Print Page | Contact Us | Sign In | Register
The Title Report RSS Feed

PLTA is proud to offer The Title Report RSS feed for visitors


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.


 

 

RynohLive names presidentOpen in a New Window

RynohLive has promoted its chief operating officer to president, while simultaneously announcing that the company’s founder and CEO will remain an active member of the company’s leadership team. 

 


 

WFG deploys real estate transaction dashboardsOpen in a New Window

WFG National Title Insurance Co. has introduced a series of online transactional dashboards designed to keep consumers, Realtors and mortgage lenders updated on the status of real estate transactions during the settlement process. 


 

Report: Refinance loans rebound in JulyOpen in a New Window

After declining for two consecutive months, the nationwide percentage of refinance home loans increased slightly during July, according to Ellie Mae’s Origination Insight Report. During July, the average interest rate on a 30-year note dropped to its lowest level since January, and average closing times remained steady.


 

Docutech, Veri-Tax expand integrationOpen in a New Window

Lenders wanting to enroll in Fannie Mae’s validation service now can obtain the tax transcripts needed directly through Docutech.


 

AmTrust adds regional managerOpen in a New Window

Amtrust Title Insurance Co. has hired a former First American executive to grow its business in Texas and establish operations in New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada.


 

ShortTrack integrates dotloopOpen in a New Window

A new integration will increase the security of ordering title documents and shorten the time to close. 

 


 

Nevada conducts hybrid eClosingsOpen in a New Window

Pavaso and Greater Nevada Mortgage recently partnered to complete the first residential hybrid eClosings in Nevada’s history. Through Pavaso’s Digital Close platform, documents were electronically delivered to the homebuyers three days prior to closing, giving them time to review the documents online and ask questions prior to closing. 


 

New consulting firm for title companies opensOpen in a New Window

A new consultancy firm that promises to provide sustainable and repeatable methodology for title agents and service providers to access real estate agents has opened its doors. 


 

Texas title company soldOpen in a New Window

A Texas title company started by a former FBI agent and which was one of the first computerized agencies in its region has been sold. 


 

SYNRGO names VP of salesOpen in a New Window

SYNRGO has hired an industry veteran to oversee its sales activities. 


 

RamQuest adds Patriot SearchOpen in a New Window

Customers using RamQuest’s Closing Market now can perform free Patriot Searches that utilize up to nine data sources. 

 


 

AmTrust adds senior underwriting counselOpen in a New Window

AmTrust Title Insurance Co. has hired a senior underwriting counsel who will be based in New York City. 

 

Title Alliance expands in FloridaOpen in a New Window

Title Alliance has nearly doubled its number of locations in Florida through a partnership with Keller Williams. The company has linked itself with two Keller Williams offices that have a top 10 market share in their counties and are among the fastest growing in terms of agents and transaction volume. 


 

Hawaii eRecords land court documentOpen in a New Window

In a process that only took a few moments, Title Guaranty and Simplifile completed Hawaii’s first eRecording of a land court document on July 26, 2017. 


 

Black Knight offers new indicesOpen in a New Window

Black Knight Financial Services has introduced a series of indices designed to provide insights into the housing and mortgage markets. 


 

May delinquency rate lowest since 2007Open in a New Window

During May, the percentage of homes with mortgage loans 90 days or more past due dropped to its lowest level in nearly a decade. 

 

Alliant National appoints SVPOpen in a New Window

Alliant National Title Insurance Co. has hired a former Stewart executive to oversee its Southeast Region. 


 

WFG National integrates SMS’ platformOpen in a New Window

WFG National Title Insurance Co. has completed its integration of Settlement Management Solutions’ title production platform. The new integration is available through the latest release of Settlement Management Solutions’ TitleExpress.


 

eMortgage milestone in North CarolinaOpen in a New Window

North Carolina has been at the forefront of eMortgage and eClosing transactions, and Thursday saw the state at the center of another milestone. Read on for details about the latest achievement, the principals involved in the transaction, and reaction from Brady & Kosofsky partner Jaime Kosofsky. 

