(Part Two) In Part II of this article, 2021 changes to the title commitment, closing protection letters, Homeowner’s policy, extended coverage residential loan policies, short form loan policies, and endorsements will be discussed. Read Part I here. Specialty Loan Policies This group of policies had few substantive changes. Primarily, these policies were made consistent in … Continue reading What About Those 2021 ALTA Policy Forms? Part II
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
(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?
It has been a long day. After your calls to your title insurer’s underwriting counsel, your E&O carrier’s agent and your lawyer, you pulled together your file and retraced your steps. With 20/20 hindsight, it has become clear that you may have made a couple mistakes…… Your first question had been “Why us?” After all, … Continue reading Anatomy of A Claim – Part 2
E&O pricing can be a mystery, but there is a method to the madness. The base price comes from you, the insured, when you list your gross revenue on the E&O application. The more you make, the more your insurance costs. This is because the insurance companies view higher revenue as more work and higher … Continue reading Why Does Errors & Omission Insurance Cost So Much? And, Where Does The Pricing Come From?
[Queue the Dragnet theme The story you are about to read is true – only the names…and amounts…and addresses…and… you get the picture... have been changed to protect the insureds….] This is your lucky day. Just yesterday you questioned your decision to leave OCD Title, with its endless checklists and procedures (intake, title order, examination, … Continue reading Anatomy of A Claim
by Julie Ann Rutledge, President Land Title Research, Inc. Proactive Title Defense – Communication is the Key: Errors in the Title Report and Commitment remain the top cause of claims in the title industry today. There are many factors that contribute to the problem of errors and omissions in Title Reports and Commitments. It … Continue reading Due Diligence & Survey Matters
Everyone in real estate knows that the market is scalding hot in the summer and lukewarm in the winter. This means that settlement agents will find themselves with a bit of free time in the off-season. Instead of wasting that time, put it to good use by completing the following checklist to do the necessary … Continue reading Housekeeping!
10. History of Surveying in the Colonial Era Surveys in the colonial era were quite inadequate due to the lack of qualified personnel and the use of poor equipment. The most qualified surveyors were busy mapping the country and plotting rivers, which was the main source of transportation of that time. The surveys performed for … Continue reading 10 Common Survey Issues Relevant to Title Problems
Once a year you get notified that the agency’s RESA audit is due to be conducted. What will the auditor be looking for? According the Virginia Code § 55-525.24(A): All funds deposited with the settlement agent in connection with an escrow, settlement, or closing shall be handled in a fiduciary capacity… What does fiduciary capacity … Continue reading How to have a successful Real Estate Settlement Agent Audit
By Stephanie Campbell, Westcor Land Title Insurance Company. Most people are familiar with the James Bond movie “A View to a Kill”. An intense thriller with great music and exotic backdrops. The theme song by Duran-Duran runs through my head every time I repeat the crazy story of one of my many “Tales from the … Continue reading Tales from the Table: A View to A Kill