Lanco Title joins Northwest Title family of companies

Housing Wire

Ohio-based Lanco Title Agency has joined forces with the Northwest Title group, bringing the two Buckeye State firms together. Lanco Title, owned by Jon Clark, was founded in 1979, servicing the southeastern and central Ohio markets.

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Stewart Title acquires Informative Research for $192M

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“Big Four” title firm Stewart Title has struck yet another acquisitions deal. operations from ET Investments , and even expanded into Alaska with the acquisition of Yukon Title. Stewart Title Title insurance

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Stewart adds Arizona’s Thomas Title & Escrow

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Stewart Information Services Corporation , a subsidiary of title giant Stewart Title , has acquired Arizona-based Thomas Title & Escrow. Thomas Title & Escrow, a full-service commercial title company, was founded in 2006.

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Stewart Title acquires digital mortgage tech firm Cloudvirga

Housing Wire

Title-services giant Stewart Title announced today the acquisition of Cloudvirga , a leading fintech company that powers digital mortgages through its retail and wholesale point-of-sale systems. Services , a title and search support servicer, in March.

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The appraisal gap is complicating deals across the country

Housing Wire

Unfortunately, the appraisal put the house’s value roughly $50,000 below than what she paid. Linda had a sizable downpayment but still needed to find a way to close the appraisal gap. She recently had a deal fall apart due to appraisal.

In the race to modernize title, firms double down on software

Housing Wire

So far his venture-backed title company has launched platforms that have sped up title clearance and title insurance acquisition, and they have their sights on expanding into the lending and appraisal space. Qualia CEO Nate Baker.

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The “Big Four” take on the upstarts in title insurance

Housing Wire

One of our big goals at Blueprint Title is to shrink the title insurance business from an $18 billion business to a $10 billion business,” Berneman, the company co-founder and CEO. “We share of the market controlled by small, independent title insurance companies.

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7 Excellent Real Estate Appraisal Podcasts Every Appraiser Should Listen To

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How do you stay up-to-date on the latest appraisal news and trends? They’re also entertaining and super convenient since you can stream them during your morning commute or while you’re driving to appraisal appointments. Voice of Appraisal. The Appraiser Coach.

AI can finally address some of the chokepoints in title

Housing Wire

For the title industry, artificial intelligence (AI) is no longer just a futuristic concept to be discussed wistfully in conference breakout sessions. Until now, most title agencies have attacked those problem areas with staffing.

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The purchase market is an opportunity for the title industry

Housing Wire

How hybrid title and valuations help increase lending efficiency. Why use several vendors for title searches, appraisals and underwriting when you can use one? That general principle holds true for the title and settlement services space as well.

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With new CEO in tow, Proper Title plans national expansion

Housing Wire

Judd Hoffman has been hired as chief executive officer for Proper Title LLC , an Illinois-based title insurance agency that’s backed by top independent real estate brokerage @properties. How hybrid title and valuations help increase lending efficiency.

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How can we bridge the talent gap in title and escrow?

Housing Wire

Much has been written about the decline in the numbers of active real estate appraisers creating a chokepoint in the mortgage process. But another talent crunch has been brewing at the same time in the title industry. Title has been really slow to incorporate technology.

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Blend breaks into title insurance with latest acquisition

Housing Wire

The title insurance and settlement services provider was originally bought b y Solutionstar Holdings , an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Nationstar Mortgage Holdings (Mr. It makes the title firm a good match as Blend looks to scale its operations.

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Stewart Title acquires valuation services company Pro Teck

Housing Wire

Stewart Appraisal Management , a subsidiary of Stewart Information Services Corp., Stewart is looking to strengthen and expand its scale in the appraisal and valuation solutions space. This acquisition comes just months after Stewart acquired United States Appraisals.

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White label title insurer Proliant adds another franchise

Housing Wire

White label title insurance franchise Proliant Settlement Systems announced Friday the acquisition of Great Northern Title Insurance Agency (GNTIA) in Michigan as a franchisee. The move expands Proliant further into Michigan, where it has close to a dozen franchise title firms.

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FHA announces launch of new appraisal technology solution

Housing Wire

The Federal Housing Administration has announced an upcoming release of its FHA Catalyst: Electronic Appraisal Delivery module on the FHA Catalyst platform. The post FHA announces launch of new appraisal technology solution appeared first on HousingWire.

Here’s what lenders should look for in a title provider

Housing Wire

HousingWire recently spoke with Susan Falsetti, managing director of Origination Title and Close at ServiceLink, about the state of title in 2020 and how the EXOS technology platform allowed ServiceLink clients to take advantage of virtual closing solutions.

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How hybrid title and valuations help increase lending efficiency

Housing Wire

Add the fact that lenders are not only dealing with a remote workforce these days, which is an operational challenge in itself, they are also facing a major shortage of qualified appraisers, underwriters and other operational staff in certain markets, which could cause even longer closing delays.

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Here are 7 trends to watch in the 2022 appraisal market

Housing Wire

The tides of the mortgage industry are changing as we head into 2022, and just like the sand under the waves, we can expect the appraisal landscape to shift along with it. Appraisers, like many other service providers, must adapt to market changes to accommodate their clients’ needs.

