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OS National licensed, opening offices in new stateOpen in a New Window

OS National is licensed and doing business in a new state. It also announced plans to open a second office in the state within a few months. Read on to learn more. 

 

OneTitle: Shopping saves buyers more in N.Y.Open in a New Window

Homebuyers in New York are overpaying for title insurance, according to a report from OneTitle National Guaranty Co. It says better information and more active shopping among buyers, attorneys and lenders could dramatically reduce costs across virtually every type and size of real estate transaction.

 

Fidelity chairman now pro sports ownerOpen in a New Window

The chairman of Fidelity National Financial today is the owner of a pro sports franchise, after the National Hockey League officially granted Las Vegas an expansion team, with Bill Foley and Black Knights Sports & Entertainment, LLC, as its principal owner. The nickname he wants for the team should be familiar to the industry as well. Read on for the details.

 

Title Alliance appoints corporate secretaryOpen in a New Window

Title Alliance appointed a corporate secretary. He will be responsible for implementing decisions of the Board of Directors; taking minutes at director’s meetings and maintaining corporate records. Keep reading to learn more. 

 

Ernst integrates with First AmericanOpen in a New Window

Ernst Publishing Co. integrated First American Mortgage Solutions services into its closing cost search and fee management software. Lenders now have one-button access to First American Mortgage Solutions through Ernst’s software. Read on to learn more. 

 

RamQuest, NextDeal announce integrationOpen in a New Window

RamQuest, Inc., announced that its Closing Market digital network now is integrated with NextDeal’s preDOCS. NextDeal CEO Robert Reich said together, RamQuest and NextDeal are ensuring real estate closings comply with ALTA Best Practices and that consumer non-public personal information remains protected. Keep reading to learn more. 

 

Fitch Ratings shares insights on housing marketOpen in a New Window

The housing recovery had been long delayed and has so far been relatively healthy, but irregular and more moderate than typical, according to Fitch Ratings. Challenges remain, including restrictive credit qualification standards and narrowing affordability. Read on for more of Fitch’s insights.

 

ePN adds 26 counties to eRecording networkOpen in a New Window

ePN added 26 county offices across the U.S. to its eRecording network. Whether a jurisdiction is small or largely populated, more counties are making the necessary accommodations to accept official record documents electronically. Read on to learn more.

 

Greater Illinois Title completes SOC 2 audit, Best PracticesOpen in a New Window

Greater Illinois Title Co. recently has completed its Service Organization Controls SOC 2 examination under AT Section 101 and its AT 101 ALTA Best Practices Certification. The examination included the company’s controls. Read on to learn more. 

 

AmTrust Title hires chief New York State agency counselOpen in a New Window

AmTrust Title Insurance Co. added a commercial real estate title insurance veteran as chief New York State agency counsel. He has more than 19 years of experience. Read on to learn more. 

 

Docutech: Improve the borrower experienceOpen in a New Window

While buying a home can be exciting, getting a loan could be onerous and confusing. In its recent whitepaper, “A New Home, A New Life: Improving the Borrower Experience,” Docutech lists four steps lenders and all parties to the transaction can take to improve the experience for the homebuyer. Read on to learn more. 

 

Simplifile: Collaboration more important than everOpen in a New Window

In its recent whitepaper, “Collaboration in Today’s TRID Environment,” Simplifile said true collaboration between lenders and agents is crucial for meeting the new requirements under TRID. Using phone calls and emails creates an inefficient, inconsistent process that in some cases could violate the TRID requirements and increase risk. Keep reading to learn more. 

 

Market activity closer to potential, First American saysOpen in a New Window

First American Financial Corp. released its Potential Home Sales model for May. The model provides a gauge on whether existing-home sales are under or over their long-run potential level, based on current market fundamentals. Keep reading to learn more. 

 

Colonial Mortgage opens new location in Little RockOpen in a New Window

Colonial National Mortgage, a division of Colonial Savings, F.A., is opening a new retail mortgage branch in Little Rock, Ark. This is the first Arkansas location for the lender. Read on to learn more. 

