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Title Industry Performance in Graphs, Updated With 2014 Data
In 2014, the title insurance industry continued to show improved loss performance and profitability, according to industry financial data recently released by ALTA. Revenue declined in 2014, however.
RamQuest Announces Expanded Integration With Fidelity National Title Group
Title and settlement services software provider RamQuest has announced the expansion of its existing integration with Fidelity National Title Group to include Closing Protection Letters through the RamQuest Closing Market digital network.
ALTA President Testifies Before Congress
American Land Title Association (ALTA) President Diane Evans NTP submitted testimony this week before the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit subcommittee of the House Committee on Financial Services.
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RealtyTrac: Foreclosure Filings Lowest Since Q1 2007
Housing data provider RealtyTrac has released its Q1 and March 2015 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report, which shows foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — were reported on 313,487 U.S. properties in the first quarter of 2015, down 7 percent from the previous quarter and down 8 percent from the first quarter of 2014 to the lowest quarterly total since the first quarter of 2007.
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Kirk Smith, Harris County, Texas, has been ordered to prison following his conviction for defrauding seven different Houston, Texas-area banks of more than $2 million in 2007 and 2008.
A Comment on House Prices: Real Prices and Price-to-Rent Ratio in December
Some experts say that the housing recovery is "faltering". Bill McBride, aka "CalculatedRisk, disagrees.
Can That Easement Stand?
Short answers to some common questions that arise when a pipeline company seeks to use an old easement for new pipeline construction.
POINT OF VIEW: Misunderstanding Imbued Title Insurance Industry
4th Circuit Rules Executed But Unrecorded Security Interest Has Priority Over IRS Tax Lien (Maryland)
On October 31, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit interpreted Maryland law in ruling that a bank's security interest in a Chapter 11 debtor's property created by a deed of trust that was executed before, but recorded after, the Internal Revenue Service filed a tax lien, had priority over the tax lien.
MBA Weekly Report: Application Volume Declines Slightly
Mortgage applications decreased 2.3 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending April 10, 2015.  
Gentry County, Missouri Begins eRecording
Gentry County, Missouri has begun electronic documents for recording, e-recording service provider Simplifile has announced
A Defective Mortgage on Registered Land in a Bankruptcy

In a bankruptcy, the bankruptcy trustee has broad powers to avoid mortgages that are invalidly recorded. But does the same power apply to mortgages on registered land, where there is an official certificate of title indicating that the land title office has accepted the defective mortgage as valid?

Are County Recorders Liable for Negligence for Mis-Indexed Documents?
If you suffer a loss because a county recorder made a mistake in recording or indexing a deed or a mortgage, can you recover from the recorder in a negligence lawsuit? It depends.
How to Turn a $40,000 Claim into a $2,000,000 claim

A big title insurer has once again shot itself in the foot by its blatantly inept handling of a rather straightforward $40,000 claim. As a result of a finding of bad faith leading to punitive damages, it must now pay a court judgment of over $2 million dollars—an award that was recently upheld by a Pennsylvania appeals court.

Speaking Up About Short Title Searches May Be Bad for Your Career
A recently settled whistleblower lawsuit involving allegations of fraudulently substandard title searches provided by title services provider ServiceLink on Freddie Mac REO property may provide a cautionary tale for those who might speak up to their employers about inadequate title searches.
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"India" is not the problem
Thomas Pryde's Blog
2015/04/16
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Independent Abstractors: Well Trained Specialists (Part Three)
Thomas Pryde's Blog
2015/04/09
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Independent Abstractors: Making Peace With Technology (Part Two)
Thomas Pryde's Blog
2015/03/26
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Independent Abstractors: Dying Breed or Valued Specialists? (Part One)
Thomas Pryde's Blog
2015/03/19
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Introductions
Thomas Pryde's Blog
2015/03/10
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Reconstruction of Past Persons
William Pattison 's Blog
2015/02/20
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Violations of Professional Codes
William Pattison 's Blog
2015/02/16
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The Deed of Trust Trustee, Laws, and the Constitution
john gault's Blog
2015/02/08
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An End to Outsourcing & Off-Shoring of Title?
William Pattison 's Blog
2015/02/03
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Civil Records, Probate, Title and Same Sex Marriage Collide at Supreme Court
William Pattison 's Blog
2015/01/28
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