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Title Insurance Industry & Technology News 01/10/18
Compliments of Marianne Mathieu
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6 critical questions as housing finance reform heats up
American Banker - The Senate Banking Committee is expected to soon release a bipartisan bill that would significantly reshape the housing finance market, but key issues remain unresolved. 

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WATCH: The Real Deal’s reporters on what the industry needs to watch out for this year
The Real Deal - The Real Deal sees real estate as the perfect lens through which to view how money and power work in New York. Our reporters have ringside – and sometimes courtroom – seats to the blood sport of the business.

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Check back here on to watch Assembly Hearing on Recent Title Insurance Regulations in New York State | January 12, 2018 at 10:00 AM
AW:NY - Public Hearing Examining Recent Title Insurance Regulations...

7 things a surveyor wants a title agent to know
Prop Logix - Land surveys are an important but often overlooked part of real estate due diligence.

Tridster and Demotech Partner to Help Consumers Make Better-Informed Decisions on Title Insurance
Cision PRWeb - Tridster, the leading price comparison provider for title insurance and settlement services, announced today that it is partnering with Demotech, an independent financial analysis firm that evaluates and rates the financial stability of insurance companies. 

Considering A Merger? 10 Questions to Answer First
JD Supra - Here are 10 questions you should answer before having a conversation with another firm:

Legal News
Slate of New Housing Bills Take Effect January 1, 2018
JD Supra - Governor Brown signed into law a slate of 15 new housing bills last fall. Three of those bills that related to funding sources for housing went into effect immediately, while the other 12 took effect on January 1, 2018.

Report: Occupants have no claim
The Garden Island - The two leaders of a mainly Native Hawaiian group occupying the former Coco Palms resort in Wailua apparently have no ownership rights to the property, according to papers obtained by The Garden Island, despite their contentions in the civil ejectment case against them in District Court.

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How to Protect Your Company's Customer Lists as Trade Secrets
The National Law Journal - Customer lists are often among a company’s most valuable assets, especially in the era of digital marketing and online purchasing. If you advertise on social media, sell products on a mass scale online, or even run a small internet-based business, tracking information about the purchasers of your products or services can translate into real dollars for your company.

Tech / Social Media
"You Like Me. Right Now, You Like Me!" - How to Turn Your Webinar Data Into Business Development Action Items
JD Supra - The headline of this piece is a nod to actress Sally Field, who, after a somewhat unorthodox career, won an Oscar in 1984 for her role in “Places in the Heart.” There are so many marketing lessons there, but I’ll focus on two: “like,” and, most importantly, “now.”

Facebook and Google are free. They shouldn't be.
The Week - Most everyone takes it for granted that Facebook, Google, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram are free. But we all might be better off if we had to pay for these services.

Vendor Surf, a New Mortgage Industry Search Engine, to Revolutionize the Sourcing of Vendor Partners for Mortgage Operations
Cision PRWeb - Vendor Surf, LLC, a mortgage industry technology company located in St. Louis, Missouri, announces the launch of a new search engine, http://www.VendorSurf.com. Vendor Surf encompasses the entire mortgage ecosystem – from originations through secondary markets – and features an industry-wide vendor directory that supports virtually all industry roles and departments.

In Other News
Found: A Special, Mind-Bogglingly Large Prime Number
Atlas Obscura - Many wondrous finds are tangible: You can pluck a bottle from the waves or brush soil from a pottery sherd in the ground. But some discoveries are no less wondrous for being abstract.

100 years of snowmen
The Week - The upside to a long, freezing winter is the season's timeless mascot: the simple snowman.

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Remembering the Astronaut Who Smuggled a Sandwich Into Space
Atlas Obscura - John Young, who died last Friday at the age of 87, was the longest-serving astronaut in NASA history. Since his first flight in 1965, Young spent 835 hours in space and walked on the moon. By all accounts, he had a stellar career. But it was almost derailed by a corned beef sandwich.

Title Agents Go Nationwide
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Marianne Mathieu, NTP
Vice President/National Agency Accounts
Fidelity National Title Group
347-987-0677