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

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

Urban VS. Rural Title Research – Is There a Difference?

Urban vs. rural title research, is there any difference between the two or is it only that it is in a different location? What about the two makes them different? This was a question posed recently that made me dig a little bit deeper into the background of the two. In my experience when conducting … Continue reading Urban VS. Rural Title Research – Is There a Difference?

Pass The State Exam With VLTA’S Pre-Licensing Course

Virginia Code § 38.2-1800 defines “title insurance agent” as “an agent licensed in the Commonwealth to sell, solicit, or negotiate title insurance, and performing all of the services set forth in § 38.2-4601.1.” Those services include: “(i) the evaluation of the title search to determine the insurability of the title; (ii) a determination of whether or … Continue reading Pass The State Exam With VLTA’S Pre-Licensing Course

CLOSING REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS DURING A PANDEMIC

Originally published in the Fee Simple, the journal of the real property section of the Virginia State Bar. Reprinted with permission of the Bar and the author. An “unprecedented global health crisis” is a common phrase we have sadly grown accustomed to hearing as the world grapples with the impact of COVID-19. Unsurprisingly, the pandemic … Continue reading CLOSING REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS DURING A PANDEMIC

Strict Construction of Instruments of Conveyance for Easements

Wavell v. Lengel, 2021 Va. Cir. LEXIS 158, Case No. CL20000484-00(Amherst Co. Cir. Ct. July 12, 2021). Strict construction of canons of legal interpretation are presented in Amherst County Circuit Court’s recent decision, Wavell v. Lengel, 2021 Va. Cir. LEXIS 158, Case No. CL20000484-00 (July 12, 2021).   (A copy of the opinion is attached.) Therein, … Continue reading Strict Construction of Instruments of Conveyance for Easements