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The Title Report is the title insurance industry’s premier source of market intelligence on issues that matter to today’s title agent and settlement services professional. It provides up-to-the-minute, nationwide reporting on title insurance, settlement services, e-commerce and title technology, real estate market trends, fraud reports, ratings actions and earnings reports, mergers and acquisitions, niche markets, competitive business strategies and regulatory and legislative updates.


 

 

AmTrust continues aggressive expansionOpen in a New Window

AmTrust Title Insurance Co. has hired two former Fidelity executives to guide its expansion into the Caribbean and Latin America and to develop its Southeast base.

The move comes the same month the New York-based company announced it had hired two former Stewart executives to establish offices in Austin, Dallas and Houston.

Read on for more details.


 

Beige Book: Low inventories slow home salesOpen in a New Window

The Federal Reserve’s April Beige Book found that home sales across the country slowed due to low inventories.

The Federal Reserve also reported that overall economic activity continued to expand at a modest to moderate pace nationwide and i
nflation remained in check, even as companies in some areas had more difficulty finding skilled workers.

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North American opens new office in MinnesotaOpen in a New Window

North American Title Co. (NAT) has expanded into an area which had an 8.5 percent increase in home sales and a 7.7 percent jump in median sales prices last year.

NAT also has hired a closer and a closing assistant for the new office.

Read on for more details.
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Movement Mortgage issues 2017 projectionsOpen in a New Window

Despite an anticipated downturn in home sales nationwide this year, Movement Mortgage is projecting a 25 percent year-over-year increase in residential mortgages.

Read on for more details.


 

Accenture buys BeesPath’s ClosingBridgeOpen in a New Window

Accenture purchased BeesPath’s ClosingBridge platform to enhance its Mortgage Cadence loan origination technology suite, the company announced.

The company also has hired the former president of BeesPath to speed the integration of ClosingBridge with Mortgage Cadence and to oversee product advancement.

Read on for more details.

 

Global engineering firm buys Bock & ClarkOpen in a New Window

The global engineering and consulting firm NV5 has acquired Bock & Clark (B&C).

With has eight offices and annual sales revenues of $39 million, B&C is the largest company providing ALTA surveys in the U.S. Leaders from both companies cite synergies between the firms that will benefit both.

Read on for more details.


 

OS National opens Houston officeOpen in a New Window

Although OS National LLC already has an office in Dallas/Fort Worth, the company said its new Houston office will become its hallmark Texas location.

Read on for more details.


 

Freddie Mac:Tight inventories may slow spring marketOpen in a New Window

Freddie Mac’s latest housing outlook predicts home sales will decrease in 2017.

Read on for more details.

 

SoftPro, APG partnerOpen in a New Window

SoftPro has integrated its business exchange platform with American Property Guard (APG), the companies announced.

SoftPro 360 users now can order property tax certificates, county assessor data, tax maps and HOA contract information from APG directly from within SoftPro.

Read on for more details.

 

First International hires branch managerOpen in a New Window

The new hire has more than 20 years of closing and managerial experience with both law firms and national title underwriters.

Read on for more details.

 

Cybersecurity expert launches new companyOpen in a New Window

Cybersecurity is a big concern for small businesses.  An industry expert has started a company that provides security-related services and consulting especially designed for title and settlement service providers as well as financial services firms.

The security services offered by the new company can be tailored to small operations or large agencies.

Read on for more details.


 

Study: Small business more efficient at hiringOpen in a New Window

If you own a small business such as a title or settlement company, you know that hiring employees can be time consuming and costly.

A new report from Lever indicates small and mid-sized businesses are more efficient at the hiring process than large companies. Even so, small businesses usually go through 86 job candidates before selecting one.

Read
on for more details.


 

Westcor agents gain optionsOpen in a New Window

Westcor Land Title Insurance Co. has integrated E-Closing’s cloud-based title production software, the companies announced.

The integration will allow Westcor agents to generate closing protection letters and policy jackets directly from the E-Closing production system.

Read on for more details.


 

Foreclosures decline during first quarterOpen in a New Window

An analysis by ATTOM Data Solutions found foreclosure activity decreased in 102 of 216 markets across the country.

Read on for more details.

 

ePN, Closers’ Choice partnerOpen in a New Window

The integration will enable Closers’ Choice users to eRecord within the company’s services gateway.

Read on for more details.


