations in California. 

 You’re Invited! (This is Going to be BIG.)
February 9, 2022

Help fill our cup so we can pour it out for others! You are cordially invited to the Good Deeds Happy Hour, presented by Westcor and benefitting the ALTA Good Deeds Foundation. Cheers with your friends, kick off your ALTA SPRINGBOARD experience AND donate to a very worthy cause, all in one night! Held prior to the start of ALTA SPRINGBOARD, the Good Deeds Happy Hour will be held March 14 from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Garrison Tavern in Tampa. For ticketing information, click here.

AmTrust Names Regional Sales Manager for Florida Operations
February 4, 2022

AmTrust Title Insurance Co. appointed Richard Yankowski to head up its agency sales operations in Florida. 

Whatcom Land Title Promotes New CEO, President
February 3, 2022

Washington-based Whatcom Land Title Co. promoted Bill Ronhaar to CEO and Mark Dethlefs to president.

Old Republic Restructures Tech Company
February 3, 2022

Old Republic Title Tech Companies, part of the Old Republic Title Insurance Group, is being restructured to more closely align the vision, leadership and strategy of its commercial software companies. The software companies include eRecording Partners Network (ePN), iMarc, Inc. (dba E-Closing), Pavaso, RamQuest Software Inc. and SMKT.

TitleTap Partners with Alanna.ai to include Chatbot on Websites
February 3, 2022

TitleTap has partnered with Alanna.ai to now include a chatbot named “Anna” on TitleTap’s website solutions.

Get Exclusive Access to Legal Developments Affecting the Title Industry
February 3, 2022

When you need insightful analysis on new laws affecting the title insurance industry, turn to the Title Insurance Law Newsletter. This monthly newsletter reports on cases and decisions addressing title insurance coverage, class action and regulatory enforcement, escrow and settlement duties, agent/underwriter disputes, conveyance laws and RESPA/TILA compliance and violations.

Create Connections at ALTA SPRINGBOARD
February 2, 2022

Networking can be difficult even in the best of times, but at ALTA SPRINGBOARD, we do the heavy lifting for you! This year, we’re bringing back the fan favoriteBraindates, giving you the opportunity to bond with peers who share your interests, ambitions and concerns. And don’t miss your last opportunity to save: Our room block ends Monday, Feb. 14, so reserve your room today.

ALTA Membership ‘Worth Every Penny’
February 1, 2022

From networking opportunities and learning title agents and underwriters across the country share how their ALTA membership helps them excel in the market. Not a member? Click here to join.

Title Alliance Appoints General Manager of Pennsylvania
February 1, 2022

Title Alliance recently named Michelle Ellis as general manager of the company’s operations in Pennsylvania. She will be accountable for profitability metrics set forth for each individual company. 

 Old Republic Reports Q4, 2021 Earnings
February 1, 2022

Old Republic International reported that its title insurance segment generated pretax income of $515.7 million during 2021. This was up from $344 million in pretax income in 2020.

Stewart Names North Central District Manager for Agency Services
February 1, 2022

Iain Bryant will provide support for title agents in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Eastern Wyoming. He will be responsible for managing the existing agency team in these areas, and identifying and onboarding new agents, while fostering existing agent relationships. 

DepositLink Experiences Dramatic Growth in 2021
February 1, 2022

DepositLink, a provider of digital payments technology, reported a 212% growth in new client contracts, 376% growth in payment transactions and 483% growth in the dollar amount of funds transferred through the platform in 2021.

CFPB Launches Initiative Targeting ‘Junk Fees’
February 1, 2022

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) launched an initiative to collect information on alleged junk fees that will help shape the agency’s rulemaking, guidance and enforcement priorities. Within the eight-page request for information, the CFPB specifically mentions title insurance and closing costs in the section focused on mortgages. Help advocate for the title and settlement industry by joining ALTA's Title Action Network.

FinCen Proposes SARs Sharing Program to Combat Money Laundering
February 1, 2022

The proposed pilot program would permit a financial institution with an obligation to file suspicious activity reports to share the SARs and related information with the institution’s foreign branches, subsidiaries and affiliates for the purpose of combating illicit finance risks, subject to approval and conditions set by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).

 Webinar Recording: What Will the 2022 Housing Market Look Like?
February 1, 2022
Listen to this SoftPro-sponsored ALTA Insights webinar to learn some of the dynamics that will drive the housing market over the next year. You’ll also get details about the latest National Association of Realtors’ Profile of Home Buyer and Seller to help you understand the latest real estate trends. 
The Real Brokerage Acquires Expetitle
January 27, 2022

Founded in 2019, Expetitle operates in Florida, Georgia and Texas, offering fully digital and hybrid closings.

PLTA Recognized by Pennsylvania Senate
January 27, 2022

The Pennsylvania Land Title Association (PLTA) received a special citation from the Senate of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania commemorating the association’s 100 years of advocating for its members.

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.

 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.

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 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.