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INDUSTRY NEWS
Zillow (NASDAQ:ZG) (NASDAQ:Z) is in the midst of one of the biggest tech disruptions since Amazon started selling books online: Zillow is taking on the neighborhood real estate broker. Zillow Offers is part of its new strategy of flipping real estate. 

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has announced that is requesting public comment on an assessment it will conduct on the TRID Integrated Disclosure Rule (the Truth in Lending Act and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act).

DALLAS — Arnoldo Ortiz made his money stealing – at least 25 homes or other properties in Dallas County alone.

Title insurance companies in 12 of the nation’s largest markets will now have to provide federal authorities with substantial details on all real estate deals of $300,000 or more if the buyer is paying all cash.

LEGAL NEWS
A softening condominium market in New York and other large cities could lead to developers not meeting their repayment milestones and ultimately to defaults, workouts or foreclosures.

It is an all-too-common dilemma. As phishing schemes have become more prevalent and more sophisticated, businesses of all sizes have fallen victim to these attacks where a fraudster will use a spoofed email or other deceptive communication to trick an employee into transferring money into the fraudster’s control. 

The first boom-and-bust cycle in Franklin County was not the cotton trade in Apalachicola. Rather, it involved land speculation.

This fall the Georgia Court of Appeals ruled against a subcontractor who failed to file an affidavit of non-payment or a claim of lien within sixty (60) days of signing a statutory lien waiver.

It is widely understood in California that inherited assets, unlike assets earned from labor, are the separate property of the receiving spouse. But what if the assets do not come directly from a parent and instead pass from one sibling to another?

TECHNOLOGY & SOCIAL MEDIA
National Integrity Title Agency (NITA), a full service title insurance and settlement company for commercial and residential real estate, announces the launch of its custom, AI-integrated title settlement processing system that provides greater reporting, enhanced security and increased communication.

WORLD NEWS
The Dayak Iban community of Sungai Utik have long fought to protect the forest and their place in it. After nearly half a century, they are now owners of over 10,000 hectares of customary land.

TITLE AGENCY & PEOPLE IN THE NEWS
(Bloomberg) -- Bruce Bagley, an international studies professor, knew all about how corrupt Venezuelan officials were moving vast sums into South Florida. He cultivated contacts with Latin American policymakers, top criminal lawyers and U.S. anti-money-laundering officials.

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
Earlier this month, residents in in Toms River, New Jersey, were calling for help. The state is home to some 20,000 wild turkeys, and about 40 to 50 of them, residents say, are terrorizing their Holiday City neighborhood. 

He once thought of his condo as paradise. Now he considers leaving. What one man discovered at 3360 S. Ocean Blvd. would lead to one arrest and at least one lawsuit.

The Alcatraz occupation fueled a new political awakening popularly known as “Red Power.” This pivotal demonstration led to the passage of more than 26 pieces of self-determination legislation and Supreme Court decisions that enhanced the sovereign powers of native nations.

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