Industry & Technology news compliments of Marianne Mathieu
Title Insurance Industry & Technology News 10/24/18
Compliments of Marianne Mathieu
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Industry News
They’ve met 475 Tuesdays in a row to help real estate pros rebound from the housing crash
Tampa Bay Times - A decade ago this fall, the U.S. economy was in crisis. The investment firm Lehman Brothers collapsed in the biggest bankruptcy in U.S. history. Major banks were about to fail. The stock market plunged.

Two Major Players in Housing Market to Merge
The M Report - Pretium Partners, LLC has announced it has agreed to acquire Selene Holdings LLC from Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. and Ranieri Partners, LLC. 

Stacking Up Yard Sizes by State
REALTOR® Magazine - The average residential lawn in America is about a quarter of an acre (or 10,871 square feet), but the number can vary greatly depending on where you live.

Notice and opportunities to comment
CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) - Check here for notices and opportunities to comment posted by the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (BCFP). These requests can include: proposed rules, requests for information, and Paperwork Reduction Act notices that give the public an opportunity to comment on certain planned or existing reporting, record keeping, and disclosure requirements.

Legal News
A Lump Sum Payment of Delinquent Taxes Isn’t Enough for Adverse Possession
JD Supra - As detailed in prior posts here and here, to establish a claim for adverse possession, a plaintiff must prove the following elements:

Closing Attorneys Call Hardwick Trial a 'Wake-Up Call,' Verdict a Relief
Daily Report - Atlanta closing attorneys said the trial showed the importance of proper oversight—and the jury's swift guilty verdict underlined how egregious Nat Hardwick's conduct had been.

Bank Must Face Claim of Stalling Wall Street Condo Sale
Law 360 - A Manhattan trial judge ruled Friday that real estate firm Bleckner PC can sue Signature Bank for refusing to let the firm put a $14 million down payment on a building...

Man Sentenced for Using Forged Deeds to Steal Homes
Mortgage Fraud Blog - Robert McCloud, 39, most recently of Warrenville, South Carolina, was sentenced today to 18 months in prison on a federal wire fraud charge stemming from a real estate scheme in which he and others used forged deeds and fake driver’s licenses to fraudulently transfer ownership of District of Columbia homes from the rightful owners.

Tech / Social Media
The Next Cybersecurity Threat: Your Email Inbox
Banking Exchange - The FBI noted that these scams have increased 136% worldwide from December 2016 to May 2018

Title Agency & People in the News
Hammond, Provencher vie for York County Register of Deeds
Journal Tribune - A high school teacher with a background in public health and a senior title insurance underwriter are each vying to become York County’s next register of deeds.

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.

In Other News
'Hobbit Houses' for Sale: 7 Listings So Precious, Bilbo Baggins Would Approve®  - Wish you had a "hobbit house"—you know, those quaint little lodges where Frodo, Bilbo, and other 4-foot-tall halflings lived in J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy? Well you're in luck.

For Sale: The Entire Contents of a Colorado Theme Park
Atlas Obscura - In the market for a roller coaster? Here’s your chance.

Mule Deer Are Eating Away at the Most Massive Living Thing in the World
Atlas Obscura - These are unpredictable times for Earth’s biggest organisms. A 90-acre fungus in Michigan has been growing and now, researchers say, a grove of 47,000 genetically identical trees in Utah has been shrinking.

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