Category Archives: Title Agency

CFPB Update

With the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) putting its final touches on new regulations  in the coming months, and the American Land Title Association (ALTA) releasing its Title Insurance & Settlement Company Best Practices, real estate industry thoughts are turning to compliance even more than before. Service providers have a responsibility to understand and comply …Read more

Your marketing materials don’t just sell a home. They sell you.

As I discussed in my recent posts about branding yourself, marketing is an important extension of your personal brand; especially for real estate agents. Great marketing requires a consistent look and feel to back up your brand image. At a base level, that means careful consideration of your marketing materials. Every flyer, email, brochure, drop …Read more

13 Guidelines to Prepare Agencies for an Escrow Audit

You may already know that the American Land Title Association (ALTA) publishes recommended best practices for all independent title agencies to follow in everyday operations. But did you know they also publish guidelines for assessment procedures and recommendations on when an agency should pass or fail an escrow audit? Based on the ALTA Assessment Procedures, …Read more

Your Personal Brand: Two Outstanding Examples

In Brand Yourself to Build Your Business, we looked at three steps to help you get started on using personal branding as part of your marketing efforts. By now, you’ve had an opportunity to take these tips to heart: figure out what you do differently, consistently present your brand, and make yourself memorable. Now, let’s …Read more

Brand Yourself to Build Your Business

Did you know that you have a personal brand? Everyone does. What you wear, how you interact with other people – everything you do builds a relationship with your clients, and that creates your personal brand. To effectively use personal branding as part of your marketing efforts, don’t be passive – actively define what you …Read more

A Breakdown of the New CFPB Rules

The new regulations from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) are geared toward providing the customer with a more transparent transaction. To help achieve this transparency, the agency has proposed seven changes to the real estate process. The changes touch almost every aspect of the real estate transaction, including the process, the length of time …Read more

Eight Tips for Better Escrow Accounting Procedures

Contributed by: Dina Taaffe, Stewart Financial Services Have you ever had to go back and research an earnest money deposit, a wire or a disbursed check, and spent hours trying to determine which file it relates to? That’s valuable time you could have spent doing other things, like performing closings, getting new business or even …Read more

Marketing to Your Lender Customers

I recently attended the National Settlement Services Summit (NS3), where compliance was a leading topic. In this new time of amplified transparency, it is necessary for all title agencies to differentiate their business by focusing on key factors that make it the best. Check out this article from The Title Report Daily, based on my …Read more

The Value of Escrow Security Bonds for Your Lender Customers

More than ever, lenders are requiring title and attorney agents to maintain insurance coverage to protect against settlement funds theft. While agents may have crime coverage through other forms of business or liability insurance policies, many times it will not protect settlement funds from theft. In addition, in the new regulatory environment, crime coverage may …Read more

How is Title Insurance Different Than Other Insurance?

The word insurance is identified with images of protection and security. It is often associated with undesirable events and transfer of risk. While title insurance does include these elements, there are some distinct characteristics that differ from much of the insurance industry. We insure the past, not the future According to the American Land Title …Read more