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RamQuest joined forces with sister company Pavaso in May for a GiveBIG charity matching campaign. As a result, a total of $4,436 was donated to 32 deserving organizations. Throughout May, when team members donated to a non-profit of their choice, a 25% matching contribution was made to that same organization.... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at ALTA Blog
Dominion Title & Exchange Services in Green Bay, Wis., recently launched a “casual for a cause” campaign to raise money for local charities. Employees can donate $5 to wear jeans one day of the week. The company also started a campaign called #DominionCares where a portion of each closing fee... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at ALTA Blog
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In Bellevue, Neb., Tom Low and his wife volunteer at Bellevue Together, an organization that work closely with community leaders, school teacher and counselors to help those in need. The group has storerooms full of clothes, furniture, school supplies and other miscellaneous items. Lowe and his wife help pick up... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at ALTA Blog
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Fannie Mae updated its Selling Guide announcing specific requirements for remote ink-signed notarizations (RIN) for loans issued on or after July 1. Fannie Mae had issued temporary RIN guidance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the increase in audio-visual aided notarizations, both for remote online and RIN, Fannie Mae... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2021 at ALTA Blog
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The California delegation meets with Shelby Luce, a staffer for U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal. A record attendance of nearly 400 title professionals during the 2021 ALTA Advocacy Summit held more than 250 virtual meetings May 18-20 asking members of Congress to support nationwide use of remote online notarization (RON). On... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2021 at ALTA Blog
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As president of TitleSouth LLC in Alabama, Amye von Seebach knows 2020 proved to be a very successful year from a business standpoint for the title industry. However, the COVID-19 pandemic affected the homeless much differently. “We were fortunate to be in an industry that did not suffer economically during... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2021 at ALTA Blog
The U.S. Department of Interior on April 27 issued an order that eases the ability of Native American tribes to take land back into trust. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland issued Order 3400 re-delegating the authority to review and approve applications to place land into trust to the Bureau... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2021 at ALTA Blog
Communities are more important than ever in all aspects of our lives. That's one of the reasons why ALTA launched a new online community called ALTA Connection to provide a venue for ALTA members to share information, and build and expand their networks. ALTA hopes participants will share what's happening... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2021 at ALTA Blog
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Title insurance professionals reported cyber criminals attempted to trick employees to wire funds to a fraudulent account in a third of all real estate and mortgage transactions, according to ALTA’s 2021 Wire Fraud and Cyber Crime Survey. However, training and education seem to be working as funds were only wired... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2021 at ALTA Blog
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This year marks the 53rd anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, landmark legislation signed into law April 11, 1968, by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The Fair Housing Act prohibits housing discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability and family status. The act furthers the beliefs advocated by... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2021 at ALTA Blog
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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) reported a 54 percent increase in consumer complaints last year when compared to 2019. According to the CFPB’s 2020 Consumer Response Annual Report, the bureau handled approximately 542,300 complaints in 2020 versus about 352,400 complaints handled in 2019. “The pandemic has been among the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2021 at ALTA Blog
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What would happen if you let go of fear, got off the sidelines, and jumped boldly into the game of life? Lisa Sun, founder and CEO of GRAVITAS, unpacked the vital question in a moving, motivating and empowering talk during an ALTA SPRINGBOARD Ideas Festival. Sun explored why it’s vital... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2021 at ALTA Blog
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From Oreos to Gatorade, Bonin Bough is the master marketer behind the rapid growth of some of the world’s most-loved brands in kitchens across the country. During an Ideas Festival at the 2021 ALTA SPRINGBOARD, the award-winning marketing executive provided tips to help companies create their own breakthrough “communications experience.”... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2021 at ALTA Blog
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The word “Disney” conjures images of talking mice, fairytale castles and, best of all, magic. But we all know Disney magic isn’t invoked through spells or enchantments, it is forged through innovation. As the former vice president of innovation and creativity at The Walt Disney Co., creativity speaker Duncan Wardle... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2021 at ALTA Blog
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David Townsend and Lisa Steele speak at the 2020 ALTA SPRINGBOARD. Want to attend this year's virtual SPRINGNOARD event (March 16-18)? Click here for info. Can you believe it? It was one year ago today that the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. Two days later, the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2021 at ALTA Blog
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By Eliot Dill If you have been in business for any amount of time, you have probably noticed that most markets tend to be cyclical and require some evolution to survive. A company that was once king often must adapt to stay relevant. For instance, Sears used to be the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2021 at ALTA Blog
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Title and settlement professionals can join the Federal Trade Commission and more than 100 groups and organizations participating in the 23rd annual National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), which lasts through March 6. NCPW is a coordinated campaign designed to focus on the importance of keeping consumers informed while providing them... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2021 at ALTA Blog
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Regulatory and supply-side challenges coupled with slowing rent growth and rising vacancy rates will weaken the multifamily construction market in 2021. However, the development market should stabilize by 2022, according to economists from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). "Though the multifamily sector is performing much better than nonresidential... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2021 at ALTA Blog
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Business email compromise (BEC) is one of the most financially damaging online crimes. It exploits the fact that so many on email to conduct business. The FBI reported losses due to BEC totaled $1.7 billion in 2019. Data for 2020 is expected to be released in March. In a BEC... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2021 at ALTA Blog
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The combination of a global pandemic coupled with a world full of remote workers led to a 660 percent increase in phishing attempts since March 1, 2020, according to ID Agent. Like title and settlement companies, email from ALTA staff can be spoofed. As a reminder, ALTA will never ask... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2021 at ALTA Blog
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Mo Choumil | Founder/CEO | ATG Title How long have you been in the title industry and how did you get started in this profession? It’s been 27 years already! I actually started as an abstractor back in 1993, but kept my focus sharp and decided to take the proverbial... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2021 at ALTA Blog
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ALTA President Bill Burding NTP Eager to Defend Industry Talk to Bill Burding NTP and you’d never know he was born and raised in New York. A move to Arizona while in junior high not only led to him ditching his goalie mask for a tennis racket, but it also... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2021 at ALTA Blog
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In December, ALTA implemented a new database to manage membership information and purchases. For security purposes, you need to create a new password if you have not done so already. To reset your password, click here. You will get a box that looks like this: You will be prompted to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2021 at ALTA Blog
Notary Signing Agent (NSA) Blueprint provided 13,600 meals to Feeding America. The company hosted its annual fundraiser online throughout November. With an estimated 54 million people facing hunger, NSA Blueprint contributed directly to the largest network of foodbanks in the United States. “We are especially proud of our team and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2021 at ALTA Blog
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ALTA is alerting its members to delete a phishing email with the subject line “December 2020 edition of Title Insurance Law Newsletter.” The email appears to come from Jeremy Yohe. ALTA encourages you to delete the email. Do not click any links in the email. In addition, you should block... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2020 at ALTA Blog