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Maryland Courts: No Private Right of Action in Anti-Kickback Law

Just because a law exists, someone violates that law, and you suffer negative consequences as a result does not mean that you can sue the person who violated the law—as plaintiffs who sued a title company and lenders under a Maryland anti-kickback statute learned last week.

PropertyInfo Announces Rcording Software Installed in Michigan County
PropertyInfoCorporation, a Stewart company, announced today that it has successfully completed the installation of its CountyFusion records management software at the Roscommon County Clerk and Register of Deeds office in Michigan.
RealtyTrac: Foreclosure Activity Down 20% Annually
RealtyTrac released its April 2016 U.S. Foreclosure Activity data this week, which shows that 100,932 U.S. properties with foreclosure filings during the month, down 7 percent from the previous month and down 20 percent from a year ago — the ninth consecutive month with a year-over-year decrease.
NAR: Pending Home Sales at Highest Level in Over a Decade
Pending home sales rose for the third consecutive month in April and reached their highest level in over a decade, according to the National Association of Realtors. All major regions saw gains in contract activity last month except for the Midwest, which saw a meager decline.
MBA Weekly Report: Mortgage Applications Rise 2.3%
Mortgage applications increased 2.3 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending May 20, 2016.

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The Basic Principles of Betterment
Sometimes, when people build things on land that make the land more valuable, they do so under a mistaken belief that they own the land they are improving, when in fact someone else actually owns the land. Does the true owner get to keep the valuable improvements without compensating the person who mistakenly improved the property? The answer is, of course, it depends, but some basic principles are common to most states.
First American: Existing Home Sales Continue to Underperform Potential
First American Financial Corporation has released First American’s proprietary Potential Home Sales model for the month of April 2016, showing that the market for existing-home sales is underperforming its potential by 4.1 percent or an estimated 232,000 seasonally adjusted, annualized rate (SAAR) of sales, an improvement over the last month’s revised performance gap of -7.6 percent or 418,000 (SAAR) sales.
Stewart Title Announces Denver Hire
Stewart Title announced today that David Gaines has joined the Stewart Title Commercial Services Denver office as business development officer. He will be responsible for growing Stewart’s commercial business by developing and maintaining new business relationships and sales locally, regionally and nationally.
NAR: Existing Home Sales Rise for Second Consecutive Month
Despite ongoing inventory shortages and faster price growth, existing-home sales sustained their recent momentum and moved higher for the second consecutive month, according to the National Association of Realtors. A surge in sales in the Midwest and a decent increase in the Northeast offset smaller declines in the South and West.
U.S. Rep. French Hill: CFPB Must Provide More Detail Before Going Retail on Know Before You Owe
Addressing more than 250 attendees Monday during the American Land Title Association (ALTA) 2016 Federal Conference & Lobby Day in Washington, D.C., Congressman French Hill (AR-02) stressed that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) should provide additional formal guidance to help industry comply with the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID), or the Know Before You Owe, rule.
MBA Weekly Report: Mortgage Applications Decrease Slightly
Mortgage applications decreased 1.6 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending May 13, 2016.
Michigan Agency Rep Garners ALTA NTP Designation
Cindy Immonen has been awarded a National Title Professional(NTP) designation from theAmerican Land Title Association(ALTA), the national trade association of the land title insurance industry. Immonen is the second NTP designee from Michigan and joins more than 50 other industry leaders from around the United States who have earned the professional designation.
ALTA Designates State Capital Title & Abstract as Elite Provider
The American Land Title Association(ALTA) has announced that State Capital Title & Abstract has been named an ALTA Elite Provider.
Nebraska Title Pro Receives ALTA NTP Designation
Marcy A. Wagner has been awarded a National Title Professional(NTP) designation from theAmerican Land Title Association(ALTA), the national trade association of the land title insurance industry. Wagner is the second NTP designee from Nebraska and joins more than 50 other industry leaders from around the United States who have earned the professional designation.
