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Two Weeks After Cyberattack, Baltimore Is Still Hobbled
BALTIMORE—About 10,000 city government computers here remain frozen two weeks after a disruptive cyberattack that has delayed home sales and halted water bills...

Overview of 2019 Title Insurance
Set forth below is an updated schedule of suggested "Maximum Risk" amounts for the largest title insurance companies in the United States, as well as a number of their smaller affiliates and independent title insurance companies active in particular states or regions...

Baltimore to Get Property Sales Moving Amid Cyber Attack
Baltimore, Md., officials say they have a plan to get the city’s real estate market moving again in the midst of a crippling ransomware attack. A manual workaround for property sales during the recovery will begin Monday...

CFPB Releases Factsheet Regarding Applicability of Loan Estimates and Closing Disclosures for Assumption Transactions
On May 1, 2019, the CFPB  released  a factsheet addressing whether a Loan Estimate and Closing Disclosure are required under the TRID Rule for certain assumption transactions.

Arizona Mechanics' Lien Rights Expand Under New Law
New legislation (SB 1304) is amending A.R.S. § 33-992.01 (governing “preliminary twenty-day notices”) to increase the “lien reach” of Arizona 20-day Preliminary Notices to 30% (up from the 20% we’ve known for decades)...

RESPA-Based Securities Claims Against Online Real Estate Database Survive
On April 19, 2019, a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington denied an online real estate database company’s motion to dismiss a putative class action by investors alleging RESPA violations...

What A Quitclaim Deed Is – And, More Importantly, What It Is Not
“And if you believe that, I have a bridge I’ll sell you!” We’ve all heard this shop-worn expression. Its origin is the shenanigans of George C. Parker, who was famous (or, rather, infamous) for selling the Brooklyn Bridge multiple times to new, unsuspecting immigrants at the turn of the century...

Groundwater Law Continues To Evolve – Texas Landowners Be Ready
You have just arrived on the new ranch property you just purchased, leaving the rat race of city life and ready to get to work on the land...

Farmers' unions and activists, on Tuesday, have asked the Telangana government to conduct a comprehensive survey of the land in the state before proceeding with the Title Guarantee Act....

Special Incentive for Property Buyers: A Foreign Passport
When Natalia Yavorska and her husband first considered buying a holiday retreat somewhere warmer than their Ukrainian homeland, they were drawn to the Canary Islands...

Boise-based TitleOne acquires Sandpoint Title Insurance Inc.
TitleOne, a Boise-based title and settlement services provider, has acquired Sandpoint Title Insurance Inc.“We saw a strategic opportunity to increase our footprint and become the leading title company in the region,”...

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.

The Terrible Truth About This ‘Viral’ $7K Tiny House on Amazon
Amazon—the mega-retailer delivering everything from books to blenders, at blinding speed—has recently begun hawking a new type of product that’s apparently selling like hotcakes: tiny houses...

If you're heading to Phoenix in June for NS3, you can visit the Fry Bread House
The Fry Bread House is an award-winning eatery in downtown Phoenix that’s owned by members of the Tohono O’odham Nation.

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