Insuring Native American Land Webinar Series

ALTA and its Native American Lands Committee is producing a four-part webinar series titled “Insuring Native American Land: Special Issues and Consideration.” Below are the recordings from parts one and two of the series. Part I This presentation discusses special issues and considerations when searching and insuring property involving Native American land. This presentation focuses

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Strategies for Title and Settlement Companies to Keep Staff and Customers Safe

  As states continue to enter different phases of reopening, employers are confronted with a lack of uniformity and inconsistent guidance. The landscape can be confusing enough for an employer with a single location, but for those operating across multiple states, or even across county lines, monitoring what is required will be quite the endeavor.

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GAO Says FinCEN Should Enhance Procedures for Implementing and Evaluating GTOs

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommended in a 41-page report that FinCEN develop additional guidelines to help with oversight, outreach and evaluation when issuing real estate geographic targeting orders (GTO). The main purpose of the study was to look at the cost burden of the GTO and examine potential loopholes in the GTOs. In

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ALTA Promotes Industry in USA Today America Responds Special Edition

In the midst of all the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 health crisis, one thing is certain. The land title insurance industry has truly stepped up. To promote the industry during this trying time, ALTA was included in the USA Today America Responds special edition that recognizes businesses and industries that have remained resilient during

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Infographics: A Look at Two Digital Closing Scenarios

Remote online notarization (RON) uses two-way audiovisual technology to complete a notorial act when the signer is not in the same physical location as the notary. To date, 27 states have passed RON legislation, while another 20 states and Washington, D.C., have passed issued executive orders allowing for the remote notarization of documents. Here’s a

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ALTA Registry Connects Lenders With RON-capable Closing Companies

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of mortgages are being closed online in order to comply with federal and state social distancing guidelines. To help meet this need, ALTA recently updated the ALTA Title & Settlement Agent Registry (ALTA Registry). The Registry now identifies title and settlement companies that can perform RON closings. This will

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Fannie Mae Updates Refi Volume Forecast as Housing Demonstrates Resilience

In its latest forecast, Fannie Mae reported that housing continues to show remarkable strength and upwardly revised its home sales, home price growth and purchase mortgage origination forecasts. Residential fixed investment is now expected to grow significantly in the third quarter before pulling back in the latter part of 2020. The continued decline in mortgage

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#GoodDeeds: ALTA Members Continue to Support Customers, Communities

Curbside Courtesy Closings Tammy Lincoln, a client relationship manager for Fidelity Title Agency of Alaska, recently shared an experience helping with two closings for Mat-Su Title Agency in Wasilla, Alaska. After delivering two checks curbside to a couple in their car, Lincoln decided to take a moment and visit with the husband and wife. The

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U.S. Secret Service Creates Cyber Fraud Task Force

In recognition of the growing convergence of cyber and traditional financial crimes, the U.S. Secret Service has merged two electronic and financial crimes unites into a single unified network. The newly formed Cyber Fraud Task Force (CFTF) will focus on will focus on investigating cyber-enabled financial crimes, such as business email compromise schemes and ransomware

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From Caribbean Roots and a Random Convo With Warren Buffet to a Career in the Title Industry

Member Profile: Deborah S. BaileyAttorney – Managing Member | Bailey Helms Legal LLC   How long have you been in the title industry and how did you get started in this profession? I entered the title industry in the fall of 1998 as part of a project to assist the Clerk of Superior Court of

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