3 Resources to Help Reduce Appraisal Bias

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Phrases like appraisal bias, the appraisal gap, and discrimination in appraisals have become buzz words in the media over the past year. Here are three useful and timely resources for appraisers: Fannie Mae Appraiser Update Newsletter (June 2021).

What’s New in Appraisal Membership: April 2022

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McKissock’s Unlimited Learning Members enjoy 24/7 access to a wide variety of online appraisal classes, webinars, videos, podcasts, checklists, job aids, and other resources. Here are two new appraisal resources available right now under the “Learning Library” tab in your McKissock Dashboard.

A look at the role instant title plays in the borrower journey

Housing Wire

A small issue within the title process can have an impact on the length of the closing process, impacting mortgage lenders and borrowers. HousingWire: How did the title business adapt to unique conditions caused by the pandemic, the growth of the remote workforce and low interest rates?

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FREE Webinar: The Appraisal Foundation 2022 Q2 Update

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On Wednesday, May 25, 2022, McKissock Learning is hosting a FREE one-hour, non-credit Pro-Series webinar titled “The Appraisal Foundation 2022 Q2 Update.” Participate in this Q&A session with Lisa Desmarais, Vice President, Appraisal Issues with The Appraisal Foundation (TAF).

Qualia courts proptech firms with title, escrow offering

Housing Wire

Digital closing platform Qualia announced Wednesday the release of “Qualia Scale,” a software program that allows proptech companies to attach title & escrow to their core offerings. How hybrid title and valuations help increase lending efficiency.

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What’s New in Appraisal Membership: May 2022

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McKissock’s Unlimited Learning Members enjoy 24/7 access to a wide array of online appraisal classes, webinars, videos, podcasts, checklists, job aids, and other resources. Here are three new appraisal resources available right now under the “Learning Library” tab in your McKissock Dashboard.

FREE Webinar with Fannie Mae: Desktop Appraisals, ANSI Square Footage Standard, and More Appraisal Topics

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On Wednesday, March 23, McKissock Learning is hosting a FREE one-hour, non-credit Pro-Series webinar titled “March 2022 Fannie Mae Appraisal Update.” Fannie Mae representatives will be on hand to answer your questions on these appraisal topics and more.

What’s New in Appraisal Membership: January 2022

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McKissock’s Unlimited Learning Members enjoy 24/7 access to a wide variety of online appraisal classes, webinars, videos, podcasts, checklists, job aids, and other resources. Turn Your Appraisal Efforts into Cash – An Inside Look at Anow. Fannie Mae Q4 2021 Appraisal Update.

How to Become an Appraiser in 3 Steps

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To become a licensed appraiser , most states require you to start out as an appraisal trainee and obtain a certain number of hours of experience before you can appraise real property on your own. How to become an appraiser. Step 3: Upgrade your appraisal license.

Nicole Beattie will be the next CEO of Amrock

Housing Wire

Hughes’ retirement comes after more than 21 years at Amrock, with a total of 30 years devoted to the title, appraisal, and settlement services industry. How do remote valuation solutions benefit appraisers?

10 Appraisal Competencies Every Property Appraiser Should Master

McKissock

Whether you’re a new appraiser or a seasoned appraiser looking to grow your income, you probably want to know, “What appraisal competencies do I need to master in order to maximize my success?” Key appraisal competencies. Market your appraisal business.

FREE Webinar: Fannie Mae Q2 2021 Appraisal Update

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On Wednesday, June 30, 2021, McKissock Learning is hosting a FREE one-hour, non-credit Pro-Series webinar titled “Fannie Mae Q2 2021 Appraisal Update.” Here at McKissock Learning, we strive to help real estate appraisers stay in the loop on changes impacting the appraisal profession.

FREE Webinar with Fannie Mae: Desktop Appraisals, Measuring and Calculating GLA, and Other Appraisal Topics

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On Wednesday, December 8, 2021, McKissock Learning is hosting a FREE one-hour, non-credit Pro-Series webinar titled “Fannie Mae Q4 2021 Appraisal Update.” In this special interactive webinar, you’ll hear information on desktop appraisals and measuring and calculating GLA.

What’s New in Appraisal Membership: October 2021

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McKissock’s Unlimited Learning Members enjoy 24/7 access to a wide variety of online appraisal classes, webinars, videos, podcasts, checklists, job aids, and other resources. Fannie Mae Q3 2021 Appraisal Update. Dr. Sam simplifies appraisal math by showing the magic behind the curtain.

What’s New in Appraisal Membership: November 2021

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McKissock’s Unlimited Learning Members enjoy 24/7 access to a wide variety of online appraisal classes, webinars, videos, podcasts, checklists, job aids, and other resources. The Appraisal Foundation 2021 Q4 Update. You’ve got appraisal industry questions, we’ve got answers!

How to Get Referrals for Your Appraisal Business

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Appraisers, agents, and brokers live and die based on customer referrals. Here’s how to get referrals for your appraisal business. Without an appraisal report, financing may stall, buyers may back out, and a whole host of other issues may arise.