 

Investors Title produces record quarterOpen in a New Window

Driven by more transactions and rising home prices, Investors Title Co. produced the best second quarter in the company’s history. A dramatic decrease in losses helped the company offset a decrease in refinances and an increase in operating expenses. 

 

NAR supports cybersecurity billOpen in a New Window

The National Association of Realtors has thrown its support behind a bipartisan bill that would link some small business development centers with business owners who want to improve their cybersecurity efforts. 


 

FNTG adds SVP in FloridaOpen in a New Window

Fidelity National Title Group has hired an industry veteran to manage its operations in southern Florida. 


 

Housing sentiment hits record lowOpen in a New Window

During July, the share of Americans who said now is a good time to buy a house decreased to the lowest point in the history of Fannie Mae’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index. 


 

CSC adds to its eRecording networkOpen in a New Window

Since the start of the second quarter, CSC has added 61 counties in 25 states to its eRecording network. 


 

Realogy posts improved Q2 numbersOpen in a New Window

Realogy Holdings Corp.’s Title Resource Group helped the corporation post improved second quarter numbers. An increase in the number of title policies issued by the group plus the corporation’s higher average home sale price during the second quarter helped offset a dramatic decrease in refinances. 


 

NS3: Growing your title companyOpen in a New Window

How do you grow your title company? Two industry experts discussed that topic during a session at the 2017 National Settlement Services Summit in San Antonio.

 

Mid America Mortgage names COOOpen in a New Window

Mid America Mortgage has promoted its chief compliance officer and director of correspondent lending to chief operating officer. The new COO previously led the company’s efforts to help brokers make the successful transition to mortgage bankers through Mid America’s eCorrespondent division. 


 

Homes overvalued in several key marketsOpen in a New Window

Home prices continued their upward spiral in June. However, home prices in at least four top markets are considered overvalued. 


 

Private equity firm invests in Ten-XOpen in a New Window

A private equity firm has signed a definitive agreement to become a major investor in Ten-X. 

 


 

IDS adds product development managerOpen in a New Window

International Document Services has promoted its manager of development into its newly created position of manager of new product development. 


 

Old Republic’s title group has record quarterOpen in a New Window

Old Republic International Corp.’s title group achieved a new high in pretax operating income during the second quarter, helping the company post “relatively level” operating earnings for the quarter. 


 

NS3: Marketing tips for your title companyOpen in a New Window

During the 2017 National Settlement Services Summit in San Antonio, two industry experts discussed the best strategies for honing your message to lenders and Realtors. 


 

Pilgrim launches paperless system in Rhode IslandOpen in a New Window

Pilgrim Title Insurance Co. has deployed a web-based digital closing system that it said is being used elsewhere in the country, but not in Rhode Island. The paperless system promises to make closing more convenient and secure, and to provide vital information such as mortgage rates and homes sold in the area to agents. 


 

Defective loans continue to riseOpen in a New Window

As volume has shifted from refinances to purchases, the percentage of mortgage loan applications containing defects, fraud and misrepresentation has increased. 


 

Meridian Title hires national operations managerOpen in a New Window

Meridian Title Corp. has selected an industry veteran with experience in both real estate and banking and finance as its national operations manager. 


 

Home prices rose during MayOpen in a New Window

For the 61st consecutive month, average home prices throughout the country experienced year-over-year growth.


 

Rep. Hill talks TRID 2.0Open in a New Window

Rep. French Hill (R-Ark.) spent 35 years in the banking industry, including nearly two decades as a community bank CEO. He’s become one of the title industries leading champions in Congress since being elected in 2014, and he recently talked with The Title Report about the latest updates to the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule.

 


 

Massachusetts title company names managing partnerOpen in a New Window

A Massachusetts title company has selected an attorney who specializes in real estate conveyancing, title matters, short sale seller and buyer representation, contract negotiations and buyer representation of bank-owned properties to serve as its managing partner. 


 

Equity Bank adds two Oklahoma banksOpen in a New Window

Since its initial public offering three years ago, Equity Bank has completed five mergers. Now, the bank has announced definitive merger agreements with two Oklahoma banks. 

