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

Drowning Consumers: How HOP Can Help you to Educate the Consumer!

By Patrick Harris and Elizabeth Wysong Berg “So, Phil, what do you do for a living?” It’s the dreaded question that comes up during every summer barbeque, cocktail party, and family gathering. A friend, family member, or new acquaintance asks what you do at your workplace. And, as always, you’re drowning. How in the world

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From eClosing to zClosing

By Ryan B. Peterson In 2007, the five largest mobile phone manufacturers ­– Nokia, Samsung, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, and LG – collectively controlled 90% of the industry’s global profits. That same year, Apple launched the first generation iPhone – at a time when it controlled just 4% market share of desktop operating systems and no

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It’s Not Official Unless It’s on Instagram

By Julie McConnell I met my best friend on Instagram. No seriously, it’s true. I subscribe to an online workout which is done (cue canned line) from the comfort of your own home. I essentially work out by myself with no class or trainer waiting on me to show up. Luckily for my undisciplined self,

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Don’t be the Weakest Link: Training your Staff

By Genady Vishnevetsky Earlier this year, the IDC forecasted that security spending will reach $81.7 billion in 2017, an increase of 8.2% from 2016. Enterprises from Fortune 50 to small businesses continue to seek a silver bullet. The economy produces a dozen new security vendors every month who promise to solve all our problems. Yet, according

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