Industry & Technology news compliments of Marianne Mathieu
Title Insurance Industry & Technology News 01/09/19
Compliments of Marianne Mathieu
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Industry News
Is the Federal Shutdown Impacting the Housing Market?
National Mortgage Professional - Is the ongoing partial shutdown of the federal government having an impact on the housing market? One new survey found only minimal disruption, while another pointed to a more significant concern.

The 10 Surprising Housing Markets Poised to Rule in 2019® - Going into the new year, just about everyone has heard the big news: The real estate market is slowing down.

Opportunity Zones Can Affect Your North Carolina Real Estate Investments
JD Supra - On Friday, October 19, 2018, the Treasury Department issued its proposed regulations on the Opportunity Zones program. The proposed regulations provide some clarity and answers to many uncertainties surrounding the program.

Marijuana business has big plans for Benton Harbor, MI
The Herald-Palladium - NoBo Michigan plans to make Benton Harbor its state headquarters for its medical marijuana business, said Bill Stohler, director of the affiliate of NoBo Partners in Colorado.

Notice and opportunities to comment
CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) - Check here for notices and opportunities to comment posted by the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (BCFP). These requests can include: proposed rules, requests for information, and Paperwork Reduction Act notices that give the public an opportunity to comment on certain planned or existing reporting, record keeping, and disclosure requirements.

Legal News
Russian attorney, who attended Trump Tower meeting, indicted for obstructing real estate money laundering investigation
The Real Deal - The lawyer's client, Prevezon Holdings, was accused of laundering millions into luxury Manhattan properties.

Jury Hits Atlanta with $1M Verdict Over Unrepaired Sewer Line
Daily Report (Powered by - The plaintiffs have been unable to live in the home since remodeling was halted in 2016 when a cracked, century-old sewer line was discovered running beneath the house.

RESPA Class Action Case Cannot Survive Scrutiny under Spokeo or Menominee
JD Supra - On December 7, 2018, a federal court in Maryland issued an important ruling in a Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”) case ...

When the Smoke Clears
M Report - California lenders must brush up on the impact of the Full Credit Bid Rule in light of recent wildfires.

Tech / Social Media
Buying and Selling Property with Bitcoin Is More Complex Than It May Seem - Buying and selling property using cryptocurrency is less straightforward than was first assumed. The handful of mortgage lenders and realtors who were initially keen are now reluctant to accept crypto deposits due to money laundering fears.

World News
Canada’s Respect for the Rule of Law and Its Sacred Obligation to First Nations (Canada)
Dissident Voice - "It is time for a renewed, nation-to-nation relationship with First Nations peoples, one that understands that the constitutionally guaranteed rights of First Nations in Canada are not an inconvenience but rather a sacred obligation."

Title Agency & People in the News
Maxine Waters: Much of my work will be undoing Mulvaney's 'damage' to CFPB
The Hill- Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said one of her top priorities will be undoing the damage by former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau chief Mick Mulvaney now that Democrats control the House.

Broker, Homeless Man Create Real Estate Tour de Force
Realtor Magazine® - A real estate broker and a homeless man have become unlikely partners.
A Good Samaritan returned a lost $10,000 check to Roberta Hoskie of Outreach Realty Services in New Haven, Conn., after it went missing nearly a year ago. 

Title Agents Go Nationwide
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In Other News
Map: Where Americans Are on the Move
Realtor Magazine® - Vermont has been actively working to bring in more new residents, and the state may be having some success in its mission. Vermont was the state with the highest percent of inbound moves in 2018 ...

Log Cabins? No, These Wooden Buildings Are High-Rises
The New York Times - Developers have not used wood for much other than houses since the horse-and-buggy days. But the knotty building material is making a comeback.

The True Story of the Lost Sci-Fi Movie 'Brainstorm,' Natalie Wood’s Last Film
Popular Mechanics - It had big stars, it foretold virtual reality, and the director was the special-effects wizard behind 2001: A Space Odyssey. So why have you never heard of this movie?

If You Can Correctly Pronounce Every Word in This 1920s Poem, You’re Among the English-Speaking Elite
Mental Floss - English is a tricky language to learn. Native speakers may take this for granted, failing to realize how intricate—and inconsistent—many of its pronunciation rules are.

Marianne Mathieu, NTP
Vice President/National Agency Accounts
Fidelity National Title Group