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The Title Report is the title insurance industry’s premier source of market intelligence on issues that matter to today’s title agent and settlement services professional. It provides up-to-the-minute, nationwide reporting on title insurance, settlement services, e-commerce and title technology, real estate market trends, fraud reports, ratings actions and earnings reports, mergers and acquisitions, niche markets, competitive business strategies and regulatory and legislative updates.


 

 

ATG announces leadership changesOpen in a New Window

Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund (ATG), Inc. has promoted three company veterans into key leadership positions, including chief operating officer.

ATG President and CEO Peter Birnbaum said the trio promoted are talented lawyers who have come up through the company’s ranks, and that the openings were created by retirements and other changes.

Read on to learn which ATG employees have stepped into new leadership roles.

 

Mortgage Resources Group, Pavaso partnerOpen in a New Window

The partnership links Mortgage Resources Group’s document preparation services with Pavaso, Inc.’s eClosing platform, which enables electronic communication and collaboration between title and settlement agents, real estate agents and lenders.

The integration will simplify the closing process by providing one digital location to deliver documents such as Loan Estimates and Closing Disclosures.

Read on for more details.

 

ATTOM launches new lead productOpen in a New Window

ATTOM Data Solutions two-for-one lead product provides both pre-mover and new homeowner leads. The leads include an expected settlement date and can be provided to clients in a daily feed Monday through Friday.

 

ATTOM CEO Rob Barber said the leads can be used in direct marketing and are superior to those provided by other sources.

Read on for more details.

 

January home prices continued upward trendOpen in a New Window

According to Black Knight’s Home Price Index, average home prices throughout the nation rose in January, as they have for past 57 months.

Read on for more details.

 

Title company maintains ISO 27001 certificationOpen in a New Window

Alliant National Title Insurance Company passed an independent audit that proves it meets international standards in ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, availability and protection of non-public information.

Read on for more details.

 

CATIC hires Massachusetts managerOpen in a New Window

CATIC has hired a new vice president and state manager, the company announced.

Read on to learn the identity of this new hire.

 

Reli Settlement Solutions expands Alabama footprintOpen in a New Window

With the opening of a pair of new offices, Reli Settlement Solutions, LLC has expanded into two of the fastest-growing markets in Alabama.

CEO Kent Stewart said the industry veterans selected to manage the new offices are well known and respected in the local real estate community.

Read on for more details about Reli’s two new branches.

 

ValuAmerica, Pavaso partnerOpen in a New Window

ValuAmerica has adopted Pavaso’s Digital Close to conduct hybrid eClosings.

 Digital Close provides built-in eSign and eNotarization capabilities, allowing borrowers to sign and notaries to verify and stamp documents digitally.Pavaso’s president and CEO called the collaboration between the two companies an outstanding partnership.

Read on for more details.

 

Fidelity agents gain new optionsOpen in a New Window

The nation’s largest title insurance company has linked its agent portal with Qualia’s settlement platform.

 

The integration will enable Chicago Title, Commonwealth Land Title and Fidelity National Title Group agents to issue closing protection letters and generate policy jackets through Qualia’s title settlement software.

 

Read on to learn why both companies said the integration would increase efficiency.

 

Fourth quarter loans highest-quality since 2001Open in a New Window

Primarily due to the high share of refinances, CoreLogic’s Housing Credit Index found that loans originated during 2016’s fourth quarter exhibited low credit risk.

Read on for more details.

 

Nationwide Title Clearing completes SOC examinationOpen in a New Window

An independent audit found Nationwide Title Clearing has adequate controls in place to ensure data confidentiality, integrity and availability.

Read on for more details.

 

Direct Mortgage selects BestbornOpen in a New Window

Direct Mortgage Loans has selected Bestborn Business Solutions’ Loan Vision accounting software for mortgage banks.

Read on for more details.

