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Black Knight: Fewer Borrowers Underwater
Black Knight has released its latest Mortgage Monitor Report, based on data as of the end of May 2016, showing a continuing reduction in the number of borrowers who owe more than their homes are worth. There are still five times as many underwater borrowers as there were in 2004, however.

Professional Liability Insurance and Theft of Escrow Funds by a Third-Party Impostor
Are title agencies covered by their professional liability insurance policies if they are tricked by a clever hacker into disbursing money from escrow into the hacker’s account? Perhaps not. A New Jersey title insurer was tricked into wiring over a half-million dollars to a sneaky impostor, and its insurer isn’t paying on the agent’s professional liability policy.
Mortgage Credit Tougher to Get in June
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 11, 2016)- Mortgage credit availability decreased in June according to the Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI), a report from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) which analyzes data from Ellie Mae's AllRegs® Market Clarity® business information tool.
Simplifile Partners with Qualia to Offer Integrated eRecording
E-recording service provider Simplifile has partnered with Qualia to enable law firms and title agents to e-record directly from Qualia’s cloud-based settlement software, allowing Qualia users to record the same day of closing.
MBA Weekly Report: Applications Increase 7.2%
Mortgage applications increased 7.2 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending July 8, 2016. This week's results included an adjustment for the Fourth of July holiday.

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A Tree, a Mysteriously Narrow Right of Way Easement, and a Dead Man
In a recent Georgia case, a title search was a determining factor in determining the fate of those who were possibly responsible for not cutting down a weakened tree that eventually fell across a highway, killing a motorist.
Stewart Title Picks New Head of Sales for San Diego Area
Stewart Titleof California has announced the appointment of Melissa Howard as sales manager for Stewart Title's San Diego division.
CoreLogic: House Prices Up 5.9%
Housing data provider CoreLogic has released its CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI™) and HPI Forecastdata for May 2016 which shows home prices are up 5.9% year over year.
MBA Weekly Report: Mortgage Apps Spike, Up 14.2%
Mortgage applications increased 14.2 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending July 1, 2016.
Title Defects That Cause a Borrower to Default, vs. Those That Do Not, Part II

When a title insurance defect causes a borrower to default—as in when a defect destroys a developer’s plan to develop a property, rendering the developer unable to repay the development loan, the title insurer may be let off the hook for some of the developer’s actual loss if market values have declined by the time the lender forecloses, depending on the state.

First American: Defects and Fraud in Mortgage Applications on the Decline
First American has released its Loan Application Defect Indexfor May 2016, showing a drop of 9.9% from the same time last year. The index estimates the frequency of defects, fraudulence and misrepresentation in the information submitted in mortgage loan applications.
Black Knight: House Prices Rise 5.4% Annually
Black Knight Financial Services has released its latest Home Price Index (HPI) report, showing house prices up 5.4% in the past year and 1.0% monthly through April.
NAR: Pending Home Sales Index Declined in May
After steadily increasing for three straight months, pending home sales let up in May and declined year-over-year for the first time in almost two years, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All four major regions experienced a cutback in contract activity last month.
MBA Weekly Report: Mortgage Applications Decrease Slightly
Mortgage applications decreased 2.6 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending June 24, 2016.

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