37 States Now Have RON Legislation

Illinois, New Jersey and Oregon became the latest states to pass remote online notarization legislation. There are now 37 states that allow this type of digital closing. Legislation in New York and New Hampshire is pending, while awaiting the signature of each state’s governor. The number of title and settlement companies offering digital closings increased

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Fannie Mae Survey: Homebuyers Remain Satisfied With Mortgage Process

Consumers remained satisfied with their mortgage experience despite the COVID-19 pandemic and lenders moving to remote working conditions and handling record-high origination volume, according to Fannie Mae’s latest National Housing Survey. The survey showed that 88% of recent homebuyers expressed satisfaction with the mortgage process during the first quarter of 2021. This remained unchanged from

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Elders Top Target of Financial Fraud

Baby boomers and older Americans have spent decades accumulating an enormous stockpile of money. At the end of this year’s first quarter, Americans age 70 and above had a net worth of nearly $35 trillion, according to Federal Reserve data. With this accruing wealth, elder Americans have become the top target of financial fraud. In

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Good Deeds: First American Champions Deliver

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, people in underserved communities have experienced food insecurity—meaning they have limited or uncertain access to enough food. First American’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Council partnered with its #FirstAmCares Champions to sponsor Volunteer Month in April. Overall, the Champions campaign held over 40 virtual and in-person food drives raising $152,500

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Good Deeds: Keeping the Caring Going

Kansas-based Continental Title Co. has continued its successful #CTCCares campaign into 2021. During the first quarter of the year, the title company has donated over $10,000 to 14 organizations. In 2020, Continental Title donated over $49,000 to local charities. Share Your #GoodDeeds Over the past year, ALTA has highlighted how members continue to serve their

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Good Deeds: RamQuest and Pavaso GiveBIG With Matching Campaign

RamQuest joined forces with sister company Pavaso in May for a GiveBIG charity matching campaign. As a result, a total of $4,436 was donated to 32 deserving organizations. Throughout May, when team members donated to a non-profit of their choice, a 25% matching contribution was made to that same organization. RamQuest and Pavaso participants supported

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Good Deeds: ‘Casual for a Cause’

Dominion Title & Exchange Services in Green Bay, Wis., recently launched a “casual for a cause” campaign to raise money for local charities. Employees can donate $5 to wear jeans one day of the week. The company also started a campaign called #DominionCares where a portion of each closing fee will be donated toward one

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‘Together’ in Good Deeds

In Bellevue, Neb., Tom Low and his wife volunteer at Bellevue Together, an organization that work closely with community leaders, school teacher and counselors to help those in need  The group has storerooms full of clothes, furniture, school supplies and other miscellaneous items. Lowe and his wife help pick up and deliver donated items donated

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Fannie Mae Issues Guidance Regarding Remote Ink-signed Notarizations

Fannie Mae updated its Selling Guide announcing specific requirements for remote ink-signed notarizations (RIN) for loans issued on or after July 1. Fannie Mae had issued temporary RIN guidance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the increase in audio-visual aided notarizations, both for remote online and RIN, Fannie Mae wanted to establish broad notarization

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Title Industry Asks Congress to Support Nationwide Use of RON

The California delegation meets with Shelby Luce, a staffer for U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal. A record attendance of nearly 400 title professionals during the 2021 ALTA Advocacy Summit held more than 250 virtual meetings May 18-20 asking members of Congress to support nationwide use of remote online notarization (RON). On May 13, Sens. Kevin Cramer

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