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Title Agency Sued for $1.57 Million Following Email Scam
A Washington D.C. couple fell victim to an email scam and wired $1.57 million pursuant to an email that appeared to be sent by their title agent.  When the couple showed up to the closing, they were informed that the title company didn't have their money.  Earlier this month, the couple sued the title company, and its owner and agent, for failing to protect them from such cyber threat. The suit alleges that the company's email account was hacked, and the company was negligent with regard to its cyber policies.  
Equity National Title Adds Boyum to Accommodate Growth
Equity National Title has named David Boyum as EVP, National Sales Manager . Equity National Title is a national title/settlement agency offering a full array of title and settlement solutions for mortgage lenders, home builders and Realtors.
WFG Dramatically Improves Transparency and Empowerment for Stakeholders in a Real Estate Transaction
WFG National Title Insurance Company, a Williston Financial Group company, has successfully deployed a series of online transactional dashboards to keep consumers, Realtors and mortgage lenders updated in real time as to the status of the real estate transaction during the settlement process.
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July New Home Purchase Mortgage Applications Increased 5.1 Percent Year over Year
The Mortgage Bankers Association Builder Applications Survey data for July 2017 shows mortgage applications for new home purchases increased 5.1 percent compared to July 2016.
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Humble vet: Mortgage spikes 327% after bad tax assessment
A Houston couple got a huge unaffordable surprise from their bank a few weeks ago.
This robot may be your next real estate agent
Meet Rex. He's the robot that is slowly replacing human real estate agents in markets like California and New York.
Another Pinellas (FL) foreclosure auction fools bidders, raises questions
For the second time in six weeks, a company connected to lawyer Roy C. Skelton stood poised to profit from a Pinellas County foreclosure auction that confused even experienced real estate investors.
Opinion: Don't eliminate recorder position because of one incident
In the wake of the turmoil that led to the pending resignation of the Salt Lake County recorder, the county's mayor is suggesting the office be eliminated as an independent entity and its duties folded into the office of the county surveyor. That would be a bad move.
McFarland Apartments admits to owning wall that collapsed in Harrisburg (PA)
The Mulberry Street wall collapse happened over one-year-ago. Now, after months of delays, the owners of McFarland Apartments admits to owning the wall. This new information comes from a court status update filed in Dauphin County on Friday.
Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey
Mortgage applications increased 3.0 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending August 4, 2017.
Simplifile, Title Guaranty Complete First-Ever E-recording of Hawaii Land Court Document
Simplifile, a leading provider of real estate document collaboration and recording technologies for lenders, settlement agents, and counties, today announced that Title Guaranty has completed the first-ever e-recording of a Land Court document in the state of Hawaii using Simplifile’s E-recording service.
Appraisal Institute Book Helps Value 'Green' Commercial Real Estate
Commercial real estate valuation professionals must master a new set of terminology and concepts to identify and understand “green” property characteristics and to recognize their effects on market demand and value, according to a new book published by the Appraisal Institute.
Return of Purchase Market Inspires Birth of Unique Sales Consulting Firm
At a time when title agents and service providers are seeking new ways to access real estate agents for purchase mortgage business, there’s a new entrant to the sales consulting market offering an entirely different way to go about it.
RamQuest Adds Free Patriot Search to Closing Market Network
RamQuest, Inc., a leading provider of title and settlement solutions for the Land Title industry, announced today that it has added Patriot Search to its Closing Market digital network.
Implied Easement by Prior Use: For those times when you forget to reserve an easement
The Court of Appeals of Washington recently decided a case brought by a landowner who claimed a right to an implied easement by prior use.  Three lots had been in his family for several decades, but when two of the lots were sold no easements were reserved for access to the third. What factors did the court consider in deciding if an easement existed?
WFG e-CPL and e-Jacket Services Integrated with SMS TitleExpress
WFG National Title Insurance Company, a Williston Financial Group company, has successfully completed an integration of multiple WFG e-services with the Settlement Management Solutions TitleExpress® platform.
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