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AI Virtual Assistant Alanna Now "Speaks" 54 Languages
Alanna, a conversational AI-powered virtual assistant for title agents, can now communicate in 54 different languages. Alanna is the title industry’s only conversational AI technology able to engage in complex conversations with clients via SMS text or web chat, often for customer service or information gathering.
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Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey
Mortgage applications increased 1.4 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 7, 2022. The previous week's results included an adjustment for the holidays.
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First American Announces Agreement to Acquire Mother Lode Holding Company and Its Operating Subsidiaries
First American Financial Corporation, a leading global provider of title insurance, settlement services and risk solutions for real estate transactions, announced today the signing of an agreement for First American’s acquisition of Mother Lode Holding Company, a California-based provider of title insurance, underwriting and escrow services for residential and commercial real estate transactions with 17 operating subsidiaries throughout the U.S., including its principal subsidiary Placer Title Company.
MBA CREF Outlook Survey: Originators Are Bullish on 2022 Outlook
Commercial and multifamily mortgage originators anticipate 2022 will be another strong year of borrowing and lending, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) 2022 Commercial Real Estate Finance (CREF) Outlook Survey.
Stewart Acquires Majority Interest in Great American Title Company
Stewart Information Services Corporation today announced the acquisition of a majority interest in Great American Title Company. GATCO is a leading provider of title and escrow services in the Greater Houston Metropolitan area, with the ability to operate in 38 counties across Texas.
ALTA Good Deeds Foundation Provides Emergency Grant for Wildfire Relief
The American Land Title Association (ALTA) Good Deeds Foundation, the registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded by ALTA,the national trade association of the land title insurance industry, today announced it was awarding a $10,000 emergency grant to the Community Foundation of Boulder (Colo.) County for the Boulder County Wildfire Fund.
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Fear of even higher mortgage rates may be heating up winter homebuying
Mortgage rates have moved to their highest level in more than a year, and that may have potential homebuyers nervous that their affordability window is closing faster than expected. Home prices are still gaining, and winter is historically the slowest season for the housing market, but mortgage demand from buyers moved higher.

Mortgage rates are highest since March 2020
In the second big jump of 2022, mortgage rates again rose to a high not seen since the start of the pandemic. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.45% in the week ending January 13, up from an average 3.22% the week before, according to Freddie Mac. It's the highest the average rate has been since March 2020, when it hit 3.5%.

Rocket shuffles leadership and repositions as a fintech platform
Leadership changes at Rocket Cos. are part of a strategy to not only become the nation's biggest provider of purchase mortgages in 2022, but to convince investors that they should think of Rocket and its growing stable of more than a dozen brands as a fintech platform.

Lawsuit Filed Over Short-Term Rental
"This case illustrates the purpose of title insurance," Hart wrote in an email on Jan. 12, explaining that Henriot also claims to have an easement over property between her and Mauro's lots. "Her easement conflicts with an easement my client was granted in 1995; Henriot's title search should have discovered that prior easement."

Mineral Reservations and Real Property in Florida
It is not unusual to find mineral reservations in the chain of title to real properties located in Florida. When the State of Florida first conveyed title to state owned lands, it was customary for the state to reserve an interest in all oil, gas and minerals on the property, including the right to drill, mine and excavate for them. These rights were not necessarily a problem if the property was being used for agricultural purposes.

Rhode Island District Court Grants Summary Judgment in Title Insurance Coverage Appeal
The United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island recently granted a title insurance company's motion for reconsideration, holding that the insured did not suffer a loss when it lost title to two properties upon which it could not build improvements.

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