 

AmTrust adds New Jersey counselOpen in a New Window

AmTrust Title Insurance Co. has hired an experience attorney to oversee its underwriting in the Garden State. 


 

LenderLive launches new entityOpen in a New Window

LenderLive has launched a new entity through which it will provide expanded compliance services to to banks, non-bank mortgage servicers, credit unions and other financial institutions. 


 

Weston Title offering services in New YorkOpen in a New Window

The vice president of Weston Title & Escrow in Florida has been licensed in New York and now will provide title insurance services in the Empire State. 


 

FAF posts record title marginOpen in a New Window

First American Financial Corp.’s title segment achieved its highest pretax margin ever, helping the company beat analysts’ expectations and improve its second-quarter results. The company said a shift to higher premium residential and commercial transactions helped it continue its earnings momentum despite a drop in refinances. 


 

LenderLive names CEO, COOOpen in a New Window

LenderLive has hired two executives from EverBank to serve as its CEO and chief operating officer. The two executives are credited with transforming EverBank from a mortgage company into a nationwide, diversified financial services company. 


 

Former ALTA director launches marketing companyOpen in a New Window

A former ALTA director has launched a company that will assist title companies and other small businesses with branding, marketing and crisis communication. One of the services offered by the new company is an assessment of a small business’ digital outreach and recommendations on how to improve it. 


 

Report: Housing market bullish through 2017Open in a New Window

Despite a decline in housing starts that is adding to the nationwide inventory shortage, Freddie Mac is predicting the market will continue its growth through 2017. 


 

Westcor appoints New York commercial counselOpen in a New Window

Westcor has added a commercial counsel who developed a program and curriculum to improve the practices of hundreds of agent businesses. 

 

Lone Star adds vice presidentOpen in a New Window

Lone Star Title of El Paso has hired a former consultant for WFG National Title Co. as a vice president. Read on for more details.

 

Kensington Vanguard expands Florida footprintOpen in a New Window

Kensington Vanguard National Land Services has opened a new office in Palm Beach County, from which it plans to target the Boca Raton market. It also selected an industry veteran to supervise the new office and develop new business opportunities. 


 

AmTrust adds EVP for business developmentOpen in a New Window

AmTrust Financial Services has hired an insurance industry veteran from reinsurer PartnerRe to develop and implement its global strategic framework. The newest member of the company’s executive team will be based in New York and will report to Chairman and CEO Barry Zyskind. 


 

KeyStoneB2B launches new title productOpen in a New Window

KeyStoneB2B has introduced a new title product that facilitates the title order, title close, and borrower and seller closing disclosure during the mortgage lending process. 


 

Average home price gain highest in 10 yearsOpen in a New Window

Homeowners who sold during this year’s second quarter realized the highest average price gain since 2007, according to ATTOM Data Solutions. Read on for more details.


 

New Jersey title company adds vice presidentOpen in a New Window

A Garden State title company that serves Atlantic and Cape May counties has added a vice president of business development. Read on for more details.


 

Cloudstar adds administratorOpen in a New Window

Cloudstar has hired a senior ResWare administrator who has more than 20 years of experience in the title and escrow industry. 


 

Fidelity acquires CRM companyOpen in a New Window

A little more than a year after acquiring another CRM company, Fidelity has added Dallas-based Real Geeks to its holdings. Chairman William P. Foley II said the two companies complement each other as one concentrates on elite real estate teams and the other on single agents at lower price points. 

 

Stewart posts modest revenue gainOpen in a New Window

Driven by a double-digit increase in commercial revenues, Stewart posted a small gain in total title revenue for the second quarter. 


 

Garden State title companies mergeOpen in a New Window

Two New Jersey-based title companies have merged. The combined entity will have more than 140 employees and 14 locations, with the ability to process, insure and close over 1,800 transactions per month. 


 

Foreclosures drop during first half of 2017Open in a New Window

Foreclosure-related filings during the first six months of 2017 dropped significantly, according to ATTOM Data Solutions. 


 

Old Republic appoints senior vice presidentOpen in a New Window

Old Republic has promoted one if its own to senior vice president. Read on for more details.


