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WFG, ZOCCAM partnerOpen in a New Window

WFG National Title Insurance Co. recently announced that it will offer ZOCCAM technology through the company’s direct operations to make contactless payment even easier for its customers. Read on for more details.

 

Florida title agency offering moving concierge serviceOpen in a New Window

A Fort Myers, Fla.-based title agency is offering a free moving concierge service to clients who close with them, the company announced. Read on for more details.

 

North Star Title adds assistant general counselOpen in a New Window

Cleveland-based NorthStar Title Services has expanded its team with the addition of a commercial escrow officer and assistant general counsel. Read on to learn more.

 

Homes less affordable during third quarterOpen in a New Window

Median-priced homes are unaffordable for average wage earners in 61 percent of the counties analyzed. Read on for more details.

 

Guaranteed Rate names senior vice presidentOpen in a New Window

Guaranteed Rate has named a senior vice president of mortgage lending in Parsippany, N.J. Read on for more.

 

Shaddock acquires Utah title agencyOpen in a New Window

Shaddock National Holdings has acquired the largest privately held title insurance agency in Utah, the company announced. Read on for more information.

 

Glen Oak closes second bitcoin transactionOpen in a New Window

Glen Oaks Escrow recently announced that it closed its second bitcoin transaction, the company announced. Read on to learn more.

 

Shaddock takes Capital Title into WashingtonOpen in a New Window

Dallas-based Shaddock National Holdings has expanded its national title services by introducing its Capital Title brand into Washington, the company announced. Read on to learn more.

 

Flueid names chief information officerOpen in a New Window

Flueid recently hired a former senior vice president at Xome to serve as its chief information officer. Read on to learn what Flueid CEO Peter Bowman had to say about the latest hire.

 

Title Partners adds senior vice presidentsOpen in a New Window

Texas-based Title Partners recently expanded its business development team with the addition of two senior vice presidents, the company announced. Read on to learn more.

 

Home sales up, inventory downOpen in a New Window

The housing market in August set records for lowest inventory, days on market, and median sales price. Read on to learn more.

 

ALTA develops diversity statementOpen in a New Window

The American Land Title Association has developed a sample diversity, equity, and inclusion statement. Read on to learn more.

 

Fidelity: More than 800,000 digital opening packages deliveredOpen in a New Window

Fidelity National Financial said it has delivered more than 800,000 startSafe digital opening packages to consumers as part of its initiative to promote a safer and transparent experience for agents and buyers.

 

AmTrust, AccuTitle partnerOpen in a New Window

AmTrust Title has integrated AccuTitle’s TitleFusion, Closers’ Choice and Landtech into its offerings, both companies announced. Read on to learn more.

 

Meridian Title chooses ZOCCAMOpen in a New Window

Meridian Title Corp. has partnered with ZOCCAM to provide mobile deposits to more than 30 locations in Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan, the company announced. Read on for more details.

 

Knight Barry expands Texas teamOpen in a New Window

Knight Barry Title Texas recently expanded its team with the addition of an escrow coordinator, two escrow officers, and a processor. Read on for more details.

 

Home-flipping rates increaseOpen in a New Window

During the second quarter, the gross flipping return on investment increased both on a month-to-month and a year-over-year basis. Read on for more details.

 

Mortgage Network adds loan officerOpen in a New Window

Mortgage Network, Inc. has hired a mortgage loan officer for its Danvers, Mass. branch. Read on to learn more.

 

Private company acquires majority stake in WestcorOpen in a New Window

A New York-based group focused on long-term control and other strategic investments in financial services companies and related businesses has agreed to acquire a majority stake in Westcor. Read on for more details.

 

Realogy’s digital closings soarOpen in a New Window

Realogy Title Group said it has had a 200 percent year-over-year increase in adoption of digital closings using remote online notarization in the first six months of 2020. Read on to learn more.

 

SitusAMC acquires third-party loan servicing platformOpen in a New Window

SitusAMC Holdings Corp. has acquired the third-party loan servicing and asset management platform of Cohen Financial, a division of Truist Financial Corp. Read on to learn more.

 

Churchill Mortgage hires chief financial officerOpen in a New Window

Churchill Mortgage hired a chief financial officer. Read on for more details.

 

Home values up sharplyOpen in a New Window

The highest year-over-year increases in home values were in Phoenix, San Jose, Calif., and Seattle. Read on for more details.

 

Angel Oak expanding in six statesOpen in a New Window

Angel Oak Home Loans will soon be opening new branches in California, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, and Washington. Read on to learn more.

 

Stewart acquires Alaskan title agencyOpen in a New Window

Stewart Title has acquired an Alaskan title agency with offices in Fairbanks, Anchorage and Wasilla, the company announced. Exact financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.

