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Court: Title Insurers Should Bear The Loss on Missed Liens in Refinances

The Supreme Court of Mississippi has struck two significant blows to refinance lenders who want to be placed automatically in the priority position of the lien they pay off when they are careless and miss an intervening lien.  But the biggest blow was delivered to title insurers.

Sovereign Citizens Convicted of Filing False Liens against Prosecutors, Judges, Others

A federal jury in Omaha, Nebraska, has found a man guilty of seven counts of conspiracy to file and filing false liens against two U.S. District Court judges, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Nebraska, two Assistant U.S. Attorneys and an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) special agent, a month after his co-conspirator was convicted of similar charges.

MBA Weekly Report: Mortgage Applications Plummet 7.2%
Mortgage applications decreased 7.2 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending September 5, 2014.  This week’s results included an adjustment for the Labor Day holiday. The refinance index hit its lowest level since 2008.
RealtyTrac: Foreclosure Crisis "Well Behind Us"
Housing data provider RealtyTrac has  released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report for August 2014, which shows foreclosure filings increased 7 percent from the previous month. Annually, foreclosure filings decreased by the smallest amount in the last 47 consecutive months, and scheduled foreclosure auctions actually increased 1% annually, the first annual increase registered in the past 44 months.
NAR Pending Home Sales at Highest Level Since August 2013
Pending home sales rebounded in July and have now risen in four of the last five months, according to the National Association of Realtors. All major regions experienced healthy gains except for the Midwest, which saw a slight decline.

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RealtyTrac: Less Homes Selling than Last Year
Data recently released by housing data provider RealtyTrac shows home selling at a slower annualized pace than at this time last year.  Most markets are showing lower price appreciation than last year as well.
How to Invest $100,000 and End Up with Absolutely Nothing

This week, we look at another case where an investor bought a property from a seller who did not hold title.  Once again, believing he owned it, the buyer fixed up the property.  And once again, the real owner later showed up and sought to assert its claim to title to the now improved property.  Only this time, because of one critical difference-- the lack of a title search, of course!-- the outcome was different, and even worse, for the investor.

CoreLogic: Home Prices Rise on Yearly and Monthly Basis
Housing data provider CoreLogic has released its July Home Price Index (HPI) report, showing that home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased 7.4 percent in July 2014 compared to July 2013. On a month-over-month basis, home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased 1.2 percent in July compared to June.
MBA Weekly Report: Refinances Rise as Interest Rates Lowest Since June 2013
Mortgage applications increased 0.2 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending August 29, 2014. 
Timeshare Scammers Steal Name of Legit Title Business
The Idaho Department of Finance has announced the issuance of a cease and-desist order against a company using the name of Twin Falls Title and Escrow to perpetrate a timeshare scam. 
How to Become Roommates with a Banker

A Washington case involving a title fraud by a third party has left a defrauded investor and a bank in an unusual position where they will become tenants in common in a property.

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