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Real Property & Financial Services Update: Week Ending August 16, 2019
Construction / Statute of Repose: the installation of an attic ladder is an improvement to real property; thus, the ten-year statute of repose of section 95.11(3)(c) applies - Harrell v. The Ryland Group, No. 1D18-3728 (Fla. 1st DCA Aug. 13, 2019) (affirmed)

The Surprising Way Real Estate Agents Are Adapting To "iBuyers" Buying Houses Directly From Sellers
One of the biggest trends in the residential real estate industry in recent years has been the introduction of the so-called “iBuyer” companies like Opendoor, OfferPad and Zillow Offers that buy houses directly from homeowners and then resell the houses.

Real Estate Firm Will Now Publish Agent Commissions On All Home Listings
A new survey shows that nearly 40% of recent homebuyers don’t understand how their real estate agent was paid. Another 13%? They have “no idea” how much their agent was paid or even where the money came from.

Reaching Customers in a Digital Age
Having a website that’s mobile friendly and being able to connect with clients on their smart phones is vital these days, according to a new report from the National Association of Realtors.

Buying Your First Home? A Look at 20-Year Trends
There are fewer people buying a first-home these days, but of those entering the real estate market, more are unmarried, Asian, or Hispanic.  

Foreclosure Sale: borrowers failed to allege adequate equitable factors and make proper showing to justify setting aside foreclosure sale, but instead re-litigate issues determined in underlying foreclosure judgment - Aparicio v. Deutsche Bank Nat'l Trust Co., etc., No. 3D19-0399 (Fla. 3d DCA Aug. 21, 2019) (affirming denial of motion to set aside sale)

City owns land, group says
HUDSON — The city is seeking a title search for 4.4 acres of waterfront property south of the dock utilized by gravel company A. Colarusso and Son, but members of a local citizens’ group say the property was already proven to belong to the city and it should be returned for public use.

Title 55 has been repealed, long live Title 55.1: Tools to ease the transition from Title 55 to Title 55.1.
Effective October 1, 2019, Title 55 will be repealed and recodified as Title 55.1. What does this mean for you? If you work in any field relating to real estate, it will have a variety of effects.

Landowner Rights in Conflict – The Issue of Forced Pooling
Forced pooling has been a hot courtroom issue of late in oil and gas producing regions. At issue is the balance between efficient retrieval of minerals and individual property rights. Since pooling is governed at the state level, there are differences in landowner options and rights when he or she wishes to opt out of drilling beneath their property.

Australian state ends land title amid protests over mine
The Queensland government has extinguished native title over 1,385 hectares of Wangan and Jagalingou country for the proposed Adani coal mine in the Australian state’s Galilee Basin without any public announcement of the decision.

What you need to know about the land owner transparency act
The Land Owner Transparency Act (British Columbia) ("LOTA" or the "Act") received royal assent on May 16, 2019 and will be in force once regulations are passed. LOTA is part of the government's efforts to bring enhanced visibility on the ownership of land in British Columbia. 

Profile: County Recorder's Office
Brenda Huff is your County Recorder; she began working in the Recorder’s Office in 2000, under the direction of Sandra Wilt. In 2006, she was appointed to the position of County Recorder and has three times been elected.

The Josh Costner Story | Trendsetters
The year 2009 was a memorable one — the U.S. launched its final space mission to the Hubble Telescope, the H1N1 strain of the flu was declared a global pandemic and Barack Obama was inaugurated as the country’s first African-American president.

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 Brickyard in Chilmark, Massachusetts
The Brickyard was, well, an operation brickyard on the north shore of Chilmark in Martha’s Vineyard. Established in 1642, the Brickyard was the first of its kind in New England, and passed through multiple owners until it was decommissioned in the late 19th century. 

The music drowns out the washing machine drowns out the toilet...
The music drowns out the washing machine drowns out the toilet helps you forget about the mirrors.

More Ground Gained With Abandoned Mine Lands
The 2019 Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Awards were announced by the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), for outstanding achievements and techniques in reclaiming lands previously mined.

Canadian Construction Company Builds House From 600,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles
A construction company in Canada has created a new way to turn plastic waste into environmentally friendly housing. Nova Scotia-based JD Composites, led by Joel German and David Saulnier, have built a three-bedroom home looking over the Meteghan River from more than 600,000 plastic water bottles.

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