 

Title premium volume hits 10-year highOpen in a New Window

Nationwide, title insurance premium volume last year rose to its highest level in a decade. ALTA reported that 45 states, plus the District of Columbia, had year-over-year increases in written premiums in 2016.

 

The association’s Market Share Analysis also found that Fidelity continued to have the largest market share among underwriters.

 

Read on for details of which states had the largest, year-over-year increases.

 

NexTitle names presidentOpen in a New Window

NexTitle has promoted its Idaho state manager to president. CEO Stephen Routh is confident that the newly hired president can build upon his success in Idaho and expand NexTitle’s customer base nationwide.

 

A full-service title and escrow firm based in Bellevue, Wash., NexTitle operates in 40 states.

 

Read on for more details about the new president’s experience in the industry.

 

SoftPro integrates First National TitleOpen in a New Window

SoftPro has integrated its business exchange platform with First National Title Insurance Co. (FNTI).

 

The integration will enable FNTI agents to generate policy jackets and closing protection letters from within SoftPro 360, which allows users to order services from third-party vendors and eliminates the need for paper order forms, dual entry, faxes, e-mails and phone calls.

 

Read on for more details.

 

Survey: Industry still bullish on housing marketOpen in a New Window

First American Financial Corp.’s Real Estate Sentiment Index for the first quarter of 2017 found that independent title agents and other real estate professionals expect both sales volume and home prices to continue their upward trend throughout 2017.

Read on for more details.

 

North American names Massachusetts managerOpen in a New Window

North American Title Insurance Co.’s newly hired Massachusetts state agency manager previously served as a vice president of a national title insurance company.

Read on for more details.

 

RynohLive names sales and marketing vice presidentOpen in a New Window

The financial security and management software company selected a candidate whose background includes selling software as a service within the real estate and settlement industry.

Read on for more details.

 

ATA National Title Group expandsOpen in a New Window

ATA National Title Group has gained its title licenses in two new states. The company now can issue title work in 29 states and handle business via partnerships throughout the U.S.

 

The largest independent agency in the Midwest, the company also announced the opening of an additional office in Michigan and the planned opening of another office in Indiana.

 

Read on for more details.

 

Fortis Title acquires abstract companyOpen in a New Window

Fortis Title Co. has expanded its reach in East Texas by purchasing an abstract company that is the only provider of title insurance in Liberty County with a sovereign title plant and whose records date back more than 100 years.  

The newly acquired company will retain its name and become part of a title group with four offices and 38 employees.

Read on for more details about the purchase.

 

First American, Qualia integrateOpen in a New Window

First American Title Insurance Co. has integrated its policy jackets with Qualia’s settlement platform.

 

Qualia users now have access to First American’s closing protection letters and eJackets. Qualia’s CEO said the integration will save time and streamline the title process by eliminating the need for title agents and attorneys to enter the same data into two systems.

 

Read on for more details.

 

Stewart hires underwriting counselOpen in a New Window

Stewart’s new hire is an industry veteran who has held senior management and commercial underwriting positions with Old Republic National Title Insurance Co. and Fidelity National Title Insurance Co.

Read on for more details.

 

Investors Title, Landtech partnerOpen in a New Window

The integration will enable Landtech users to automatically load closing protection letters and electronic policy jackets.

Read on for more details.

 

CATIC hires agency advisorOpen in a New Window

CATIC’s new hire will work with its agents in Eastern Massachusetts.

Read on for more details.

 

Analysts: Rate hike won’t short-circuit housing marketOpen in a New Window

For the first time this year, the Federal Reserve Board has raised short-term interest rates. 

Analysts from groups such as the Mortgage Bankers Association, First American Financial Corp., and Fannie Mae reacted to the recent announcement and discussed whether the Fed’s action would be likely to slow home sales in the all-important spring market.

 

Read on to learn why some believe it’s still a good time to buy and sell homes.

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Old Republic names executive vice presidentOpen in a New Window

Old Republic Title has selected a company veteran to lead its newly formed Corporate Development Agency.

