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?

Are You Operating in a Secure Remote Work Environment? Review These Cybersecurity Measures for Home

With the remote workforce rapidly increasing over the past dozen years, and more companies coming to terms with the necessity of employees working remotely, there is much to consider regarding managing a successful remote team. A remote workforce demands an entirely different structure than operating in a multi-person, shared office environment. It calls for a … Continue reading Are You Operating in a Secure Remote Work Environment? Review These Cybersecurity Measures for Home

BUILDING BRIDGES

VLTA President, Julie Ann Rutledge, formed the 2021 VLTA Presidents’ Building Bridges Taskforce (BBT) to develop cooperative relations between the VLTA Association and other industry related Associations. Past VLTA President, Kevin T. Pogoda, has been appointed Chairman of this Taskforce. The immediate assignment for the taskforce is to Build Bridges with the Virginia Association of … Continue reading BUILDING BRIDGES

The Importance of Cybersecurity in the Title Industry

This past year has been some of the most challenging times for individuals and companies. Many of us changed the way we conducted business overnight and had to settle into a ‘new normal’. Luckily, it appears as though the dust has settled, and we are getting back to the way things were before the pandemic. Through … Continue reading The Importance of Cybersecurity in the Title Industry

Remote Work: Making Sense of Your New Normal

In March of 2020 workers across the country were instructed to pack up and prepare to work from home. This temporary solution, in response to the pending pandemic, resulted in scrambling at all levels and across all industries throughout the United States. Over a year has passed and it is estimated that 25-30% of the … Continue reading Remote Work: Making Sense of Your New Normal