IN MEMORY OF DOUGLASS W. DEWING, Esq. 10/7/1954 – 4/9/2022

DOUGLASS W. DEWING The VLTA Examiner Committee and Title Industry professionals came together to compile thoughts and memories of Douglass W. Dewing, Esq. to share with VLTA Members, Title Examiners in Virginia, and the Title Industry as a whole. Throughout his career, Douglass W. Dewing, Esq. was a trend setter with his ground-breaking publication of … Continue reading IN MEMORY OF DOUGLASS W. DEWING, Esq. 10/7/1954 – 4/9/2022

Illegal Subdivisions and Title Insurance Coverage

When first told that property is or may be the subject of an illegal subdivision, those who are unfamiliar with the concept of illegal subdivision – especially residential buyers and sellers – may become quite concerned. I have found that the best way to introduce the concept is to acknowledge the shock effect of the … Continue reading Illegal Subdivisions and Title Insurance Coverage

NEW LAWS July 1, 2022

The summaries below were drafted by the Virginia Division of Legislative Services.   From the thousands of bills which were introduced during the 2022 session, these summaries include only bills which have been signed into law by the Governor and have been found by this author to be relevant to the VLTA membership.  This selection process … Continue reading NEW LAWS July 1, 2022

The Latest in Fraud Prevention: Better Practices

The Digital and Human Connection In 2020, about 13,638 people were victims of wire fraud in the real estate and rental sector in 2020*. Fact is, the most common form of real estate cybercrime is wire fraud. While the majority of wire fraud happens before holiday weekends, as business and life becomes more digitized, the … Continue reading The Latest in Fraud Prevention: Better Practices

THE NTP DESIGNATION AND WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER GETTING IT

When asked to write an article for the Examiner Magazine on obtaining the ALTA National Title Professional (NTP) Designation, several thoughts ran through my mind. First, I was flattered that a simple post on the VLTA Online Community website had inspired another member to consider, and eventually earn the NTP Designation herself. Second, I was … Continue reading THE NTP DESIGNATION AND WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER GETTING IT

VCTSA Success Story

In 2021, I took the Virginia Certified Title Settlement Agent (VCTSA) course through VLTA. By its own definition, the VCTSA Course is “the only advanced instructional program available for title settlement agents in Virginia to promote higher standards and skills for title settlement agents to benefit the land title industry and real property consumers.”    My reasons … Continue reading VCTSA Success Story