 

The EVP will be responsible for accelerating Old Republic’s market share growth.

 

Read on for more details.

 

Title Data adds depth to its Texas coverageOpen in a New Window

Title Data, Inc.’s title plant database for the Dallas/Fort Worth area will be extended further back in time.

 

The company’s title plant data for that area will be extended back to the early 1900s.

 

Read on for more information.

 

First National earns SOC 1, Type 2Open in a New Window

First National Title Insurance Company passed the Service Organization Control (SOC) 1, Type 2 audit.

Read on for more details.

 

ATTOM Data Solutions adds MLS analyticsOpen in a New Window

ATTOM Data Solutions clients now have access to Multiple Listing Service analytics from Clear Capital.

Read on for more details.

 

Mortgage Connect adds division presidentOpen in a New Window

Mortgage Connect LP has selected an industry veteran with nearly three decades of experience to lead its originations division.

Read on for more details.

 

Human interaction a priority, says Ellie MaeOpen in a New Window

More than half of recent mortgage applicants surveyed by Ellie Mae completed the process in-person. Ellie Mae Executive Vice President Joe Tyrrell told The Title Report that the mortgage process must balance technology with human interaction. Read on for details of preference differences between age groups and gender.

 

Weichert Title acquires two settlement services firmsOpen in a New Window

The owner of the two companies purchased will join Weichert and oversee its settlement services in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Weichert had previously outsourced settlement services to the two companies it bought.

Read on for details of how the acquired companies will be merged with Weichert.

 

Simplifile, Ellie Mae partnerOpen in a New Window

Ellie Mae’s Encompass users now have access to Simplifile’s collaboration and post closing services for lenders.

Lenders will be able to work directly with settlement agents through Simplifile.

Read on to learn more.

 

Mortgage rates continue climbingOpen in a New Window

Freddie Mac said the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage last week jumped 11 basis points.
Read on for more details.

 

Title Alliance names regional directorOpen in a New Window

Title Alliance’s new Arizona regional director has been an escrow branch manager at three title agencies.

Read on for more details.

 

Property Debt Research, Landtech announce integrationOpen in a New Window

Landtech users now have direct access to Property Debt Research’s municipal lien searches and HOA/COA Estoppel letters. Read on for more details.

 

Feds must coordinate cyberattack shieldOpen in a New Window

During a hearing before a congressional committee, experts urged the federal government to leverage its resources to protect small businesses against cyberattacks.

One report said 60 percent of all cyberattacks target small busineses.

Read on for more details about the pervasiveness and costs of cyberattacks.

 

Aprio acquires Yeager & BoydOpen in a New Window

Less than one month after rebranding itself, Aprio has acquired Yeager & Boyd.

Aprio’s CEO said the acquisition will help the firm expand its affordable housing practice.

Read on for more details on how Yeager & Boyd is expected to bolster Aprio’s offerings.

 

Majesty Title expandsOpen in a New Window

Majesty Title opens its fifth office near Tampa, Fla.

Read on for more details.

 

Rising interest rates concern homebuyersOpen in a New Window

A new survey from Zillow Group Mortgages found that most potential homebuyers will not be deterred if interest rate hikes don’t push mortgages more than $100 higher. Read on for more details.

 

Qualia integrates RedVisionOpen in a New Window

The integration will help Qualia agents streamline order processing and production.

Read on for more details.

 

Mortgage Connect buys appraisal firmOpen in a New Window

Mortgage Connect LP has acquired a Colorado-based appraisal company. The firm will be renamed Valuation Connection and will operate as a subsidiary of Mortgage Connect.

 

The appraisal company’s president will remain on board and will lead Valuation Connection, the companies announced.

 

Read on to learn how the acquisition supports Mortgage Connect’s growth strategy.

 

 

Title group debuts Spanish-language websiteOpen in a New Window

As homeownership rates for Spanish-speaking buyers have risen the past two years, one title company is looking to serve the needs of that demographic by creating a website designed to help Spanish speakers navigate the home buying process.

