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Title Industry Performance in Graphs, Updated With 2014 Data
In 2014, the title insurance industry continued to show improved loss performance and profitability, according to industry financial data recently released by ALTA. Revenue declined in 2014, however.
RamQuest Announces Expanded Integration With Fidelity National Title Group
Title and settlement services software provider RamQuest has announced the expansion of its existing integration with Fidelity National Title Group to include Closing Protection Letters through the RamQuest Closing Market digital network.
ALTA President Testifies Before Congress
American Land Title Association (ALTA) President Diane Evans NTP submitted testimony this week before the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit subcommittee of the House Committee on Financial Services.
RealtyTrac: Foreclosure Filings Lowest Since Q1 2007
Housing data provider RealtyTrac has released its Q1 and March 2015 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report, which shows foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — were reported on 313,487 U.S. properties in the first quarter of 2015, down 7 percent from the previous quarter and down 8 percent from the first quarter of 2014 to the lowest quarterly total since the first quarter of 2007.
MBA Weekly Report: Application Volume Declines Slightly
Mortgage applications decreased 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 April 10, 2015.  

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Gentry County, Missouri Begins eRecording
Gentry County, Missouri has begun electronic documents for recording, e-recording service provider Simplifile has announced
Maryland Title Agent Pleads Guitly to Theft
A Baltimore title insurance agent who took tens of thousands of dollars from her clients' escrow accounts to pay her personal bills recently pleaded guilty in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County to one count each of felony theft and felony theft scheme.
Shelby County, Missouri Begins eRecording
Shelby County, Missouri is now accepting electronic documents for recording through Simplifile, the e-recording service provider has announced. 
MBA Weekly Report: Mortgage App Volume Increases Slightly
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 April 3, 2015.  
A Defective Mortgage on Registered Land in a Bankruptcy

In a bankruptcy, the bankruptcy trustee has broad powers to avoid mortgages that are invalidly recorded. But does the same power apply to mortgages on registered land, where there is an official certificate of title indicating that the land title office has accepted the defective mortgage as valid?

CoreLogic: Home Prices Increase 5.6%
Housing data provider CoreLogic has released its February 2015 CoreLogic Home Price Index, which shows that home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased by 5.6 percent in February 2015 compared to February 2014.
RedVision Announces New Hires
Title data, search, and examination provider RedVision has announced the appointment of two industry veterans to key leadership positions. Amy Holder is named to the new executive role of New Jersey sales director and James Sandifer is appointed vice president of regional operations for the southeast and mid-Atlantic regions.
Are County Recorders Liable for Negligence for Mis-Indexed Documents?
If you suffer a loss because a county recorder made a mistake in recording or indexing a deed or a mortgage, can you recover from the recorder in a negligence lawsuit? It depends.
NAR: Pending Home Sales Index Highest Since June 2013
Pending home sales in February increased to their highest level since June 2013 as sizeable gains in the Midwest and West offset smaller declines in the Northeast and South, according to the National Association of Realtors.
ALTA Suggests Three Changes to CFPB "Your Home Loan Toolkit"
The American Land Title Association (ALTA), the national trade association of the land title insurance industry, released the following statement today addressing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) new “Your Home Loan Toolkit.”
Green Folders named ALTA Elite Provider
The American Land Title Association (ALTA) has announced that office management software provider GreenFolders has been named an Elite Provider.
Three Nebraska Counties Begin eRecording
Arthur, Kearney and Logan counties in Nebraska have begun e-recording, according to e-recording service provider Simplifile.

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