Digital Closings

1 credit

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digital closingsThere has been an explosion of interest in eClosings in the industry.   Because of the savings of time and resources realized by the use of digital closings, lenders and title insurers are beginning to look into ways to utilize the technology.  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau sponsored a pilot that tested eClosings and it showed that the technology had a positive influence on the closing process.  Government Sponsored Entities(GSE) have made eClosings a part of their scorecard when evaluation lenders.  Consumers appreciate the advantages that digital closings bring to their experience.   Digital Closings are making their way into the Real Estate closing process and title agents need to understand the process and how they can incorporate the process into their workflow.

The presenter is Nancy G. Pratt who is the Vice President of Partner Relations and Government Affairs for Pavaso.  She provides team leadership in attaining company goals, and manages the strategic relationships for the growth of the company.  She is responsible in maintaining the relationships at Federal and State level, understanding key regulatory issues and laws that pertain to the operations of Pavaso.   She is involved with Sales Support and strategy of the promotion and development of the Digital Mortgage Solutions throughout the Title agent network and lender segment of the industry.

Nancy has over 14 years of experience in the eMortgage/eClosing space, which played a key role in leading the go-to-market and implementation strategies for Pavaso’s two CFPB pilots.

Nancy has been in the mortgage/title industry for over 35 years and highlights of her career include industry milestones of performing the first complete eMortgage with lenders and conducting the first ever FHA and VA eClosings.

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Insuring 1031 Tax Deferred Exchanges

1031

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A tax-deferred exchange is a valuable investment tool that allows you to dispose of investment properties and acquire “like-kind” properties while deferring federal capital gains taxes and depreciation recapture. When insuring 1031 exchange deals, title insurance professionals need to understand the intricacies of the transaction in order to insure the deal.

  • What is “like kind” property
  • What is “Boot”
  • What is a “reverse exchange
  • What if a taxpayer wants to acquire replacement property prior to the closing of the relinquished property?
  • How does one dispose of their personal property investments while deferring capital gains tax and, in most cases, depreciation recapture?

Learn all of these terms and more in this discussion of 1031 exchanges and how to insure them.

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About the Speaker

Michael began working in the title industry for his father in 1984 part time before entering high school.  Since entering the field full time in 1989, Michael has examined over 15,000 real estate titles, written policies in excess of $100 million dollars, and handled closings of thousands of commercial and residential properties through out the country.

Michael currently serves as the Ohio and Michigan State Agency Manager for North American Title Insurance Company.  To work with him and North American Title, please click here:  NATIC

Michael has served on the American Land Title Association’s education committee responsible for setting educational programs for the association from 2000 to 2008.  He also has served on the ALTA’s Abstractors and Agent’s section committee to the Board of Governors.  Currently he  serves on the ALTA Public Relations Committee.

Michael is a regular speaker for the title industry.  He has been a featured speaker at the American Land Title Association Technology Forum; and the Missouri, Montana,Wyoming, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio, Nebraska, Virginia and South Dakota Land Title Associations.

Michael is an alumnus of the University of Missouri, and was recognized by October Research as “top 40 under 40” in 2007.  He enjoys travel, skiing and spending time with family.

Michael has a proud legacy of family leadership in the title insurance industry.  He and/or a member of his family has been active in the business continuously since 1920.

Michael Holden Seminars provides educational programs to Title Agents, Escrow Closers, Mortgage Lenders, Attorneys and Real Estate Agents.  Topics available include:

• RESPA reform, CFPB, the Dodd-Frank Act and affiliated business arrangements
• Bankruptcy, Federal Issues, Federal Tax Liens and Railroads
• Business operations, process streamlining, workflow centralization and cost reduction
• Marketing, business retention, sales, and internal marketing systems

 

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Surveys and Descriptions

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surveysEstimated Length: 3 hours
Credits: 3
Enrollment Valid For: 12 months
Surveying or land surveying is the technique and science of accurately determining the terrestrial or three-dimensional position of points and the distances and angles between them. These points are usually on the surface of the Earth, and they are often used to establish land maps and boundaries for ownership or governmental purposes.  For purposes of Title, they are used in the “Description”. To accomplish their objective, surveyors use elements of geometry, engineering, trigonometry, mathematics, physics, and law. This course discusses surveys and descriptions and their relationship the title insurance.
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Purchase the entire catalog and get a 30% discount.  Catalog includes all 24 credits you need to complete your continuing education requirements.
Courses in the catalog include:

  •   2 credits – 88889220 Mortgage Issues in Title
  •   2 credits – 88889271 Basic Title Searching
  •   3 credits – 88889874 Basic Reading
  •   3 credits – 88889875 Bankruptcy and Foreclosure Issues in Title
  •   3 credits – 88890109 Judgments, Liens, and Encumbrances
  •   3 credits – 88890538 Ethics in Title 2014
  •   3 credits – 88890564 New Jersey Rate Manual(effective 05/1/2015
  •   3 credits – 88890628 Commitments, Policies and Endorsements
  •   1 credit – 88895340 The Closing is Over but Don’t Forget the Post Closing
  •   1 credit – 88896208 Title Insurance E & O
  • Total = 24 Credits

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Riparian Course Available in New Jersey

3 credits

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Tidelands or Riparian lands refers to lands flowed by the tide (and sometimes includes lands formerly flowed by the tide). The State of New Jersey holds title in fee simple to all lands currently or formerly flowed by the tide, unless it has already conveyed its ownership.