Stuck With Each Other
Sometimes, people who jointly own a piece of property no longer get along, and one of the joint owners wants to split the property rather than own the whole thing jointly. Laws exist to take care of this situation in most cases, but sometimes, the estranged joint owners may find themselves stuck with each other, as happened in a recent Indiana case.
CoreLogic: Foreclosure Inventory Down 23.2% in the Past Year
Housing data provider CoreLogic has released its March 2016 National Foreclosure Reportwhich shows the foreclosure inventory declined by 23.2 percent and completed foreclosures declined by 14.9 percent compared with March 2015.
MBA Weekly Report: Mortgage Applications Edge Up
Mortgage applications increased 0.4 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending May 6, 2016.
MBA: Mortgage Delinquency Rate Continues to Drop
The delinquency rate for mortgage loans on one-to-four-unit residential properties remained unchanged from the previous quarter at a seasonally adjusted rate of 4.77 percent of all loans outstanding at the end of the first quarter of 2016. This was the lowest level since the third quarter of 2006. The delinquency rate was 77 basis points lower than one year ago, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) National Delinquency Survey.
Tennessee Title Company Owner Gets 33 Months in Prison
A Tennessee title company owner has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison in connection to a fraud he perpetrated at his title company in which he stole over two million dollars that customers had entrusted to the company to close their real estate transactions.
MBA: Mortgage Credit Harder to Get in April
Mortgage credit availability decreased in April 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.
MBA Weekly Report: Mortgage Applications Decrease as Refis Dry Up
Mortgage applications decreased 3.4 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending April 29, 2016.
Black Knight: Long Term Delinquency, Active Foreclosure Levels Remain Elevated
The Data & Analyticsdivision ofBlack Knight Financial Services, Inc. has released its latestMortgage Monitor Report, based on data as of the end ofMarch, which shows the mortgage delinquency rate at levels not seen since the early 2000s. Long term delinquency and active foreclosure levels remain stubbornly elevated, however
CoreLogic: House Prices Up 6.7% in March
Housing data provider CoreLogic has released its CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI™) and HPI Forecast™ data for March which shows home prices are up y 6.7 percent in Marchcompared with March of last year, and increased month over month by 2.1 percent in March compared withFebruary.
ALTA Announces SMS as an Elite Provider
The American Land Title Association (ALTA) has announced that SMS, a division of First American Professional Real Estate Services, Inc., has been named an ALTA Elite Provider.
South Carolina Supreme Court: Rubber Stamp Closing Attorneys Are Violating Ethical Rules
In states where only attorneys may close real estate transactions, there may be a temptation to cut costs by limiting the attorney’s participation to cursory reviews of the transaction that appear to be more of a “rubber stamp” than true oversight that ensures the integrity of the transaction. The South Carolina Supreme Court recently pushed back against rubber stamp attorneys.
Black Knight: Western Cities See Home Price Increases
The Data & Analytics divisionofBlack Knight Financial Services, Inc. has released its latest Home Price Index (HPI) report, based onFebruary 2016residential real estate transactions, showing home prices up 5.3% annually. The top ten cities in month-to-month price increases were all in the western states.
NAR: Pending Home Sales Highest in Almost a Year
Pending home sales increased slightly in March for the second consecutive month and reached their highest level in almost a year, according to the National Association of Realtors. Only the West region saw a decline in contract activity last month.
Chronos Solutions opens new office in suburban Birmingham, AL
Chronos Solutions, a national real estate financial services provider including title and settlement services, has opened a new office in suburban Birmingham, Alabama. The new Rainbow City office will house the company’s national Home Owners Association Solutions group.
ALTA Committed to Consumer Transparency as CFPB Opens Door to Clarify TRID
The American Land Title Association (ALTA), has released a statement in response to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray’s letter to financial services joint trade associations, committing to provide more clarity on "know before you ow" requirements.
MBA Weekly Report: Mortgage Applications Decrease
Mortgage applications decreased 4.1 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending April 22, 2016.
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