DISB Bulletin on Partial Government Shutdown

The Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking has issued Bulletin 19-IB-1-1/24 directed to all insurance and banking entities licensed or regulated by the Department regarding financial hardship resulting from the partial shutdown of the federal government. The Bulletin may be downloaded below.  

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Forged Deeds in DC Home Theft Scheme

A 39-year-old man from South Carolina was sentenced Oct. 19  to 18 months in jail on a federal wire fraud charge stemming from a real estate scheme in which he and others used forged deeds and fake driver’s licenses to fraudulently transfer ownership of District of Columbia homes from the rightful owners. For HERE for

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Industry News

What’s Your One Thing for 2017?

By Michelle Korsmo We are busy. Every one of us can talk about being bombarded by emails, phone calls, texts, and meetings. The various and simultaneous demands distract us from our most important work, if we even take the time to think about what our most important work should be. While we all want fewer

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Best Practices Maturity Model: Another Take on Best Practices Assessment Reports

ALTA’s Best Practices Maturity Model is a resource to help companies identify areas of their policies and procedures that can be enhanced to better meet the Best Practices. To use the Maturity Model, a company must first undergo a Best Practices assessment that tests the company’s policies and procedures to the ALTA Title Insurance and Settlement

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Survey: Risk of Mortgage Fraud, Misrepresentations or Defects Continues to Decline

Defect, fraud and misrepresentation risk is falling across the United States, and decreasing to very low levels in some markets, according to First American’s latest Loan Application Defect Index. Data shows that the frequency of defects, fraudulence and misrepresentation in the information submitted in mortgage loan applications decreased 1.4 percent in September as compared with

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Go Where Your Customers Are

With so many consumers obtaining information on their phones and through social media, make sure to take advantage of the member-exclusive content provided by ALTA in the Hombuyer Guide. The guide includes nearly 70 items that title professionals can use to explain the benefits of title insurance. Source: ALTA Blog

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