Industry & Technology news compliments of Marianne Mathieu
Title Insurance Industry & Technology News 11/07/18
Compliments of Marianne Mathieu
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Industry News
A.M. Best Analysts: Interest Rates, Storms, Fires Constrain Title Sector Growth
AM Best TV - Meg Mulry, associate director, and David Blades, senior research analyst, review the state of the U.S. title insurance sector, which has seen slowing growth and profitability.

Blockchain could speed home buying — once the hurdles are cleared
Real Estate by & - Text

Walmart has an outside-the-box vision for the future of its parking lots, empty land
Austin Business Journal - The world's largest retailer wants to transform some of its sprawling acreage nationwide into welcoming town centers that would replace asphalt and undeveloped lots with parks, walking paths, water features, restaurants and shops — maybe even housing.

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
Nevada Supreme Court Holds CPL Does Not Protect Loan Assignee
Lexology - The Nevada Supreme Court recently held that the assignee of a deed of trust was not entitled to bring a claim against the title insurance company arising out of the closing protection letter.

Florida’s Second DCA Clarifies on Standing if New Case is Commenced While the Clerk Possesses the Note
JD Supra - On October 31, 2018, Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal recently distinguished two of its prior opinions and held that a foreclosure plaintiff does not lose its standing as a holder of a negotiable instrument if it surrenders a promissory note ... 

Record from the Comfort of Home – Maryland Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act
JD Supra - On May 8, 2018, Governor Hogan signed Maryland House Bill 1093, also known as the Maryland Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act (the “Act”). 

The Land and Everything that Goes with it: How Community Association Restrictions "Run with the Land"
JD Supra - It may be hard to believe, but community associations ("Associations") occasionally deal with homeowners who don't think they are required to pay assessments.

Reversionary interests are always vested
JD Supra - It has been a fundamental principle of American property law that reversionary interests, whether legal or equitable, are always vested.

2 Recent Decisions May Affect Your Cyber Policy
Law 360 - In decades past, crime was associated with physical attacks on persons and companies, such as theft of physical possessions or bank robberies at gunpoint. The increasing pace of technology has caused ...

Tech / Social Media
3 ways for real estate agents to rank higher on Google
Inman - Ranking well in search can be a game changer for your real estate business. By showing up for valuable search queries, you can get free organic traffic, which can ultimately lead to more clients.

In Danger? Your Lapel Pin Can Help
REALTOR® Magazine - Your REALTOR® pin lets consumers know you’re a professional who subscribes to a code of ethics. But it can also be transformed into a secret way to let a dispatcher know you’re in trouble.

'Uber of real estate': App delivers on-demand home showings in NJ and Philly
Courier Post - Some say real estate is all about location, but Josh Evans knows timing is just as crucial.

World News
Trang official caught for falsifying title deeds (Thailand)
Bangkok Post - A Trang land official and two accomplices have been arrested for allegedly colluding in falsifying title deeds for 95 rai of land in Hua Hin resort town with an estimated value of over 950 million baht.

What is rightfully yours (India)
Governance Now - The mess of title verification of lands can be simplified with political will. And there have been welcome initiatives of late

Bank attaches dead priest’s property, family delays burial (Uganda)
Daily Monitor - The family of the late Rev Fr Peter Kasooli Bwayo, whose body has been lying in the mortuary for the past seven months after it was exhumed, has decided to delay the reburial plans after learning that Centenary Bank has attached the deceased’s property over nonpayment of a loan.

Title Agency & People in the News
Binghamton attorney censured for misrepresentation
Press Connects - A Binghamton attorney has been censured by the state's Attorney Grievance Committee for misrepresenting himself as an agent for a title insurance company.

After investing big in Miami real estate, these Argentines held in corruption scandal
Miami Herald - After arresting four people — including the owner of a Miami-area realty firm — authorities in Argentina appear to have unraveled the mystery of a $65 million property empire that included luxury condos in South Florida and New York City ...

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
Cat-astrophe? Feisty Feline Traps Agent at Showing
REALTOR® Magazine - Cassie Sonnentag, a real estate pro with Century 21 Affiliated in Altoona, Wis., has heard the phrase “guard dog,” but she had never come across a “guard cat”—that is, until she was recently trapped at a showing by a crazed cat. 

This Law School Is Hitting the Road—On a Seven-Person Bike
National Law Journal - Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law is the first university program in the United States to obtain a conference bike, which seats seven and lets groups conduct meetings as they cycle around town.

How Do You Move A Bookstore? With A Human Chain, Book By Book
NPR - When October Books, a small radical bookshop in Southampton, England, was moving to a new location down the street, it faced a problem. How could it move its entire stock to the new spot, without spending a lot of money or closing down for long?

Behold! The World’s Largest Beaver Dam
Mental Floss - In 2007, an ecologist named Jean Thie was scanning the Alberta wilderness with Google Earth in an effort to study permafrost melt in the Canadian wild. But then something unusual appeared on his screen ...

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