Interest rates are dropping while temperatures are rising and that likely means a strong homebuying season coming our way. Along with the recent increase in real estate sales activity, we’re also seeing more activity on the business and technology fronts. Here’s the latest: Keller Williams becomes an iBuyer starting in the Dallas/Fort Worth markets. The …Read more
Having returned from the ALTA ONE 2018 conference held at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, I’ve had time to reflect on the sessions, meetings and dinner conversations that stood out. In thinking about the topics, two big themes seemed to rise to the top: consumer protection (wire fraud) and consumer experience. Here’s what the title …Read more
Indiana and Tennessee have now joined Virginia, Montana, Texas and Nevada in adopting laws to allow notaries in these states to perform online notarization for real property transactions.
Join us at ALTA ONE 2017 booth #131 on October 9 to 13 in Miami to discuss the latest trends and advances in the title industry.
In this Q&A, Stephen Dinsmore, agency district manager, interviews Tiziano Doto, agency services manager, about his first 90 days at Stewart, and explores his key takeaways from the experience so far.
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.
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.
The D.C. Circuit Court has granted the petition from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for rehearing en banc (refers to a session heard before all the judges of the Court) in the PPH case and ordered a briefing that culminates in oral argument on May 24. As you may recall, back in October the District …Read more
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
In my last blog post, I explained the job of underwriting attorneys and our role in evaluating title insurance risk and working with agents and customers to help them get the deal done, while taking risk into account. Specifically, how do we evaluate whether a title insurance risk is acceptable? The primary way is by …Read more