 

Title insurance premiums see best first quarter since 2007Open in a New Window

The title industry put together its best start to the year in nearly a decade, according to the latest data on title insurance premiums announced by the American Land Title Association. Read on to find out how well the industry is doing, and what might be in store for the rest of 2016.

 

Counsellors Title Agency adds experienced officerOpen in a New Window

Counsellors Title Agency, Inc. named a new title officer. According to the announcement he represents many decades of title expertise in which he has served in every capacity of title insurance industry. Keep reading to learn more. 

 

RamQuest integrates with Data TraceOpen in a New Window

RamQuest, Inc. announced its Closing Market digital network now is integrated with Data Trace. RamQuest customers can now request one-click ordering of Texas tax certificates from Data Trace. Read on to learn more. 

 

The Title Report attends TLTA conferenceOpen in a New Window

The Title Report was back on the road to join the Texas Land Title Association at its Annual Conference and Business Meeting. Plenty of new people and old friends were on hand in Galveston for the event. Read on to learn more about the conference. 

 

Bank of America addresses TRID, Best PracticesOpen in a New Window

Bank of America recently released its latest newsletter to settlement agents, discussing many of the aspects that have remained an issue since the implementation of the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures (TRID) rule, as well as its stance on vendor requirements for title companies. Read on for the details.

 

Wells panel discusses annual homeownership surveyOpen in a New Window

Wells Fargo hosted a national panel discussion on sustainable homeownership and access to credit at the National Press Club. The lender also shared the results of its third annual “How America Views Homeownership” survey prior to the discussion. Read on for more details.

 

Texas mortgage lender moves into FloridaOpen in a New Window

A Texas-based national mortgage lender announced it would make its first entry into the Florida market, with industry veterans joining the company as branch manager and regional sales manager. Read on for all the details.

 

SoftPro integrates with Notary LoopOpen in a New Window

SoftPro announced its SoftPro 360 business exchange platform has added Notary Loop, Inc. as an integrated vendor. The integration allows SoftPro users direct access to Notary Loop’s network of notary signing services from within the SoftPro environment. Read on to learn more.

 

E-Closing expands integration with FidelityOpen in a New Window

E-Closing, a provider of cloud-based title processing software, announced the expansion of its integration with Fidelity National Title Group to include closing protection letters. Vice President of Sales and Marketing Marc Hall said this solution will save agents time. Read on to learn more.

 

ClosingCorp names VP of sales, strategic relationshipsOpen in a New Window

ClosingCorp, a provider of residential real estate closing cost data and technology for the mortgage and real estate services industries, announced a new vice president of sales, strategic relationships. He will be responsible for developing and maintaining technology-provider relationships. Keep reading to learn more.

 

Demotech assigns FSR to Foundation TitleOpen in a New Window

Foundation Title Insurance Co. was assigned a financial stability rating June 9. Read on to learn more.

 

Continental Title celebrates 15 yearsOpen in a New Window

Continental Title is celebrating its 15th year in Kansas City’s title insurance industry. The announcement said at the foundation of all the agency is the knowledge that the work has an impact on families, and that its efforts can make the process of buying or selling a home smoother and less stressful. Read on to learn more. 

 

ATPR now integrated with ResWareOpen in a New Window

ATPR has built a third party integration between SmartProp, its property search product and ResWare. ATPR noted the integration would assist a large number of agencies. Keep reading to learn more. 

 

Title Alliance appoints marketing specialistOpen in a New Window

Title Alliance appointed Brendan Farrell as marketing specialist. He will be charged with helping each individual joint venture manager to assess their needs and to provide them with tools to market their services to the potential customers. Read on to learn more. 

 

Home purchase sentiment index reaches new survey highOpen in a New Window

Fannie Mae’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index increased in May, reaching a new all-time survey high and rebounding from an 18-month low in March. Keep reading to learn more. 

 

First American leveraging information to expand insightsOpen in a New Window

Since Chief Economist Mark Fleming joined First American in late 2014, the company has begun releasing several data indices. When asked why First American was releasing all this information, Fleming told The Title Report more knowledge leads to more power and understanding. Read on to learn more. 

