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"Try adding a couple zeroes to the number on that check!"
The value of a title insurance claim can vary by orders of magnitude, depending on the perspective from which the claim is viewed. In a recent Missouri title insurance dispute, the title insurer maintained that its $10,000 check to its insured satisfied the claim. The policy holder sued, claiming that its true loss was around $4 million.
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RealtyTrac: High End Properties Make Up Larger Percentage of Sales
Home sales are skewing towards higher priced properties, as many low end markets have been "picked clean" by investors, according to a report from housing data provider RealtyTrac.  The median home sale price in August was $195,000, up 15% in the last year.
NAR: Existing Home Sales Dip in August
After four consecutive months of gains, existing-home sales slipped in August according to the National Association of Realtors. The NAR blamed a decrease in investor activity for the dip.  Sales increases in the Northeast and Midwest were outweighed by declines in the South and West.
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CoreLogic: Negative Equity Drops Sharply in Q2
Housing data provider CoreLogic has released new analysis showing that approximately 5.3 million homes, or 10.7 percent of all residential properties with a mortgage, were still in negative equity as of Q2 2014, a drop from the 12.7 percent negative equity at the end of Q1 2014, and 14.9 percent a year ago.
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City, HCW get $90M policies in Landing lawsuit
The city of Branson, Missouri and a development company have reached a settlement with title insurers in a long-standing, high-dollar title dispute
New suit alleging kickbacks should be "wake-up call" for brokers: analysts
A new federal court suit alleging kickback violations by one of the country's top-producing real estate sales teams raises an unsettling question for homebuyers.
Court abstractor accused of stealing records sentenced
A courthouse researcher charged with taking official records from the Columbia County Clerk of Superior Court's office last summer pleaded no contest to a trespassing charge and was sentenced to probation.
Florida Title Agent Arrested in Mortgage Fraud Scheme
A Melbourne, Florida Title Agent was arrested along with a Maryland CPA in a multi-million dollar mortgage fraud scheme.
Former San Fran Fed Employee Threatened To Murder Ex-FHFA Head Ed DeMarco
A high level executive at the FHFA, the regulator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, is accused of threatening to kill the former head of the agency.
MBA Weekly Report: Applications Decrease
Mortgage applications decreased 4.1 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending September 19, 2014. 
Consideration Clauses in Deeds

This article will discuss consideration clauses in deeds.  As it turns out, consideration are generally not required in deeds, and a deed unsupported by consideration is still generally valid.  But the consideration clauses do serve a purpose, and could possibly come into play in important ways, especially if there is a mistake in the deed itself or a mistake or fraud in the transaction in which the property has been conveyed.

Court: Title Insurers Should Bear The Loss on Missed Liens in Refinances

The Supreme Court of Mississippi has struck two significant blows to refinance lenders who want to be placed automatically in the priority position of the lien they pay off when they are careless and miss an intervening lien.  But the biggest blow was delivered to title insurers.

How to Invest $100,000 and End Up with Absolutely Nothing

This week, we look at another case where an investor bought a property from a seller who did not hold title.  Once again, believing he owned it, the buyer fixed up the property.  And once again, the real owner later showed up and sought to assert its claim to title to the now improved property.  Only this time, because of one critical difference-- the lack of a title search, of course!-- the outcome was different, and even worse, for the investor.

How to Become Roommates with a Banker

A Washington case involving a title fraud by a third party has left a defrauded investor and a bank in an unusual position where they will become tenants in common in a property.

On the Blogs

When is a lien not a lien?
CHARLENE PERRY's Blog
2014/08/28
1 comments

Third party vetting issue rears it's ugly head again
CHARLENE PERRY's Blog
2014/08/15
2 comments

Non Public Information and title agents
CHARLENE PERRY's Blog
2014/08/14
1 comments

Legacy
William Pattison 's Blog
2014/07/22
2 comments

Name Runs: A Brief Lesson
William Pattison 's Blog
2014/07/21
3 comments

Adding a blank 1st Page Cover Sheet to recordings- Maryland
CHARLENE PERRY's Blog
2014/07/07
4 comments

Are you a Digital Criminal?
William Pattison 's Blog
2014/06/06
0 comments

Privacy vs. the Public Record
William Pattison 's Blog
2014/05/30
3 comments

Punished for trying to fix a flawed mortgage
Slade Smith's Blog
2014/05/27
6 comments

Ohio's H.B. 201 Gets My Vote for Worst Bill of the Year
Source of Title Blog
2014/05/06
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