 

Mortgage delinquencies down in JanuaryOpen in a New Window

The percentage of mortgages at least 30 days delinquent dropped slightly during January 2017, according to a report by CoreLogic.

Read on for more details.

 

Stewart poised to grow independent agency networkOpen in a New Window

Earlier this year, Stewart announced ambitious plans to expand its network of independent title agencies by between 20 percent and 25 percent.

Stewart Agency Services President Pat Beall updated The Title Report on the results of the company’s recruitment efforts and described what makes an agency a good fit for the underwriter.

Read on for more details.


 

Federal hiring freeze liftedOpen in a New Window

President Donald Trump has lifted the federal hiring freeze that had been in place since late January.

In its place, government agencies have been instructed to provide the president’s administration with plans to reduce waste and spending within their departments.

Read on for more details.

 

Westcor integrates QualiaOpen in a New Window

The integration will enable title companies and law firms to issue Westcor policies, generate closing protection letters and calculate rates within Qualia’s platform.

Westcor’s COO said the integration is yet another step in the company’s effort to support title agent partners.

Read on for more details.

 


 

NextAce adds vice presidentOpen in a New Window

NextAce’s newly hired vice president of sales and account management was formerly an executive with a real estate data company.

Read on for more details.


 

Ten-X releases spring market reportOpen in a New Window

A ranking of the top single-family housing markets for spring 2017 placed cities in the South, Midwest and West at the top of the list, with two of the top markets in Florida.

Read on for more details.

 


 

Survey: Renters in no hurry to buyOpen in a New Window

A Freddie Mac survey found that renters are more optimistic about their financial situations and expect to continue renting even if rental prices increase.

Read on for more details.

 

Former Stewart execs lead AmTrust’s Texas pushOpen in a New Window

AmTrust Title Insurance Co. has hired two former Stewart executives to oversee its Texas expansion.

The New York-based company is looking to establish offices in Austin, Dallas and Houston.

Read on to learn which two industry veterans have been tapped to lead AmTrust’s Texas charge.


 

Florida title company expandsOpen in a New Window

A Florida title company has opened a new office in Miami Beach that will focus on international business and has agents that speak multiple languages, including Spanish, Czech, French, Hungarian, Mandarin Chinese and Portuguese.

The company’s marketing director told The Title Report that the new office’s staff was crafted to meet the area’s demographics.

Read on for more details.

 

Report details foreclosure crisisOpen in a New Window

CoreLogic has released a 10-year retrospect of the residential foreclosure crisis in the U.S., examining the path of the crisis from the early 2000s to present day.

In addition to recorded foreclosures, the report analyzes foreclosure inventory and the serious delinquency rates throughout the crisis to the end of 2016.

Read on for more details.


 

LandStar hires counselOpen in a New Window

LandStar Title Agency’s new counsel previously worked for several New York law firms.

Read on for more details.


 

LenderLive completes PHH transactionOpen in a New Window

PHH Mortgage Corp.’s private label fulfillment operation in Jacksonville, Fla. has been rebranded as LenderLive. 

Read on for more details.


 

NATIC hires regional underwriting counselOpen in a New Window

North American Title Insurance Co. selected a former Stewart underwriter as its vice president, regional underwriting counsel for Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

Read on for more details.


 

HomeServices acquires regional brokerageOpen in a New Window

HomeServices of America has acquired a New Jersey brokerage that is well known for representing luxury properties.

The acquired company has more than 700 sales associates in six counties in Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. CEO Ron Peltier said the acquisition is intended to boost HomeServices’ presence on the East Coast.

Read on for more details.


 

NextDeal launches wire fraud prevention toolOpen in a New Window

NextDeal has launched new technology designed to prevent wire fraud by allowing title and settlement service firms to securely send and receive opening packages to buyers and sellers, the company announced.

preDOCS will allow title and settlement agents to send wire instructions and receive personal data without using email.

Read on for more details.


 

CSC integrates ISGN’s GATORSOpen in a New Window

Corporation Service Company (CSC) has integrated its eRecording services with ISGN’s GATORS, the companies announced.

The integration will allow ISGN users to link with CSC’s web-based real estate eRecording services and transmit electronic documents to recording offices throughout the nation.

Read on for more information.


 

ALTA updates best practice materialsOpen in a New Window

ALTA has updated its supplemental materials for its title insurance and settlement company best practices.

Read on for more information.


 

ePN adds to its eRecording networkOpen in a New Window

eRecording Partners Network in March added nine counties to its eRecording network.

