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NAILTA Mourns the Passing of Former President, Anthony L. Affatati, Sr.
The National Association of Independent Land Title Agents (NAILTA) issued the following message mourning the passing of one of its charter members, Anthony L. Affatati, Sr., of Cranbury, New Jersey.  Anthony, the owner and operator of Applied Title and Abstract Company, was a dedicated title professional who had a profound impact on the title industry as an advocate for independent title agents.  
CUMAnet Selects Simplifile Collaboration and Post Closing Services
Simplifile, a leading provider of real estate document collaboration and recording technologies for lenders, settlement agents, and counties, announced that CUMAnet has begun using Simplifile Collaboration and Post Closing services to provide credit union clients with a centralized platform that facilitates the effortless exchange of information with settlement partners.
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Oregon Now E-recording Statewide with Simplifile
Simplifile, a leading provider of real estate document collaboration and recording technologies for lenders, settlement agents, and counties, today announced that Wallowa County, Ore., has adopted its e-recording service, making Oregon the eighth state to implement e-recording in each of its counties statewide.
Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey
Mortgage applications decreased 6.6 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending February 16, 2018.
Existing-Home Sales Slip 3.2 Percent in January
Existing-home sales slumped for the second consecutive month in January and experienced their largest decline on an annual basis in over three years, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All major regions saw monthly and annual sales declines last month.
Stewart, Pavaso Partner to Accelerate Adoption of eClosings
Leading national title underwriter, Stewart, and eMortgage technology developer, Pavaso Inc. (Pavaso), announced today that they are partnering in their efforts to promote and deliver a fully digital mortgage closing process.
Old Republic Title Announces Pavaso as National eClosing Technology Provider
Old Republic National Title Insurance Company has unveiled a national digital strategy that involves our exclusive use of Pavaso®, an eClosing solution that serves as a foundation for processing digital real estate transactions in ORNTIC's direct and national settlement operations.
Housing Production Makes Healthy Gains to Start New Year
A surge in multifamily production pushed overall housing starts up 9.7 percent in January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.33 million units after an upwardly revised December reading, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department.
First American Named to the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® List for Third Year in a Row
First American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF), a leading global provider of title insurance, settlement services and risk solutions for real estate transactions, announced today that the company is one of the 2018 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For®, according to Fortune and global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work®.
Stewart Joins North American Title Insurance Co. as State Agency Manager for Colorado
North American Title Insurance Co. has added Susan Stewart as state agency manager for Colorado. Her responsibilities include overseeing agency operations across the state, and working with new and existing title insurance agents to grow their business.
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Weekly mortgage applications tank even more, as rising rates make homes less affordable
The numbers are getting uglier for potential homebuyers and homeowners looking to save money.

Insurers File Article 78 Proceeding Against (NY) DFS Over New Title Regs
Several title insurance companies are asking the state Supreme Court to strike down newly enacted regulations from the New York Department of Financial Services, arguing that the new rules will result in companies shuttering and layoffs.

Home Sales Post Their Sharpest Drop in Three Years
Sales of previously owned U.S. homes in January experienced their sharpest annual drop in more than three years as low inventories and rising prices and interest rates took a toll.

JACK GUTTENTAG: Finding a credible solution to political gridlock over Fannie and Freddie
An impasse between Republicans and Democrats on the future of the agencies could be broken if they came to realize that there is a sensible solution that is consistent with the better instincts of both.

Homebuyers now have something else to be worried about besides the housing shortage
The recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created anxiety about housing, since it reduced some of the benefits that homeowners enjoyed.

Hill plan on titles passes in House
A bill by U.S. Rep. French Hill altering title insurance premium disclosures passed the U.S. House of Representatives this week, part of a legislative package that garnered considerable bipartisan support.

Mortgage rates rise to nearly four-year high on inflation concerns
Mortgage rates have climbed to the highest level in close to four years, according to data released Thursday.

Cook County (IL) judge convicted of mortgage fraud
A Cook County circuit judge will likely be forced to resign from the bench following her conviction Thursday in a $1.4 million federal mortgage fraud scheme.

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