INDUSTRY EVENTS
Look For NEW Events Posted Since The Last Issue!
INDUSTRY NEWS
WASHINGTON — The same federal ban on marijuana that prevents legal cannabis businesses from opening checking accounts or taking credit cards also stops them from buying insurance...

In the commercial real estate data industry, access is key. With this in mind, one firm is attempting to secure what it calls “exclusive” partnerships with the biggest data providers — a move that has befuddled competitors...

As our economy’s uptick continues to favor buyers, developers often find large parcels of contiguous property spanning across acres of land for sale. Less experienced developers lacking knowledge and capital shy away from good investment and/or business opportunities because they are unsure of how to navigate complicated land use laws, regulations and ordinances promulgated by state and local governmental authorities...

Landlord-Tenant: rider to a lease, containing clear and unambiguous language, controlled over the terms in the lease and limited the increase in the operating expenses charged to the tenant by the fixed amount of 3 percent - Dezer Intracoastal Mall, LLC v. Seahorse Grill, LLC, No. 3D18-88 (Fla. 3d DCA July 3, 2019) (affirmed)...

Starting in 2021, New York City will become the first American city to impose congestion fees on vehicles entering the center of Manhattan. Intended to ease traffic congestion and also raise funding for repairs to the city’s aging subway system, congestion fees will be imposed electronically through technology similar to that for cashless tolling...

LEGAL NEWS
Dear Mr. Premack: I came across your article about Medicaid Estate Recovery Program and it seems exactly related to my situation. The seller of a house wants to sell the house to me, but he's worried they are going to go after him later for the proceeds so he's not sure...

Imagine for a moment that it has come time to sell the family homestead. Perhaps it belonged to grandparents, or perhaps the new generation simply has no one to farm the land and is selling to a neighboring farm owner... 

In California, lien priority is usually resolved by a straightforward examination of the time of creation or recordation with the County Recorder, which gives “constructive notice” of the lien to the world...

TECHNOLOGY & SOCIAL MEDIA
Business email compromise (BEC) continues to evolve as a prominent enterprise threat as cybercriminals adopt new tactics to manipulate employees into sending funds their way. They've learned from their mistakes to become more advanced and harder to detect...

The cybersecurity scenario is developing more complex constantly, with the coming years showing more difficulties than ever for organizations attempting to keep over their IT security. Cyber attacks develop increasingly determined and complex constantly, so it pays to keep over what’s to come in rising cybersecurity threats...

WORLD NEWS
Bottom up, crowd-sourced solutions, such as the use of community surveyors, means that locals share cell phone GPS locations, and community information about properties, to build a case that someone has a claim to a parcel of land, and share the evidence with governments...

TITLE AGENCY & PEOPLE IN THE NEWS
Name: “Deborah Steward”
Where were you born and raised?
“I was born in Harlingen, Texas, but my family moved to Gadsden when I was still an infant.”
What is your occupation?
“I am a Title Insurance Agent/Closing Agent with Elite Title Services, Inc. in Rainbow City. We close real estate transactions for Etowah and surrounding counties.”

Ingram said it is an honor to be recognized by Fidelity for meeting some of the highest standards in the title insurance industry. The award recognizes the hard work and dedication it takes to succeed in a competitive marketplace...

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
This story began in 1858 with the birth of my great-grandfather in a Russian shtetl. But the most recent chapter began six years ago at the Ashley Jewish Homesteaders Cemetery in Ashley, North Dakota...

Stairs are good for cardio. They're perfect for avoiding the wait for a slow elevator. And they can be marvels of architectural beauty and wonder. From grand, public thoroughfares such as the Yerevan Cascade in Armenia, to baroque, organic passages such as those in Portugal's Livraria Lello bookstore, stairways bring with them a sense of movement, accomplishment, even triumph—even when you're going down them...

I lived on the east coast of the US for many years, mostly in the Washington DC area. When I moved to California in 2000, I noticed right away something weird: We didn’t get thunderstorms. Rain, yes, but never huge downpours with lightning and thunder. That area of the country has the wrong geography for them...

Summer breeze: If you spend a lot of time on social media, you’ve probably run into the image below, showing a strip chock full of gas stations and fast food joints. It’s an easy target for jokes about the homogeneity of the car-centric American landscape; people often comment that this garish tangle of highway signage could be just about anywhere in the United States...

This month, the company unveiled its first completed model in South Florida. Well-heeled buyers can now put in an order for their very own yacht house. The price tag on these floating homes? Anywhere between $5.5 million and $10 million...

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