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SafeChain Adds Blockchain to SafeWire to Further Safeguard Real Estate Wire Transactions
SafeChain, the industry leader in wire fraud prevention software for land title, announced today it has added blockchain to its wire fraud prevention platform SafeWireTM, making the company the first in the industry to do so. The addition of blockchain to SafeWire provides increased security for real estate wire transactions by ensuring fraudsters cannot tamper with wiring instructions undetected.
Realtors® See Increase in Commercial Income and Sales Volume for Second Straight Year
Commercial real estate markets are on the rise, with Realtors® specializing in commercial real estate reporting both an increase in members' gross income and sales volume, according to the National Association of Realtors® 2018 Commercial Member Profile.
Redfin and Notarize Partner to Offer Fully-Digital Home Closings
Redfin, the next-generation real estate brokerage, and Notarize, the first company to enable an entirely online mortgage closing process, are working together to let customers close a home purchase completely online.
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ValuAmerica is Now Radian Settlement Services Inc.
Radian Group Inc. today announced that ValuAmerica, a Radian subsidiary offering settlement and appraisal products and services, has been renamed Radian Settlement Services Inc.
Washington Resident Earns ALTA National Title Professional Recognition
Maureen Pfaff 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.
Appraisal Institute Seeks Speakers for 2019 Annual Conference
The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, is accepting proposals for presentations at its 2019 Annual Conference, July 22-24, at the Hyatt Regency Denver.
NotaryCam to Offer Complimentary Notarizations for Active Duty, Retired U.S. Military Members in Honor of Veterans Day
NotaryCam® today announced it would offer free remote online notarization (RON) sessions to United States veterans and current service members in honor of Veterans Day as part of its semi-annual “Help a Hero” initiative. 
Mortgage Payoff Statements Becoming Gateways to Mortgage Fraud
Fraud perpetrators are increasingly initiating wire fraud scams by targeting the industry practice of emailing or faxing payoff requests to title and escrow companies, according to a new white paper from CertifID.
Mortgage Delinquencies Up Slightly in Third Quarter of 2018
The delinquency rate for mortgage loans on one-to-four-unit residential properties rose to a seasonally adjusted rate of 4.47 percent of all loans outstanding at the end of the third quarter of 2018, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's National Delinquency Survey.
Simplifile Adds 30 Northeastern, Mid-Atlantic Jurisdictions To E-recording Network
Simplifile, a leading provider of real estate document collaboration and recording technologies for lenders, settlement agents, and counties, today announced that 30 additional recording jurisdictions located in nine states throughout the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic U.S. have joined Simplifile’s e-recording network.
Now Is the Time to Winterize Homes, Appraisal Institute Says
How should you prepare your home for winter? When should you begin? To increase the chances of improving your home’s value, ask a real estate appraiser before starting.
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How did little-known Democrat make Secretary of State runoff? Visiting churches, talking to voters
The wife of Tarries Greenup and mother of two sons, both in college, Collins-Greenup has a long career as a notary public, title insurance producer and land abstractor.

Amrock levies blockbuster claims against HouseCanary, wants $740 million verdict overturned
When Amrock, the title insurance, settlement services, and valuations provider formerly known as Title Source, said that last month that it had no intention of simply paying out a $740 million judgment for allegedly stealing trade secrets from HouseCanary, the company apparently meant it.

Three Ways Blockchain Technology Will Revolutionize Real Estate in 2019
If all property title was decentralized on the blockchain, an immense amount of time and money would be saved and, potentially, it could eliminate the need for title insurance altogether.

Developing Technologies: Eight Outlooks On What's Ahead For The Real Estate Industry
Looking ahead is important: It is difficult to prepare or shift operations without knowing what kinds of technologies or changes are developing. This is particularly true for information-rich industries, such as real estate, which has a host of steps needed to complete a transaction, ranging from research to communication to finalizing paperwork.

She Predicted the 2007 Real Estate Crisis - and Sees More Trouble Ahead
Ivy Zelman likes to do puzzles, big ones with 2,000 pieces. That helps explain how's she's able to assess thousands of disparate U.S. housing data points to assemble her closely followed market views. This ability-plus hard work and prescient calls on housing at both the top and bottom of the market-is why she's among the best known and highest-ranked analysts in the industry.

IL regulators fine title agency PNTN $14M for letting lawyers not registered as agents sell title insurance
An organization which provides services to and promotes the role of attorneys in the title transfer process in real estate transactions has come under the scrutiny of state regulators, which has ordered $14 million in fines for allegedly allowing attorneys who are not registered as title insurance agents to score commissions from the sale of title insurance policies.

Here's how much Zillow is paying to get into the mortgage business
Zillow's stock tanked on Wednesday after the online real estate giant released softer-than-expected guidance about the company's expectations for the near-term, but that wasn't the only big piece of news that Zillow released.

Mortgage rates shoot up to their highest level in nearly 8 years
Strong employment numbers caused mortgage rates to take off with the 30-year fixed-rate average the highest it has been in nearly eight years.


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