TitleOne has acquired an Idaho title agency that serves the Bonner County market, the company announced. Read on for more details about the acquisition.
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Investors Title Co.’s net income and revenues increased during the first quarter, according to the company’s latest earnings statement.
Apparently unfazed by fluctuations on Wall Street or a possible trade war with China, optimism among small-business owners continued to climb during April, according to the National Federation of Independent Business latest index.
Simplifile has added 38 recording jurisdictions in 12 states to its eRecording network. Read on for more details.
Freddie Mac is predicting low mortgage rates, a strong labor market and low unemployment to fuel steady growth in the housing market during 2019. Read on for more details.
Redfin said April’s increase in home prices is a more sustainable level of price growth than home price increases seen early last year. Read on for more details.
Atlanta-based homebuilder PulteGroup, Inc.’s first-quarter title revenues increased by double-digits, according to the company’s latest earnings report.
On average, financial institutions each year spend $2,300 per full-time employee on cybersecurity, according to a report released by Deloitte and the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center.
Daytona Beach, Fla.-based Southern Title has opened a new location in Flagler County and announced an agent in charge for the new location.
The states with the highest foreclosure rates in April were New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Illinois and Florida. Read on for more details.
eRecording Partners Network has expanded its eRecording network in Georgia with the addition of DeKalb County. Read on for more details.
The national share of home searchers looking to relocate to different geographical areas is at its highest level on record. Read on for more details.
As a result of a ransomware attack, real estate closings in Baltimore have been delayed as the city’s computer systems that provide information about taxes owed, water bills and lien certificates are locked.
Dallas-based Xome Holdings LLC has announced several additions to its leadership team, including a new chief financial officer, a head of innovation and chief of staff, and senior vice presidents for its Title365 operation.
Builder confidence regarding newly built single-family homes rose in May, reaching its highest level since October 2018, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index.
First American Title Insurance Co. and Taylor Morrison Home Corp. have completed 500 hybrid eClosings using First American’s eClosing solution. Read on for more details.
Roostify has integrated Docutech’s eSign, eClose and print fulfilment technology into its lending platform. Read on for more details.
ComplianceEase has integrated its automated compliance solution with Promontory Fulfillment Services LLC’s white-label mortgage origination platform.
A New York-based investment firm has agreed to invest $20 million in Covius Holdings Inc. for a minority share of the company, both companies announced. Read on for more details about the strategic investment.
WFG Lender Services has launched a new product that promises to process title requests within seconds by using the borrower’s name and the property address. Read on for more details.
Rockville, Md.-based Passport Title Services, LLC has expanded into Tennessee. Read on to learn what President and CEO John R. H. Cotter said about the expansion.
Garden City, N.Y.-based Spano Abstract has expanded its team with the addition of a client relationship specialist and a clearance officer. Read on for more details.
Real estate technology company Modus has launched a platform that enables users to directly access their account and securely submit funds to escrow.
Minneapolis, Chicago and Philadelphia are the most affordable sustainable cities, according to a new report from Redfin. Read on for more details.
Despite decreases in purchase, refinances and commercial closings, Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (FNF) reported a slight improvement in first-quarter title revenues, according to the company’s latest earnings statement.
NotaryCam recently partnered with Milo Credit to complete the lender’s first remote online closing. Read on for more details about the remote online closing.
Palatine, Ill.-based Proper Title, LLC has expanded its footprint in Illinois with the expansion of its Chicago Loop office and the opening of a new location in St. Charles.
The states with the highest share of seriously underwater properties during the first quarter were Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, West Virginia and Illinois.
An Atlanta-based fintech company has created an app that enables buyers to buy foreclosed property being auctioned at Georgia courthouses through their phones, tablets, or PCs. Read on for more details.
Since January, San Francisco and Phoenix have seen the biggest increases in the rate of bidding wars. Read on for more details.
After 25 years at the helm of Old Republic International Corp., Aldo (Al) Zucaro will retire as the company’s CEO effective Oct.1. Read on for more details.
WFG National Title Insurance Co. has named a president of its Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) division. Read on to learn who WFG selected.
J.P. Morgan’s Corporate Client Banking and Specialized Industries (CCBSI) mortgage group now is accepting eNotes as collateral to fund warehouse lending transactions.
In addition to Idaho, 10 other states offer statewide eRecording through Simplifile. Read on for more details.
