Industry & Technology news compliments of Marianne Mathieu
Title Insurance Industry & Technology News 02/07/18
Compliments of Marianne Mathieu
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Letter: New York could eliminate deed stamps and taxes
Times Union - The editorial "Paying for a piece of graft," Jan. 17, and the article "Title insurance agencies go wild," Jan. 13, relative to title insurance tell only one side of a very poorly understood problem. 

Title Touches Everything: Streamlining Communications in Default Servicing
DS News - Title insurance and title-related products are an integral, and often expensive, part of the mortgage default process. Every aspect of default servicing touches title, from loss mitigation to REO disposition. 

CREW Network Foundation College Scholarships: Planting the seeds of change in CRE
CREW Network - The CREW Network Foundation scholarship program supports future female leaders as they pursue university-level education that will lead to careers in commercial real estate. 

Scholarship Program Sponsored by Fidelity National Title Group
ALTA (American Land Title Association) - The Fidelity National Title Group Scholarship will award 10 recipients complimentary registration to ALTA SPRINGBOARD. 

When Minutes Matter: a step-by-step guide to wire fraud recovery
CERTIFID - There’s not another emergency plan of action like this available to the real estate and mortgage industry. And if you think the risk doesn’t apply to you as a lender, broker, title company or realtor, think again.

Legal News
In Massachusetts, Lost Notes Create Headaches for Services
DS News - In Massachusetts, in the seminal decision Eaton v. Federal National Mortgage Association, 462 Mass.569 (2012), the Supreme Judicial Court has held that the statutory power of sale can only be exercised by a party who held the mortgage by assignment and was either the holder of the note or was acting as the agent for the holder at the time of the publication of the notice of sale. 

Tech / Social Media
Now, a New Solution to Streamline Real Estate Transactions
M Report - Florida-based Black Knight Inc., a software, data, and analytics solutions provider for the mortgage and real estate industry, announced on Monday that the first phase of its new solution LoanSphere Expedite Close would be available this year.

How to Maximize Every Conference and Event You Attend (and Build Your Professional Brand)
JD Supra - Professional conferences and events are great opportunities to position yourself as a thought leader. Offering value-added, educational content to your peers during (and after) a conference is a strategic way enhance your professional stature (and can often lead to great opportunities). 

Title Agency & People in the News
Fidelity Names Day New Agency President
Business Wire - Steven G. Day, NTP, has been promoted to the position of President of National Agency Operations for Fidelity National Title Group. In this position, Day will oversee Fidelity’s network of over 5,000 agents across the country.

Driggs Title Agency brings gamification to workplace
AZ Big Media - The thrill of games, achievements and collectibles is entering the workplace at Driggs Title Agency with the launch of Kindness Kwest.  Kindness Kwest brings gamification, the concept of points or rewards through the completion of tasks, to employees to get them learning and building better relationships.  

Title Agents Go Nationwide
For agents interested in growing their businesses by expanding into multiple states, we’re here to make the process simple and profitable. We offer you one point of contact to streamline your options and solutions.

In Other News
A Peek at Famous Readers’ Borrowing Records From a Private New York Library
Atlas Obscura - Thanks to carefully maintained circulation info, we know when Alexander Hamilton checked out Goethe.

The Man Who Owned Google for a Minute
Now That I know, That's Half the Battle - It’s such a common behavior that we’ve turned it into a verb — “to google.” And if Google were to disappear, even momentarily, that would be a very inconvenient thing for us. For Sanmay Ved, though, it was quite fortunate.

Thousands of Birds Join Murmuration
BBC News - Tens of thousands of starlings have been thrilling RSPB reserve visitors with an aerial ballet before settling down to roost.

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