 

eMortgages and eClosings, what’s the difference?Open in a New Window

Recently, there has been a buzz around the industry about eMortgages. Are these eClosings? Does that refer to Rocket Mortgage? Street Resource Group President Stanley Street supplied some answers to The Title Report. He said they were gaining momentum before the Great Recession and gaining in popularity again. Read on to learn more. 

 

SCA asks ‘Are you GLBA Compliant?’Open in a New Window

Security Compliance Associates recently released a whitepaper titled, “Are you GLBA Compliant: An examination of GLBA and Certification Requirements.” It discussed the requirements under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and ALTA Best Practices. Read on for details from the whitepaper.

 

LenderLive splits off settlement servicesOpen in a New Window

LenderLive announced a new organizational structure aligning its various business divisions under two broad units. LenderLive Services, LLC will house settlement services and LenderLive Document Services. Read on to learn more. 

 

Southern Title forms compliance divisionOpen in a New Window

Building for the future of the title industry, Florida-based Southern Title has formed its own compliance division and set to work on ensuring that the company will have practices and policies in place to remain compliant throughout the business. Read on for all the details.

 

NS3: Make a Child Smile brings ‘simple pleasures’ to CharlotteOpen in a New Window

For the fifth year in a row, attendees at October Research, LLC’s National Settlement Services Summit got together to help make a difference in the lives of area children. Read on for details of the charity presentation, and how the “simple pleasures help our children and families feel a sense of normalcy.”

 

 

Thomas Title and Escrow opens new officeOpen in a New Window

Arizona will see a new office from Thomas Title and Escrow opening next week. Read on for details of the latest company expansion.

 

NS3: Regulator Open Forum prompts insightful discussionsOpen in a New Window

The National Settlement Services Summit in Charlotte, N.C., opened with a forum discussion on today’s hot regulatory and compliance topics. With state and federal regulators on stage, the discussion included dispute resolution with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, TRID, marketing services agreements and more. Read on for the details.

 

To increase sales, go back to basicsOpen in a New Window

Like tag team wrestlers, escrow officers and sales team members need to work together, a panel at the American Escrow Association Annual Conference said. Read on for more insights that October Research, LLC, was able to gain from attending the session.

 

First International Title grows in Florida, TexasOpen in a New Window

First International Title opened Florida offices in Titusville and Perdido Key, with additional offices scheduled to open this month in St. Augustine and Doral (Miami). First International Title CEO Jim Moran said the company has assembled a terrific group of people who will help with this growth going forward. Keep reading to learn more.

 

Home flipping increases 20 percentOpen in a New Window

RealtyTrac released its Q1 2016 U.S. Home Flipping Report, showing 6.6 percent of all single-family home and condo sales in the first quarter of 2016 were flips. This is a 20 percent increase from the previous quarter and up 3 percent from a year ago. Keep reading to learn more. 

 

Ten-X: Existing home sales continue to increaseOpen in a New Window

The latest Ten-X Residential Real Estate Nowcast projects continued growth in existing home sales for May, both from a month and a year earlier. Read on for the details.

 

NS3: Industry’s best honored with OR AwardsOpen in a New Window

For the fifth year, October Research, LLC, presented its annual awards for leadership, innovation and philanthropy, with some of the brightest stars in the title industry recognized for their work. Read on for the details.

 

FTC helps guide businesses on information securityOpen in a New Window

Representatives of the Federal Trade Commission and the National Institute of Standards and Technology recently spoke about the way information security and cybersecurity affects small businesses, and steps those businesses can take to protect themselves. Read on for the details.

 

Stewart Title grows commercial services businessOpen in a New Window

Stewart Title appointed a senior business development officer for its Dallas office. He will concentrate his efforts on expanding Stewart’s local, national and international commercial business by supporting and developing new business relationships and sales in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area.

