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A Title Search is not Enough

We know that buyers and lenders should have a title search done (most often through a title insurer) before entering transactions in order to assure themselves good title.  But it's not the ONLY thing they should do in terms of title.

Ventura County, California Begins e-Recording
Electronic land documents can now be e-recorded in Ventura County, Calif., according to e-recording service provider Simplifile
Two Florida Counties Begin e-Recording
Citrus and Hernando Counties in Florida have implemented electronic recording of land record documents. e-recording service provider Simplifile has announced.
MBA Weekly Report: Mortgage Applications Increase Modestly
Mortgage applications increased 4.3 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending April 11, 2014.
"Unrecording" of Documents Questioned in Franklin County, Ohio

Title professionals in Franklin County, Ohio have been caught off guard by the recently elected recorder's new practice of "unrecording" deeds that have what the recorders' office believes to be "fatal errors".


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NYSLTA Applauds Enactment of Title Agent Licensing in New York

New York will soon join 47 other states requiring title agents to be licensed under a provision contained in the state’s 2014-15 budget, a move that has been endorsed by the New York State Land Title Association (NYSLTA).

RealtyTrac: Foreclosure Activity at Lowest Level Since Spring 2007

Housing data provider RealtyTrac has released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report for March and the first quarter of 2014, which shows foreclosure filings down 23 percent from a year ago in March.  Foreclosure filings in the first quarter were the fewest since the second quarter of 2007.

Fraudulent Conveyances

When a debtor conveys real estate with the intent to avoid their creditors' efforts to collect on their debts, oftentimes the creditor can enlist the courts to have the conveyance voided.  But intent is hard to directly prove, so the law helps out by providing a list of red flags that tend to show a fraudulent conveyance.  An innocent debtor can run into problems if their conveyance raises some of these red flags, as a recent Georgia case shows.

ALTA Applauds CFPB Small Business Advisory Board Bill
The American Land Title Association (ALTA) has applauded bipartisan legislation introduced last week (HR 4383) by U.S. Representatives Robert Pittenger (R-NC) and Denny Heck (D-WA) that creates a small business advisory board at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
Medina County, Ohio Begins e=Recording
Medina County, Ohio, is now accepting electronic documents for recording, e-recording service provider Simplifile has announced.
MBA Weekly Report: Mortgage Application Volume Dips
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 April 4, 2014.
RealtyTrac: Housing Sales Activity Declines for 4th Month in a Row
Housing data provider RealtyTrac has released its February 2014 Residential & Foreclosure Sales Report, showing that February marked the fourth consecutive month where sales activity has decreased on a monthly basis.
Armstrong County, Pennsylvania Begins e-Recording
Armstrong County, Pennsylvania has implemented e-recording, service provider Simplifile has reported.
MBA Weekly Report: Purchase Application Volume Up Slightly
Mortgage applications decreased 1.2 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending March 28, 2014. The Purchase Volume Index was up slightly but remains near its lowest level since 1995.
The Full Credit Bid Rule
A title insurer's agent participated in a fraud, and a lender was victimized by the fraud and lost money.  The lender had supplemental coverage from the title insurer covering for the agent's fraud and mistakes.  But the insurer was able to avoid paying the claim because the lender made a critical error.
CoreLogic: Home Prices Rose in February
CoreLogic has  released its February Home Price Index report, showing home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased 12.2 percent in February 2014 compared to February 2013. . On a month-over-month basis, home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased by 0.8 percent in February 2014 compared to January 2014.*
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