#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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#GoodDeeds: Post-closing Family Reunion and Birthday Party

A longtime employee of Surety Land Title in Mobile, Ala., recently experienced a heartwarming closing involving three siblings due to the COVID-19 crisis. The siblings, all in their 70s, inherited some property from their parents and decided to finally sell it. While all three are locals and live close, they do not get the chance

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ALTA Donates to D.C. Nonprofit Supply Love

During the COVID-19 pandemic, people across the United States are looking for ways to help make a difference in their communities. For Caroline Greene, what started as a small effort to make face masks with a couple of friends, grew into a nonprofit organization with more than 50 volunteers sewing masks. Supply Love, a locally

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#GoodDeeds: Investors Title Feeds the Need, While Futura Title Gives Back

North Carolina-based Investors Title Insurance Co. raised more than $26,000 through its FEED the NEED food drive to support food banks in North Carolina and South Carolina, while Idaho-based Futura Title and Escrow donated $67,400 to various local charities. Feed the Need Over the past two months, North Carolina-based Investors Title Insurance Co. has partnered

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#GoodDeeds: ‘A Box of Sunshine’

Texas Regional Title wanted to do something different to recognize their healthcare heroes. So, the Beaumont, Texas-based title company decided on “A Box of Sunshine” care packages. Everything in the care packages was ordered on Amazon and all boxes were handmade. The boxes were delivered on National Nurses Day to three of the area’s local

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#GoodDeeds: Something Amazing Happened

In effort to support individuals and families suffering during the COVID-19 crisis, Washington-based Whatcom Land Title donated $1,500 to the Whatcom County Food Banks. This was equivalent to $20 per company employee. But the giving didn’t stop there. “When our fantastic team heard of the upcoming donation, they immediately asked if they could contribute along

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#GoodDeeds, Indeed

ALTA members continue to share wonderful stories of the good deeds they are doing in their local communities. There are three ways you can share your story with us: Email your story to communications@alta.org. Post your story in the comments section on our blog. Share your story on Facebook or Instagram, use #GoodDeeds and tag ALTA using

Why Can’t I Just Slap an E-signature on a PDF Note?

With the industry ramping up their use of remote online notarization, emergency video notarization and remote ink-signed notarization for security instruments, the natural question is when will we see new legal authority to make it easier to electronically sign mortgage notes? The answer is not likely anytime soon. Digital transactions got a big boost in the early

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#GoodDeeds Keep Rolling In

The response to our #GoodDeeds campaign highlighting the creative processes ALTA members have developed to help get deals closed, as well as the ways members are helping their communities during the COVID-19 crisis, has been inspiring. From virtual dog therapy sessions and helping those in need, to offering remote online notarization or curbside service to

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