Foreclosure Fails…What happens when the system breaks down

By Palma J. Collins Those of us title folk who lived through the bursting of the real estate bubble and the great recession may have flash backs when contemplating the kinds of things that can go wrong with foreclosure titles.  With record high foreclosures came every kind of title problem, some of them so byzantine … Continue reading Foreclosure Fails…What happens when the system breaks down

URPERA – Where are we now?

It has been ten years since the Virginia General Assembly passed the Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act (URPERA).  The uniform act can be found in Virginia Code Sections 55-142.10 to 55-142.15. It has also been ten years since I wrote the article “The Real Property Electronic Recording Act: Is Electronic Filing Really Here?” for The … Continue reading URPERA – Where are we now?

Adverse Possession & Its Impact on Title

Having spent over half of my lifetime working to cure or resolve thousands of imperfect real estate title issues, I regularly address how allegations of adverse possession impact the title insurance underwriting process. Most title underwriters are highly unlikely to insure a title based solely on facts that might establish adverse possession, no matter how … Continue reading Adverse Possession & Its Impact on Title

Oil & Gas Operations & the Real Estate Title Industry

Market forces have driven down the price of fossil fuels and minerals; nowhere is this more evident than the price at the gas pump.  However, the depressed prices permeate throughout business and industry, from power plants to airplane fuels to anything that uses energy.  Oil and gas companies have suffered the most because lost or … Continue reading Oil & Gas Operations & the Real Estate Title Industry