Tidelands claims in New Jersey are found in all counties except Warren, Hunterdon, Sussex and Morris

Riparian ScreenshotThis course discusses:

  • Legislation related to Tidelands
  • the Dividion of Land Use Regulation
  • Bureau of Tidelands Managament
  • What Title Insurance insures in regard to Tidelands
  • A Statement of No Interest
  • Licenses
  • Grants

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ALTA Best Practices Pillar 5

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This course is one in a series of Courses that discuss ALTA Best Practices. This one covers Pillars 5. The objective of the course is for the learner to complete the section of their policy and procedure manual for the pillars discussed in the course. Also, upon completion the learner will be confident that they will be able to pass an ALTA Best Practice audit for the pillars discussed in the course.

Pillar 5 is about adopting and maintaining written procedures related to title policy production, delivery, reporting and premium remittance. The course covers the 17 questions asked in the ALTA Pillar 5 Workbook so that the learner understands what is expected to by compliant. The course covers the Action Items report, Assessment Readiness, and Certification

Adopting appropriate procedures for the production, delivery, and remittance of title insurance policies helps ensure title companies can meet their legal and contractual obligations.

Streamline Consulting has done the research and put together the content for the course. Streamline Consulting is a privately owned company that was formed in order to meet the personnel, technical and business needs of Title Insurance Companies. They are advocates for their clients in all aspects of the title insurance industry.

While the nature of the business is the same in all states, the nuances of each title company, even within the same city, can be very different. Streamline customizes every project and product for each title company, regardless of size, location or products and services provided to their customers.

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Cyber Crime in the Title Industry

3 credits

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wire fraud
The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center receives complaints crossing the spectrum of cyber crime matters. Since they began tracking scams in the late 2013, it has compiled statistics on more than 7,000 U.S. companies that have been victimized. The scam succeeds by compromising legitimate business email accounts through social engineering or computer intrusion techniques, Businesses of all sizes are targeted, and the fraud is proliferating. Title companies handle a lot of money through their escrow acccyber attackounts and are consequently a favorite target of cyber criminals. This course covers all the different types of cyber-fraud, how to recognize them, and how to protect your business against them.

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ALTA/NSPS Survey Standards

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Members of the American Land Title Association® (ALTA®) have specific needs, unique to title insurance matters, when asked to insure title to land without exception as to the many matters which might be discoverable from survey and inspection, and which are not evidenced by the public records. This course discusses the standards associated with those surveys.

For a survey of real property, and the plat, map or record of such survey, to be acceptable to a title insurance company for the purpose of insuring title to said real property free and clear of survey matters (except those matters disclosed by the survey and indicated on the plat or map), certain specific and pertinent information must be presented for the distinct and clear understanding between the insured, the client (if different from the insured), the title insurance company (insurer), the lender, and the surveyor professionally responsible for the survey.

In order to meet such needs, clients, insurers, insureds, and lenders are entitled to rely on surveyors to conduct surveys and prepare associated plats or maps that are of a professional quality and appropriately uniform, complete, and accurate. To that end, and in the interests of the general public, the surveying profession, title insurers, and abstracters, the ALTA and the NSPS jointly promulgate the within details and criteria setting forth a minimum standard of performance for ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys.

A complete 2016 ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey includes:
(i) the on-site fieldwork required pursuant to Section 5,
(ii) the preparation of a plat or map pursuant to Section 6 showing the results of the fieldwork and its relationship to documents provided to or obtained by the surveyor pursuant to Section 4,
(iii) any information from Table A items requested by the client, and
(iv) the certification outlined in Section 7.

Gary KentGary Kent is Director of Surveying at The Schneider Corporation, a 42-year-old consulting firm based in Indianapolis providing solutions in surveying, GIS, 3D graphics, architecture, and civil, municipal and transportation engineering. A past-president of both ACSM and the Indiana Society of Professional Land Surveyors, Gary has a BS degree in Land Surveying from Purdue University and is registered to practice surveying in Indiana and Michigan. He is chair of both the NSPS/ACSM committee and the ALTA committee on the ALTA/ACSM Standards. He currently sits on the Indiana State Board of Registration for Land Surveyors and is also a member of the adjunct faculty at the Purdue campus in Indianapolis where he teaches Land Survey Systems, Legal Descriptions, Boundary Law and Property Surveying.

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Cyber Crime in the Title Industry

3 credits

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wire fraud
The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center receives complaints crossing the spectrum of cyber crime matters. Since they began tracking scams in the late 2013, it has compiled statistics on more than 7,000 U.S. companies that have been victimized. The scam succeeds by compromising legitimate business email accounts through social engineering or computer intrusion techniques, Businesses of all sizes are targeted, and the fraud is proliferating. Title companies handle a lot of money through their escrow acccyber attackounts and are consequently a favorite target of cyber criminals. This course covers all the different types of cyber-fraud, how to recognize them, and how to protect your business against them.

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