AmTrust Title introduces MidPoint

Housing Wire

New York-based AmTrust Title Insurance Company on Tuesday introduced MidPoint , its new title closing solution enabling title agents to work outside their geographic areas to serve clients nationwide. AmTrust Title is a wholly owned subsidiary of AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.

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Stewart Title buys largest title company in Illinois

Housing Wire

Just days after announcing its acquisition of Michigan-based Devon Title Agency , Stewart Title is back at it, announcing its acquisition of Greater Illinois Title Co. Chicago-based GITC is the largest title company in Illinois.

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Title Talk with Rachel Luna

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Rachel Luna, principal of Patriot Title Company. With over 13,000 followers on Instagram , Rachel Luna, the principal of Texas-based Patriot Title Company , is the self-proclaimed “Texas Title Queen.” I never left title again. It sounds like you stumbled into title!

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Community Title Network acquires Colony Title Group

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Mid-Atlantic title company Community Title Network LLC has acquired Colony Title Group LTD, an agency in Columbia, Maryland. Edwin Tillman, who founded Colony Title Group in 1995, will remain with the company and serve as leader of branch operations.

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Title insurance industry reports best quarter on record

Housing Wire

The American Land Title Association saw a 32.5% year-over-year increase in title insurance premium volume during the third quarter of 2021 according to ALTA’s Market Share Analysis , published on Thursday. During Q3 2021, the title insurance industry generated $6.8

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Stewart acquires yet another title company

Housing Wire

There is no slowing down Stewart Title. The smallest of the “Big Four” title insurers announced Thursday that it had acquired Michigan-based Devon Title Agency , gaining scale in a hot housing market. million in direct title revenue, up 31% from Q3 2020.

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Stewart Title merges Nevada offices

Housing Wire

Stewart Title continues to tinker with its national footprint. The title giant recently combined its two Northern Nevada divisions – Legacy Division and Western Division. Thomas Title also has offices in Texas, the Stewart group said in a Friday press release.

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SoftPro integrates with Conestoga Title Insurance Co.

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Title and closing software provider SoftPro has released a new integration with Pennsylvania-based Conestoga Title Insurance Company , the firms said Wednesday. Earlier this year, the title software company announced its integration with remote online notarization provider Notarize.

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Opinion: Title insurance is vital to protecting the American dream

Housing Wire

As someone who spent a career in the title insurance industry – both as a builder of a title business and leader of the industry’s trade group, — I am proud of the role we play in helping to protect what most Americans consider the biggest purchase of their lives.

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Foundation Title & Escrow merges with Paulus Title

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Foundation Title & Escrow announced it is expanding its footprint in Alabama through its merger with Paula Title. This is the latest in a series of growth expenditures for Tennessee-based Foundation Title & Escrow.

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reAlpha partners with Title First Agency

Housing Wire

Fractional real estate investment firm reAlpha announced late last week that it is partnering with Title First Agency to provide title and closing services on all of the firm’s property acquisitions. A look at the role instant title plays in the borrower journey.

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American Digital Title is open for business in California

Housing Wire

American Digital Title Insurance Co. , a Denver-based insurtech title insurance provider controlled by insurance giant Munich Re , has been authorized to underwrite title insurance in California, the second largest title insurance market in the country.

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AmTrust Title adds executive counsel

Housing Wire

AmTrust Title Insurance Company has added two executives to its team, naming James Bozzomo as chief underwriting counsel for direct operations and Jefferson Howeth as senior corporate counsel. Howeth served as general counsel for a title underwriter for six years prior to joining AmTrust.

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Bots are helping title industry automate tech gaps

Housing Wire

However, while the title space has made tremendous strides in recent years, there is still a tremendous amount of “button mashing” being done. Increasingly, manual processes in title workflows are being eliminated with customized bots and AI.

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First American launches digital platform for title agents

Housing Wire

Title insurance underwriter First American has launched a new digital platform for title agents, according to an announcement on Thursday. The post First American launches digital platform for title agents appeared first on HousingWire.

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Knight Barry Title continues Florida expansion

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Wisconsin-based Knight Barry Title acquired two additional businesses in Florida, running up its number of Sunshine State locations to 15. Knight Barry acquired Closing Boutique’ s two Orlando offices in Clermont and Mount Dora, Florida, as well as Home Title America in West Palm Beach.

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Lanco Title joins Northwest Title family of companies

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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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Punctual Abstract acquires Slade Title Research

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Punctual Abstract , which compiles and provides abstracts, title evidence and ancillary documents, such as HOA estoppels, tax certificates and municipal, announced Monday that it has acquired Mississippi-based Slade Title Research.

