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Title Insurance Industry & Technology News 05/15/19
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Industry News
The Monumental Disruption of iBuyers
A new, highly disruptive home-selling option known as iBuyers (instant buyers) has clearly emerged: Home sellers are excited. Real estate agents are nervous.....

Broward woman discovers new home has fiery history
(WSVN) - Surprises are great, unless they are bad news — and when you buy a house, then find out it was in a fire five years ago, that’s terrible. And then it got worse for one new South Florida homeowner.....

How a Swimming Pool Use Schedule Violated the Fair Housing Act
Many people stereotype musical instruments. For instance, people think of the flute and harp as feminine instruments while the trumpet and drums are considered masculine.....

Washington Real Estate Law Update: Increases and Changes to the Washington Real Estate Excise Tax
Washington currently imposes a real estate excise tax (“REET”) on the sale or transfer of real property in the state at a rate of 1.28% of the selling price. Local governments can.....

Escrow Agent Responsibilities: Robot or Rogue?
Real estate transactions occur all the time whether in the residential or commercial context. Notwithstanding a familial transfer, the arms-length transaction includes a buyer, a seller, and sometimes a bank.....

Josh Duggar BEGS Judge to Remove His Name From Latest Scandal
Even Duggar fans were hesitant to celebrate the news that Anna Duggar is pregnant with baby #6. Imagine the burden and stigma of growing up with that creep Josh Duggar as your father! After all of those scandals!....

Author Joe Grabas: “Owning New Jersey” – Researching Your House History
Joe Grabas joins us to share his knowledge and expertise in researching land titles and to discuss how to research your own house history.....

Legal News
Subdivision Owned Lake: Missouri Supreme Court Addresses Riparian Rights of Adjacent Landowner
The Supreme Court of Missouri addressed in an April 30th opinion a riparian rights issue associated with an artificial body of water. See Incline Village Board of Trustees v. Elder, 2019 WL 1912218....

Colorado Court of Appeals clarifies that a finding of irreparable harm is not required to enter a permanent injunction to enforce an easement
On March 21, 2019, the Colorado Court of Appeals issued its opinion in Rinker v. Colina-Lee, holding for the first time that the “irreparable harm” element typically required to grant a....

Maryland Bankruptcy Court Determines Priority of Homeowner Association Fees versus Mortgage Lender's Deed of Trust
In 2017, the Maryland Court of Appeals in the case of Select Portfolio Servicing, Inc. v. Saddlebrook West Utility Company, 455 Md. 313 (2017) (“Saddlebrook”) held that a provision in a recorded declaration....

Court Refuses to Dismiss Claim Based on Allegations that a Real Estate Marketing Company’s Co-Marketing Program Violated RESPA’s Anti-Kickback Provision
A federal district court recently refused to dismiss a complaint alleging that a real estate marketing company operated its “co-marketing program” among real-estate agents and mortgage lenders in a manner that violated....

Technology & Social Media
Home sales held up; Baltimore ransomware attack cripples systems vital to real estate deals
The ransomware attack on Baltimore city’s government computers has shut down systems essential for completing home sales, putting a halt....

A Smart City Is Rarely Smart Enough to Account for People’s Feelings
Can technology solve cities? During economic booms, we tend to apply the philosophy of the zeitgeist too broadly. But what’s good for the goose isn’t necessarily good for the gander....

World News
Advertorial: First Title expands offering with introduction of new online title insurance platform
First Title has today launched its new online platform aimed at reducing response times for 25 of its most popular known risk title insurance policies....

Aborginal title: What it means for Elsipogtog First Nation
Elsipogtog First Nation took a step toward self-determination on Thursday, according to the federal Crown-Indigenous relations minister....

Title Agency & People in the News
Spano Abstract expands team
Garden City, N.Y.-based Spano Abstract has expanded its team with the addition of a client relationship specialist and a clearance officer, the company announced....

9th Annual Stomp The Blues Out of Homelessness Benefits Area Charities
Blues enthusiasts in the Springfield area will be busy the next two weekends. Tonight it's a concert by Anthony Gomes. Next Saturday May 18 is the 9th annual "Stomp The Blues Out of Homelessness" music festival....

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
Float Away Any Summertime Blues: 7 Homes With Lavish Lazy River Pools
May flowers are in full bloom, the school year is winding down, and temperatures are creeping steadily into the sweat zone...

Canadian Ingenuity: Kate Rice canoed, hunted and prospected
Wherever she went, Kate Rice always had a particular item with her. It wasn’t a locket, it wasn’t a wallet, nor medication. The item was something every prospector girl needed when working by herself in the wilderness. It was a rifle....

Here Grows New York City, a Time Lapse of NYC’s Street Grid from 1609 to the Present
Using geological surveys, geo-referenced road network data, and historic maps drawn the from the collections of the Library of Congress and New York Public Library, Miles Zhang made this time lapse video....


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