Issue No. 208 | January 27, 2021


EVENTS
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INDUSTRY NEWS
After temporarily lifting the requirement that notaries public be physically present to witness required signatures, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pennsylvania became the 30th state in the nation to make remote notarization a permanent option. Gov. Tom Wolf signed Act 97 into law on October 29, 2020.

No industry is immune to privacy and cybersecurity risks, and the real estate industry is no exception. Those in the real estate industry can protect against cyberattack by understanding the risks and vulnerabilities and developing a plan.

When America's real estate history is written, there will be a chapter with the legalization of marijuana as a focal point. I'm a third-generation warehouse owner in Denver, in the state that recreational marijuana was first legalized in, so it’s impossible for me to not be compelled to analyze the spillover effects. 

A new standard for ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys is coming in February of 2021, and because just about every commercial real estate transaction requires an ALTA Survey, this is a big deal. ALTA surveys are critical in helping you understand everything that comes along with your prized investment – easements, encumbrances, encroachments and whole lot more.

LEGAL NEWS
Oak Flat is a popular campground and hiking spot in Arizona’s Tonto National Forest, about 65 miles east of Phoenix. But this mountainous area, with plentiful emory oaks and beautiful vistas, is much more than that to the Apache, including Wendsler Nosie Sr., former chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, who lives in an RV on site.

Although covenants barring people of certain races, ethnicities and religions from owning property are no longer enforceable, they are still attached to many deeds and mortgages throughout Indiana.

On October 22, 2020, in The Bank of New York Mellon v. Danielle Shone, et al., 2020 ME 122, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court sitting as the Law Court, the highest court in Maine, significantly clarified its prior rulings regarding the witness testimony needed to have an incorporated business record admitted into evidence in a Maine foreclosure action.

WORLD NEWS
Victorian statute imposes a Fire Services Levy, which requires the calculation of the capital improved value of leviable land.

TITLE AGENCY & PEOPLE IN THE NEWS
While the rest of the world adjusts to working from home (WFH), land surveyors are in a league of their own working from anywhere.

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
Three well-known television insurance salesmen competing for business are also competing in the National Football League playoffs.

For more than two centuries, the White House has stood as a symbol of democracy and resilience in the face of change—a symbolism that carries particular poignance following the turmoil of the 2020 election and its aftermath. 

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