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WFG Lender Services Announces "Five-Second" Title Report
press release, WFG National Title Insurance Company

WFG Lender Services, in conjunction with its affiliated title insurance underwriter, WFG National Title Insurance Company (WFG), a Portland-based, full-service provider of title insurance and real estate settlement services, announces its new DecisionPoint product that can process title requests within seconds by simply using the borrower’s name and the property address.

Lenders will know almost instantly the application-to-close time as well as any curative steps needed based on the results. This is a big improvement over the competition, which often require the borrower’s Social Security number and provide only a simple grade rather than a full report.

The DecisionPoint platform uses a proprietary algorithm that delivers a full, detailed title report within five seconds, alerting lenders whether the loan is “clean,” meaning it can close within a matter of days, or needs some curative measure that will take longer to rectify before a title insurance policy can be issued. As a result, lenders using DecisionPoint can better manage their loan pipelines by shifting more personnel and resources to problem loans, accelerating the title process and improving efficiency.

When they find out early in the loan process whether a property needs title clearance, lenders can obtain critical information from borrowers during the initial call, generate a loan estimate, and obtain borrower consent, thus reducing loan application drop-out rates. And because loans move faster through the origination process by using DecisionPoint, borrowers may have a shorter time frame on their loan and the ability to lock in a better interest rate.

“By making sure a loan is good to go as early as possible, DecisionPoint allows lenders to jumpstart their underwriting process,” said Matt Slonaker, senior vice president and head of enterprise solutions sales at WFG Lender Services. “It makes the title process more efficient and saves more loans.”

WFG is a national settlement services company that applies its superior technology and closing process to take the time out of the real estate transaction. WFG strives to adapt its services to meet the needs of its customers.


About WFG National Title Insurance Company

Portland, Oregon-based WFG National Title Insurance Company (WFG), a Williston Financial Group company, is a new breed of national real estate service providers and title insurance companies powered by innovation and collaboration. Founded in 2010, WFG has become the fastest growing national title underwriter, creating and delivering a comprehensive suite of real estate-related services and technology. In all that it does, WFG strives to improve the real estate transaction, while increasing transparency and empowerment to the title agent, lender, realty professional and consumer.

WFG enjoys a Financial Stability Rating of A’ (A prime) as assigned by Demotech, Inc. Built around the directive to “communicate, collaborate, coexist,” WFG has worked to introduce a superior level of client commitment and service to the traditional mortgage and real estate industry, working to meet the changing needs of its clients, agents and associates. For more information, please go to www.WFGNationalTitle.com.

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Forgive me if I seem ignorant, but am I reading this right?  A five second title report? As in a five second title search?  It states it will provide a full, detailed title report.... and curative steps needed based on the results?  So, what are they saying?  In five seconds they will produce a full title search with a clear title and/or curative steps? 

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So many ways that this will go sideways. 

The only was I can see this as a possibility is if they have access to a totally computerized title plant for that county, with a tie in to the County Tax office, Assessor office and the Circuit Clerk's office.  Then depending on the state, i.e. Illinois, the Statewide Tax Lien Registry, unless they plan on stating on every report that there is an issue.  Also in Missouri, Kansas and Illinois we have so many rural counties that are still all books in the Recorder's office.


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I remember many years ago the law firm I was with had almost all our residential purchase clients happily come in bringing their "same day mortgage commitment" from a large state-wide bank - ready to close on their new home ASAP; schedule our closing now please.  For almost two years, his bank cornered the residential mortgage market  with it's "same day commitment," other banks couldn't or wouldn't compete with that.

 (With a smile) Then I read the second to the last page (not the page they signed, rather the page they didn't read) to the borrowers, it contained the "subject to" paragraph.  The "written commitment" was subject to an appraisal, subject to a lender's title insurance policy commitment, subject to verification of employment, etc.  What we in the industry started calling the "un-commitment."

So I see a 5-second title report as a possibility, with a one-page attachment that includes a standard list of "subject to," such as verification that there are no outstanding tax, sewer, water, judgment and other liens.

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Right Jay,   *ell, they can't event make a Mc e Ds shake in 5 seconds, and if they could, I

would' not by it,

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