TOPA Alert – DHCD Workshop 7/25

The Department of Housing and Community Development is conducting a workshop on July 25 between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. entitled “Let’s Talk TOPA: New Law Exempts Most Single Family Properties.”   The workshop will provide an overview of the new law, including: Types of single family properties that are exempt Criteria that an elderly or

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Feds Arrest 47 in $14 Million Real Estate Wire Fraud Scheme

The feds have arrested 47 people in the US and abroad and recovered $14 million in Operation Wire Wire a coordinated law enforcement effort by the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service conducted over a six month period. “This operation demonstrates

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Industry News

Yes, There’s Still RESPA Enforcement

By Phillip Schulman Remnants of the Richard Cordray led Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) are fading. A new sheriff in town, Mick Mulvaney, is remaking and reordering agency priorities. This CFPB is engaging in a new set of regulatory and enforcement priorities. Businesses are no longer being viewed as the enemy, but instead are being

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Why Buying Title Insurance Isn’t like Buying Shoes Online

By Dean Collura Let’s say you own an e-commerce shoe store. Tracking how many people purchase the shoes from your online marketing is pretty simple. A certain number of people view your ad (online marketing), some of them click on the ad, some of those people add the shoes to their shopping cart, and most

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The Key to Innovation Is Locked Up In Your Culture

By Brad Miller Think for a minute about the number of times someone enhanced and improved a process by doing the same ol’ same ol.’ Having trouble? Not surprising. It’s too easy to cling to what’s familiar; to a mundane environment with no innovative approach and an attachment to “doing things this way because that’s

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Planning for the Medium Term

As managers, it’s tempting to focus on the short-term profitability or long-term strategic bets on the future of the business. What gets lost is the need to successfully manage for the medium term—to navigate between decisions that will help you get the next deal and those that will get your next 100.  What can we

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