Industry & Technology news compliments of Marianne Mathieu
Title Insurance Industry & Technology News 02/21/18
Compliments of Marianne Mathieu
Industry Events
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Industry News
Real Estate execs dismiss bitcoin frenzy
BJ.com (Grand Rapids Business Journal) - A recent collaboration between a global property marketplace and the city of South Burlington, Vermont, could be the first in a growing trend of real estate transactions being recorded on the blockchain, but don’t expect the trend to hit the West Michigan market anytime soon.

How to revive historical Hotel Lincoln will have no bearing in title case, Baton Rouge attorney says
Louisiana Record - Whatever the outcome of a lawsuit against the former owners of the Hotel Lincoln is, it won't be over how best to preserve the historic property, a local commercial attorney said during a recent interview.

Fidelity Announces Brand Refresh for TitleWave
ALTA (American Land Title Association) - Fidelity National Title Group (FNTG) announced a new logo, tagline and website for TitleWave Real Estate Solutions.

BankThink Don’t reinvent the wheel on housing finance: Restore Fannie and Freddie
American Banker - Tackling the last piece of unfinished business from the 2008 financial crisis is a top priority for policymakers — the big question is how to do it.

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UWM launches virtual eClosings for purchases in 16 states
HousingWIre - United Wholesale Mortgage announced it is expanding its virtual eClosings to borrowers in 16 states, and making the option available to purchase borrowers.

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Legal News
Real Property, Financial Services, & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending February 9, 2018
JD Supra
Real Property Update:
Misrepresentation / Concealment
Proceedings Supplementary / Homestead
Foreclosure/Negotiability and Standing
Foreclosure/Attorneys’ Fees
Guaranty/Condition Precedent
Best Evidence Rule
and many more
Title Insurance Update:
Breach of Contract
Consequential Damages
Defect in Title
Diminution in Value
Expert Valuation of Property
and many more

BearWaters/apartment owners embroiled in property dispute
The Mountaineer - Trouble might be brewing for BearWaters. While the company is achieving undeniable success in Canton, the town's first brewery has hit a snag in the form of a property dispute that pits neighbor against neighbor and has led to an assault charge as well as a complicated lawsuit that could take years to sort out.

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Tech / Social Media
Webinars: How to Market and Sell Using Webinars
Social Media Examiner - Looking for a proven way to sell courses and consulting? Interested in boosting webinar attendance and conversions?

The Oddball Bromance Between Blockchain and Real Estate
Inc. - Would you put your house on the blockchain? What does that even mean? What about just buying property with cryptocurrency? These are the questions that cryptocurrency and real estate pioneers are investigating.

Cybersecurity and Real Estate: What Realtors Should Expect In 2018
Realty Biz - There was a time — it’s hard to say exactly how long ago — that cybersecurity was almost solely a concern for retailers, big business and finance. Over time, technology became more prominent in nearly every industry, and data grew as a commodity or form of value.

Title Agency & People in the News
John Marshall Law School Alumnus Establishes New Scholarship to Assist Real Estate Law Students
Nasdaq (GlobeNewswire) - Robert Neil Beaulieu, a graduate of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, has endowed a new scholarship at the law school. The scholarship, known as the Heritage Title Insurance Company Scholarship, will assist students who have demonstrated an interest in real estate law through their coursework or extracurricular activities.

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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.

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In Other News
Are China’s Days of Hot Drinking Water Over?
Atlas Obscura - Ask for a glass of water in an American or European restaurant and you will almost surely be served something room temperature or much colder. But that’s not the case everywhere. 

Why Isochrone Maps Are Enjoying a Renaissance
Atlas Obscura - As data sources keep improving, mapmakers keep finding more uses for the 19th-century invention.

How to Make Great Progress Using Accountability
QuickAndDirtyTips.com - Throughout all the procrastination, the delays, the distractions, and the interruptions, I’ve noticed one thing that happens over and over: people take precedence.

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