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How You Can Conduct a Closing in Your Office
by Michele Blanco | 2020/05/11

 

Many states have “Stay at Home Orders” that have made one-on-one interactions with clients next to impossible. You want to protect yourself, your clients, and your associates, but you also have to keep business moving forward. What can you do?

Let’s take a look at some of the strategies title agents are using right now to keep operations moving forward. You can conduct a closing – safely – in your office or on the road.

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Only allowing e-recording could be a BIG problem for us
by Jeanine Johnson | 2020/03/23

I've been getting emails about various counties that are only accepting e-recordings right now and don't have staff at the counter to open mail or accept documents for recording. Based on "first to record is first in right" in most states, that is a  big problem. E-recordings will go on first, with no date as to when mail-in or walk-in documents will again be recorded. In attempting to get an answer, there have been no responses yet.

Anyone hear of a "work-around" on this? I presume it is happening all over the country.


 

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Hennepin County MN Only Accepting Electronic Documents at this time
by Jeanine Johnson | 2020/03/16

Hennepin County (population 1,250,000)  has just posted this notice:

"The Hennepin County Recorder’s office is temporally suspending paper document recording until further notice, closing our skyway counter, and only processing electronically submitted documents as of March 17." 

"This change is based on information and direction provided by Hennepin County Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). We want to ensure the overall health safety of both county staff and the general public."

"Documents that are mailed for recording will be held for an indeterminate amount of time before being processed. We will begin processing paper once business returns to normal in Hennepin County."

I assume that other courthouses will follow. I am pushing e-recording and Remote Online Notarization for Closers in my courses.

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Categories: Courses for Abstractors, Education

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5 Ways Hackers Gain Access to Your Email Account (and How to Stop Them)
by Admin Tfgreports | 2020/03/06

Hackers are constantly looking for ways to gain access to private and business email accounts; especially people and businesses involved in real estate transactions. Once a hacker has access to your account, they can gather sensitive data and inject themselves into the closing process to divert funds. Understanding how hackers can hijack your account enables you to take steps to prevent unauthorized access. Here are five common ways hackers can gain access to your email account.

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The Need For and Use of Multi-Factor-Authentication
by Michele Blanco | 2020/03/05

 

As a title company, your reputation and very existence relies on the information, documentation and verification of data. Anything less than maximum attention to protecting the security and validity of that data puts your company at risk. Protecting your identity is equally vital.

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How Do You Know if a Potential Client is Trustworthy?
by Michele Blanco | 2019/08/26

If you spend any time on discussion boards, you'll see many title agents checking if a client is viable to work with. Worst case scenario, you'll see agents who have already gone through a requested service only to find out later that their client doesn’t pay on time—or at all. Don’t fall into that second category and learn some research tips for vetting a potential client before accepting any work from them.

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True or False: Zillow is Taking Over Title Searches
by Michele Blanco | 2019/08/15

Have you heard? There’s a new kid in town and their name is Zillow. We’ve seen it creep it’s way in slowly, but surely over the years, however, word on the streets says they are preparing to take over every part of our real estate industry. Is it true? Here’s what we know right now:

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5 Cyber Security Issues Title Agents Should Be Aware of
by Michele Blanco | 2019/06/07

 

Cyber security failure is a potential risk all businesses face, but one that is especially important for the real estate business. As a title agent, you should be aware of some of the top security threats posed, and what they mean for you.

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Thank you, Fidlar Technologies!
by Robert Franco | 2019/05/26

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a two-day educational symposium hosted by Fidlar Technologies, for the county recorders who use Fidlar's technology.  In fact, it was their 12th annual symposium; the theme was "You are Still the Source."  The focus of the keynote presentation was on demonstrating how the county recorders' information is used by the real estate industry, and others.  It was a great event - educational and enlightening.

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Categories: Abstractors, Public Officials, Public Records, Technology, Title Industry

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Real Estate and Email Fraud: How it Affects You
by Michele Blanco | 2019/05/13

More and more people are falling victim to email scams, and the stakes are raised when it comes to real estate. With the rise of technology comes higher risks of breaches in internet security, which means even as a title agent you and your clients can be affected by such risks. Read on to learn how to stay better protected as well as how to prevent any potential fraud.

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