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Judgment Lien Searches on Buyers

Though it’s probably taken for granted, it is not immediately obvious why lenders don’t generally have to do judgment lien searches on the buyers to whom they lend money, in order to guarantee the priority of their mortgage lien over any judgment liens against the borrower. Here’s why it’s usually not necessary.

Data Trace Continues Expansion in Texas
Data Trace Information Services has announced the introduction of four new geographically indexed, P-12 compliant thick title plants in Texas, covering Dallas, Denton, Kaufman and Tarrant counties, with additional depth in Collin county.
ALTA Announces National Notary Association as Elite Provider
The American Land Title Association(ALTA) has announced that theNational Notary Association(NNA) has been named an ALTA Elite Provider.
Black Knight: Home Equity Picture Continues to Improve
Black Knight Financial Services, Inc.has released its latestMortgage Monitor Report, based on data as of the end of November 2016, showing that as home prices continued to appreciate, one million previously underwater homeowners returned to positive equity positions in the first three quarters of 2016.
MBA Weekly Report: Applications Increase 5.8%
Mortgage applications increased 5.8 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 6, 2017. The most recent week's results include an adjustment to account for the New Year's Day holiday, while the previous week's results were adjusted for the Christmas holiday.

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Data Trace Continues Its Aggressive Expansion in Texas with the Addition of New Title Plants
Data Trace Information Services LLC,the nation’s largest provider of data solutions to the title and settlement services industry, announced today the introduction of four new geographically indexed, P-12 compliant thick title plants in Texas.
Name Variations that Definitely Must Be Searched
Most experienced title searchers would probably agree that name variations often must be searched in order to perform a competent title search by name. If certain common name variations are not searched, the searcher takes a risk that a court will later rule that the searcher should have searched the variation. Beyond that, however, a Colorado Supreme Court case demonstrates that in a particular state, there may be no doubt that certain variations must be searched.
CoreLogic: Home Prices Up 7.1%
CoreLogic, a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, today released its CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI™) and HPI Forecast™for November 2016 which shows home prices are up 7.1% year over year.
MBA: Mortgage Application Volume Declines 12%
Mortgage applications decreased 12 percent from two weeks earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending December 30, 2016. The results included adjustments to account for the Christmas holiday.
MBA: Mortgage Credit Slightly Easier to Get in December
Mortgage credit availability increased 0.6% in December according to the Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI), a report from the Mortgage Bankers Association.
NAR: Existing Home Sales Rise in November
A big surge in the Northeast and a smaller gain in the South pushed existing-home sales up in November for the third consecutive month, according to the National Association of Realtors.
NAR: Pending Home Sales Dip in November
Pending home sales dipped in November to their lowest level in nearly a year as the brisk upswing in mortgage rates and not enough inventory dispirited some would-be buyers, according to the National Association of Realtors. Only the Northeast saw monthly and annual pending sales gains last month.
First American: Market Performs Closer to Potential in 2017
First American has released its proprietaryPotential Home Sales modelfor the month of November 2016, showing that the real estate market performed slightly closer to its potential.
First American: Real Estate Professionals' Expectations for 2017 Dim Somewhat
First American has released its Real Estate Sentiment Index for the fourth quarter of 2016, showing a decline in expectations for both purchase transactions and refinances. Prices are expected to grow by 3.5%, which represents slower growth than was previously expected.
Collateral Estoppel
Most people probably know that if you lose a lawsuit, you can’t just file another lawsuit against the same person so that you can fix the mistakes you made presenting your evidence in your first lawsuit, or in the hopes that you get a more sympathetic judge the second time around. But the effect of losing a lawsuit goes a little bit beyond that, as a recent Washington boundary dispute demonstrates.
MBA Weekly Report: Mortgage Applications Increase 2.5%
Mortgage applications increased 2.5 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending December 16, 2016.
First American: Loan Application Fraud and Misrepresentation Will Continue to Decline in 2017
First American has released its latest Loan Application Defects Index for November 2016, showing a 12.8% annual decrease in defects, fraud, and misrepresentation in loan applications over the past year.  Also, First American predicts that defects will continue to decline in 2017 because of the availability of automated verification tools.

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