Pitch Perfect: ALTA President Cynthia Durham Blair’s Blend of Attributes Will Guide Industry to Amazing Harmonic Heights

Cynthia Durham Blair NTP always desired to be a professional singer. After high school, she hoped to go to New York City and try her luck on Broadway. “My dad put the kibosh on that and told me I had to get a college degree first,” she said. Broadway’s loss was the title industry’s gain.

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Action Plan if Affected by Marriott Data Breach

Marriott International says that a breach of its Starwood guest reservation database exposed the personal information of up to 500 million people. According to the Federal Trade Commission, there are steps you can take to help guard against misuse of your information if it was exposed. According to Marriott, the hackers accessed people’s names, addresses,

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How Criminals Can Spoof Your Phone

Ever heard of SpoofCard? It’s a scammer’s dream and a nightmare for title and settlement agents. The technology isn’t new, but the application offers the ability to change what someone sees on their caller ID display when they receive a phone call. To spoof a call, a criminal will dial one of SpoofCard’s access numbers

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Forged Deeds in DC Home Theft Scheme

A 39-year-old man from South Carolina was sentenced Oct. 19  to 18 months in jail on a federal wire fraud charge stemming from a real estate scheme in which he and others used forged deeds and fake driver’s licenses to fraudulently transfer ownership of District of Columbia homes from the rightful owners. For HERE for

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Why you need title insurance

This recent Washington Post account shows exactly why title insurance is such a necessary part of any home purchase. This unfortunate home owner is trying to convey her house to her children, but an old mortgage holder from more than 30 years ago has shown up demanding payment! Find out what the homeowner’s options may

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ALTA Welcomes 2018-19 Board of Governors and Exec Committees

  We decided to have a little fun since we were in Los Angeles for the installation of ALTA’s 2018-19 Board of Governors. Check out who was nominated best actress and best foreign language film, as well as several other “awards.” Source: ALTA Blog

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ALTA Announces Title Webby Winners

ALTA announced the winners of the Title Webbies, an awards program recognizing member companies that have created or redesigned the best title industry consumer-facing website or page within the past year. The two Title Webbies were presented during ALTA ONE, the largest annual event for the land title insurance industry, currently being held Oct. 9-12

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Managing By Metrics: How To Measure Your Success

By Andrew Acker There’s a classic quote that business leaders and managers love to throw around (and spoiler alert, I’m about too as well). It comes from Peter Drucker, one of the original management gurus. He classically states that “what gets measured gets managed.”  Before you roll your eyes and cringe from hearing this quote again,

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The Ultimate Signer Experience: How Tech is Driving Change for Title Agencies

By Michael Chodos Title agents have always been at the forefront of the mortgage experience: they are trusted guides to usher signers through one of the most important decisions of their lives. With so much riding on the home buying and seller process, it’s up to the title agent to ensure that the consumer’s experience

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Let’s Talk Robots – How Will the Forces of Creative Destruction Impact the Title Industry?

By Mark Fleming and Paul Stine We’ve all heard that artificial intelligence (AI), robots and automation will soon replace our jobs and many people feel real angst because of the perceived threat to their livelihoods. Yet, automation angst is not new.  The term luddite, one who is resistant to technological change, exists because Ned Ludd

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