Arkansas was the only state with a year-over-year decrease in loan defect frequency in March.
First American Mortgage Solutions has launched a flexible loan-level solution for mortgage lenders and servicers, investors, auditors, due diligence and quality control providers.
Old Republic International Corp’s title premiums and fees earned dipped slightly during the first quarter, according to the company’s latest earnings statement.
The biggest names in the industry gather June 18-20 at the National Settlement Services Summit (NS3) in Phoenix, with attendees getting to hear from top underwriters and lenders on stage.
A Cleveland-based company has launched a title/escrow platform that uses artificial intelligence and analytics to monitor the workload of participating title agents and attorneys and routes orders to the agent with the least number of pending transactions.
Alliant National Title Insurance Co. has hired an industry-recognized speaker, instructor and author to serve as vice president, southwest underwriting counsel.
According to Redfin, the annual decline in the sale price for luxury homes during the first quarter was the first in nearly three years.
ClosingCorp’s SmartFees solution now is integrated with the Blue Sage Digital Lending Platform. Read on for more details.
Less than two months after acquiring a Pensacola-based title agency, Knight Barry Title has acquired a second title company in the Sunshine State.
The highest average home seller returns in the first quarter were in San Jose, Calif.; San Francisco; Seattle; Modesto, Calif.; and Salt Lake City.
Agents National Title has hired a Florida business development manager who will focus on cultivating agency relationships and building an agency base in South Florida.
Real house prices decreased slightly between January 2019 and February 2019 and year-over-year. Read on for more details.
Despite declines in closed title orders, in both refinances and purchase orders, First American Financial Corp. improved its pretax title margin during the first quarter, according to the company’s latest earnings statement.
Simplifile has agreed to sell the Utah-based company to Intercontinental Exchange, the parent company of MERS, for $335 million, the companies announced late Wednesday.
The American Land Title Association (ALTA) has named a former executive in the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush to serve as its CEO, effective July 1.
Attorneys Sean Burke and Marx Sterbcow have worked closely with regulators, having been involved representing an individual or company in a number of title-related cases that agencies have brought. Burke and Sterbcow will be speaking at the National Settlement Services Summit (NS3) this summer.
A Blockchain-secured platform for real estate and title recordkeeping has launched software modules that it said enables reduced escrow overhead costs and mitigated risks.
SoftPro has integrated CloseSimple’s text messages, branded emails and tracking capabilities into its platform. Read on for more details.
LenderClose has added a senior vice president of sales and a relationship manager to its team. Read on for more details.
CertifID now is protecting all wire transfers that are initiated by buyers in real estate transactions for up to $1 million for a single fee of $4.95. Read on for more details.
Mostly attributable to expenses related to its proposed acquisition by Fidelity and tax changes in fair value of equity securities investments, Stewart Information Services Corp.’s losses nearly doubled during the first quarter, according to the company’s latest earnings statement.
Fortunately for attendees at the 2019 National Settlement Services Summit (NS3) June 18-20 in Phoenix, Equity National Title President and attorney James K. O’Donnell will be bringing his ground-level experience doing all manner of eClosings to the stage during the NS3 session “eClosing: Just do it”
California-based Hightide Settlement Services recently began offering eClosings through Pavaso, both companies announced. Read on to learn more.
North American Title Insurance Co. has named a state agency manager for North Carolina. Read on for more details.
U.S. home sale prices dropped slightly in March to a median of $295,100. Read on for more details.
Atlanta-based real estate law firm Cook & James has added an attorney to its team whose focus will include purchase closings and title reviews. Read on for more details.
Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (FNF) is offering no timetable for the completion of its proposed acquisition of Stewart Information Services Corp. for $50 per share of common stock.
During a conference call Thursday with investors, analysts and journalists, Fidelity executives said they continued to work to provide the information requested by federal and state regulators.
Read on to learn who won the free registration to the 2019 National Settlement Services Summit (NS3) in Phoenix
SafeChain is partnering with independent title agents in Ohio in launching a Blockchain-backed network that enables peer-to-peer transfers of prior title insurance policies. Read on for more details.
NorthStar Title has named a regional account manager for Summit County, Ohio. Read on for more details.
The 30-year note rate dropped for the third consecutive month during March. Read on for more details.
Quicken Loans has partnered with Vrbo to allow rental income earned through the latter to be used to qualify for mortgages. Read on for more details.
