Category Archives: Title Agency

What does the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule mean for real estate agents?

The new TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule and the August 1st implementation deadline is right around the corner. Watch this short video to learn more about how this rule, specifically how the HUD-1 and Truth-in-Lending Disclosure for most closed-end residential loans will be going away, and what this means to you and your customers.

Stewart’s Eric Arnold guest blogs for Worldwide ERC

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) recently announced the end of its waiver of the FHA Anti-Flipping Rule’s 90-day resale restrictions, a law that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) adopted in 2003. This waiver had allowed investors and others to rehabilitate and resell properties to FHA-insured borrowers. This has led some lenders to …Read more


The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was created to watch over the interests of American consumers in financial products and services of all kinds. On August 1, 2015, the bureau’s rule governing integrated disclosure forms for mortgage lending will go into effect – bringing a significant change to industry practices and standards. Are you prepared? …Read more

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