Fidelity National Financial, Inc.’s “strong” fourth quarter included a nearly 40 percent increase in pre-tax earnings, and its “banner” year included its highest pre-tax title margin in 17 years, according to the company’s latest earnings statement. Read on for more details from Fidelity’s latest earnings report.
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A Nashville, Tenn.-based title and escrow company has launched a proprietary digital platform offering smart tools and transparent pricing and named a chief technology officer. Read on to learn about the company’s expansion plans.
Knight Barry Title has acquired Island Title in St. Augustine, Fla., the company announced. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
RecordsOnline has hired an executive sales director. Read on for more details.
A majority of Americans in January continued to report that it’s a good time to both buy and sell homes. Read on for more details.
ClosingLock protected more than $14.3 billion in real estate wire transfers during 2019. Read on for more details.
Spurred by an increase in refinances, First American Financial Corp.’s fourth-quarter and 2019 title revenues both increased. Read on for more details from First American’s latest earnings report.
Stewart Title Co. subsidiary Stewart Insurance has announced a new endorsement for select title professionals offering coverage up to $500,000 for all inbound and outbound wire funds transfers using CertifID. Read on for more details.
First American Title Insurance Co. has expanded it integration with real estate closing technology company SnapClose. Read on for more details.
Proper Title, LLC. has hired an industry veteran as its director of business development. Read on for more details.
The states with the highest share of equity-rich properties in the fourth quarter were California, Vermont, Hawaii, Washington and New York. Read on for more details.
During the fourth quarter, the biggest price gains in luxury home prices were in West Palm Beach, Fla., Charlotte, N.C., and Tampa, Fla. Read on for more details.
Stewart Information Services Corp. reported break-even results for the fourth quarter of 2019 compared with last year’s fourth-quarter net income. Read on for more details.
The American Land Title Association’s (ALTA) newly released data privacy principles recommend the development of a single, national standard. Read on for more details about the association’s data privacy principles.
Alliant National Title Insurance Co. has hired a state agency manager for Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska. Read on for more details.
San Jose, Calif. and San Francisco led the country in 2019 in the median amount above asking that sellers received. Read on for more details.
Quicken Loans has extended its contract for Black Knight, Inc.’s MSP servicing system and is adding multiple Black Knight solutions. Read on for more details.
First American Financial Corp. has reached an agreement to acquire eClose and fulfillment-technology provider Docutech for $350 million, the companies announced. Read on for more details.
Less than six months after terminating a proposed deal to acquire fellow Big Four title insurance underwriter Stewart, Fidelity National Financial (FNF) has agreed to acquire a Cayman Islands-based provider of annuities and life insurance. Read on for more details.
Following the completion of a 100-day strategic review, Stewart Information Services Corp. began the process of making the company more competitive and resilient. CEO Fred Eppinger said Stewart has identified areas where it needs to target investments to improve its competitive position in each of its businesses.
The parent company of American Home Title and Escrow Co. reported a double-digit increase in profits during 2019, according to the company’s latest earnings statement. Read on for more details.
RynohLive has hired a vice president of sales. Read on for more details.
The percentage of refinances among millennials in December dropped for the second straight month. Read on for more details.
Atlanta-based Cook & James has added two attorneys to its firm. Read on for more details.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has received dozens of comment letters from title agents and settlement attorneys offering recommendations for modifying, expanding or eliminating its TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures (TRID) rule. Read on to learn what title agents believe is good and bad about TRID.
Clear Title Agency of Arizona has expanded its leadership team with the addition of two executive vice presidents. Read on to learn more about the two newest members of Clear Title’s executive team.
Small-business owners added employees during January, and many are planning to raise pay levels to fill open positions, according to a jobs report from the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB).Read on for more details.
LandStar Title Agency has expanded its business development team with the addition of three vice presidents. Read on for more details.
Docutech has integrated Origence’s mortgage lending documents into its ConformX and Solex platforms. Read on for more details.
Florida-based Vantage Point Title has hired a vice president of strategic accounts. Read on for more details.
Stewart Information Services Corp. has expanded its C-Suite with the selection of a company veteran to oversee the people side of its business. Read on for more details.
Ohio-based SB Financial Group, Inc.’s title company topped more than $1 million in revenues and increased its commercial title business by 20 percent during 2019, according to the company’s latest earning statement. Read on for more details.
