Issue No. 191 | September 30, 2020

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Remote online notarization (RON) laws may require Notaries to keep both an electronic journal and an audiovisual recording of each notarization.

In 2012, Virginia became the first U.S. state to pass legislation allowing for remote online notarization. However, the use of RON didn’t become widespread in the U.S. until 2020, when COVID-19 forced lenders and title companies to look at new contactless options for closing mortgages and getting families into their homes.

We’ve all seen the television ads:

"The FBI SAYS YOU MAY NOT OWN YOUR HOME. Home Title theft is a serious cyberthreat and growing problem that can and will affect you. Save yourself and your home - with TITLE LOCK."

With stark differences on display, the outcome of Nov. 3 could mean everything from new tax codes that real estate investors warn would freeze activity to different paths of recovery from the pandemic.

When any real estate investment deal goes badly and ends in litigation, there are many reasons why a potential plaintiff may prefer one forum versus another, including the location of witnesses and documents, location of attorneys, and state laws.

Though students may not be aware of it, Spokane’s history, defined by a timeline of both good and bad events, surrounds Gonzaga University’s campus and still holds implications for the present.

Under California law, a deed that purports to convey title (ownership) or any other interest in real property, such as an easement, is completely void if the conveyancing party’s signature on the deed is forged.

In Part One earlier last week, I went through part of the preamble to the recently issued USDA/NRCS Final Rule involving highly erodible land and wetland. The rule is found at 85 FR 53137 and became effective August 28, 2020.

BlockSTRACT: A blockchain-powered marketplace for abstractors as well as title production vendors, allowing for the easy integration of the abstract process, an ‘Uber’-like process of finding qualified abstractors, as well as recordation of abstract research onto the blockchain.

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Did you remember to mow the roof? It's not exactly a common question for homeowners, but that's what makes this earth-sheltered residence in Baker, WV, so distinctive.

A new season of stargazing has begun—and it’s set to be incredible. The equinox on Tuesday signals the beginning of fall or autumn in the northern hemisphere while below the equator, it’s now spring.

An investigation of internal bank records by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has provided a detailed look at the illicit methods employed by Ukrainian oligarchs who, during the course of a massive alleged money laundering scheme from 2006-2016, became the owners of the most commercial real estate in Cleveland.

It’s difficult to know the “dune house” even exists if you're not looking for it. But that's what makes it so enticing.

You may not have known that Bill Murray, beloved cultural phenomenon, has a line of golf shirts. It’s a logical business move as Caddyshack forms the molten core of a golf fan’s worldview.

We had a lot of fun last week with the demand letter from the Doobie Brothers asking Bill Murray to stop using their music to promote golf shirts without paying for it.

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