Read on for more details.

 

Fannie: Housing confidence dipped in MarchOpen in a New Window

Americans surveyed by Fannie Mae were less confident about the housing market in March, with consumer confidence falling in five of the six categories measured.

Read on for more details.


 

Is a consent agreement an admission of guilt?Open in a New Window

That question was one of the many hotly debated issues during Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray’s appearance before the House Financial Services Committee.

One committee member said publicly stating that a company has violated the law without an admission of liability is ‘trial by press release.’

Read on for more details.


 

Virginia title company expands through acquisitionOpen in a New Window

River Title & Escrow has finalized a deal to purchase Historyland Title & Escrow.

Historyland was previously owned by Cheryl B. Pierson, who sold the company following her election as clerk of the Richmond County Circuit Court. The managing member and co-owner of River Title will manage Historyland.

Read on for more details.


 

Weichert announces leadership appointmentsOpen in a New Window

Weichert has announced three top-level executive appointments, including a new president, a new head of residential sales and a new vice president of acquisitions.

The appointments span across the company’s holdings, including Weichert Financial Services, Weichert Development Co. and Weichert Realtors.

Read on to learn which company executives have been promoted.


 

Average property tax bill $3,296 in 2016Open in a New Window

According to a tax analysis by ATTOM Data Solutions, the average annual property tax levied on single family homes in the U.S. in 2016 was 1.15 percent.

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Black Knight: Tappable equity highest since 2006Open in a New Window

Nearly 40 million homeowners now have a mortgage with tappable equity, according to Black Knight Financial Services.

R
ead on for more details.


 

North American adds assistant county managerOpen in a New Window

The assistant county manager North American Title Co. hired for its Santa Clara County, Calif. operations has more than 10 years of sales and marketing experience.

Read on for more details.

 

Mother Lode launches Texas National TitleOpen in a New Window

Mother Lode Holding Company (MLHC) is opening retail branches of its wholly owned subsidiary Texas National Title (TNT) in four markets in Texas.

MLHC also announced its hiring of an industry veteran to lead TNT’s operations.

Read on to learn who MLHC selected to lead TNT and where the initial branches will be located.


 

Snapdocs expands ResWare integrationOpen in a New Window

An expanded integration syncs critical signing status updates from ResWare into Snapdocs.

It also provides new settings that enable ResWare users to offer client-specific signing workflows within Snapdocs.

Read on for more details.


 

North Dakota title group buys abstract companyOpen in a New Window

The Frontier Title Group has purchased Stutsman County Abstract & Guarantee Company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The group now consists of FM Title in Fargo, Innovative Title and Abstract in Wahpeton, Barnes County Abstract in Valley City, and Stutsman County Abstract in Jamestown.

Read on to learn more.


 

Homes less affordable during first quarterOpen in a New Window

According to ATTOM Data Solutions’ Home Affordability Index, in one out of four counties across the country homes were less affordable than usual during the first quarter of 2017.

Read on for more details.

 

AmTrust adds vice presidentOpen in a New Window

AmTrust Title Insurance Co.’s newest vice president is an industry veteran with sales and management experience in the real estate, insurance, mortgage settlement services and homebuilding industries.

Read on for more details.

 

WFG hires agency representativeOpen in a New Window

WFG National Title Insurance Co. has hired a Massachusetts agency representative with more than 30 years of experience in the title industry.

Read on for more details.

 

Majesty acquires Tampa-area title companyOpen in a New Window

Majesty Title Services, LLC has expanded its presence in the Tampa Bay area with its acquisition of Protected Title, LLC, the St. Petersburg, Fla., title operation of Boss Law.

 

Majesty also announced that it will retain the owner of the acquired company as its general counsel, and that it has hired a manager to oversee its St. Petersburg team.

Read on for more details.

 

Central Florida Title appoints regional vice presidentOpen in a New Window

Central Florida Title’s newly appointed regional vice president previously served in the same capacity at North American Title and Fidelity National Title.

He has more than 30 years of experience as a real estate attorney and previously owned a real estate title agency in Louisiana.

Read on for more details.

 

Westcor, RamQuest expand integrationOpen in a New Window

Westcor Land Title Insurance Co. has expanded its integration with RamQuest, Inc. The new functionality within RamQuest’s Closing Market will reduce paper and decrease rekeying errors.

Westcor’s CEO said the expanded functions will help the company’s agents streamline the closing process.

Read on for more details.

