Our Values Profile: Protecting Customer Money

Last June, a transaction handled by Pennsylvania-based White Rose Settlement Services Inc. was going smoothly. Then, an attorney client’s email was hacked a week before the $9 million deal was scheduled to close. Due to the quick action of company President Shonna Cardello and her team, the money was recovered. In addition, in November 2017,

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Maryland Governor Signs RON Bill

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan recently signed Senate Bill 678 into law enabling remote online notarizations (RON). In April, Maryland’s legislature passed the bill, which modifies the state’s Uniform Law on Notarial Acts and allows for remote online notarization for real estate transactions. The bill was sponsored by Sen. JB Jennings. The legislation will go into

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2018 ALTA TIPAC Awards

During the 2019 Advocacy Summit, ALTA honored individuals and entities for their effort in helping to raise donations in 2018 for the Title Industry Political Action Committee (TIPAC). “We are proud to present these awards in honor of the title professionals who understand the commitment to making TIPAC stronger each and every year,” said David Townsend NTP, chair

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How Have the 2017 Tax Law Changes Impacted Real Estate Prices?

By Odeta Kushi Enacted in 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act reduced tax breaks for homeowners. At the time, many in the real estate industry expected the changes to negatively impact the housing market, particularly in high-priced neighborhoods. The industry concern primarily focused on two specific changes included in the bill: the mortgage interest

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Princess of Title Goes to Washington

The ALTA Advocacy Summit can seem intimidating to those who have no experience on Capitol Hill. In-person meetings with the Congressmen and women who govern the country can feel intimidating and nerve-wracking. ALTA members sometimes hesitate to attend the event because they don’t feel like they can answer questions or be the “expert in the

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