 

CoreLogic rejects revised acquisition bidOpen in a New Window

CoreLogic reportedly has rejected a revised unsolicited acquisition bid from Senator Investment Group LP and Cannae Holdings Inc. to acquire all its outstanding common shares for $66 each. Read on for more details.

 

Docutech becomes First American DocutechOpen in a New Window

Acquired earlier this year by First American, Docutech has rebranded to First American Docutech, the company announced. Read on for more details.

 

ResWare, DocuSign integrateOpen in a New Window

Adeptive Software has integrated DocuSign’s services into its ResWare platform. Read on for more details.

 

Housing markets poised for growthOpen in a New Window

Mid-sized cities such as Boise, Idaho, and Syracuse, N.Y., are among the top housing markets poised for growth. Read on for more details.

 

eOriginal enhances eClosing platformOpen in a New Window

eOriginal recently released ClosingCenter 2.2 which it said increases the efficiency and convenience of digital closings for lenders, borrowers, and settlement agents. Read on to learn more.

 

Blockchain marketplace for title companies called ‘gamechanger’Open in a New Window

An enterprise-ready Blockchain-secured platform for real estate and title recordkeeping has launched a Blockchain marketplace with a fully interactive Figma demo.

 

Stewart launches brand campaignOpen in a New Window

Stewart has launched a new brand campaign designed to reframe the company in the marketplace, the company announced. Read on to learn what CEO Fred Eppinger had to say about the changes.

 

NexTitle appoints chief strategy officerOpen in a New Window

NexTitle has hired a former eXp World Holdings executive to serve as its chief strategy officer, the company announced. Read on to learn who NexTitle selected.

 

Fidelity expands National Title brand into GeorgiaOpen in a New Window

Fidelity National Financial (FNF) has hired an industry veteran to introduce National Title Insurance of New York, Inc.’s Agency Operation in Georgia. Read on to learn more.

 

Howard Hanna names chief marketing officerOpen in a New Window

Howard Hanna Real Estate Services has hired a chief marketing officer. Read on for more details.

 

Percentage of millennial purchase transactions increasesOpen in a New Window

For the second straight month, the percentage of purchase loans closed by millennials increased, according to the latest Ellie Mae Millennial Tracker. Read on to learn more.

 

Orchard Title parent raises $69 millionOpen in a New Window

The homebuying marketplace which provides title services through Orchard Title recently completed a $69 million Series C equity funding round led by Revolution Growth, with participation from existing investors FirstMark, Navitas, Accomplice, and Juxtapose.

 

Industry’s second-quarter premiums increaseOpen in a New Window

The title insurance industry generated $4.18 billion in title insurance premiums during the second quarter of 2020, according to an analysis by the American Land Title Association.

 

FNF launches weekly podcastOpen in a New Window

The FNF Family of Companies recently launched a weekly podcast that focuses on real estate matters. Read on to learn which FNF executives will be producing the podcast.

 

Second-quarter iBuyer purchases declineOpen in a New Window

During the second quarter, the share of homes purchased by iBuyers was the smallest since the first quarter of 2017. Read on to learn more.

 

Counsellors Title expands teamOpen in a New Window

New Jersey-based Counsellors Title Agency, Inc. recently expanded its team with the addition of a title officer and announced two promotions. Read on to learn more.

 

August foreclosures downOpen in a New Window

During August, South Carolina, Florida, Iowa, Maryland, and New Mexico had the highest foreclosure rates. Read on to learn more.

 

Zillow: Consumers want new expectations to be metOpen in a New Window

At the 2020 National Settlement Services Summit (NS3), keynote speaker Ryan Berry, senior vice president of central operations for Zillow, addressed a virtual audience about the overall transaction process, and how COVID-19 has necessitated technological changes.

 

AmTrust expands Energy TeamOpen in a New Window

AmTrust Title Insurance has expanded its Energy Team within its National Commercial Division, the company announced. Read on for more details.

 

NextAce launches virtual title assistantOpen in a New Window

NextAce has launched a virtual title assistant which allows title companies to fully adopt title automation in just days while leveraging their existing processes and systems, the company announced.

 

First American adds vice presidentOpen in a New Window

First American Financial Corp. has appointed a vice president in its data and analytics division. Read on for more details.

 

Home prices continue to increaseOpen in a New Window

Home prices and year-over-year price gains hit another high as prices continued to rise during a time of year they usually decline. Read on for more details.

 

Attractive areas for housing developmentOpen in a New Window

ATTOM Data Solutions has identified the most attractive opportunities in the nation for housing developers to take advantage of federal reinvestment tax benefits. Read on to learn more.