 

Existing home sales up in MarchOpen in a New Window

Ten-X is forecasting a slight increase in both sales of existing homes and median home prices during March.

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ATGF names associate general counselOpen in a New Window

Attorneys Title Guaranty Fund, Inc.’s newly hired associate general counsel previously served as vice president and senior claims counsel for a national title insurer.

Read on for more details.

 

Holler Law Firm relocatesOpen in a New Window

The law firm’s move to a larger space was necessitated by 100 percent growth in the last year and expanded operations into additional states with added product lines.

Read on for more details.

 

Premium Title taps into Utah marketOpen in a New Window

Premium Title has gained the license it needed to open its Utah entity, Premium Title Insurance Agency – UT, Inc. President James Weld told The Title Report that few national agencies do direct business in Utah because of the stringent licensing requirements in that state.

Premium Title now has offices in Georgia, Texas, California and Utah.

Read on for more details.


 

Westcor Specialty introduces compliance management toolOpen in a New Window

Westcor Specialty has introduced a compliance management tool for mortgage lenders and their closing agent network. Closepin helps lenders reduce risk by outsourcing closing agent oversight and compliance management of their closing agent network to its technology platform.

The company’s executive vice president said the new technology balances the interests of all involved.

Read on for more details.


 

SWBC launches home equity lending productOpen in a New Window

SWBC Lending Solutions has created a program designed to streamline home equity lending efforts for financial institutions.

The new product includes proprietary valuation and title products designed to decrease the turnaround times of receiving pertinent information and to lower the price when compared with traditional lending products.

Read on for more details.

 

Nine out of 10 homes have positive equityOpen in a New Window

According to an analysis by CoreLogic, homeowners throughout the U.S saw their equity increase by nearly 12 percent in 2016 – and more than 1 million borrowers moved out of negative equity.

Read on for more details.


 

Fannie: Lenders optimistic about economyOpen in a New Window

During the first quarter of 2017, lender expectations for the economy and home prices were the highest ever recorded by Fannie Mae’s Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey.

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Westcor appoints HR directorOpen in a New Window

Westcor Land Title Insurance Co. announced the appointment of a new human resources director.

Read on for more details.


 

ATG announces leadership changesOpen in a New Window

Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund (ATG), Inc. has promoted three company veterans into key leadership positions, including chief operating officer.

ATG President and CEO Peter Birnbaum said the trio promoted are talented lawyers who have come up through the company’s ranks, and that the openings were created by retirements and other changes.

Read on to learn which ATG employees have stepped into new leadership roles.

 

Mortgage Resources Group, Pavaso partnerOpen in a New Window

The partnership links Mortgage Resources Group’s document preparation services with Pavaso, Inc.’s eClosing platform, which enables electronic communication and collaboration between title and settlement agents, real estate agents and lenders.

The integration will simplify the closing process by providing one digital location to deliver documents such as Loan Estimates and Closing Disclosures.

Read on for more details.

 

ATTOM launches new lead productOpen in a New Window

ATTOM Data Solutions two-for-one lead product provides both pre-mover and new homeowner leads. The leads include an expected settlement date and can be provided to clients in a daily feed Monday through Friday.

 

ATTOM CEO Rob Barber said the leads can be used in direct marketing and are superior to those provided by other sources.

Read on for more details.

 

January home prices continued upward trendOpen in a New Window

According to Black Knight’s Home Price Index, average home prices throughout the nation rose in January, as they have for past 57 months.

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Title company maintains ISO 27001 certificationOpen in a New Window

Alliant National Title Insurance Company passed an independent audit that proves it meets international standards in ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, availability and protection of non-public information.

Read on for more details.

 

CATIC hires Massachusetts managerOpen in a New Window

CATIC has hired a new vice president and state manager, the company announced.

Read on to learn the identity of this new hire.

 

Reli Settlement Solutions expands Alabama footprintOpen in a New Window

With the opening of a pair of new offices, Reli Settlement Solutions, LLC has expanded into two of the fastest-growing markets in Alabama.

CEO Kent Stewart said the industry veterans selected to manage the new offices are well known and respected in the local real estate community.

Read on for more details about Reli’s two new branches.

 

ValuAmerica, Pavaso partnerOpen in a New Window

ValuAmerica has adopted Pavaso’s Digital Close to conduct hybrid eClosings.