 

First American Title opens new branchOpen in a New Window

First American Title has opened a new branch in Colorado and hired an industry veteran to oversee it. 


 

Fidelity posts best title earnings since 2003Open in a New Window

An increase in title revenues boosted the second-quarter results for Fidelity’s FNF Group, with the title business generating its largest quarterly adjusted pre-tax title earnings since 2003. 


 

NS3: Lenders share eClosing experiencesOpen in a New Window

The future of the mortgage application process — one in which most of the procedure is electronic and paperless — is clearly visible. Lenders who are already navigating those waters shared their insights during the 2017 National Settlement Services Summit (NS3) in San Antonio. 


 

Housing starts up in JuneOpen in a New Window

Both the number of building permits issued and housing starts rose in June, according to the Census Bureau. 


 

Old Republic promotes managerOpen in a New Window

Old Republic has appointed a senior vice president who has been with the company since 2000. 


 

US Mortgage integrates Loan VisionOpen in a New Window

Starting in September, New York-based US Mortgage Corp. will switch from Intuit Quickbooks to Loan Vision’s accounting software for mortgage banks. 


 

Stewart acquires Title365Open in a New Window

Stewart has acquired the retail branch division of Title365 — two months after bringing that company’s co-founder and CEO onboard as a senior vice president. 


 

NAILTA adopts ethics code for membersOpen in a New Window

The National Association of Independent Land Title Agents has formally adopted enforceable ethical standards of conduct for its members, the organization announced. 


 

Weichert Title Group names presidentOpen in a New Window

Weichert Title Group’s new president previously held senior management positions with both First American and Fidelity National Title and has more than two decades of experience in the residential title industry. 


 

May home prices continue upward trendOpen in a New Window

According to CoreLogic, home prices showed strong year-over-year increases during May.

 


 

Thomas Title hires Arizona market presidentOpen in a New Window

Thomas Title selected an industry veteran, who has more than 40 years of experience in the title industry, to lead its Arizona operations. 


 

RamQuest adds directorOpen in a New Window

RamQuest has created a Customer Experience Team and hired a director to oversee it. 


 

Ascendant Title expands Colorado footprintOpen in a New Window

Ascendant Title has expanded its operations in Colorado by taking over two offices in Boulder and Fort Collins which were previously owned by Kensington Vanguard. 


 

First-quarter title premiums see double-digit increaseOpen in a New Window

ALTA’s market share analysis found that title insurance premiums rose nearly 11 percent during the first quarter of 2017. 


 

Texas law firm launches title companyOpen in a New Window

A law firm that has provided title services for nearly a decade has started an independent title company. Based in Colleyville, Texas, the new company’s underwriters include Fidelity National Title, Chicago Title, Alamo Title and Commonwealth Land Title. 


 

First National Title integrates RamQuestOpen in a New Window

A new integration will enable First National Title Insurance Co.’s agents to generate the company’s policy jackets and closing protection letters directly through RamQuest’s Closing Market platform. 


 

CATIC gains positive SOC 2 reportOpen in a New Window

CATIC announced that it has received a positive SOC 2 report verifying the company’s critical controls are effectively designed to manage the security and confidentiality of its data. 


 

First American Title adds branch managerOpen in a New Window

First American Title Co. has hired a vice president who will manage its branch in Burley, Idaho. 


 

Advanced Title adds staffOpen in a New Window

Advanced Title Co. in Grand Junction, Colo. has named a transaction coordinator and an administrative assistant. 


 

Report: Inventories, rising pricing constraining home salesOpen in a New Window

Throughout many areas of the country, low home inventories have contributed to an increase in home prices. However, many in the industry are concerned that many homebuyers will soon be priced out of the market, especially in places such as Boston and San Francisco, according to the Federal Reserve’s latest Beige Book.


 

Service providers analyze final TRID ruleOpen in a New Window

Now that the ink has dried on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s finalized updates to its TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule, more and more industry insiders are beginning to weigh in. 


