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Title Insurance Industry & Technology News 02/20/19
Compliments of Marianne Mathieu
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Industry News
Debunking 5 Myths About Opportunity Zone Investment
Connect Commercial Real Estate - Even as billions pour into Opportunity Zone funds, misconceptions persist on what exactly the Opportunity Zone program entails.

In Response to New Florida DFS Guidelines for Title Agents, PropLogix Launches New Payment Option
Digital Journal - In response to recent clarifications for title agents from the Florida Department of Financial Services (DFS) on third-party vendor fees, PropLogix has launched PropPay.

Real Property, Financial Services, & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending January 25, 2019
JD Supra

Real Property Update:
Trespass / Temporary Injunction
Standing / Foreclosure
Foreclosure / Deficiency
Foreclosure / Constructive Service
Financial Services Update:
TCPA / ATDS & Vicarious Liability Allegations
TCPA / Faxes / Commercial Purpose
FDCPA / Debt Collection Notice
Title Insurance Update:
Negligent Misrepresentation

Real Property, Financial Services, & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending January 18, 2019
JD Supra

Title Insurance Update:
Bad Faith
Zoning Exclusion
Regulation of Title Insurers

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
Virginia Federal Court Denies Title Agent’s Motion to Dismiss Title Insurer’s Action 
Lexology - The United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia recently denied a title agent’s motion to dismiss a claim brought by Stewart…

Louisville mayor proposes tripling tax on insurance premiums to close budget gap - Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has proposed tripling the city's tax on residents' insurance premiums for home, life, malpractice and other types of policies over the next four years to close a projected budget gap and prevent "devastating" cuts in public services.

New Jersey Appellate Court Holds County Recorders Are Not Authorized to Charge a Convenience Fee for Electronic Recording
Lexology - In a decision approved for publication, New Jersey’s Appellate Division held on February 11, 2019 that county registers or clerks may not “charge a…

Bay City Chamber sets agenda (Title Insurance Deregulation Opposition)
The Tribune - With Matagorda Day in Austin set for Feb. 19 and evening reception set for the State Capitol Second Floor West Wing at 6 p.m., the Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture finalized its Legislative agenda for the 86th Texas Legislative session.

Tech / Social Media
Remote E-Notarization: Are New Jersey and Pennsylvania About to Join the Club?
JD Supra / Holland & Knight - Legislative initiatives are being undertaken in New Jersey and Pennsylvania to join the growing list of states that have authorized the use of remote online notarizations (remote e-notarizations) by state-commissioned notaries. 

Marketing Tip for Real Estate and Title Companies: Leverage Local SEO
PropLogix - Having a website will be more important for small businesses that want to grow in the coming year

Page not found: Yelp is hiding reviews for iBuyers like Opendoor and Offerpad
The Real Deal - The decision was based on the “virtual nature” of the business model

World News
Government Champion of New Homes (England and Wales)
First Title (@1stTitle Twitter) - All new home developers come under the umbrella of the new ombudsman.

Title Agency & People in the News
Dinner honors female trailblazers
Bay Times and Record Observer - The Snowball Dinner for the Mary Edwardine Bourke Emory Foundation Inc. and the Maryland Museum of Women’s History honored five trailblazers during its inaugural awards Saturday, Feb. 9.

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.

Presidents Day
The most grammatically-infuriating holiday of the year
The Week - Is it Presidents Day, President's Day, or Presidents' Day? This might just be the greatest question of our time.

Which Quote Did Abraham Lincoln Actually Say?
Mental Floss - Test your knowledge: Is this something Abraham Lincoln said, or not? Sharpen your skills, I mean sharpen your axe!

Can You Match the Nickname to the U.S. First Lady?
Mental Floss - Who was the Enforcer? Who was the Hellcat? Test your First Lady nickname knowledge.

45 Amazing Facts About All 44 American Presidents
Mental Floss - In March 1789, the U.S. Constitution was officially enacted and the office of the President of the United States was established.

In Other News
The Town Where Retirees Can’t Retire
CityLab - In fast-aging pockets of rural America, older residents are going back to work. But not always because they need the money.

Is It the Title of a Young Adult Novel or the Name of a Motown Group?
Mental Floss - Give it a whirl. You may rock this quiz!

Shanghai Is Now Home to the World’s Longest 3D-Printed Bridge
Mental Floss - Small items like toys and shoes aren't the only things 3D printers can make.

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