ALTA Compensation Index Helps Title Agents Evaluate Salary, Benefits Packages

Benchmarking is an important tool and worthwhile investment for human resource departments to help support the organization by attracting and retaining the talents needed while managing salaries and costs of the organization in the right manner. From a staff perspective, it is important to ensure fair salaries in terms of internal and external benchmarking. To

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Report: Business Ransomware Skyrockets

Researchers noted that ransomware took a hiatus after its 2016 and 2017 heyday, but according to the latest report from Malwarebytes, it’s back in a big way—targeting businesses with fierce determination, custom code and brute force. Malwarebytes reports that over the last year, business detections of ransomware rose 365 percent from Q2 2018 to Q2

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iTitle Agent: Automation and Artificial Intelligence Can Reduce Costs, Improve Efficiency

By Jeremy Yohe Discussions around artificial intelligence (AI) and automation often range from apocalypse to utopia. The truth lies somewhere in between. According to the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings, the power and prospect of these technologies initially alarmed experts, fearing that machine advancements would destroy jobs. The conversation now seems to be more balanced,

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Wisconsin Title Industry Veteran Going Strong at the Age of 90

No matter what the industry, a full-time job can be stressful, exhausting, frustrating, and can cause even the most optimistic of employees to dream of retirement. Many count down the days until they are finally free of the seemingly endless cycle of work weeks that eventually start to blend together making it challenging to remember

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How Has the Housing Market Changed Since the End of the Great Recession?

By Odeta Kushi June marked the 10-year anniversary of the end of the Great Recession. Amid Independence Day celebrations, assessing how the American dream of homeownership has fared since the recession can provide helpful context for the health of today’s housing market. We have assembled a set of housing metrics and compared their values today

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Zealous Gen Z: Many in This Group Saving Early to be Homebuyers by Age 25

Generation Z is ambitious about homeownership, and it shows through their savings habits. According to realtor.com, Gen Z-ers (ages 18 to 24) interested in homeownership are two times more likely than previous generations to be saving or plan to be saving for a home by age 25—and two of five Gen Z-ers are aiming to

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The Benefits of E-Recording

In 2018, the U.S. Treasury offered several recommendations to improve the electronic closing and recording process. Among them, the Treasury said that recording jurisdictions that don’t recognize and accept electronic records should implement the necessary technology updates to process and record these documents and pursue digitization of existing property records In drafting the report, Treasury consulted many

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The Basics of E-recording

In 2018, the U.S. Treasury offered several recommendations to improve the electronic closing and recording process. Among them, the Treasury said that recording jurisdictions that don’t recognize and accept electronic records should implement the necessary technology updates to process and record these documents and pursue digitization of existing property records Earlier this year, Kentucky passed

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ClosingCorp Reports 2018 Average Closing Costs

Closing costs for a single-family property in 2018 averaged $5,779 including taxes—and $3,344 excluding taxes—according to the latest data from ClosingCorp. ClosingCorp cost calculations include lender’s title, owner’s title, appraisals, settlement fees, recording fees, land surveys and transfer tax. To determine the average single-family home sale ranges, ClosingCorp uses home price data from CoreLogic to create a $100,000 price range. “The average home price is

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