Industry & Technology news compliments of Marianne Mathieu
Title Insurance Industry & Technology News 11/14/18
Compliments of Marianne Mathieu
Industry Events
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Industry News
Big Night of Midterm Wins for REALTORS®
REALTOR® Magazine - REALTOR®-supported candidates across the country at the federal, state, and local levels scored wins that promise to benefit the real estate industry’s goals of strong communities and healthy residential and commercial property markets.

He Never Missed a Payment, But the Bank Still Foreclosed on His Home Anyway
National Mortgage Professional Magazine - Marcus Green knows the stress and anger of a customer-service nightmare.

A Big Tax Break for Socially Responsible Investing
The New York Times - Steve Baird runs a Chicago real estate firm that is in its fifth generation. It’s a big operation that serves some of the nicest areas in the city and suburbs with brokerage, mortgage and title insurance services.

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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
Ohio Court Holds Stolen Cryptocurrency Constitutes Covered Property Under Homeowner’s Policy
JD Supra - A little over a month ago, a judge in Franklin County, Ohio, held that Bitcoin—a popular form of cryptocurrency—constitutes covered “property” under the terms of a traditional homeowner’s policy.

IL regulators fine title agency PNTN $14M for letting lawyers not registered as agents sell title insurance
Cook County Record - An organization which provides services to and promotes the role of attorneys in the title transfer process in real estate transactions has come under the scrutiny of state regulators, which has ordered $14 million in fines ...

Chicanery and the Tierra Amarilla Land Grant
The Pagosa Springs Sun - Last week’s column featured the beginning of a dissertation on the Tierra Amarilla (TA) Land Grant, which included the southeastern part of Archuleta County we are referring to as the Banded Peaks area.

Tech / Social Media
The Top 5 Products from This Year’s PropTech Summit
Commercial Observer - This year’s MIPIM PropTech Summit might have been the year of the blockchain as exhibitors like Meridio and i-House focused on bringing real estate to the crypto community, but there were plenty of other startups on display.

Housing is the Second Highest Industry for Cyberattacks
REALTOR® Magazine - The real estate industry is being increasingly targeted by cybercriminals. A new report from the cybersecurity firm eSentire shows that real estate was the second highest industry hit with malware events in the second quarter of 2018.

World News
The Law of The Land (Singapore)
Asian Scientist - Understanding how different jurisdictions handle complex land title disputes can yield important lessons for the future development of property law, says SMU Assistant Professor Alvin See.

Title Agency & People in the News
Title executive Jeffrey Gammell talks commercial activity trends
Dayton Business Journal - A title executive and attorney, named to the Dayton Business Journal's inaugural Who’s Who in Real Estate, talks about the current trends in lending and commercial market activity.

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
Dutch man, 69, starts legal fight to identify as 20 years younger
The Guardian - Motivational speaker Emile Ratelband compares bid to alter age to gender change.

Shame of Thrones
Terrible Real Estate Agent Photographs - Brace yourself for this royal mess! Check out this terrible real estate photo.

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