 Digital Close provides built-in eSign and eNotarization capabilities, allowing borrowers to sign and notaries to verify and stamp documents digitally.Pavaso’s president and CEO called the collaboration between the two companies an outstanding partnership.

Read on for more details.

 

Fidelity agents gain new optionsOpen in a New Window

The nation’s largest title insurance company has linked its agent portal with Qualia’s settlement platform.

 

The integration will enable Chicago Title, Commonwealth Land Title and Fidelity National Title Group agents to issue closing protection letters and generate policy jackets through Qualia’s title settlement software.

 

Read on to learn why both companies said the integration would increase efficiency.

 

Fourth quarter loans highest-quality since 2001Open in a New Window

Primarily due to the high share of refinances, CoreLogic’s Housing Credit Index found that loans originated during 2016’s fourth quarter exhibited low credit risk.

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Nationwide Title Clearing completes SOC examinationOpen in a New Window

An independent audit found Nationwide Title Clearing has adequate controls in place to ensure data confidentiality, integrity and availability.

Read on for more details.

 

Direct Mortgage selects BestbornOpen in a New Window

Direct Mortgage Loans has selected Bestborn Business Solutions’ Loan Vision accounting software for mortgage banks.

Read on for more details.

 

Title premium volume hits 10-year highOpen in a New Window

Nationwide, title insurance premium volume last year rose to its highest level in a decade. ALTA reported that 45 states, plus the District of Columbia, had year-over-year increases in written premiums in 2016.

 

The association’s Market Share Analysis also found that Fidelity continued to have the largest market share among underwriters.

 

Read on for details of which states had the largest, year-over-year increases.

 

NexTitle names presidentOpen in a New Window

NexTitle has promoted its Idaho state manager to president. CEO Stephen Routh is confident that the newly hired president can build upon his success in Idaho and expand NexTitle’s customer base nationwide.

 

A full-service title and escrow firm based in Bellevue, Wash., NexTitle operates in 40 states.

 

Read on for more details about the new president’s experience in the industry.

 

SoftPro integrates First National TitleOpen in a New Window

SoftPro has integrated its business exchange platform with First National Title Insurance Co. (FNTI).

 

The integration will enable FNTI agents to generate policy jackets and closing protection letters from within SoftPro 360, which allows users to order services from third-party vendors and eliminates the need for paper order forms, dual entry, faxes, e-mails and phone calls.

 

Read on for more details.

 

Survey: Industry still bullish on housing marketOpen in a New Window

First American Financial Corp.’s Real Estate Sentiment Index for the first quarter of 2017 found that independent title agents and other real estate professionals expect both sales volume and home prices to continue their upward trend throughout 2017.

Read on for more details.

 

North American names Massachusetts managerOpen in a New Window

North American Title Insurance Co.’s newly hired Massachusetts state agency manager previously served as a vice president of a national title insurance company.

Read on for more details.

 

RynohLive names sales and marketing vice presidentOpen in a New Window

The financial security and management software company selected a candidate whose background includes selling software as a service within the real estate and settlement industry.

Read on for more details.

 

ATA National Title Group expandsOpen in a New Window

ATA National Title Group has gained its title licenses in two new states. The company now can issue title work in 29 states and handle business via partnerships throughout the U.S.

 

The largest independent agency in the Midwest, the company also announced the opening of an additional office in Michigan and the planned opening of another office in Indiana.

 

Read on for more details.

 

Fortis Title acquires abstract companyOpen in a New Window

Fortis Title Co. has expanded its reach in East Texas by purchasing an abstract company that is the only provider of title insurance in Liberty County with a sovereign title plant and whose records date back more than 100 years.  

The newly acquired company will retain its name and become part of a title group with four offices and 38 employees.

Read on for more details about the purchase.

 

First American, Qualia integrateOpen in a New Window

First American Title Insurance Co. has integrated its policy jackets with Qualia’s settlement platform.

 

Qualia users now have access to First American’s closing protection letters and eJackets. Qualia’s CEO said the integration will save time and streamline the title process by eliminating the need for title agents and attorneys to enter the same data into two systems.

 

Read on for more details.

 

Stewart hires underwriting counselOpen in a New Window

Stewart’s new hire is an industry veteran who has held senior management and commercial underwriting positions with Old Republic National Title Insurance Co. and Fidelity National Title Insurance Co.

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Investors Title, Landtech partnerOpen in a New Window

The integration will enable Landtech users to automatically load closing protection letters and electronic policy jackets.