 

Indecomm launches eRecording platformOpen in a New Window

Indecomm Global Services announced it launched InteleDoc Direct eRecording Platform with Recopedia, Indecomm’s national recording toolkit. The platform will allow Indecomm or client-directed submissions with minimal data entry at any point in the process, the company said. Read on for the details.

 

 

Training the right candidates, Part IIOpen in a New Window

In Part I of our two-part series, we talked about companies using creative solutions to staff the industry during the upcoming busy season. In Part II we are discussing the training that candidates receive once they are placed full-time with a title company. Keep reading to learn more. 

 

NS3: Summit opens with lender oversight focusOpen in a New Window

Hoping to keep the industry on a fast track to compliance and business building, the 12th annual National Settlement Services Summit (NS3) opens its doors today at the Sheraton and Le Meredien hotels in Charlotte, N.C. Read on for a preview of this year’s NS3.

 

Passport Title’s partnering model achieves certificationOpen in a New Window

Passport Title’s operating model has been declared fully compliant with ALTA Best Practices, a certification that extends to its existing community of title agent partners as well as to title agencies and individual attorneys and lay title agents when they choose to partner with the agency. Read on to learn more about this company’s partnership model. 

 

Wells thanks agents for TRID effortsOpen in a New Window

In its latest quarterly newsletter to settlement agents, Wells Fargo thanked agents for their efforts since the implementation of the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule, and updated work on Closing Insight adoption and master closing instructions. Read on for the details.

 

Old Republic names new president of titleOpen in a New Window

Old Republic announced it has created a new holding company for its Old Republic Title Insurance Group, and has promoted a long-time title insurance veteran to lead the company. He will lead all revenue-producing, direct and agency operations, commercial operations, and technical service operations and entities in the Title Group. Read on for more.

 

Beige Book reports construction, real estate expandsOpen in a New Window

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System released its Beige Book, on June 1. The latest report said construction and real estate activity generally expanded since the last report. Read on for the details.

 

Are you an irresistible company?Open in a New Window

Being irresistible is being too tempting for people not to be attracted to you, according to Founder/CEO Lori Coruccini. October Research, LLC attended her presentation at the American Escrow Association (AEA) conference, where she expressed the importance of objective information and behaviors in the workplace. She said employers need to “continually attract” their employees. Read on to learn more. 

 

Marketplace Title adds Naples native to growing teamOpen in a New Window

Marketplace Title announced that it has added licensed title agent/escrow officer. The company has expanded to include seven employees. Read on for the details.

 

Mortgage Cadence integrates with DocuSign and eOriginalOpen in a New Window

Mortgage Cadence LLC, an Accenture company, announced an integration with DocuSign, Inc. and eOriginal, Inc. This new integration helps to expedite the mortgage origination process. Read on to learn more about this partnership.

 

Fidelity National Title Agency adds commercial escrow officersOpen in a New Window

Fidelity National Title Agency, a member of the Fidelity National Financial family, named its newest two employees. They will join the team at its new Camelback Lakes Commercial Branch. Read on to learn more.

 

CFPB takes action on illegal referral schemeOpen in a New Window

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has taken action against a former Wells Fargo employee for an illegal mortgage fee-shifting scheme. It found that a loan officer referred a substantial number of loan closings to a single escrow company, receiving a commission in the process. Read on to learn more. 

 

Finding the right candidates in recruitment process: Part 1Open in a New Window

Recruitment in the title insurance industry isn’t always easy. New hires often come from industry partners or through family members. Two companies have taken creative approaches to the practice. Read on to learn more.

 

 

First National Title Insurance Co. now underwriting in FloridaOpen in a New Window

First National Title Insurance Co. (FNTI) now is licensed and fully operational in Florida. This is the fourth state the underwriter is licensed in after Texas, Arizona and New Mexico. President and CEO Chris Phillips and National Agency Manager DJ Horn spoke with The Title Report about their new venture.

 

 

Stewart Title names business development officer to Denver officeOpen in a New Window

Stewart Title named a new commercial services business development officer. This is his second time he’s been with the Stewart team. Read on to learn more.

