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Montana House Bill to Require Use of Title Plant
House Bill 223, pending in Montana, would amend the state's title insurance law to require that before an insurer can issue a title insurance policy or title guarantee, it must obtain a title search conducted using a title plant in concert with the county records. 
Pavaso, MRG partner to integrate doc prep, closing platforms
Pavaso, Inc., a provider of digital closing and collaboration solutions for the mortgage and real estate lifecycle, has partnered with Mortgage Resources Group, an attorney-owned document preparation provider. The partnership will integrate the technologies of both companies, allowing for a seamless transfer of prepared closing documents into the Digital Close platform electronically.
Qualia Now Integrated with FNTG's AgentTRAX System for Title Services
Qualia, the fastest growing provider of title settlement software, announced it has integrated the agentTRAX portal from Fidelity National Title Group (FNTG) into its settlement platform.
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Pennsylvania Counties Begin Adding Fees to Deeds and Mortgages
In November, Governor Tom Wolf signed Act 152 into law in an effort to combat blight.  Now that the law has gone into effect, certain counties can authorize additional fees when deeds and mortgages are filed.  
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Luzerne County officials addressing old problem with Rice Township tax payments
After more than two decades, six Luzerne County property owners may soon clear a back-tax blemish blamed on the former Rice Township tax collector.
This company will double your down payment. What's the catch?
"Shared appreciation mortgages have never really attracted that much attention," says Anthony B. Sanders, professor of finance at George Mason University. However, a down-payment-assistance version of the strategy is likely to appeal most to jumbo mortgage borrowers, especially "if you have to go into a super-expensive housing market and you don't have the accumulated down payment," he says.
Fed Ahead: Rate Hike Odds Near 90% After Friday's Strong Jobs Report
It's all about the Fed this week, and the market might be a little flat in advance of Wednesday's announcement on interest rates.
Housing fears confirmed: Trump budget considers $6 billion cut to HUD funding
Over the past few weeks, President Donald Trump and congress considered different massive budget cuts in order to increase military spending, leaving some fearful that the cuts could impact the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
First American: Mortgage lending takes riskier turn in 2017
Over the past few weeks, rising interest rates turned the mortgage markets away from refinances and toward purchases.
South Florida Title Agent Pleads Guilty in Mortgage Fraud
A south Florida title agent and her co-conspirator has pled guilty to federal charges related to their participation in a $10 million mortgage fraud scheme.
MBA Weekly Report: Applications Increase 3.1%
Mortgage applications increased 3.1 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending March 10, 2017.
ATA National Title Group Continues National Expansion
The largest independent title insurance agency in the Midwest, ATA National Title Group, LLC (ATA) is continuing its commitment to strategic growth and personalized service.
Qualia Connects to AgentNet from First American for Integrated Title Services
Qualia, the fastest growing provider of title settlement software, announced it has integrated its namesake settlement platform with AgentNet® from First American Title Insurance Company, a leading provider of title insurance and settlement services and the largest subsidiary of First American Financial Corporation.
If a Bank Breaks Into Your Home in a Mistaken Foreclosure, Have You Hit the Jackpot?
Several years ago, it made headlines when foreclosing banks broke into the wrong houses in mistaken attempts to secure properties on which there was no mortgage in default. At the time, these innocent owners might have thought that they could extract huge sums out of the banks for these wrongful trespasses. However, it could be that the homeowners are entitled to nothing more than the cost of replacing the locks on their doors.
A Property Dispute With A Sovereign Nation

A dispute over who owns property can get a little more complicated than normal when one of the disputing neighbors is an Indian tribe—a sovereign nation that a state court does not have the power to bring into court to settle the dispute. But a state court may still exert the power to resolve such a dispute, as a Washington state case illustrates.

Your E&O Policy May Not Cover a Hacked Closing
Title businesses that carry E&O coverage may believe that their policies cover them for any negligent acts that they may commit in providing title or settlement services. But exclusions in the policies may mean that there is no coverage when negligence leads to being duped into sending closing proceeds to a scam artist, as a federal case from Maryland shows.
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Ohio House Bill Introduced to Regulate Solicitation of Deeds
Source of Title Blog
2017/03/22
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In God We Trust... Everyone Else Gotta Pay by Wire Transfer
Source of Title Blog
2017/03/12
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What is a title reader?
Lydia Ruggiero's Blog
2017/03/08
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Archive America 2017
William Pattison's Blog
2017/02/02
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Michigan Abolished Dower
Source of Title Blog
2017/02/01
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A New Curative Statute is Working its Way Through the Ohio Legislature
Source of Title Blog
2016/08/28
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Title Industry tasked with identifying money launderers
CHARLENE PERRY's Blog
2016/01/14
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TRID and it's impact on abstractors
CHARLENE PERRY's Blog
2015/10/05
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9th Circuit Reverses; Suit Goes Forward re: Mtg Loan Debt Collectors
john gault's Blog
2015/07/20
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"India" is not the problem
Thomas Pryde's Blog
2015/04/16
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