 

The website features videos and brochures to help Spanish speakers during the process. The president of the title group discussed the plans with The Title Report.

 

Read on to learn why pursuing this demographic makes sense to the company.

 

Old Republic agents gain new optionsOpen in a New Window

Old Republic Title announced a new integration that will allow its agents to access more features from the company’s ezJacket and closing protection letter applications.

 

The integration is said to provide Old Republic agents with the ability to conduct business without having to leave their system.

Read on for the details.

 

 

Home prices up in JanuaryOpen in a New Window

CoreLogic said fewer homes on the market and low rental vacancy rates edged home prices higher.

Read on for more details.

 

NextAce adds chief product officerOpen in a New Window

NextAce’s new hire is the former president of SKLD Title Services. CEO Don Cantral said he will help the company add new counties to its network. ]

Read on for more.

 

Fannie: Consumer confidence at record levelsOpen in a New Window

The percentage of Americans optimistic about buying or selling a home has reached its highest level since 2011.

Read on for more details.

 

Wanted: Action to improve small-business economyOpen in a New Window

Testifying before a congressional subcommittee, a National Federation of Independent Business executive said small-business owners are more optimistic since the election.

However, she said that optimism will fade if Congress doesn’t curb taxes, regulations and healthcare costs.

Read on for more details about the state of the small-business economy in the country.

 

reQuire completes Deeds on Demand purchaseOpen in a New Window

Deeds on Demand will be merged with reQuire Real Estate Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of Require Holdings, LLC.

The Internet-based company is the one of several acquisitions made by Require Holdings in the past year.

Read on for more information on how this purchase fits with the company’s growth strategy.

 

Stewart, ClosingCorp link networksOpen in a New Window

Lenders using ClosingCorp’s SmartFees now have access to Stewart’s rates and fees.

 

The integration will allow lenders to obtain information directly from Stewart, helping lenders accurately estimate title rates and fees for consumers, a Stewart official said.

 

Read on for details of how the integration will assist in preparing Loan Estimates and other closing documents.


 

Fannie Mae selects eOriginal for eVaultOpen in a New Window

Fannie Mae will secure eNotes through eOriginal’s cloud-based platform. The announcement coincides with the move to a SMART Doc version of an eNote format this year.

Read on for more details.

 

Loan originations at highest level in three yearsOpen in a New Window

A report from ATTOM Data Solutions said the increase in loan originations was driven by refinances.

Read on to learn which areas had the largest increases/decreases in loan originations.


 

TitleSmart moves its headquartersOpen in a New Window

TitleSmart will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark both its 10th anniversary and new headquarters location in May.

Read on for more details.

 

First American remembers CoreLogic CEOOpen in a New Window

Less than three weeks after being granted a temporarily medical leave of absence from CoreLogic, former longtime First American Financial Corp. executive Anand Nallathambi, 55, has died.

First American’s CEO and chairman recalled Nallathambi to The Title Report, remembering him as an “icon” in the real estate industry.

From its inception in 2010, Nallathambi led CoreLogic. Prior to that, he’d spent almost two decades at First American.

Read on for more details about Nallathambi’s career at First American and CoreLogic.

 

Attorneys Title reports best year since 2004Open in a New Window

Net profits for Attorneys Title Guaranty Fund in 2016 reached their highest level since 2004.

 

The company’s president said reduced claims and expansion turned a loss in 2015 into a huge gain in 2016, despite an overall reduction in total revenues from a year earlier.

 

Read on for more details from the company’s financial report and how the company was able to turn around business in a year.


 

CoreLogic introduces Property Tax EstimatorOpen in a New Window

Property Tax Estimator is designed to improve the accuracy of Loan Estimates during the origination process.

 

The product is billed as the first comprehensive, automated source of property tax estimates.

 

Read on to learn why CoreLogic said the new product is particularly useful for certain market segments.


