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Title Defects That Cause a Borrower to Default, vs. Those That Do Not
In the event of a title defect covered by a title insurance policy, the dollar amount of a title insurance claim is often determined by the difference between the current fair market value of the property with the defect, and what the property would be worth currently if it did not have the defect. But an exception to that general rule exists in certain situations, as a recent Arizona Supreme Court case illustrates.
CoreLogic: Completed Foreclosures Down 15.8% Since Last Year
Housing data provider CoreLogic has released its April 2016 National Foreclosure Reportwhich shows the foreclosure inventory declined by 23.4 percent and completed foreclosures declined by 15.8 percent compared with April 2015.
First American: Housing Market Performing Closer to Full Potential
First American has released its Potential Home Sales model for the month of May 2016, showing that the market for existing-home sales is underperforming its potential by 2.8 percent-- an improvement over last month’s underperformance gap of 4.1 percent.
MBA Weekly Report: Mortgage Application Volume Declines Modestly
Mortgage applications decreased 2.4 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending June 10, 2016. The previous week's results included an adjustment for the Memorial Day holiday.
The Incompetent Attorney Who Was Unintentionally Cruel to Animals

If an incompetent attorney drafts a will that fails to convey property as intended, the winners and losers in subsequent litigation will vary dramatically depending on the state. This is illustrated by a recent Virginia case, where an attorney drafted a will that was supposed to give all of the person’s estate to a non-profit, but in fact only gave the person’s tangible personal property to the charity, and failed to give the non-profit the person’s real estate and intangible property to the charity.


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CoreLogic: Home Prices Rise 6.2% Annually
Housing data provider CoreLogic has released its Home Price Index for April, showing that home prices have rise 6.2% annually and 1.8% in the past month.
Fidelity Counsel Earns ALTA National Title Professional Designation
Joseph E. Powell has been awarded a National Title Professional (NTP) designation from the American Land Title Association (ALTA), the national trade association of the land title insurance industry. Powell is the first NTP designee from Alabama and joins more than 60 other industry leaders from around the United States who have earned the professional designation.
CoreLogic: Number of Underwater Borrowers Drops 21.5% in the Past Year
Housing data provider CoreLogic has released a new analysis showing 268,000 homeowners regained equity in Q1 2016, bringing the total number of mortgaged residential properties with equity at the end of Q1 2016 to approximately 46.7 million, or 92 percent of all mortgaged properties. Nationwide, home equity increased year over year by $762 billion in Q1 2016.
Texas Title Professional Garners ALTA National Title Professional Designation
Emma Jo “EJ” Brent has been awarded a National Title Professional (NTP) designation from the American Land Title Association (ALTA), the national trade association of the land title insurance industry. Brent is the third NTP designee from Texas and joins more than 60 other industry leaders from around the United States who have earned the professional designation.
MBA Weekly Report: Mortgage Applications Increase 9.3%
Mortgage applications increased 9.3 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending June 3, 2016. This week's results include an adjustment to account for the Memorial Day holiday.
The Court that Wanted to Allow the Bank to Foreclose, Really Badly

Appeals courts are higher on the food chain than trial courts, which means that trial courts have to do what appeals courts tell them to do. Nevertheless, sometimes trial courts just ignore what an appeals court has told them to do or not to do, as happened in a recent Indiana foreclosure case.

ALTA: More Homebuyers Are Reviewing Their Documents Before Closing
More homebuyers are reviewing their mortgage documents prior to their real estate closing under new federal regulations according to results of a Home Closing Survey conducted by the American Land Title Association(ALTA). The survey, conducted in March 2016, included title agents, real estate attorneys and escrow agents.
APTR Announces Integration with Resware

Settlement solutions technology provider ATPR Inc., announced that it has integrated SmartProp, its property search product with Resware, a fully integrated title insurance production platform.

MBA: Mortgage Credit Harder to Get in May
Mortgage credit was harder to get in May, according to the Mortgage Credit Availability Index from the Mortgage Bankers Association.
MBA Weekly Report: Mortgage Applications Decrease 4.1%
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 May 27, 2016.
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