Category Archives: Title Agency

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

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