 

WFG New England Agency group names underwriting counselOpen in a New Window

WFG National Title Insurance Co. has named a new underwriting counsel for its New England Agency group. She will provide underwriting support, guidance and education for the underwriter’s New England region title agencies. Read on for the details.

 

Sun Title Agency grows commercial division with new hireOpen in a New Window

Sun Title is expanding its commercial division with the hiring of a professional to focus on commercial business development. He brings 49 years of experience in the title industry, including 26 years in commercial title. Keep reading to learn more. 

 

Maloney presses federal banking agencies for cybersecurity reassurancesOpen in a New Window

Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.) requested information from the Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency regarding the what response they have taken to recent cyberattacks on the SWIFT financial messaging network. In her letter she said more than 11,000 financial institutions use SWIFT to send billions of messages every year, facilitating trillions of dollars of cross-border payments. Keep reading to learn more. 

 

Middleburg Bank opens new branchOpen in a New Window

Middleburg Financial Corp. announced it will open a new branch in Clarke County, Virginia. It will offer a full array of financial services, including mortgage lending, personal and commercial banking and investment and trust services. Read on to learn more. 

 

Labor Department finalizes overtime pay ruleOpen in a New Window

Salaried workers making as much as $47,000 annually will become eligible for overtime by the end of the year, according to new rules finalized by the Department of Labor. The White House says the move will assist workers whose wages have been relatively stagnant in recent years, while news of the move was met with some opposition in the industry. Read on for the details.

 

SoftPro integrates with TrustLinkOpen in a New Window

SoftPro’s 360 business exchange platform now is integrated with TrustLink from First American Professional Real Estate Services (FAPRES). SoftPro customers who also use TrustLink will benefit from this seamless integration without leaving their SoftPro environment. Read on to learn more. 

 

Landmark expands to Clay CountyOpen in a New Window

Landmark, a land records software company, has gone live in Clay County, Fla. Landmark fields a suite of software solutions in court case management, tourist and bed tax collection, property deed sales and jury management. Read on for details of its expansion.

 

Zombie foreclosures decrease 30 percent in second quarterOpen in a New Window

RealtyTrac released its Q2 2016 U.S. Residential Property Vacancy and Zombie Foreclosure Report. It showed nearly 1.4 million U.S. residential properties were vacant as of May 2016. Keep reading to learn more. 

 

Economic growth outlook subpar, Fannie saysOpen in a New Window

Consumers and businesses are more cautious amid slowdown in the labor market, according to Fannie Mae’s Economic and Strategic Research Group. It lowered its full-year economic growth forecast to 1.7 percent. Read on to learn more.



 

Housing market underperforming according to First AmericanOpen in a New Window

First American Financial Corp. released First American’s proprietary Potential Home Sales model for the month of April 2016. For April, the model showed that the market for existing-home sales is underperforming its potential. Keep reading to learn more. 

 

CREATe.org says NIST framework important for cybersecurityOpen in a New Window

The Center for Responsible Enterprise and Trade recently released a whitepaper, “Cyber Risk: Navigating the Rising Tide of Cybersecurity Regulation.” It says cybersecurity threats have grown in their severity and pervasiveness, information security has become a leading priority for organizations and governments worldwide. Read on to learn more. 

 

Average time to close loans holds steady at 44 daysOpen in a New Window

The average time to close a loan held steady in April, according to the Ellie Mae Origination Insight Report. The Origination Insight Report mines its application data from a robust sampling of approximately 66 percent of all mortgage applications that were initiated on the Encompass all-in-one mortgage management solution. Keeping reading to learn more.

 

Georgia county now eRecordingOpen in a New Window

Catoosa County in Georgia is eRecording real estate documents through CSC. Read on to learn more.

 

AmTrust Financial acquires title companyOpen in a New Window

AmTrust Financial Services, Inc., has completed the acquisition of a New York title company and its subsidiaries. It will be part of AmTrust Title, AmTrust’s expanding title insurance operation. Read on to learn more about the company and the deal.