Pittsburgh-based SingleSource now is offering a Deed in Lieu title product which provides full, state-driven searches at 20, 40 and 60 years. Read on for more details about the new product.
String Real Estate Information Services has hired a vice president of sales as well as a senior account executive. Read on for more details.
Half of this year’s top neighborhoods to watch are located in Virginia, Florida, North Carolina and Tennessee. Read on for more details.
Georgia-based O’Kelley and Sorohan, Attorneys at Law, LLC has expanded its commercial real estate department with the addition of a law firm specializing in that area. Read on for more details.
WFG National Title Insurance Co. has expanded its National Title Services (NTS) support division and named a chief operating officer (COO) for it. Read on for more details the newest member of WFG’s executive leadership team.
Chicago-area Proper Title, LLC has opened a new office in Park Ridge, Ill. Read on for more details about the company’s newest location.
A San Francisco-based company has launched products which allow prospective buyers to make an all-cash offer on a new home — even before they sell their existing home, or even if they plan to get a loan. Read on to learn more about the programs.
Last year’s average profit for home sellers in the U.S. was the highest since 2006. Read on for more details.
Mortgage Connect LP has appointed an industry veteran to serve as senior vice president of procurement and vendor management. Read on for more details.
The five states with the greatest year-over-year decrease in real house prices in November were New Mexico, California, Utah, Nebraska and Mississippi. Read on for more details.
Old Republic International Corp.’s title division set both fourth-quarter and yearly records for revenues, according to the company latest earnings statement. Read on for more details from Old Republic’s latest earnings report.
A little more than a month after departing Stewart, Fidelity National Financial has hired industry veteran John Magness as an executive vice president and executive vice president of Alamo Title Co. Read on for more details.
A financial services platform for residential real estate investors, which also provides title services, has launched a lending platform. Read on for more details.
LenderClose has hired a UX strategist and engagement lead. Read on for more details.
Home inventory in December was down year-over-year in 31 of the 35 largest housing markets. Read on for more details.
The iBuyers Offerpad and Keller Offers are partnering to provide services in Birmingham, Ala., and Jacksonville, Fla. Read on for more details.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is urging title and settlement agents to help it assess the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures rule by participating in a survey. Read on for more information about the survey.
A national title insurance and escrow company which bills itself as the first “digital-native title company” has opened a new West Coast headquarters in California. Read on for more details.
Michigan-based title company franchisor Proliant Settlement Systems has hired an executive vice president to help it expand its offering beyond two states. Read on for more details.
New York-based Sprout Mortgage has hired a chief compliance officer and general counsel. Read on for more details.
U.S. home-sale prices increased nearly 7 percent year-over-year in December. Read on for more details.
loanDepot Wholesale has hired a regional sales manager for its South Region. Read on for more details.
Stewart Information Services Corp. has named a group senior vice president for the Pacific Northwest and Mountain States. Read on to learn who Stewart promoted and why.
Covius Holdings, Inc. has acquired Clayton Services, LLC from Radian Group Inc. Read on to learn what Covius Chairman and CEO Rob Clements said about the acquisition.
The Pango Group has rebranded its Escrow Trust Advisors in Pasadena, Calif. Read on to learn what Pango Group President Jeff Russell said about the change.
Zillow has partnered with regional homebuilders across the country to help home sellers move into their new construction homes by helping them sell their existing homes. Read on for more details.
Foreclosure filings in 2019 reached their lowest level since ATTOM Data Solutions began tracking it in 2005. Read on for more details.
Ohio-based Union Home Mortgage has hired a regional manager for its upper Midwest region. Read on for more details.
Builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes remained as high as it’s been in more than two decades, according to the latest NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau reported that housing starts in December reached a 13-year high.
A national staffing firm based in Pittsburgh is expanding its services into the title, escrow and mortgage industries. Read on to learn more details about the principals involved with the company.
Midwest Loan Services has signed a seven-year contract to use Black Knight, Inc.’s MSP servicing system, as well as its servicing digital product, actionable intelligence platform (AIP), and several solutions to support its default operations. Read on for more details.
PropLogix in February will move into a new facility in Sarasota, Fla., for which the company spent $10.5 million. Read on for more details.
LenderClose has expanded its team with the addition of two operations specialists and a software engineer. Read on for more details.
Texas-based Caliber Home Loans, Inc. has hired an executive vice president, third party originations. Read on for more details.
A New York-based financial services platform which provides title services through Wimba Title has rebranded. Read on for learn what the company’s co-founder and CEO said about the change.
