Escrow Institute of California releases agent vetting white paper

The Escrow Institute of California issues their white paper on the topic of title agent vetting. The paper outlines the group’s position against third-party vetting companies like Secure Settlements, Inc., arguing that escrow agents in California are subject to more than sufficient regulatory oversight already. Escrow Institute of California Secure Settlements is a third party…

CFPB Public Comments Due November 6th!

Right now, some of the biggest banks in the United States are making plans (or have executed plans) to send their refinance business exclusively to a small and select list of national title companies underwritten by the largest title insurance underwriters in the country. For many of you, that means the potential loss of banking…

CFPB Releases New Proposed Rule to Modify HUD-1 Settlement Statement

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has just released today a notice of proposed rulemaking to modify the HUD-1 Settlement Statement and mortgage disclosures associated with real estate closings involving federally-related mortgage loans.  In other words, this is the change that everyone will have to comply with.  To view the proposal please click here: A detailed summary…

CFPB Integrated Mortgage Disclosures Under RESPA (Docket No. CFPB-2012-0028)

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau “CFPB” released the “Integrated Mortgage Disclosures under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (Regulation X) and the Truth In Lending Act“ (Regulation Z) proposed rule today. The CFPB is asking the public to comment on the rule on or before November 6, 2012 with the exception of 12 CFR 1026.1(c) and 1024.4 in which comments are…

The Edwards Decision

06-28-2012 Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court (“SCOTUS”) issued its long-awaited decision in the Edwards v. First American Title case.  The Court, in a 9-0 decision, dismissed First American’s appeal as having been improvidently granted. Procedurally, the decision results in the case returning to the U.S. District Court in California where a class action complaint consisting of two…

Kentucky sues MERS!

As reported at Source of Title: “County attorneys for 14 of Kentucky’s 120 counties have jointly filed a class action suit against MERS and dozens of MERS shareholders, including title industry organizations such as ALTA, First American, and Stewart.  The lawsuit accuses MERS of negligent and/or willful violation of Kentucky recording laws, fraud, unjust enrichment,…