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How to Become Roommates with a Banker

A Washington case involving a title fraud by a third party has left a defrauded investor and a bank in an unusual position where they will become tenants in common in a property.

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Timeshare Scammers Steal Name of Legit Title Business
The Idaho Department of Finance has announced the issuance of a cease and-desist order against a company using the name of Twin Falls Title and Escrow to perpetrate a timeshare scam. 
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ALTA: Tite Insurance Premium Volume Down 16.6% in Q2
The American Land Title Association has reported that title insurance premium volume declined 16.6 percent during the second quarter of 2014 when compared to the same period a year ago.
CoreLogic: Completed Foreclosures Down 21.2% From Last Year
Housing data provider CoreLogic has reported that there were 45,000 completed foreclosures in July, a decrease of 21% from last year's July level.  Sill, foreclosures are elevated-- twice as many foreclosures were completed than were completed on average in a month prior to the housing bust.
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New suit alleging kickbacks should be "wake-up call" for brokers: analysts
A new federal court suit alleging kickback violations by one of the country's top-producing real estate sales teams raises an unsettling question for homebuyers.
Court abstractor accused of stealing records sentenced
A courthouse researcher charged with taking official records from the Columbia County Clerk of Superior Court's office last summer pleaded no contest to a trespassing charge and was sentenced to probation.
Florida Title Agent Arrested in Mortgage Fraud Scheme
A Melbourne, Florida Title Agent was arrested along with a Maryland CPA in a multi-million dollar mortgage fraud scheme.
Former San Fran Fed Employee Threatened To Murder Ex-FHFA Head Ed DeMarco
A high level executive at the FHFA, the regulator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, is accused of threatening to kill the former head of the agency.
Audit: Mojave County recorder's office misused funds
A state audit concluded the Mohave County Recorder's Office misused about $150,000 in collected fees last year meant for specified tech purposes.
MBA Weekly Report: Application Volume Rises 2.8%
Mortgage applications increased 2.8 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending August 22, 2014.  The refinance share of applications hit its highest level since March.
"That trust is really just me!"

Property owners who convey their property to a living trust or a business entity they own may inadvertently terminate their title insurance, and may be out of luck if a title claim arises.

Your Spouse Can Mortgage Your Property Without Your Signature?

Can your spouse unilaterally mortgage your jointly owned property without your express consent via your signature?  In an Oregon case, the answer to this question was "Yes".

MERS Must Record Mortgage Assignments in Pennsylvania

A ruling last month from a Federal District Court in Pennsylvania ruled that MERS members have violated the law by failing to record assignments when mortgages are conveyed between MERS members. 

Kentucky court, to purchasers: "Do a thorough title search."

Despite the ruling in the case we discussed last week, it would not be safe to assume that you buy a property free and clear of any encumbrances that are not found through a current owner search, as is made clear in a recently decided Kentucky case.

Judge: Current Owner Searches are Reasonable for Purchases

Is a current owner search a reasonable search for a buyer to conduct when buying a property, even when the current owner did not gain title through a warranty deed arising from an arms-length transaction?  A Federal District Court judge thinks so, agreeing with a bankruptcy court judge that came to the same conclusion.

"How can we pay this claim, when the loss hasn't been determined?"

In paying claims, a title insurer can, in certain circumstances, wait for the outcome of a foreclosure or other litigation in which its insured may collect money.  In other circumstances, the title insurer has to go ahead and pay the claim even when there is pending litigation that could reduce the loss of its insured.

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When is a lien not a lien?
CHARLENE PERRY's Blog
2014/08/28
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Third party vetting issue rears it's ugly head again
CHARLENE PERRY's Blog
2014/08/15
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Non Public Information and title agents
CHARLENE PERRY's Blog
2014/08/14
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Legacy
William Pattison 's Blog
2014/07/22
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Name Runs: A Brief Lesson
William Pattison 's Blog
2014/07/21
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Adding a blank 1st Page Cover Sheet to recordings- Maryland
CHARLENE PERRY's Blog
2014/07/07
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Are you a Digital Criminal?
William Pattison 's Blog
2014/06/06
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Privacy vs. the Public Record
William Pattison 's Blog
2014/05/30
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Punished for trying to fix a flawed mortgage
Slade Smith's Blog
2014/05/27
6 comments

Ohio's H.B. 201 Gets My Vote for Worst Bill of the Year
Source of Title Blog
2014/05/06
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