Issue No. 163 | March 18, 2020


EVENTS
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INDUSTRY NEWS
HOA / Class Action: It was appropriate for trial court to narrow class to current homeowners as to counts seeking declaratory and injunctive relief, as former homeowners have no interest in relief sought; however, the trial court erred by narrowing the class to include only current homeowners as to particular count of complaint seeking damages from developer as a result of its collection of club membership fees in violation of section 720.308, 

Title and settlement companies across the country have developed protocols to ensure healthy and safe closings in the wake of this uncertainty.

Given the declared state of emergency in Washington State, the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions has issued Interim Guidance to temporarily allow licensed mortgage loan originators (MLO) to work from home, whether located in Washington State or another state, even if the home is not a licensed branch, provided certain data security conditions are met.

In the wake of the state’s state of emergency declaration, the Maryland DOI requests that title insurers scheduled for on-site reviews may request the audit be re-scheduled for health and safety reasons. Audits must be completed on or before December 31, 2020, however.

Click Here for a list of county clerk offices that have provided notice of closure and/or guidance on how they are processing real estate documents submitted for recording. Updated twice daily.

LEGAL NEWS
A Native Hawaiian family claiming ownership of a Kohala shoreline parcel sparked a heated outburst from a sovereignty activist that temporarily shut down a Planning Committee hearing last week, but ended with the parcel moving forward to a rezoning.

The purpose and intent of the measure is to: "(1) Require mandatory mediation upon request of any defendant in a quiet title action when any portion of the land claimed by the plaintiff is kuleana land; and (2) Provide that the plaintiff shall bear the reasonable costs of the mediation and limit the costs recoverable."

It’s a question being asked by environmentalists and policy experts in view of the increasing threat to coastal areas from rising seas and bigger storms that come with climate change, and growing concern that voluntary buyout programs like New Jersey’s Blue Acres are dwarfed by the scale of the challenge.

TECHNOLOGY & SOCIAL MEDIA NEWS
In the course of running a blog where I train neural nets to imitate human things, I have the fun of sometimes being introduced to things that I didn’t know very much about.

In the course of running a blog where I train neural nets to imitate human things, I have the fun of sometimes being introduced to things that I didn’t know very much about.

A cyber attack on the county of Durham in North Carolina has stalled real estate transactions and prevented some people from moving into homes.

Under this amendment, companies need to employ stricter data security measures over an individual’s confidential personal information.

WORLD NEWS
When provincial and federal Indigenous relations ministers locked themselves in a room February 26 with Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs, one of the goals was to defuse the protest bomb planted over the Coastal GasLink pipeline.

Former United insurance company director George Ngure Kariuki was Wednesday morning arraigned in Ngong Law Courts to answer two charges involving muilt million land fraud in Kajiado County.

TITLE AGENCY & PEOPLE IN THE NEWS
Roger Dickey is an avid geography fan and intrepid traveler. He is a member of Atlas Obscura who tracks down earth's anomalies and visits them. He came by his interests honestly, from his mother, Ellie Talburtt. Together they went to explore Michigan’s Isle Royale, which has the title of the US's least-visited national park.

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OTHER TRENDING NEWS
Originally built in 1801, this cedar cabin in the Wrightwood Mountains of Southern California has been the home of forest rangers, cattle ranchers, and philosophers for over two centuries.

If your farm has been in your family since Dec. 31, 1920, you can apply to have it recognized as a Missouri Century Farm.

Garages of Texas to open soon in Frisco and they come with title insurance
Garages of Texas is expected to open at the end of first quarter 2020 at 6767 All Stars Avenue, Frisco.

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