 

Amrock helps drive Rocket Companies Q2 successOpen in a New Window

The parent company of Quicken Loans and Amrock recently reported its most active and profitable quarter in the company’s 35-year history. Read on for more details.

 

RE/MAX acquires fintech companyOpen in a New Window

RE/MAX Holdings, Inc. and Motto Mortgage have acquired a fintech company that provides third-party mortgage loan processing services, the companies announced. Read on to learn more details about the acquisition.

 

WEST introduces cybersecurity serviceOpen in a New Window

Williston Financial Group subsidiary WEST has launched a new cybersecurity service for real estate agents, lenders, title agents and other settlement service providers, the company announced.

 

Title Alliance appoints Pennsylvania managerOpen in a New Window

Title Alliance has appointed a Pennsylvania state manager. Read on for more details.

 

First American Title names county managerOpen in a New Window

First American Title Co. has named an assistant county manager for three of its Idaho locations. Read on to learn more.

 

Home supply continues to dwindleOpen in a New Window

The 1.9 million homes available for sale in July was lowest level of any July on record. Read on for more details.

 

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

For the ninth 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 efforts.

 

Make a Child Smile supports Toys for TotsOpen in a New Window

The ninth annual Make a Child Smile community service event at the National Settlement Services Summit (NS3) had a different feel this year.

 

Stewart acquires 57 title offices in three statesOpen in a New Window

Stewart Information Services Corp. has acquired 57 title offices in Arizona, Colorado and Nevada from ET Investments for $105 million. Read on for more details about the acquisition.

 

Secured Title of Texas gets presidentOpen in a New Window

Title Midwest, Inc. has appointed a president of Secured Title of Texas, the company announced. Read on to learn who was selected as Secured Title of Texas’ new president.

 

FAN launches virtual closing assistantOpen in a New Window

Florida Agency Network recently launched a new virtual closing assistant designed to bolster the closing experience of customers, the company announced. Read on for more details.

 

Second-quarter refinances reach seven-year highOpen in a New Window

Refinances during the second quarter jumped nearly 50 percent from the prior quarter and more than 100 percent year-over-year. Read on for more details.

 

NewRez names chief marketing officerOpen in a New Window

NewRez has named a chief marketing officer. Read on to learn more.

 

Median prices continue to riseOpen in a New Window

For the third time in four months, the national median home price hit a new all-time high. Read on to learn more.

 

CoreLogic’s suitors move to legally force its handOpen in a New Window

The two companies attempting a hostile takeover of CoreLogic, Inc. have delivered written consents to force a special meeting of CoreLogic shareholders to vote on replacing most of its board.

 

Survey: Some view pandemic market favorablyOpen in a New Window

Nearly one-third of Americans believe 2020 is an ideal time to buy a home, according to a survey by personal finance website The Simple Dollar. Read on for more survey details.

 

TFG offering mobile home title searchesOpen in a New Window

TFG Property Reports now is offering mobile home title searches and title transfers to Florida title agents. Read on to learn more.

 

First American Mortgage, Clarifire integrateOpen in a New Window

First American Mortgage Solutions’ FirstMod loss-mitigation products and services have been integrated within Clarifire’s workflow automation platform. Read on for more details.

 

NS3 set to launchOpen in a New Window

It’s safe to say that the 16th version of the National Settlement Services Summit (NS3) will be unlike any before. So it is fitting that the show is headlined by the first speaking appearance by Zillow at NS3.

 

Howard Hanna celebrates best month everOpen in a New Window

Howard Hanna Real Estate Services set an all-time monthly high in July 2020 with $5.694 million in total closed and new written sales units, the company announced. Read on for more details.

 

Title Alliance makes C-Suite appointmentOpen in a New Window

Title Alliance has appointed a chief implementation officer responsible for operational training and startups of new entities. Read on to learn who the company selected for the position.

 

First National Title adds agency representativeOpen in a New Window

First National Title Insurance Co. has hired Susan Stewart as Western Region Agency representative. Read on for more details.

 

Zillow adds builder ratings and reviewsOpen in a New Window

Zillow has added builder ratings and reviews to its site. Read on to learn more.

 

CATIC appoints national commercial sales managerOpen in a New Window

CATIC recently appointed a vice president and national commercial sales manager. Read on for more details.

 

Stewart hires executive vice presidentOpen in a New Window

Stewart Information Services Corp. has hired a former chief administrative officer for First American Title as an executive vice president of enterprise operations, the company announced. Read on to learn more.

 

Title Alliance chooses Bank ShotOpen in a New Window

Title Alliance has partnered with Bank Shot to use the latter’s app to transfer purchaser and seller monies including earnest money deposits, the companies announced. Read on for more details.