 

Millennials drove January housing marketOpen in a New Window

According to Ellie Mae, eight out of 10 mortgages issued during January were leveraged by millennials, and the group’s average closing time increased.

Read on for more details.


 

ePN network adds 25 countiesOpen in a New Window

New additions to ePN’s network of eRecording counties span 13 states.

Read on for more details.


 

Entrust, LandTech announce integrationOpen in a New Window

LandTech users now can order municipal lien searches within their closing file.

Read on for more details

 

Housing demand should extend industry momentumOpen in a New Window

An A.M. Best analyst said higher wages and lower unemployment in 2017 should bode well for title insurers.

Those factors, the analyst said, could offset rising mortgage rates, which some fear will put the brakes on refinances and single family home sales.

Read on for details on the factors influencing this positive outlook.


 

IBERIABANK title revenues declineOpen in a New Window

IBERIABANK Corp. reported increases in profits and core earnings in 2016, despite a slight decline in its title business. The company has 24 title insurance offices in Arkansas and Louisiana.

The holding company also agreed to acquire Sabadell United Bank, which will bolster its presence in South Florida.

Read on for details of the company’s year-end earnings and recent purchase.


 

Hillsborough Title names presidentOpen in a New Window

Hillsborough Title Family of Companies has promoted a veteran who has served in various capacities within the company.

 

She has been with the company for 10 years before being announced as the new president.

 

Florida Agency Network CEO Aaron Davis said the move was “a natural fit and progression” for her.

Read on for more details about the promotion.


 

Loan defects up in JanuaryOpen in a New Window

An economist with First American Financial Corp. said an increase in problematic mortgage applications in January was because of the declining share of refinances.

Read on for more details.


 

Builder confidence down in FebruaryOpen in a New Window

The National Association of Home Builders said a dip in homebuilder confidence in February was because of less buyer traffic and fewer developed lots.

Read on for more details.


 

OurRecords compliance management system integratesOpen in a New Window

OurRecords has been integrated with North American Title Co. to ensure business partners are in compliance with Consumer Financial Protection Bureau regulations, the companies said.

Read on for more details.


 

Small businesses 'drowning' in regulationsOpen in a New Window

Nearly half of all small-business owners surveyed by the National Federation of Independent Business call government regulations a serious burden.

Three in 10 small business owners say the regulations are of no value to customers or consumers.

Read on to learn why businesses believe the volume of regulations may be a job killer.

 

Old Republic expands boardOpen in a New Window

The Board of Directors of Old Republic International Corp. has appointed a retired executive from PricewaterhouseCoopers as independent director.

The company’s new board member has more than three decades of audit and business-advisory experience.

Read on for more details about the addition.

 

Title Resource Group drives Realogy's profitsOpen in a New Window

Realogy Holdings Corp.’s Title Resource Group (TRG) 2016 results saw revenue and profits that led a strong year for Realogy.

Realogy overall saw a 2 percent increase in revenue, driven by organic and acquisition revenue increases at TRG. Realogy’s CEO told analysts the title and settlement services division will continue to scout possible acquisitions throughout 2017.

Read on for more financial details from the latest report.

 

ClosingCorp names senior VPOpen in a New Window

ClosingCorp’s new senior vice president is a former executive from Black Knight Financial Services, Inc.

Read on for more details.

 

Premium Title integrates LendingQBOpen in a New Window

LendingQB’s loan origination system (LOS) now is available to Premium Title clients. The LOS will help customers get title and settlement quotes faster.

Read on to learn more.

 

AmTrust hires New York agency managerOpen in a New Window

AmTrust Title Insurance Co. taps a company veteran to grow its business throughout the Empire State

Read on for more details.

 

Black Knight profits up 129 percentOpen in a New Window

Black Knight Financial Service, Inc. reported 2016 increases in revenues and net income, with profits growing 129 percent from the previous year.

Two years after being spun off from Fidelity National Financial, Black Knight is scheduled to become fully independent later this year.