 

eLynx acquisition broadens Black Knight offeringsOpen in a New Window

Black Knight Financial Services executives discussed the company’s acquisition of eLynx on a conference call this week, saying the acquisition is an example of the company’s strategy moving forward. Read on for details of the deal.

 

CoreLogic: Foreclosure inventory down 23 percentOpen in a New Window

CoreLogic released its March 2016 National Foreclosure Report showing the foreclosure inventory declined by 23.2 percent, and completed foreclosures declined by 14.9 percent, compared with March 2015. The March 2016 foreclosure inventory rate is the lowest for any month since October 2007.  Read on to learn more. 

 

Title Lock offers title fraud monitoringOpen in a New Window

Title Lock, a title fraud detection company, now is offering its proprietary title fraud monitoring and alerting system via desktop and mobile platform to home and property owners nationwide. Title Lock President Harish Chopra told The Title Report the platforms provide early protection by notifying users with real time-alerts if any of the 250 types of title documents are disturbed at the county recorder’s office. Keep reading to learn more. 

 

Millennials heavily impacting homeownershipOpen in a New Window

Millennials are bucking trends, changing the landscape of America, and sharply different from previous generations in many different ways. One of the most visible and consequential ways is through millennial homeownership numbers. Keep reading to learn more. 

 

Rep. French Hill speaks one-on-one with The Title ReportOpen in a New Window

One of the leading Congressional advocates for the title and mortgage industries, Rep. French Hill, took time out of his schedule for a one-on-one interview with The Title Report. He talked about confusion that still remains with the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule, frustrations he and the industry have had with the way the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has handled the regulation, and the future of the TRID hold-harmless bill that he introduced and passed the House in October. Read on for all the details.

 

22 more counties eRecording with SimplifileOpen in a New Window

Counties across 11 states nationwide have added eRecording abilities with Simplifile, the company announced. Read on to see where the company has expanded its reach.

 

Rep. Hill: More information needed on Know Before You OweOpen in a New Window

Addressing more than 250 attendees Monday during the American Land Title Association (ALTA) 2016 Federal Conference & Lobby Day in Washington, D.C., Congressman French Hill (AR-02) stressed that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) should provide additional formal guidance to help industry comply with the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID), or the Know Before You Owe, rule.

 

Home loan originations down 8 percent, RealtyTrac saysOpen in a New Window

RealtyTrac released its Q1 2016 U.S. Residential Property Loan Origination Report. Purchase originations were up 3 percent, as refinance originations fell 20 percent from a year earlier. Read on to learn more. 

 

SoftPro integrates with Title Resources Guaranty Co.Open in a New Window

SoftPro announced a new integration for agents of Title Resources Guaranty Co. with its SoftPro 360 business exchange platform. Read on for details of how the integration will help the companies and their products.

 

Radian CEO says progress evident after ValuAmerica acquisitionOpen in a New Window

Six months after buying Pittsburgh-based title company ValuAmerica, the CEO of parent company Radian Group told analysts that the company already had seen evidence of progress in cross-selling its services to its mortgage insurance customers. Read on for details from the company’s first-quarter earnings call.

 

Thomas Title and Escrow takes commercial services nationalOpen in a New Window

Thomas Title and Escrow announced that its commercial services platform is expanding nationally, with a new managing director named to lead the division. Read on for details of the move.

 

RedVision releases benchmark study on true title origination costsOpen in a New Window

RedVision and Accenture teamed up to produce a title insurance production benchmark study titled, “Key insights on true title origination costs and what title companies can do about them.” As companies continue to try to reduce costs, one question remains: What does it truly cost title insurers to originate a title? Read on to learn more. 

 

Black Knight Financial Services acquires eLynxOpen in a New Window

Black Knight Financial Services, Inc. has acquired eLynx, a portfolio company of American Capital Ltd. Black Knight Financial Services logo Black Knight Executive Chairman Bill Foley said this is an exciting step for Black Knight as it announces its first acquisition as a publicly traded company. Read on to learn more. 

