The Docket: U.S. District Court Holds Voluntary Parting Exclusion Bars Coverage for Social Engineering Scheme

June 25, 2020 The Docket is a monthly TitleNews Online feature provided by ALTA’s Title Counsel Committee that reviews significant court rulings and other legal developments, and explains the relevance to the title insurance industry. Stephen Gregory, underwriting counsel for WFG National Title Insurance Co., provided today’s review of a decision by the U.S. District … Continue reading The Docket: U.S. District Court Holds Voluntary Parting Exclusion Bars Coverage for Social Engineering Scheme

Three Ways Title Companies Can Attract More Local Clients Online

Most title companies provide title insurance and escrow services to real estate agents and home buyers in the state where they are located, rather than nation-wide. Because of this, it is vital that your title company is getting its fair share of local search engine traffic and visitors. Is your website showing up on Google … Continue reading Three Ways Title Companies Can Attract More Local Clients Online

Title Insurance and Transfer on Death Deeds

People want to avoid probate, to make it as easy and inexpensive as possible to transfer assets to designated beneficiaries after they pass away. For years people have been able to do this with their intangible personal property assets, i.e., bank accounts, retirement accounts, annuities, etc. They designate in writing who inherits the money upon … Continue reading Title Insurance and Transfer on Death Deeds

Six Star Care & Starbucks Moments in a COVID World

The Title Industries Starbucks Moment: Today, as I think about all of the changes that the title industry has experienced over the past few months with COVID and the move towards a more digital (or remote) closing experience, it’s been fun to watch title companies adjust like I did so many years ago. In many … Continue reading Six Star Care & Starbucks Moments in a COVID World

Virtual Town Hall – The State of the Industry & Economic Forecast

Change is Here! The Virginia Land Title Association (VLTA) hosted a Virtual Town Hall on Tuesday June 23, moderated by Kevin T. Pogoda, Esq. VLTA Past President, with panelists from diverse segments of the real estate industry, including the VLTA, the Virginia Court Clerks Association, the Virginia Bankers Association, the Virginia Mortgage Bankers Association, the … Continue reading Virtual Town Hall – The State of the Industry & Economic Forecast

Priority of Residential Refinance Mortgage Over Subordinate Mortgage

Virginia Code § 55.1-319, entitled “Priority of residential refinance mortgage over subordinate mortgage,” makes refinancing for borrowers who need to subordinate a second or lower priority deed of trust much easier in many cases by eliminating the need for the subordinate deed of trust lender’s review and approval, as well as the execution, delivery and … Continue reading Priority of Residential Refinance Mortgage Over Subordinate Mortgage