Maryland-based Passport Title Services has expanded into Kentucky, escalating its footprint to seven states and the District of Columbia. Read on for more details.
AmTrust Title Insurance has hired the former CEO of Team Bebon and its staff to join its Commercial Real Estate division. Read on for more details.
Nationwide Title Clearing, Inc. has appointed its chief operations officer to its board of directors. Read on for more details.
MortgageFlex Systems has integrated Docutech’s print fulfillment technology into its loan origination system. Read on for more details.
Utah-based SimpleNexus recently filled several senior-level positions, including chief sales officer and a vice president of people operations. Read on for more details.
Chicago-based Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc. has joined the American Title Reinsurance Alliance (ATRA), becoming the 10th member to insure transactions up to $500 million with the backing of the top title reinsurance syndicates in London. Read on for more details.
Dallas-based MBL Title has partnered with CPEC1031 to offer exchange services to real estate clients. Read on for more details of the new services MBL Title can offer thanks to the partnership.
Small businesses produced record-high sales during December, but employment levels were flat, according to the CBIZ Small Business Employment Index. Read on to learn which regions of the country performed the best during December.
The number of cities where typical home values are at least $1 million has grown 51 percent over the last five years, but the pace of growth has slowed in the past year, according to an analysis by Zillow.
For the first time, loanDepot is taking its talents to Utah, announcing the opening of its first Utah location.
The latest Loan Performance Insights Report from CoreLogic shows the overall delinquency rate at their lowest mark in at least 20 years.
The last executive of the Morris and Stewart families that founded
and ran Stewart Title since its inception in 1893 has announced his
departure. Matthew Morris, the president of Stewart Title and former CEO, announced his departure from the company, effective immediately.
Notarize and Stewart Title announced a new partnership which will give Stewart’s direct offices and independent agents the ability to offer fully online and hybrid closings powered by Notarize.
Qualia has launched a cloud-based real estate platform designed for large and growing title and escrow operations, the company announced. Read on for more details.
Clear Title Agency of Arizona has launched into 2020 by making a significant investment in the Central City South Neighborhood Revitalization initiative with Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona.
Owning a median-priced, three-bedroom home is more affordable than renting a three-bedroom property in more than half of all U.S. counties. Read on for more details.
Since its launch in 2017, lenders have used Docutech’s Solex eClosing platform to digitally close more than 38,000 loans. Read on for more details.
Nations Lending has hired a division sales manager. Read on for more details.
A recent report from Fitch Ratings cast doubt on the widespread adoption of eMortgages and eClosings in the short term. But one company is hoping its new product offering can help speed that transition, with a focus on helping settlement agents along the way.
Mr. Cooper Group Inc. has appointed a CEO for its real estate services subsidiary Xome Holdings LLC, the company announced. Read on for more details.
Wyndham Capital Mortgage has promoted Ben Cowen to president and Josh Hankins to chief operating officer. Read on for more details.
Landtrust National Title Services Corp. has added three industry veterans to its commercial title insurance team. Read on for more details.
CATIC recently launched a new website designed to enable better navigation and provide agents with a more consistent workflow. Read on for more details.
A technology-driven real estate brokerage In New York has named a director of sales, promoted another team member, and added new agents. Read on for more details.
States Title Holding, Inc. has received yet another patent which it says will help the company disrupt the title insurance industry. Read on to learn how the company’s chief data scientist developed this latest invention.
Just hours after a state law regulating remote online notarization (RON) took effect, The Closing Agent, LLC performed what it called Florida’s first RON closing. Read on for more details about the RON closing.
Adeptive Software has partnered with Alanna.ai to add an artificial intelligence-based (AI) customer assistant to its ResWare platform. Read on to learn more.
Knight Barry Title Group has named a regional manager. Read on for more details.
Calyx has released a new version of its cloud-based Path loan origination system. Read on for more details.
Colorado-based Cherry Creek Mortgage Co. has appointed an executive vice president, capital markets. Read on for more details.
An iBuyer that provides services in Colorado, Georgia and Texas and also operates its own title and escrow company in Texas has rebranded. Read on for more details.
Kensington Vanguard National Land Services has acquired a national commercial title insurance agency with offices in Virginia, Arizona, Texas and Missouri. Read on for more details about the acquisition.
Agents National Title Insurance Co. (ANTIC) has named a former First American executive as its chief operating officer, the company announced. Read on to learn more.