Challenges of Remote and Hybrid Working – The Employer/Employee Perspective

Did you know that remote work had its beginnings in the 1970s? Jack Nilles was a true rocket scientist in the late 1950s and 1960s and his work was highly classified. In the early 1970s Jack Nilles moved to a position at the University of Southern California where he was allowed to explore his idea … Continue reading Challenges of Remote and Hybrid Working – The Employer/Employee Perspective

The Title Agent’s Role in Elder Financial Fraud Prevention – Know the Red Flags and How to Respond

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 40.3 million Americans age 65 and older in the 2010 Census. In 2018, that number was estimated at 52 million, representing 16 percent of the U.S. population. Today’s estimate is 73 million, a number driven by the aging of the Baby Boomers born between 1946 and 1964. … Continue reading The Title Agent’s Role in Elder Financial Fraud Prevention – Know the Red Flags and How to Respond

USING POWER OF ATTORNEYS IN REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS: TIPS & PITFALLS

No one wants to be the reason a closing is delayed. Yet, issues with the power of attorney is one of the most prevalent closing hiccups and sources of delay. The purpose of this article is to provide a basic understanding of the power of attorney and give you some practice tips to help you … Continue reading USING POWER OF ATTORNEYS IN REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS: TIPS & PITFALLS

Clerks’ Association Message

Message from the Virginia Court Clerks’ Association (VCCA): The VCCA just recently held its annual convention in August where the 2021-2022 Officers were installed. This year’s President is Kristen Nelson from York County-Poquoson Circuit Court. Kristen has been worked in the Clerk’s Office for 25 years and has been Clerk since 2014. This past year … Continue reading Clerks’ Association Message

PROTECT YOUR REPUTATION AND YOUR WORK

As a title company, your reputation and very existence relies on the information, documentation, and verification of data. Anything less than maximum attention to protecting the security and validity of that data puts your company at risk. Protecting your identity is equally vital. Real estate fraud is the fastest growing cyber-crime in the nation, and … Continue reading PROTECT YOUR REPUTATION AND YOUR WORK

Ransomware: A Looming Threat To Title Agents

We have all heard about Ransomware, but what exactly is it?   Ransomware is a form of malicious software (malware) designed to deny access to systems and/or encrypt files on a device rendering any files and the systems that rely on them unusable. Unfortunately, cybercriminals understand how lucrative real estate information is, making an attack … Continue reading Ransomware: A Looming Threat To Title Agents

VLTA’s Virginia Certified Title Settlement Agent Course

To become licensed as a barber in Virginia, you must complete a 1,500-hour training program and pass an exam. Remarkably, there is no training or exam required to conduct a closing, send documents to record, or manage millions of dollars of other people’s money. A bad haircut will eventually grow out. But no one forgets … Continue reading VLTA’s Virginia Certified Title Settlement Agent Course

What About Those 2021 ALTA Policy Forms?

(Part One) After several years of review and editing, the American Land Title Association will roll out a new portfolio of owner’s and loan policies, a new title commitment, a new endorsement series (47 – Operative Law), and numerous technical amendments to existing endorsement forms to align them with the policies’ changes. This article will … Continue reading What About Those 2021 ALTA Policy Forms?