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April 2013

One In Four Counties Now eRecording Documents

The number of jurisdictions capable of electronically recording property records reached the 900 mark earlier this month, according to the Property Records Industry Association (PRIA).

Hotline Tip: Can I Notarize For A Foreigner Without Proper Identification?

Hotline Tip: Can I Notarize For A Foreigner Without Proper Identification?

A 26-year old signer who is not a U.S. citizen has asked me to notarize a document, but the only identification she has is her high school picture ID and her birth certificate issued from Trinidad. She is not currently employed, and she does not have a social security card. Is there any way I can perform the notarization?

Mortgage Industry Puts Focus On Education

The American Land Title Association has graduated the first class of its new National Title Professional program amid a growing mortgage industry trend to provide more education to its workforce.

Residential Construction And Sales Continue To Climb

The nation’s home builders are staying busy these days as new home construction continues a more than year-long growth spurt — and that’s good news for people working in the real estate industry.

Robo Signing Fallout Continues To Hit Legal, Financial Industries

The ripple effect of the foreclosure crisis continues to impact the legal and financial industries, with a number of companies and once-major law firms now facing severe sanctions, or, in some cases, being forced to shut down their doors completely.

Robo-Signing In Your Workplace

While the mortgage industry has cracked down on “robo-signing” involving foreclosure documents, accusations of unethical document signings and notarizations continue to impact law firms and other businesses.

2013 Mortgage Hiring Forecast

Changes in the mortgage industry as well as an improving financial outlook bode well for Notaries who are seeking a new job or searching for additional sources of income.

Mortgage Fraud Index Drops To Five-Year Low

While the news is promising, experts believe the fourth quarter drop is likely a temporary one, with activity already warming up again in the first quarter of 2013.