DC’s Curative Statute for Recorded but Defectively Notarized Documents

You know the sinking feeling when it happens. We’ve all been there! You are examining deeds in a chain of title and you see that a document that was recorded more than a decade ago has a defective notarization. You begin to dread as the question arises: Does this mean I have to go back

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Water/Sewer Account Info and Final Readings

All title professionals in DC should be familiar with water/sewer charges, which are administered by the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority (WASA) (https://www.dcwater.com/). Unpaid water and sewer charges constitute a lien on real property, which means that you need to raise an appropriate exception in Schedule B of your title commitment/policy. The liens attach to

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Industry News

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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