Read on for more details about the company’s 2016 performance.


 

Cyberattacks top list of business fearsOpen in a New Window

For the first time in the Horizon Scan Report’s history, businesses cited uncertainty about new laws and regulations as a top concern to their business continuity, although cyberattacks remained the top threat businesses face.

The study’s authors say the findings underscore the need for businesses to plan accordingly.

Read on to learn what other threats most concern businesses.


 

First American Mortgage debuts management systemOpen in a New Window

First American Mortgage Solutions, LLC, a subsidiary of First American Financial Corp., has introduced a collateral file management system designed to mitigate risks by identifying and curing imperfections.

First American says users also will benefit from resources it gained with last year’s purchase of TD Service Financial Corp.

Read on for more details about the new product.

 


 

Title Alliance appoints Arizona state managerOpen in a New Window

Title Alliance’s new Arizona state manager has more than four decades of experience.

Read on to learn why he and Title Alliance say the hiring is a good fit.


 

Home inventory shortage causing ‘matching-trap’Open in a New Window

A First American Financial Corp. economist said January’s housing market was stifled by the small inventory of available homes.

Read on to see how January 2016 compared with other months.

 


 

Ellie Mae incorporates Indecomm technologyOpen in a New Window

Indecomm Global Service’s income calculation and analysis platform now is available through Ellie Mae’s Encompass. Read on for more details.

 

Former First American exec steps awayOpen in a New Window

Former longtime First American Financial Corp. executive Anand Nallathambi, now president and CEO of CoreLogic, has been granted a temporary medical leave of absence.

Nallathambi spent 18 years with First American before CoreLogic was spun off from the company as a standalone operation. Nallathambi has led CoreLogic since it separated from First American Corp. in 2010. CoreLogic provides real estate information to companies in real estate, mortgage finance, insurance, and capital markets.

Read on for details on who will lead CoreLogic during Nallathambi’s leave.  


 

GRS Title Services gets new presidentOpen in a New Window

GRS Title Services has promoted one of its co-founders into a new role.

 

He will take over as president after eight years of service with the company.

 

Read on for more information about the promotion and reaction from the company to The Title Report.


 

TRG parent, Guaranteed Rate partnerOpen in a New Window

Realogy Holdings Corp., the parent company of Title Resource Group, and Guaranteed Rate, Inc. have agreed to form a new joint venture, which is expected to begin doing business in June 2017.

As part of the deal, Realogy and PHH Mortgage will end an existing joint venture.

Read on for more details about the deals between the companies.


 

Millions of homes facing environmental hazardsOpen in a New Window

ATTOM Data Solutions has identified $4.9 trillion worth of single family homes and condos threatened by environmental hazards.

Read on for more information.


 

MISMO appoints new board membersOpen in a New Window

The Mortgage Bankers Association has appointed a Quicken Loans and Black Knight Financial Services executive to the board of its Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Organization (MISMO).

Read on to learn more about the appointees.


 

Ellie Mae integrates Veros’ SapphireOpen in a New Window

Sapphire, Veros Real Estate Solutions’ value management platform, now is available through Ellie Mae’s mortgage management solution.

Read on for details.


 

First National latest to show strong growthOpen in a New Window

First National Title Insurance said it had more than a 50 percent increase in revenues in 2016.

The company said last year’s growth came because of positive real estate markets in the states it serves, and its profits showed strong growth as well as its revenue.

Read on to learn what the company has identified as its main growth area for 2017.


 

Homebuyers surprised by closing costsOpen in a New Window

A survey done for ClosingCorp found that some first-time homebuyers were unaware that closing costs were required.

More than half of survey respondents said their costs changed or were revised prior to closing, despite the aim of the new TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) forms to prevent surprises on closing costs changing late in the homebuying process.

Read on learn what’s surprising homebuyers about the cost of their home.


 

Black Knight introduces new title toolOpen in a New Window

Knight has introduced a risk mitigation tool that it says will help identify potential liabilities and reduce title insurance claims.

