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How Can Title Companies Protect Their Data?

Posted on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 @ 07:00 AM

Data protection is a huge concern in the workforce, especially for title companies. Frequent reports of hacking, viruses, and other data breaches have title agents and their clients on edge, worrying whether their highly personal documents are secure. If you are a title agent or work closely with the title industry, there are key ways to protect your data and maintain your business’ reputation for strong security.

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How Can the Title Industry Use CourthouseDirect.com?

Posted on Wed, Mar 01, 2017 @ 07:00 AM

The title industry is important not only to title agents, but real estate agents, home and business owners, and many others in the real-estate, insurance, and banking industries. A lack of valid property documents can leave you and your clients vulnerable to property loss, damage, and disputes. With the features on CourthouseDirect.com, you can protect yourself and your clients.

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Five Steps to Attain a Closing Agent License in Texas

Posted on Wed, Jul 06, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

You will need a title-closing agent any time you complete a real estate transaction. Agents are impartial parties who ensure that everything is in order before finalizing a sale—indeed, they are vital to the process. The process to become a closing agent varies from state to state. Many locations require a combination of education, experience, and licensing. Texas is no exception.

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The Title Industry from an Oil and Gas Perspective: How it Operates and Delivers

Posted on Fri, May 06, 2016 @ 09:30 AM

CourthouseDirect.com will hold the 2016 Texas Title Expo on May 19th at the Sheraton Houston Brookhollow. It will bring together all aspects of the industry including landmen, title examiners, title attorneys, abstractors, and real estate professionals for a day of networking and education. To learn more, or register, visit www.TexasTitleExpo.com.  

The oil and gas industry relies on many people to provide the chain of title for a piece of land, examine the title’s history for any existing claims, and release the title legally into the hands of the right professionals. Without a properly acquired title, none of what landmen do would be possible.

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The Importance of a Chain of Title

Posted on Wed, Mar 30, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

A chain of title is a document that traces the history of a property’s transfers – it runs from the current owner back to the original owner of the property. For any dispute of property ownership, or other situations requiring documentation of property ownership, a chain of title may need to be created to establish the history of the property in question.

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8 Common Title Mistakes That Can Come Back to Haunt You

Posted on Wed, Jan 13, 2016 @ 03:00 PM

Many homebuyers are encouraged to get title insurance when they buy their first homes. Title insurance basically protects a homeowner in the event that the title on his or her home isn't exactly as clear-cut as believed to be. If a property is sold by someone who doesn't technically own it free and clear, any back payments or judgments are transferred to the new owner. Title insurance protects the homeowner from being burned by common title mistakes

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Becoming a Title Agent in Texas: The Process

Posted on Wed, Oct 28, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

Title agents are the paperwork gurus and detectives of the real estate world. They research real estate records, property titles, insurance and legal documents, and other information to assist with closing on a home. While some homebuyers choose to use a lawyer for this purpose, title agents more commonly handle these duties. Title agents are required to have an extensive knowledge of title insurance laws and regulations in their state. Some states, like Texas, also require licensing. Here's how to become a title agent in the Lone Star state.

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Escrow Controls

Posted on Wed, May 20, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Not so long ago, escrow controls were largely a matter of personal preference. If you produced a monthly reconciliation of your accounts, you were more than doing your job. Those days are fading – very rapidly – but not all companies are keeping up with the pace of change.

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Owner's Title Insurance - What You Need To Know

Posted on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

Title insurance is different from other insurance. It is the only kind of insurance that protects you from things that have happened in the past. Title problems, if bad enough, can cause as much chaos as a category five hurricane! Without insurance, a buyer is risking what’s often the biggest financial investment of his or her life. Owner’s title insurance takes a great deal of that risk off the table.

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NPI and Data Insecurity

Posted on Thu, Apr 16, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

Does a day go by when a major corporation doesn’t announce that its defenses have failed and that its store of customer information is now in unknown hands? If you’re in the title industry, the question of data insecurity can lead to sleepless nights.

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