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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40% Increase in RON Usage, Qualia Finds

In a study examining the effects of COVID-19 on real estate businesses, Qualia found nearly a 40 percent surge in remote online notarization (RON) usage from April to May. Survey Qualia survey included 335 responses from real estate professionals. Additionally, those surveyed identified a positive outlook for real estate as states began to open up,

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#GoodDeeds: Check Out These Acts of Kindness

Wisconsin-based Town n’ Country Title (TNCT) recently donated $2,500 to Firefighters Credit Union, which in turn pledged to match dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000 to the local Hunger Task Force of La Crosse. In total, $184,000 was raised through the campaign. Pictured is (left to right) Jennifer Luedtke (TNCT HR manager), Nancy McHugh (TNCT president/owner) and

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#GoodDeeds: Proper Giving

Throughout the year, Illinois-based Proper Title donates a percentage from each closing (purchase and refinance) to its charitable arm Proper Giving foundation. Jayne Corcoran, marketing director for Proper Title, said the company donates the money to Chicagoland philanthropic organizations. In 2019, Proper Title donated $45,000. One of the title company’s main benefactors is Ann &

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#GoodDeeds: Indescribable Smiles

In 1992, Regina DiNapoli forged a friendship with an older gentleman who lived in the same condominium complex. The agency advisor for CATIC in Massachusetts, DiNapoli started cooking dinners for the now 88-year-old man because his severe back pain would make it hard to stand. She wanted to ensure he had access to nutritious meals.

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Operation Healthy Office: Strategy to Keep Staff, 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 states, or even across county lines, keeping track of what is required will be quite the endeavor.

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#GoodDeeds: Stocking the Shelves

Throughout the month of May, Missouri-based Security Title Insurance Agency hosted a Virtual Food Drive for the St. Louis Area Foodbank. Additionally, Security Title donated $5 from every transaction closed in May to the St. Louis Food Bank. Wendy Cromer, vice president of compliance, sales and marketing for Security Title Insurance Agency in Missouri, said

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#GoodDeeds: Food It Forward

Chicago-based Near North Title Group recently sponsored a “Food it Forward” initiative through its charitable foundation to infuse much needed revenue into local small business communities while honoring healthcare workers and first responders. The title company’s foundation, Near North Giving, contributed matches to gift cards purchased by employees and distributed them to healthcare workers on

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#GoodDeeds: Acts of Kindness from Pennsylvania and New York

Filling a Need Wendy Kelly, a settlement coordinator for Trident Land Transfer in Blue Bell, Pa., helped with an effort by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) to provide facemasks during the COVID-19 crisis. A member of the Towamencin Chapter of DAR, Kelly and other volunteers sewed more than 1,400 masks for essential services

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ALTA Survey: Nearly 40 Percent of Title Agencies Offering Versions of Digital Closings During COVID-19 Pandemic

Considered ‘Essential Businesses’ by U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Most Settlement Companies Remain Open During Health Crisis Title and settlement companies across the country have implemented new processes including digital closings to help consumers complete their real estate and mortgage transactions, according to a survey conducted by the American Land Title Association (ALTA). In April,

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