Category Archives: Agency

Stewart Congratulates Women in Leadership

Stewart is proud to congratulate leaders Dawn Lewallen, senior compliance counsel and senior underwriter, and Tara Smith, senior vice president and director of Agency Services, for being honored as HousingWire 2017 Women of Influence.

From Hybrid to E-closing: Moving the Title & Settlement Industry Toward a Paperless Real Estate Closing

The marketplace reality is that consumers expect a digital solution to improve their home buying experience. We must meet our customer needs and problem-solve a solution that allows real estate transactions to close electronically. A hybrid approach to e-Closing would allow the title and settlement industry to begin some form of e-Closings today while working with technology providers, Secretaries of State, county recorders and state legislatures to move the industry toward a full e-Closing in the near future.

Title Insurance Can Be ‘A Little Tricky’ in Certain 1031 Exchanges

Although this blog is avowedly apolitical, with the results of the recent election, it seems likely that one of the most significant tax benefits for real estate investors will remain intact – the 1031 exchange. A properly structured 1031 exchange allows a seller of real estate to defer taxes on capital gains on the sale …Read more

Are You the Weakest Link?

If you’re looking for the most vulnerable points of a network, you need only look in a mirror. According to Symantec, 97 percent of cyberattacks start with social engineering. That means cybercriminals are getting access to systems by deceiving individual users – you and your employees. It shouldn’t be a surprise that the real estate …Read more

Stewart’s Dawn Lewallen speaks on a panel discussion at the Oklahoma Mortgage Bankers Association Annual Conference

Stewart’s Compliance Counsel Dawn Lewallen spoke on a panel discussion entitled “Bringing the new Closing Disclosure to the closing table” at the Oklahoma Mortgage Bankers Association Annual Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The panel of experts discussed the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) regulations that will impact quoting title insurance and …Read more