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Title Insurance Industry & Technology News 04/17/19
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Industry News
Cannabis Banking Bill Moves Forward
Legislation on cannabis banking continues to make its way through the House of Representatives, with one bill garnering approval by the Financial Services Committee....

Motivate And Train The Next Generation To Safeguard And Build Upon Your Legacy
It’s an ancient question that the most successful people have grappled with for millennia — from the earliest Stone Age farmers trying to make sure their land stayed in the family to the founder of a 21st century multibillion-dollar tech disruptor....

Report: Nearly 5 Million Homeowners Can Save on Their Mortgage
More than 4.9 million homeowners could see a drop in their interest rates if they refinanced their mortgage, according to a new analysis from Black Knight, an analytics provider....

The Neighborhoods Where Housing Costs Devour Budgets
Paying rent or a mortgage is never easy. But in thousands of neighborhoods across the country, it’s a burden of epidemic proportions....

The Hidden Horror of Hudson Yards Is How It Was Financed
Since its official unveiling last month, critics have been teeing off on Hudson Yards, the $25 billion office-and-apartment megaproject on Manhattan’s West Side....

Legal News
Changes to Michigan law could unravel restrictive covenants on real property
Changes to Michigan law that aim to clear up the issue of what property restrictions apply to a particular property could wind up producing big headaches for some homeowners unaware of the change....

Buying Property From a Seller Who Doesn’t Own it Yet | Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A.
The Central Florida real estate market is still relatively strong. As a result, some speculators have been placing single and multiple properties under contract for purchase, only to offer to sell the property that they don’t yet own to a Buyer for development....

Breaking Up Isn't Hard To Do… Lawyers Made An App For That!
The high cost of legal services may not phase Biglaw clients — outside of a few grumbles — but beyond corporate boardrooms, even the lowest-priced legal services elicit sticker shock from the average person....

Technology & Social Media
GeekWire Awards: Rising startup founders highlight Young Entrepreneur of the Year category
As part of our annual GeekWire Awards event, we recognize rising stars, under the age of 30, who are building startups in the Pacific Northwest....

Best’s Commentary: Blockchain an Enabler for Title Insurance, Not a Replacement
A blockchain initiative in the title insurance industry is an example of how early adoption of emerging technologies or a proactive insurtech partnership potentially may help insurance companies get ahead of or avert market disruption, according to an AM Best commentary....

World News
Australia - Paper certificates of title
From 1 October 2019, paper certificates of title will no longer be used and will cease to be an instrument under the Land Title Act....

Canada - Notice on title recommended for Lake Country hardware store for unsafe display
Lake Country’s chief building inspector is recommending council place a notice on title at Ace Hardware due to an unsafe structure made to display seasonal items....

Democratic Republic of Congo - 'Phones come at the price of shattered health and environment'
In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the cobalt rush comes at a steep price for the environment and local communities....

Canada - Fixed fees advertising in real estate ads questioned
Real estate lawyers continue to advertise fixed-fee services with exceptions, despite tighter restrictions passed by the Law Society of Ontario less than two years ago....

Title Agency & People in the News
OS National to Expand Headquarters Operations
The Georgia Department of Economic Development announced today that OS National LLC (OSN), a nationally recognized title and escrow provider, will create more than 1,000 jobs and invest more than $15 million in their headquarters in Gwinnett County....

Best Homes Title Rolls Out New Website
Michigan-based Best Homes Title Agency LLC has rolled out its new and improved website. The site which is available at the same address (BestHomesTitle.com) features separate sections for commercial and residential clients....

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.

Other Trending News
You Can Have This Historic Queens Diner For Free
Throughout the 20th century, the Kullman Dining Car Company manufactured scores of prefabricated diners, all to serve Americans jonesing for affordable, tasty meals (ideally)....

If not the diner, perhaps an Abandoned, Decaying Fort on a Private Island.
Pity Fort Montgomery. The years have not been kind to the three-story 19th-century structure falling to pieces in New York State where Lake Champlain meets the Richelieu River, right on the border between the United States and Canada....

The Last Howard Johnson's in Lake George, New York
Once there were hundreds of orange-roofed Howard Johnson's restaurants dotting highways across the United States. Now all that remains of the massive diner chain is a single restaurant in Lake George....

This Bathroom Has Us Mystified: Is It a Mirror or a Double Bathroom?
First there was the debate over the blue or gold dress, then Laurel or Yanny. Now comes, mirror or double bathroom....

Floating Cities Aren’t the Answer to Climate Change
Last week, at a roundtable at the United Nations headquarters in New York, a Tahitian entrepreneur named Marc Collins unveiled a new model for a “sustainable floating city”....


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