Issue No. 189 | September 16, 2020


EVENTS
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INDUSTRY NEWS
Lisa Suhay took to TikTok to tell people her mother was close to being kicked out of her Ocean Township home, after the nickel and penny she owed in taxes in 2019 accrued to more than $300 in interest.

2020 marks the 205th anniversary of Michigan’s initial surveying lines. [Contributed by Cindy Immonen]
This could be the most historically important place in Michigan. 2020 marks the 205th anniversary of Michigan’s initial surveying lines. Two markers are located in the woods at Meridian Baseline State Park on Meridian Road, 30 miles south of Lansing and 14 miles north of Jackson, along the border of Ingham & Jackson counties.

Indiana recently amended Indiana Code §32-2-3(a), discussing recording requirements. As a result of this amendment, effective July 1, 2020, all instruments to be recorded in Indiana must be signed and notarized by both the grantor and a witness.

Dr. J.A. Raley, president of the board of trustees of the university and pastor of the First Baptist Church of Bartlesville, was elected president of OBU on Tuesday, May 22, 1934. He was expected to accept the position formally at a meeting of the board on Friday, May 25.

Employees of the International Council of Shopping Centers woke up to an alarming message on June 3. In an organization-wide email, more than 130 staffers were told they would soon receive calls about their employment status. The wait was agonizing, several former ICSC employees involved told The Real Deal.

California’s governor is expected to sign into law soon a bill creating a state consumer financial protection agency, the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI), which some have called California’s “mini-CFPB.” We reported previously on the importance of this law in January and March.

LEGAL NEWS
The long-running dispute over whether all of French Creek Road has been a public county road for 131 years — as Okanogan County Superior Court ruled last year — or whether a 3-mile stretch is merely a private access road to adjacent private property is before the state Court of Appeals in Spokane.

If you know someone with property that borders, is adjacent to, or abuts a natural lake, pond, bay, sea, or ocean, they may have littoral property rights. What that means is they may have the right to build a pier out to the line of navigability, a right to navigation, a right to accretion, and a right of access. I say “may” because these rights can be qualified rights, or simply nonexistent.

As the nation has responded to COVID-19, many contracts became difficult, if not impossible, to perform. In many of these instances, contracting parties did not negotiate a force majeure clause, or such provisions may prove ineffective. What can contracting parties do in these situations? The applicable laws and judicial interpretations vary throughout the nation. 

In the wake of COVID-19 there has been a lot of uncertainty—this fragility has extended to the housing market as many were either mid-deal, planning on buying or selling, or had a project underway. As real estate professionals, we have received a lot of questions regarding the pandemic and the housing market, frequently around real estate agreements and how COVID-19 has impacted such agreements.

There is no question that the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a swift and large-scale shift in the way real property transactions take place from “business as usual” to a state of limbo in most of the 50 states. In Texas, commercial real estate lenders and creditors have recently found themselves to be no exception when it comes to carrying out foreclosure sales.

TECHNOLOGY & SOCIAL MEDIA NEWS
Not all that long ago, managing your home network’s security didn’t involve much more than installing an antivirus program on your PC. If only it were still so simple.

Even if the title is click-bait, this is not a trick question. There is one type of online privacy policy that is objectively worse than all of the others. It does not relate to when it was created, whether it was crafted internally or by an outside expert, or even how much (if anything) you paid to prepare the privacy statement used on your startup's website or mobile app.

WORLD NEWS
Recently, two significant pieces of legislation aimed at reforming Jamaica’s land titling system were passed in Parliament, they are the Registration of Titles (Amendment) Act, 2020 and its companion legislation, the Registration of Titles, Cadastral Mapping and Tenure Clarification (Special Provisions) Amendment Act, 2020.

Hopefully that won't get me sued in Australia. Because a court there has determined that the zipper mouth emoji is capable of defamatory meaning. 

TITLE AGENCY & PEOPLE IN THE NEWS
A West Villager has been tormented for more than a year by a messy, obstinate roommate who has been refusing to pay rent or move out, according to shocking court papers.

Fidelity National Financial (FNF) has hired Rachel Hollinger Chapman to introduce National Title Insurance of New York, Inc.’s Agency Operation in Georgia.

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
Are you a Jack Daniels fan? Maybe you prefer Jim Beam? Or is gin your poison of choice? When it comes to hard alcohol, each drinker has their own brand that they swear by. And while you can debate with your buddies ad nauseam over which label is better, there is no denying the general consensus of the population. Like beer, each state has its preferred liquor of choice.

Check out this house listing: Budweiser's biggest fan meticulously adorned the walls and ceilings with Budweiser beer cans
Social Media Worthy Condo Brewed to Perfection in Lake Worth! Driving up to the condominiums, you notice the towering palm trees, neat landscaping, and a delightful and serene creek! Deep buttercream paint engulfs the exterior, which directly complements the mocha toned roof!

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