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

#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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