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Title Insurance Industry & Technology News 12/19/18
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Industry News
Expert: Here is the housing industry’s biggest tech need
HousingWire - The housing industry is missing key technology that could make the process more smooth and understandable – a missing part that one expert explained would not be accepted in any other industry.

Will EB-5 stay alive?
The Real Deal - The Wheel is just the latest in a string of failures for a program some say is in its ‘last cycle’

Arizona’s amended judgment renewal statutes effective in 2019
AZ Big Media - A word of caution as you scan the business horizon for 2019 and think about possibly buying a business or selling one.

Certainty as a Service - As Opendoor and Zillow compete on certainty centered services, others may benefit from competing from the other side of the same coin by unbundling and compressing the market.

King of the Clicks: What Was the Most Popular Home of 2018?® - We love looking at all manner of homes—beautiful, weird, massive, tiny, outrageously expensive, or dirt-cheap. But what we enjoy even more is seeing which ones you like looking at. (Creepy, we know.)

Single Men vs. Single Women: Where Are They Buying? Who needs when you've got real estate statistics?
REALTOR® Magazine - Nationwide, single women own about 22 percent of homes, which far outpaces single men, who own less than 13 percent, according to a new study by online marketplace LendingTree.

After tearing down his own historic home, developer is ordered to build an exact replica
Inman - City planners called developer Ross Johnston's decision to raze his own home an 'illegal demolition'

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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
Here's how debate over a conservation easement ended up before the Montana Supreme Court
Independent Record - The Montana Supreme Court's 6-1 ruling Tuesday that the Montana State Board of Land Commissioners does not hold authority over state conservation easements capped months of legal and political wrangling.

Opening salvos in Wall Street Place court battle
The Hour - An attorney for commercial real-estate developer Jason Milligan accused the city of Norwalk on Monday of limiting his client’s use of newly acquired properties within the Wall Street Place project.

A Cautionary Tale and More on Holiday Decorations
JD Supra - A recent judgment from the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho demonstrates just what can happen if management (or a homeowners’ association) fails to address issues that members of the community might have with their neighborhood’s aspiring heir to the mantle of Clark Griswold.

Sen. Tim Scott’s provisions in approved federal farm bill to aid SC heirs’ property owners
The Post and Courier - Tucked in the $867 billion farm bill approved by Congress this week is a provision meant to help owners of heirs’ property obtain farm loans, tap in to federal programs and get assistance in resolving land ownership issues.

Tech / Social Media
$3 billion in scams: Home-buyers in Maryland, U.S. are more vulnerable than ever due to fraudulent emails When Baltimore County resident Bill Wiesand set out to help his daughter buy a home, he never imagined he'd risk losing thousands of dollars as the subject of a targeted cyber scam.

Blockchain Innovator ShelterZoom Announces Next-Generation, One-Stop Real Estate Marketplace
Business Wire - ShelterZoom, creator of the first blockchain-based real estate purchase and rental deal platform, today announced plans for a next-generation, one-stop real estate marketplace.

Disrupting a $300m market: Pexa starts marketplace for property title documents
Financial Review - PEXA says home buyers are paying too much for property documents such as title deeds and has set up an online marketplace to shake up the $300 million-a-year sector.

Batcaves, Bulletproof Shutters, Laser Curtains: High-End Home Security Is Crazier Than You Think
Forbes - Today’s luxury home security systems address everything from chemical attacks and seismic events to unwanted intruders and flash photography.

World News
Sisters and NLC locked in Sh600m land tussle (Kenya)
Standard Digital - Three sisters have sued the National Land Commission for allegedly secretly taking over possession of their land valued at Sh600 million.

Thank you for this land title – Apayao Farmer (Philippines)
Philippine Information Agency - These were the grateful words of 76-year-old Eufrocina V. Baqueren, who was recently awarded titles to the land her family has been tilling for more than seven decades.

Ferial Haffajee: Where Ramaphosa failed on land in 2018 (South Africa)
fin24 - I recently had coffee with a friend from the US with the biggest heart for South Africa. He tries to bring investors here all the time. So, when he said that there is an appetite to invest ...

Title Agency & People in the News
Franklin County attorney awarded for service to private clients, underprivileged - Attorney Forest Myers was honored Dec. 7 with the Edmund C. Wingerd Jr. Award during the annual admissions ceremony of the Franklin County (Pa.) Bar Association.

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In Other News
For Sale: A Lonely Island, With Penguins for Neighbors
Atlas Obscura - Pebble Island could be your windy getaway.

Guess the 100-Year-Old Word or Phrase
Mental Floss - Time to test your brain on this quiz.

Joshua Tree: How One Woman’s Work Preserved the Desert
KCET - Against an arid, broken background, the Joshua tree presents an otherworldly outline. Known scientifically as Yucca brevifolia, the plant grows wild across a small section of the Southwest and serves as a symbol of the California desert. 

27 Fascinating Collections from Atlas Obscura Readers Around the World
Atlas Obscura - A lot of this stuff is museum-worthy.

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