Florida Agency Network (FAN) has acquired a Florida title agency with multiple locations in Pinellas, Pasco, and Hernando counties, the company announced. Read on for more details.
Premium Title has partnered with appraisal management company Springhouse to launch a home equity line of credit hybrid solution that provides combined title search and valuation data for lenders. Read on for more details.
A new report from Veros Real Estate Solutions predicts that properties in the nation’s 100 largest markets will appreciate at a rate of 3.7 percent over the 12 months ending March 1, 2020. Read on for more details.
First National Title Insurance Co. has added an industry veteran to its underwriting team. Read on for more details.
Churchill Mortgage has hired Tim Broadhurst as senior vice president of loan officer development and senior home loan specialist, the company announced. Read on for more details.
SafeChain’s wire fraud prevention software and Blockchain applications for land title have been integrated into Adeptive’s ResWare title and escrow production software. Read on for more details.
364 Title Group has finalized all licensing requirements and has been approved as a new title agency in New Mexico under the name Azure Title. Read on for more details.
Old Republic Title has hired a senior vice president who will have leadership responsibilities for Pavaso and RamQuest. Read on for more details.
A Los Angeles company has introduced a Blockchain-based mobile application it said targets wire fraud and introduces efficiency into home purchase transactions. Read on for more details.
Title Alliance, Ltd. has appointed an escrow officer for Newman Title. Read on for more details.
Foreclosure filings during the first quarter were the fewest since the first quarter of 2008. Read on for more details.
A new report from Redfin ranks the country’s metropolitan areas according to their frequency of earthquakes, fires, floods, tornadoes, and hurricanes. Read on for more details.
Blockchain will support, not replace, title insurance, according to a commentary published by A.M. Best. Read on to learn what challenges A.M. Best believes must be met before Blockchain implementation in the title industry.
Alliant National Title Insurance Co. has successfully completed its 2019 ISO 27001 Certification annual surveillance audit, the company announced.
A portfolio company of The Wicks Group has launched safeguards especially designed to protect small businesses and their employees from potential cyber threats and data breaches.
Simplifile has promoted a company veteran to vice president of national accounts. Read on for more details.
Florida-based Forseti Real Estate Services has become the first closing company to implement Vialok’s messaging platform. Read on for more details.
Mid America Mortgage, Inc. has hired an executive managing director of business development. Read on for more details.
A comprehensive study examining home purchasing trends found that more and more buyers are purchasing multi-generational homes, often because their adult children have either moved back or never left home. Read on for more details.
During the National Settlement Services Summit (NS3) June 18-20 in Phoenix, SafeChain co-founder and CEO Tony Franco and Fidelity National Financial’s Jason Nadeau will discuss the practical applications of Blockchain.
Stewart Title has selected a former WFG vice president to spearhead its growth in Bellevue, Wash., and in the surrounding areas of King County. Read on for more details.
Cleveland, Ohio-based NorthStar Title has hired an assistant general counsel. Read on for details.
ClosingCorp’s residential real estate closing cost data has been integrated into Blend’s lending platform. Read on for more details.
Cloudstar has hired a title production administrator. Read on for more details.
OS National LLC will invest more than $15 million in an expansion of its suburban Atlanta headquarters that will create more than 1,000 jobs, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
At the 2019 National Settlement Services Summit (NS3), Christopher Gulotta, a founding principal of the Gulotta Grabiner Law Group, PLLC, will serve as the lead panelist of “Partners Working Together.”
The developer of a Blockchain-based real estate platform has introduced a tokenized, industry-agnostic digital contract platform.
Black Knight, Inc. has expanded the number of data elements available for properties throughout Michigan within its Tax for Title and Settlement solution.
Howard Hanna has named a regional manager of its Southern Tier region. Read on for more details.
During the first quarter of 2019, eRecording Partners Network added 28 jurisdictions across the U.S. to its eRecording network. Read on for more details.
A third-party vetting platform designed to manage risk and create standardized best practices has attracted a group of 12 leading regional and digital financial institutions as new investors.
How do title agencies market their companies to create new relationships to maintain their current level of business or spur growth? That’s one of the topics to be discussed during the National Settlement Services Summit (NS3) June 18-20 in Phoenix.
Small-business owners recently surveyed had increasingly positive views about future business conditions, and more thought the current period is a good time to expand. Read on for more details.
Sarasota Title Services, Inc. has hired a director of business development. Read on for more details.