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NAR: Pending Home Sales Slip in June
After five consecutive months of increases, pending home sales slipped in June but remained near May's level, which was the highest in over nine years, according to the National Association of Realtors. Modest gains in the Northeast and West were offset by larger declines in the Midwest and South.
MBA Weekly Report: Mortgage Applications Up Slightly
Mortgage applications increased 0.8 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending July 24, 2015.
New Milford, Connecticut Begins eRecording
The Town of New Milford in Connecticut is now accepting electronic documents and land records for recording through eRecording service provider Simplifile
WFG Appoints New Sales Rep for New England
WFG National Title Insurance Company has appointed Michael Supple to serve in the role of Sales Representative in its New England Agency Group.
Title Company Liability to Third Parties for Negligently Recording a Document
Can a title company be liable to a third party when it negligently records a document? In many states, there may not be a solid answer to this question, but a Washington case may soon provide some insight into the issue.

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MBA Weekly Report: Mortgage Applications Flat
Mortgage applications increased 0.1 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending July 17, 2015.
Atchison County, Missouri Begins eRecording
Atchison County is now accepting electronic documents for recording through Simplifile, the nation’s largest e-recording service.
Cook County, Illinois Begins eRecording
Simplifile, the nation’s largest electronic recording (e-recording) service, has recorded the first electronic deed in Cook County, Ill.
WFG Makes Hire in Michigan, Commits to Growth in Michigan and Midwest

WFG National Title Insurance Company has named Allan G. Dick as Vice President and Michigan State Underwriter in its Midwest Agency group.  

Becker County, Minnesota Begins eRecording
Becker County is now accepting electronic documents for recording through Simplifile, the nation’s largest e-recording service.
OLTA Issues Document to Alleviate Confusion with Simultaneous Issue of Policies
The Ohio Land Title Association has issued advisory materials regarding the necessary disclosures of title insurance premiums on the new TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) forms. which will be required beginning on October 3rd.
ALTA to Host TRID Townhall on Facebook

The American Land Title Association (ALTA), the national trade association of the land title insurance and real estate settlement services industries, announced that it will host a TRID Townhall on Facebook at 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday, July 28.

Five More Georgia Counties Adopt E-recording with Simplifile

Chatham, Haralson, Morgan, Pike, and Taliaferro counties in Georgia have implemented e-recording of land documents with Simplifile, enabling faster, more cost-effective recording for customers online.

Argent Title Research and Boxi Software announce a new joint venture: Rosewood Abstractors
Rosewood Abstractors has been established to provide a marketplace for simplified and direct access to the highest quality search specialists available, at the most competitive pricing possible without offshore labor.
Couple Sues for $1.3 Million Because Their Dream Home has a Stalker
When Derek and Maria Broaddus paid $1.3 Million for their "dream home," they had no idea it was the subject of a crazy stalker's fixation.  The stalker calls himself "The Watcher" and he sends the Broadduses letters to share his special brand of crazy.
Refi Applications Up, Purchase Applications Down in Latest MBA Weekly Survey
Mortgage applications decreased 1.9 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending July 10, 2015.
ALTA Best Practices Resources Now Available to Non-Members
Resources to aid implementation of ALTA’s Title Insurance and Settlement Company Best Practices resources are now available for non-members to purchase.
ALTA Praises Senators Tim Scott and Joe Donnelly for Introducing Bipartisan TRID Hold-Harmless Bill

“We thank Senators Tim Scott and Joe Donnelly for introducing S. 1711 in order to help avoid delays during the closing process for consumers after TRID is implemented on October 3,” said Michelle Korsmo, ALTA’s chief executive officer.

Attorney-Client Privilege with Claims Counsel

A Delaware court had to decide whether or not Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company's communications with counsel it retained to represent insureds was protected by the attorney-client-privilege in a subsequent suit against its agent. 

MO Dept. of Insurance Revokes Licenses of Kirksville Title Insurance Agency, Owner
Title insurance agent sold fraudulent insurance policies and kept the premiums.
Simplifile Announces E-recording in Oregon's Hood River and Wasco Counties

Hood River County and Wasco County in Oregon have started e-recording with Simplifile, enabling faster, more cost-effective recording for customers online.

RedVision Reveals New Business Structure to Enrich Customer Experience, Accelerate Client Success
RedVision announced today the completion of a new business structure named the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) team to align cross-organizational resources across all points of the customer lifecycle.
Simplifile Announces E-recording in Crawford County, Ark.

Simplifile customers can now e-record in Crawford County, Ark., saving time and money on land document recording.

Putnam County Adopts Simplifile E-recording Technology

Putnam County, Fla., has implemented electronic recording of documents through Simplifile, the nation’s largest e-recording service, giving customers a secure, online recording option.

Failure of a Quiet Title Action to Dispose of Doubtful Mortgage Claims

Quiet title actions are designed to allow a property owner to clear the title to their property by ridding it of possible claims by others to an interest in the property.  But quiet title actions may not be effective to get rid of doubtful mortgage claims in some states, as illustrated by a recent federal case involving a Rhode Island property.

NAR: Pending Home Sales at Highest Levels in Over Nine Years
Pending home sales continued to rise in May and are now at their highest level in over nine years, according to the National Association of Realtors. Gains in the Northeast and West were offset by small decreases in the Midwest and South.
Interthinx: Mortgage Fraud Declined 4% in 2014, Halting Four Year Rise
Risk management solution provider Interthinx has released its annual Mortgage Fraud Risk Report, which shows a 4 percent decrease from 2013 that signals a halt in the gradually rising trend observed in the previous four years.
MBA Weekly Report: Applications Dry Up As Interest Rates Rise
Mortgage applications decreased 4.7 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending June 26, 2015. Interest rates reached their highest point since October of last year.
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