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CATIC hires agency advisorOpen in a New Window

CATIC’s new hire will work with its agents in Eastern Massachusetts.

Read on for more details.

 

Analysts: Rate hike won’t short-circuit housing marketOpen in a New Window

For the first time this year, the Federal Reserve Board has raised short-term interest rates. 

Analysts from groups such as the Mortgage Bankers Association, First American Financial Corp., and Fannie Mae reacted to the recent announcement and discussed whether the Fed’s action would be likely to slow home sales in the all-important spring market.

 

Read on to learn why some believe it’s still a good time to buy and sell homes.

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Old Republic names executive vice presidentOpen in a New Window

Old Republic Title has selected a company veteran to lead its newly formed Corporate Development Agency.

 

The EVP will be responsible for accelerating Old Republic’s market share growth.

 

Read on for more details.

 

Title Data adds depth to its Texas coverageOpen in a New Window

Title Data, Inc.’s title plant database for the Dallas/Fort Worth area will be extended further back in time.

 

The company’s title plant data for that area will be extended back to the early 1900s.

 

Read on for more information.

 

First National earns SOC 1, Type 2Open in a New Window

First National Title Insurance Company passed the Service Organization Control (SOC) 1, Type 2 audit.

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ATTOM Data Solutions adds MLS analyticsOpen in a New Window

ATTOM Data Solutions clients now have access to Multiple Listing Service analytics from Clear Capital.

Read on for more details.

 

Mortgage Connect adds division presidentOpen in a New Window

Mortgage Connect LP has selected an industry veteran with nearly three decades of experience to lead its originations division.

Read on for more details.

 

Human interaction a priority, says Ellie MaeOpen in a New Window

More than half of recent mortgage applicants surveyed by Ellie Mae completed the process in-person. Ellie Mae Executive Vice President Joe Tyrrell told The Title Report that the mortgage process must balance technology with human interaction. Read on for details of preference differences between age groups and gender.

 

Weichert Title acquires two settlement services firmsOpen in a New Window

The owner of the two companies purchased will join Weichert and oversee its settlement services in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Weichert had previously outsourced settlement services to the two companies it bought.

Read on for details of how the acquired companies will be merged with Weichert.

 

Simplifile, Ellie Mae partnerOpen in a New Window

Ellie Mae’s Encompass users now have access to Simplifile’s collaboration and post closing services for lenders.

Lenders will be able to work directly with settlement agents through Simplifile.

Read on to learn more.

 

Mortgage rates continue climbingOpen in a New Window

Freddie Mac said the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage last week jumped 11 basis points.
Read on for more details.

 

Title Alliance names regional directorOpen in a New Window

Title Alliance’s new Arizona regional director has been an escrow branch manager at three title agencies.

Read on for more details.

 

Property Debt Research, Landtech announce integrationOpen in a New Window

Landtech users now have direct access to Property Debt Research’s municipal lien searches and HOA/COA Estoppel letters. Read on for more details.

 

Feds must coordinate cyberattack shieldOpen in a New Window

During a hearing before a congressional committee, experts urged the federal government to leverage its resources to protect small businesses against cyberattacks.

One report said 60 percent of all cyberattacks target small busineses.

Read on for more details about the pervasiveness and costs of cyberattacks.

 

Aprio acquires Yeager & BoydOpen in a New Window

Less than one month after rebranding itself, Aprio has acquired Yeager & Boyd.

Aprio’s CEO said the acquisition will help the firm expand its affordable housing practice.

Read on for more details on how Yeager & Boyd is expected to bolster Aprio’s offerings.

 

Majesty Title expandsOpen in a New Window

Majesty Title opens its fifth office near Tampa, Fla.

Read on for more details.

 

Rising interest rates concern homebuyersOpen in a New Window

A new survey from Zillow Group Mortgages found that most potential homebuyers will not be deterred if interest rate hikes don’t push mortgages more than $100 higher. Read on for more details.

 

Qualia integrates RedVisionOpen in a New Window

The integration will help Qualia agents streamline order processing and production.

Read on for more details.

 

Mortgage Connect buys appraisal firmOpen in a New Window

Mortgage Connect LP has acquired a Colorado-based appraisal company. The firm will be renamed Valuation Connection and will operate as a subsidiary of Mortgage Connect.

 

The appraisal company’s president will remain on board and will lead Valuation Connection, the companies announced.

 

Read on to learn how the acquisition supports Mortgage Connect’s growth strategy.

 

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