 

NS3 Preview: Embracing change, developing models can drive salesOpen in a New Window

Since the implementation of the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule in October, it’s safe to say that business has been anything but usual for the title and settlement services industries. In a panel discussion at the National Settlement Services Summit in Charlotte, N.C., Orange Leaf Consulting CEO Cynthia McGovern and Florida Agency Network CEO Aaron Davis will discuss the opportunities to increase and enhance your business during this period of change. Read on for the details.

 

First American index shows dip in homeownership progressOpen in a New Window

First American Financial Corp. released the second annual First American Homeownership Progress Index. It measures the level of homeownership and the underlying demographic and economic factors that influence the probability of homeownership over time and geography. Read on to learn more. 

 

16 more counties eRecord with SimplifileOpen in a New Window

Simplifile announced it has installed its eRecording solution in 16 additional county recording offices across Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Read on to learn more.

 

 

Title Alliance acquires Village Title AgencyOpen in a New Window

Title Alliance has acquired Village Title Agency in Summit County, Ohio. The owner Gayle Snyder said she is excited to expand the title agency she founded in 1995. Keep reading to learn more. 

 

NextDeal hires key business development executiveOpen in a New Window

NextDeal has named a vice president of business development. NextDeal CEO Robert Reich said is excited about the appointment. Read on to learn more. 

 

How to stay on a lender’s ‘white list’Open in a New Window

ATPR Inc. released a whitepaper, “Getting onto (and staying on) a mortgage lender’s “white list.” It said mortgage lenders are scrutinizing the way their service providers do business more than ever. Read on to learn more.

 

HOA Solutions curing lien issues for asset holdersOpen in a New Window

To accommodate the industry demand for more homeowner and condo-owner association liens, Chronos Solutions has opened a second location in Rainbow City, Ala., to house the company’s HOA Solutions Group. SVP Duke Odom told The Title Report the surge in demand is due to higher ramifications from legal precedents. Read on to learn more.

 

 

NS3 Preview: Creating meeting of the minds between creditors, settlement agentsOpen in a New Window

A dog is smarter than its tail, right? It usually is, until it doesn’t pay close enough attention to the details. At this year’s National Settlement Services Summit (NS3), October Research, LLC will be hosting “TRID Tails,” where a panel of experts will review the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule’s various conflicts and problems that they have seen arise out of the normal workflow between creditors and settlement agents. Read on to learn more.

 

NS3 Preview: Escrow developments across the statesOpen in a New Window

Escrow practices across the country vary dramatically already, but state and federal regulatory changes, market developments and fraud considerations promise to further complicate matters. During the National Settlement Services Summit, attendees will learn about the latest trends impacting escrow functions as well as how to keep their operations safe and successful.

 

Wells Fargo launches fast loan for small businessesOpen in a New Window

Wells Fargo launched FastFlex Small Business Loan, an online, fast-decision loan. It is designed to help small businesses with short-term credit needs get access to funds as soon as the next business day. Read on to learn about the lender’s newest tool for small businesses. 

 

RamQuest now integrated with Title ResourcesOpen in a New Window

RamQuest, Inc.’s Closing Market digital network now is integrated with Title Resources. This integration enables agents who issue Title Resources title insurance policies to access closing protection letters and policy jackets through RamQuest’s Closing Market digital network. Read on to learn more. 

 

FDIC highlights resources on banking for small businessesOpen in a New Window

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) highlighted the agency's resources to help small businesses get the most from their banking relationships. Their ability to generate new jobs depends, in large part, on access to credit and other banking services. Read on to learn more. 

 

Fidelity National Title Agency welcomes new vice presidentOpen in a New Window

Fidelity National Title Agency, a member of the Fidelity National Financial family, named a vice president/branch manager of a commercial branch in Arizona. Read on for more details. 

 

Realogy reports strong start to 2016 for TRGOpen in a New Window

Realogy Holdings Corp., parent company of the Title Resource Group, announced its earnings results for the first quarter of 2016. TRG revenue soared in the first quarter from a year ago because of strong growth in purchase transactions. Keep reading to learn more. 

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