Do you have dormant accounts, or dormant funds in your current accounts? Are you aware that oftentimes these are the funds that are targeted by untrustworthy employees to steal? Escheatment is a tool to assist you in cleaning out those accounts. After funds are held for a specified period, and attempts were made to contact … Continue reading Don’t Fear the Reaper
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!
An Interview with the Clerk of the Circuit Court City of Fredericksburg, Virginia Question for the Clerk: As a Clerk in the Commonwealth of Virginia and as a member of the Clerk’s Association, what issues and questions are being addressed by the Clerk’s Association regarding e-Recording in Virginia? Response: The Clerks are working with the … Continue reading eRecording in the Commonwealth of Virginia – An Interview with the Clerks of the City of Fredericksburg and King George County Circuit Court
By Katherine C. Crawford, Southern Virginia Counsel, First American and By Kris Sleeth, Virginia Agency Counsel, First American Electronic closings are the future. Also known as digital closings or eClosings, the transition from wet settlements to hybrid closings to a completely paperless closing has begun. We are seeing increasing demand from the public to deliver … Continue reading eClosings: An Underwriter’s Perspective
Amazing Customer Experiences Start with Your Team: It seems obvious that the customer experience is totally tied to your team but, the real question is how do you keep your team constantly focused on creating amazing experiences? We all know that the most vulnerable point of our business is how your team members respond to … Continue reading Straight Talk Title: Amazing Customer Experiences Start with Your Team
When you’re the person at the top of the org chart, you’re most often expected to do it all: leading, managing, coaching, directing, guiding, monitoring, and finally, evaluating. Did everything work? Great! Then it’s back to leading again. Well, these all may sound similar, but each task has a slightly different definition, and a subtly … Continue reading STEPPING UP: Leadership Lessons, Coaching Counsel, and Volunteer Victories!
By Donald Tomlinson, Director/Editor, Examiner Monthly It seems like I get the same question in almost every closing: “When are we going to be able to sign these documents electronically?” As someone who is employed doing the very thing they are advocating eliminating, it takes a great deal of effort to not wince when I … Continue reading e-Changes and other practical closing matters
By Douglass W. Dewing Title insurance, and the title examination upon which the policy is based, rely on consistent applications of general principles of law. A title examiner’s report walks a thin line between a mere listing of documents found during the period of examination and an opinion of a knowledgeable lay person applying those … Continue reading Top 10 Scary Things to Encounter During a Title Examination
Kristi Lee Flick and Gail Duffy were virtual strangers before this past summer, but they are now forever connected in the most wonderful way. Kristi is a Closer for Colonial Title and Settlement Agency in Daleville, which is a family centric office. Her mother, Loretta Bourne is the Manager and Underwriter there as well. Unfortunately, … Continue reading Virginia Title Insurance Hero Saves Life
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