Category Archives: Title Agency

CFPB Update, 1-8-13

November 6, 2012 was the deadline for comments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on its proposed rule to integrate mortgage disclosures required by Truth in Lending (TILA) and the Real Estate Settlement and Procedures Act (RESPA). Comments posted by individual consumers, lenders and title companies of all sizes, and trade organizations are available …Read more

ABC EPISODE DATE CHANGE: A Home for the Holidays for One of Our Nation’s Heroes, Made Possible by Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, HelpingaHero.org and Stewart

The holidays seemed to come early this year. Decorations, sales and festive music popped up long before Thanksgiving dinner was even set on the table. As we approach one of the biggest seasons of the year for philanthropy and corporate giving, I can’t help but feel lucky at Stewart, with its strong charitable philosophy engrained …Read more

How to Choose the Right Server Vendor

As discussed in my previous post, cloud computing can offer great benefits for title agencies. Still, choosing the right vendor can be overwhelming. A little research and preparation up front can help make the transition to the cloud smooth and manageable. How long has the company been around? Make sure you are well versed on …Read more

Benefits of the Cloud

The title industry has changed considerably over the last three years. Budgets have been cut due to economic conditions. Most title agents are allowing their title and escrow officers to work remotely to enhance work-life balance. New regulations are on the horizon. Cloud computing makes a lot of sense in this new environment where flexibility …Read more

Fireside Chat in Colorado Springs

At the American Land Title Association Annual Conference in Colorado Springs, CO, George Houghton and I had a chance to sit down with October Research’s The Title Report editor, Chris Crowell. We talked about our business, where we have been, and where we are going as an organization, especially as it relates to our independent …Read more

10 Tips for Surviving Your Next Escrow Audit

Let’s face it. No one likes to be audited. It’s a pain and it takes up your valuable time. Chances are, you, like many others, just plain dread that email or phone call letting you know your annual audit is coming up. Unfortunately, it’s just one of those things that must be dealt with in …Read more

Marketing Your Title Agency

The other day, I spoke to a crowded room of independent agents at one of Stewart’s agency seminars in Scottsdale, AZ. I came to talk about what Stewart does to help them with their marketing needs. If you’ve never been to a meeting of title agents, let me try to paint the picture for you: …Read more

What is Cloud Computing?

There’s a lot of talk about “The Cloud” these days. Your eyes may glaze over at terms like cloud computing, SaaS (software as a service), IaaS (infrastructure as a service) and STaaS (storage as a service). But they all mean roughly the same thing: not knowing where your company’s data is hosted. You’ve probably used …Read more

The Race to Being Compliant

I don’t know about you, but the past few months have been a whirlwind to say the least. CFPB is here, and has infiltrated not only my brain, but our days, nights and business operations, as I am sure it has your’s too. As I sit in task force meetings to help to prepare to help you to be CFPB compliant, I am reminded of HUD 2010 initiative.