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Title Insurance Industry & Technology News 03/13/19
Compliments of Marianne Mathieu
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How Freddie Mac is leading the way for women in real estate
Boston Agent Magazine - Although most Americans alive today have never known a world where women are absent from the workforce, most are still well aware of the discrimination and injustice that continues to plague working women. 

Can Micro-Real-Estate Developers Help Solve the Homelessness Crisis?
The New Yorker - Jesica Vasquez is a thirty-four-year-old caseworker at Housing Works, a homeless-services agency in Los Angeles. Her job—to help people, many of them struggling with mental illness and addiction, find and remain in housing ...

The Most Affordable Town to Own a Home in Every State® - Everyone loves to gawk over the most expensive and exclusive places to live. That's why earlier this week,®'s data team published a story on the most expensive neighborhood in every state.

NYSLTA releases consumer guide
The New York State Land Title Association (NYSLTA) has released a new consumer information guide for potential buyers and homeowners.

Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees: Financing Your Cannabis Real Estate
JD Supra - The cannabis industry is heavily dependent on real estate: cannabis needs to be grown, processed, and sold, and you can’t do any of that without physical space.

Lock up the meds: Opioid epidemic hits real estate industry
Public Opinion - Health care workers and law enforcement agents have long been on the front lines of the opioid crisis, and now another type of professional is joining the battle. 

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
6 takeaways from CFPB chief's visit to Capitol Hill
American Banker - In her appearance before the House Financial Services Committee Thursday, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Kathy Kraninger gave the panel's Democratic majority little assurance that she would reverse decisions ...

Consumer advocate: Bill would increase costs of buying a home in Utah
St. George News - In the last week of the legislative session, a bill that is one step away from the governor’s desk has been giving some consumer advocates and members of the title insurance and reality industries heartburn.

Maryland General Assembly Considers Two Bills That Would Expand a Condominium’s Priority Lien
JD Supra - Senate Bill 374 and House Bill 250, pending in the Maryland General Assembly, would expand the portion of a condominium’s lien that has a priority over a first mortgage or first deed of trust.

Landowner Challenges Conservation Terms
Coastal Review Online - The owner of more than 12 wooded acres on Crab Point Bay that was set aside for conservation in 2003 has filed a civil case in Carteret County Superior Court seeking to remove deed restrictions on the property to allow the land to be sold and developed.

Former Rocker Sentenced in Nationwide Real Estate Scam
Mortgage Fraud Blog - Michael S. Davenport, 50, Santa Barbara, California, the former bass guitar player for the rock band, The Ataris, was sentenced on Wednesday for defrauding thousands of would-be renters and home-buyers throughout the United States from 2009 to 2016.

Tech / Social Media
Opinion: Mortgage lenders must embrace e-notarization to make digital loans
National Mortgage News - Across the country, states continue to grapple with whether — and how — to allow e-notarizations, a critical step in achieving the goal of widespread adoption of end-to-end digital real estate transactions.

Cyber Insurance: Consumer Friend or Foe?
Medill Reports Chicago - Warren Buffett is not eager for Berkshire Hathaway to be a pioneer in the “uncharted territory” of investing in cyber insurance. Yet cyber insurance is growing and evolving rapidly in response to a surge in demand and an increasing level of cyber threats.

Playing this video game taught a generation of planners how to design cities
The Real Deal - The groundbreaking city-building game "Sim City" got many players hooked on urban design for real

World News
SearchFlow launches Residential Abortive Transaction Insurance (United Kingdom)
Legal Futures - With a recent study showing that almost half of all house sales in England and Wales ‘fell through’ prior to completion in the last quarter of 2018, SearchFlow – the UK’s leading conveyancing search solutions provider – has launched a Residential ...

Who owns these multimillion-dollar properties in Vancouver? With this new registry, the public could soon find out (Canada)
The Star Vancouver - Perched on the top of a glass tower in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour neighborhood, the 6,459-square-foot condo is a glittering glass mansion in the sky, featuring two-story-high windows with stunning views ...

Title Agency & People in the News
A Detroit Woman is Teaching People in Brooklyn How to Buy Real Estate in Detroit - The native Detroiter says she seized the business opportunity to make a profit and improve her hometown.

New Hampshire Register of deeds to seek extra $500,000
The Conway Daily Sun - Carroll County Register of Deeds Lisa Scott and county commissioners will ask the county's legislative delegation on Monday for an additional $500,000 to properly maintain the county’s land-use records, which Scott says are disintegrating.

World War II veteran Sidney Holden mentored hundreds in land title industry
Missourian - Sidney Holden, who often went by the nickname “Buz,” is remembered by family and friends for his caring nature and sharp sense of humor.

Meet the Real Estate Appraiser of the World’s Most Gruesome Murder Sites
Rolling Stone - Randall Bell has appraised the sites of the most notorious crime scenes in history, from the JonBenét Ramsey house to the Heaven’s Gate mansion

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
Mint Milk
Gastro Obscura - Every March, Central New York shelves are stocked with glass bottles of green dairy.

How this woman won $10,000 by reading the fine print in her insurance contract
The Washington Post - Donelan Andrews has always been attuned to detail. “I have a folder for everything,” said Andrews, 59, a high school teacher who lives in Thomaston, Ga., about 65 miles south of Atlanta.

When Doing the Math Meant Breaking the Law
Now I Know - In 2013, an Oregon man named Mats Järlström and his wife got an unexpected and unwelcome piece of mail — a fine for $150. Mrs. Järlström, while driving in the town of Beaverton early that month, apparently ran a red light. 

Alabama company charts limits of cheating and honesty - Years later, they still tell stories at ProctorU about “the wig.” In Riverchase, ProctorU offers proctoring – monitoring of students during online exams – at any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for about 363 days out of the year.

Off-Street Parking: Every New Yorker's Dream
Terrible Real Estate Agent Photographs - Fasten your seat-belt? This is one parking spot that may not click.

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