 

ARMCO names presidentOpen in a New Window

ACES Risk Management has selected a president to oversee all company operations, including expanding its audit technology platform. The company’s new president has been in the mortgage industry for 25 years, and has held numerous executive positions with mortgage lenders and mortgage technology providers. 


 

Loan defects rose in MayOpen in a New Window

The frequency of defects, fraud and misrepresentation submitted in mortgage loan applications during May reached its highest level since 2015. 

 

RamQuest, ProcessFast form partnershipOpen in a New Window

RamQuest, Inc. has announced a vendor relationship that will allow it to offer ProcessFast’s SaaS operational reporting solution to its customers. 

 

Cascade implements LoanScorecard’s underwriting systemOpen in a New Window

Cascade’s business agreement with LoanScorecard will enable the financial services firm to automate underwriting its portfolio loans and manage exceptions based on valid compensating loan factors. 


 

Severn Bancorp buys Maryland title companyOpen in a New Window

Severn Bancorp has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase a Maryland title company that is based in Annapolis and was founded by real estate attorneys in 1981. The acquisition is subject to the completion of due diligence and is expected to close in September. 


 

Landmark Title adds Old Republic executiveOpen in a New Window

Landmark Title Assurance Agency has hired a former Old Republic executive to oversee its business development, expand operations and manage the company’s escrow officers. 


 

NS3 Keynote: Former FHFA director speaks on GSE reform, compliance impactOpen in a New Window

Former Federal Housing Finance Administration Director James Lockhart, currently vice chairman at WL Ross & Co., offered his thoughts on reforming the secondary mortgage market and how that market is being impacted by compliance concerns. 


 

Rising prices decreasing underwater propertiesOpen in a New Window

Over 40 million Americans have tappable equity available in their homes today, which is the largest population on record, according to Black Knight Financial Services. 


 

Mississippi county joins ePN networkOpen in a New Window

A county in Mississippi recently installed ePN’s DocRouter Solution and can now accept electronically submitted documents.


 

ARMCO updates audit technologyOpen in a New Window

ACES Risk Management has incorporated the parameters set by Fannie Mae’s Day 1 Certainty initiative into its audit technology. 

 

TRG forms commercial services divisionOpen in a New Window

Title Resource Group has aligned its commercial title operations in 40 markets into one division and named a president to oversee those operations. 


 

ET Investments buys major stake in Thomas TitleOpen in a New Window

ET Investments has purchased an ownership stake in Thomas Title & Escrow. Both companies believe the partnership will help Thomas expand its commercial services platform and become even more of a national player in that arena. 


 

Orange Coast expands management teamOpen in a New Window

Orange Coast Title Co. has selected a vice president and senior underwriter. The newest member of its senior management team will oversee the company’s title insurance entity, Real Advantage Title Insurance Company. 

 


 

SLK Global launches SmartREvalOpen in a New Window

SLK Global Solutions has introduced a technology-based platform that brings appraisal management companies, default servicers and real estate brokers together. 


 

Americans increasingly optimistic about housing marketOpen in a New Window

According to Fannie Mae, the share of Americans who believe now is a good time to buy or sell a home increased during June. 


 

Fidelity National Timeshare names title officerOpen in a New Window

Fidelity National Timeshare has named a senior title officer who will be based in California.


 

CFPB finalizes TRID ruleOpen in a New Window

In an attempt to provide greater clarity and certainty, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Friday finalized updates to its TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule, the so-called “Know Before You Owe” mortgage disclosure.


 

HomeServices real estate brokerage CEO retiringOpen in a New Window

The well-known CEO of HomeServices of America Inc.’s real estate brokerage division is retiring after more than three decades in the industry. 

 

Old Republic launches new websiteOpen in a New Window

Old Republic Title has launched a new website that promotes comprehensive closing services to lenders and standard notary services to title agents offered through OR SigningPro. 

 

NS3: Title expert offers business efficiency guidanceOpen in a New Window

Sometimes, it’s the little things that have a big impact on the ability to grow a successful business. The 2017 National Settlement Services Summit in San Antonio brought many industry veterans in to speak on how businesses can grow and move forward. 


PLTA Partners