 

Zillow partners with New Home Co.Open in a New Window

Zillow has partnered with the New Home Co. to simplify the process for buyers looking to both sell their home and purchase a new one simultaneously. Read on to learn more.

 

CSC adds new counties in 33 statesOpen in a New Window

During the first half of 2020, CSC added 105 new counties in 33 states to its recording network. Read on to learn more.

 

Foreclosure filing down significantlyOpen in a New Window

There was a total of 8,892 U.S. properties with foreclosure filings in July. Read on to learn more.

 

SYNRGO gains Fannie, Freddie certificationsOpen in a New Window

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have certified SYNRGO’s remote online notarization and eClosing platform LiveSign. Read on for more details.

 

Fidelity’s Foley starts blank check companyOpen in a New Window

In the midst of a hostile takeover battle with CoreLogic, Fidelity Chairman William Foley, II has started a blank check company to “effect a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses or entities.”

 

Texas law firm relaunches title servicesOpen in a New Window

Texas-based Betters Law Firm recently relaunched title and settlement services through its affiliate Betters Title and Settlement Services, the company announced. A

 

Mortgage lender expanding Florida operationsOpen in a New Window

A national mortgage lending and servicing organization which offers title services through Avenue 365 Lender Services has announced plans to more than double their employee team in Jacksonville, Fla.

 

MISMO certifies Pavaso’s RON platformOpen in a New Window

Pavaso has received remote online notarization compliance certification from the Mortgage Industry Standard Maintenance Organization. Read on for more details.

 

Mortgage Solutions Financial names COOOpen in a New Window

Mortgage Solutions Financial has named a chief operations officer. Read on for more details.

 

RamQuest, Title Data integrateOpen in a New Window

RamQuest’s Closing Market digital network now is integrated with Title Data. Read on to learn more.

 

Real estate tech company names CFOOpen in a New Window

A real estate technology company that offers full-service home buying and selling solutions including title insurance has named a chief financial officer. The company promoted one of its own.

 

Missouri title agency expandsOpen in a New Window

Hillsboro Title Co. recently expanded its operations with the opening of a new escrow closing and construction disbursing office in South County, Mo., the company announced.

 

DataTrace launches market-insight toolOpen in a New Window

DataTrace Information Services has launched a tool it said provides title companies with instant access to accurate market insights such as existing market share. Read on for more details.

 

TitleVest hires strategic advisorOpen in a New Window

TitleVest has hired a strategic sales advisor. Read on to learn more details.

 

Home sales surged in JulyOpen in a New Window

The biggest year-over-year sales percentage increases were in Pittsburgh; Des Moines, Iowa; and Denver. Read on to learn more.

 

Alliant National hires state agency managerOpen in a New Window

Alliant National Title Insurance Co. has hired an assistant vice president and state agency manager. Read on for more details.

 

Stewart hires group senior vice presidentOpen in a New Window

Stewart Information Services Corp. has hired a former First American Title executive to oversee its direct operations in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Colorado. Read on to learn what Group President, Direct Operations Steve Lessack said about the hire.

 

HomeLight acquires listing-management tool providerOpen in a New Window

The real estate technology platform HomeLight has acquired a provider of listings management technology that allows agents and brokerages to securely share property information, monitor buyer interest, and manage offers in one place. Read on for more details.

 

CATIC, Qualia integrateOpen in a New Window

Qualia has integrated CATIC’s title search application into its platform. Read on for more details.

 

Homes finding buyers quicklyOpen in a New Window

During a recent four-week period, more than four out of 10 homes on the market found buyers within two weeks. Read on for more details.

 

LenderClose expands sales, marketing teamsOpen in a New Window

LenderClose has expanded its sales and marketing teams. Read on to learn more.

 

TitleClose enhances mobile appOpen in a New Window

TitleClose has announced an enhanced user interface for its branded mobile app. Read on for more details.

 

Investors Title produces record quarterOpen in a New Window

Investors Title Co. produced record results during the second quarter of the year, according to the company’s latest earnings report. Read on for more details from Investors Title’s latest earnings report.

 

Chicago agency opens new officeOpen in a New Window

Chicago-based Proper Title, LLC. recently opened a new office in Naperville, Ill., the company announced. Read on for more details.

 

CATIC expands into GeorgiaOpen in a New Window

CATIC now is licensed in Georgia and its agents are issuing title insurance policies throughout the state, the company announced. Read on to learn more details.

 

Westcor announces Midwest agency representativeOpen in a New Window

Westcor Land Title Insurance Co. has hired a Midwest agency representative. Read on to learn more.

 

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