The tool, called iOnTitle, is offered as a part of TitlePoint, Black Knight’s web-based title search and order management application.

Read on learn more about how the company says iOnTitle can reduce title insurance claims.


 

Westcor appoints sales managerOpen in a New Window

Westcor Land Title Insurance Co. appointed a Texas regional sales manager.

He will help the company identify the needs of title agents in and around Texas.

Read on to learn more.


 

NotaryCam gains Fannie Mae approvalOpen in a New Window

Fannie Mae has approved NotaryCam’s eClose360 for use on its loans.

eClose360 is an online notary platform that enables mortgage closings to take place entirely online.

Read on for more information.


 

Forty-three counties join SimplifileOpen in a New Window

Throughout the United States, more than 1,579 counties record deeds, mortgages, and other documents using Simplifile.

The additional counties added to Simplifile’s network spanned 18 states.

Read on for more information.


 

Strong title market could be slowedOpen in a New Window

A.M. Best speculates that after three years of a growing title insurance market, increasing mortgage rates will slow home sales and title market growth.

However, moderating home price growth could offset affordability issues this year, the report said.

Read on to learn which group of consumers is most likely to delay home purchases.


 

Quicken Loans gets new CEOOpen in a New Window

The nation’s second-largest mortgage lender has changed the responsibilities of several of its senior managers, including installing a new CEO.

 

In making the announcement, Quicken Loans Chairman Dan Gilbert praised the passion and dedication of those promoted.

 

Read on to learn which executives have new roles within the company.


 

Fidelity National, GainClients partnerOpen in a New Window

Fidelity National Title Co. has signed a service agreement authorizing the title company to use GainClients, Inc.’s GCard service.

During a three-month pilot in Seattle, GainClients helped Fidelity convert more policies, the companies announced.

Read on to learn how GainClients’ service is expected to improve Fidelity’s Foreclosure Division and its bottom line.


 

OneTitle gets rate-reduction approvalOpen in a New Window

OneTitle National Guaranty Co. will offer reduced rates on transactions of more than $15 million.

The lower rates are available to commercial and residential customers throughout New York State exclusively through OneTitle.

Read on to learn about the company’s new, condominium offering plan library.


 

Foreclosures down in DecemberOpen in a New Window

An improved job market and stringent underwriting standards are reducing the number of foreclosures.

Foreclosures in December were 82 percent lower than at the peak at the foreclosure crisis in 2010.

Read on to learn which states had the most and the least foreclosures in December.


 

Mortgage applications on the riseOpen in a New Window

Mortgage applications for new home purchases rose in January. An economist from the Mortgage Bankers Association is predicting modest growth in 2017.


 

SLK introduces new productOpen in a New Window

SLK Global Solutions’ new tax-retrieval product promises to provide clients with accurate real estate tax information.

Company executives said conversations with clients led to the development of the new product.

Read on for information on how the new product will speed the closing process.


 

Kensington Vanguard adds executivesOpen in a New Window

Kensington Vanguard National Land Services named a vice president of business development and an escrow officer for its Lone Star Division.

Read on to learn about the experience of the two newly hired executives.


 

AmTrust names agency representativeOpen in a New Window

AmTrust Title Insurance Company has tapped a veteran title insurance professional to represent its operation in the Garden State. 

Read on to learn about the new hire’s background and why New Jersey is a vital market for AmTrust.


 

Commonwealth USA Settlements earns SOC 2Open in a New Window

Commonwealth USA Settlements has earned Service Organization Control 2 (SOC 2) Type II certification from the American Institute of Public Accountants.

Read on for details of what’s required to receive this distinction.


 

Fannie: Housing outlook improvingOpen in a New Window

Fannie Mae’s latest index shows Americans are cautiously optimistic about buying or selling homes and retaining their jobs.

Read on for details of about the areas in which Americans see improvement and those which are still causing concern.


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