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Ohio Supreme Court: Homeowners Can't Challenge Old Foreclosures on Standing

The Ohio Supreme Court has resolved a major question that has put into question the status of title of thousands of homes that have been subject to foreclosure judgments.

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MBA Weekly Report: Refinances Increase as Rates Drop
Mortgage applications increased 11.6 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending October 17, 2014. Interest rates fell to the lowest levels since May of 2013.
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Pennsylvania Attorney Title Agent Indicted on Fraud Charges
The attorney-owner of an Avoca, Pennsylvania title business, GK Abstract Co., Inc., has been indicted on fraud charges on allegations that she falsely represented to buyers and lenders that she procured title insurance in dozens of transactions.  In fact, her agency agreement with her underwriter had been terminated and she simply pocketed the money, according to the indictment.
Stewart Hires New Regional Manager in Kansas City Area
Stewart Title has announced the appointment of Shari Ashner Boppart as regional manager for the Johnson County, Missouri area.
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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.
RealtyTrac: Fewest Properties in Foreclosure Since Mid-2006

Housing data provider RealtyTrac has released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report for September and the third quarter of 2014, which shows foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — down 16 percent from a year ago.  The number of properties with foreclosure filings fell to its lowest level since mid-2006.

CoreLogic: Home Prices Up 6.4% Annually in August
Housing data provider CoreLogic has released its August CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI) report, showing that home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased 6.4 percent in August 2014 compared to August 2013.
WFG Announces Integration with RamQuest Product
WFG National Title Insurance Company has integrated its policy jackets with RamQuest’s Closing Market platform, the company has announced.
Georgia Supreme Court Removes All Doubt: Witness-only Closings are Illegal

The state of Georgia has required real estate closings to be conducted by attorneys since the 1930s.  But this has not stopped the prevalent usage of "witness-only closings," where an attorney is present at the closing but does not conduct it.  This has changed recently, as the Georgia Supreme Court has issued an advisory opinion that states that a lawyer can't ethically participate in a witness-only closing.

"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.
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.

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Standards and Practices of Foreclosure Investors
William Pattison 's Blog
2014/10/20
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Abstracting soundtrack
Teresa Wright's Blog
2014/10/20
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Camera on Foreclosures: The Dirty Little Cheaters
William Pattison 's Blog
2014/10/11
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NOT Indexing by legal description - YIKES!!
Teresa Wright's Blog
2014/10/09
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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
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Non Public Information and title agents
CHARLENE PERRY's Blog
2014/08/14
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Legacy
William Pattison 's Blog
2014/07/22
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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
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