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Fannie Mae announces title insurance shake up

Housing Wire

In a selling guide announcement released last week, Fannie Mae announced that it would be accepting written opinion letters from an attorney in lieu of a title insurance policy “in limited circumstances.”. The post Fannie Mae announces title insurance shake up appeared first on HousingWire.

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Ransomware imperils title, mortgage industry

Housing Wire

Ransomware attackers hit major title industry cloud services provider Cloudstar , stopping an untold number of loans from closing on Monday. The ramifications for the title and mortgage industry may extend beyond the immediately impacted loan applications.

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Compass acquires another title company

Housing Wire

Real estate brokerage Compass announced Monday that is has signed an agreement to acquire Dallas-based title insurance company LegacyTexas Title Co. , its latest foray into the title and escrow space. LegacyTexas Title has served the North Texas area for over 40 years.

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Here are 2020’s top companies in title so far

Housing Wire

The title industry experienced quite a rush in the second quarter of 2020 with $4.18 billion in title insurance premiums generated. Below are the top 4 companies in title by market share for the second quarter. Here are the top 5: Westcor Land Title Insurance : 5.9%

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Radian expands its online title insurance platform

Housing Wire

Radian Group recently announced the launching of its title insurance and closing services platform, titlegenius, in Arizona, California, Nevada, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Many home buyers are unaware that they have choices when shopping for title insurance.

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Stewart and First American grapple with drops in title orders

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“Big Four” title insurers Stewart Information Services Corporation and First American Financial have maintained that they prepared diligently for a rising interest rate environment. At Stewart, the title segment generated a total revenue of $761.1

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Opinion: Has the title industry reach the automation tipping point?

Housing Wire

Not many would count the title industry among the economy’s technology leaders. In fact, many title agents will proudly tell you that ours is a “traditional” industry. What spurred this newfound quest to fully automate title operations after decades of resistance?

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NY AG fines title insurer AmTrust for no-poaching agreements

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New York-based title underwriter AmTrust has come under fire from New York Attorney General Letitia James for business practices that “hurt workers and limited their earning potential.”. AmTrust Title, which is controlled by insurance giant Amtrust Financial Services Inc.,

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Title insurance premiums surging during COVID-19 pandemic

Housing Wire

The title insurance industry saw a surge in premium volume in the second quarter of 2020, according to the American Land Title Association’s latest Market Share Analysis. But title insurance premiums are also surging as a result. The title insurance industry generated $4.18

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Title industry prepares for changing market conditions

Housing Wire

title insurers even as macroeconomic pressures increase in coming months. title insurance industry’s risk-adjusted industry capital declined, however, overall it remained supportive of ratings at the close of 2021.

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Title solutions special reports

Housing Wire

The title process is complex and time-consuming, with points of friction that can increase time-to-close for lenders and borrowers. The post Title solutions special reports appeared first on HousingWire.

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Title insurers wrote nearly $20 billion in premiums in 2020

Housing Wire

Title insurers wrote $19.2 billion in premiums last year, but a recent report from the American Land Title Association predicts a slowdown in 2021 due to – you guessed it! – Just how fruitful was 2020 for title insurers? segment pretax margin of title insurance and services.

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Knight Barry Title acquires Florida’s MLS Title

Housing Wire

Wisconsin-based Knight Barry Title has announced its acquisition of MLS Title , located in Fort Myers, Florida. MLS Title, owned by Susan Malach, opened in 2004. Bringing Susan’s great team on board serves two purposes for us — more convenience for our already loyal local customers and the opportunity to keep building the KBT brand,” said Craig Haskins, Knight Barry Title chief operating officer. In 2018, it acquired four title agencies south of the Twin Cities.

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SingleSource the latest to offer alternative product to title insurance

Housing Wire

SingleSource has launched its “Attorney Conclusion of Title” (ACT), a standardized attorney opinion letter. “Lenders and consumers finally have a new option when it comes to title insurance,” Ed Austin, the COO of SingleSource, said in a statement.

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Stewart Louisiana expands support for commercial title, hires underwriting counsel

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Stewart Title of Louisiana is expanding its support for commercial real estate transactions, through the addition of Ashley Coco as the firm’s Louisiana underwriting counsel, it announced Tuesday. Closing People Movers Real Estate Ashley Coco Louisiana Stewart Title Title insurance

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Title Companies and Solutions Special Reports

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The title process is complex, time-consuming and subject to errors and security concerns, which can potentially delay a borrower’s closing date. CoreLogic DataTrace Overland (Boston National Title) Qualia Radian ServiceLink Sourcepoint WFG Lender Services.

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Opinion: Regulation of title fee rates is already rigorous

Housing Wire

When the COVID-19 pandemic shut the country down in 2020, title and settlement professionals were deemed essential and continued to help consumers purchase homes and refinance mortgages. Recently there have been misleading claims regarding the lack of conformity in title fees.

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