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Maryland County Announces eRecording Pilot Program

By David Thun on December 11, 2014 - Maryland officials will be launching a pilot program next spring in Baltimore County to electronically record land documents.

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eMortgages Gaining Momentum Despite Compliance Challenges

By Kelle Clarke on November 06, 2014 - A growing majority of mortgage industry professionals are either in the process of implementing eMortgage strategies or are planning to do so by the year’s end, according to a 2014 industry survey.

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Mortgage Bankers Forecast 7-Percent Lending Growth For 2015

By Michael Lewis on November 06, 2014 - The Mortgage Bankers Association predicts that total home mortgage lending will increase 7 percent in 2015, driven largely by a sharp rise on new purchase loans. For Notary signing agents who rely on mortgage refinance assignments, the news isn’t so rosy. The MBA anticipates that refi activity will drop by 3 percent, according to the association’s October Mortgage Finance Forecast.

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2014 September Foreclosure Activity Hits A New Low

By Kelle Clarke on October 29, 2014 - Nationwide foreclosure activity in September dropped to its lowest levels since July 2006, hitting numbers last seen prior to the housing crisis.

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Mortgage-Related Mergers Spike In 2014, Could Impact Signing Agents

By Kelle Clarke on October 08, 2014 - Mortgage-related mergers and acquisitions this year could impact the connections Notary signing agents have with the companies they work with.

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Mortgage Fraud Report: Risk Of ID Scams Jumps

By Michael Lewis on October 02, 2014 - The risk of “outright identity fraud” took a sharp spike in the second quarter of this year, according to the latest Mortgage Fraud Risk Report from Interthinx, a national risk mitigation company focusing on mortgage fraud and regulatory compliance.

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Sluggish Mortgage, Housing Recovery Keeps Notary Signing Agents Waiting

By Michael Lewis on September 18, 2014 - The mortgage and housing markets will continue to struggle for the rest of the year before improving slightly in 2015.

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Notaries And Employers Responsible For Avoiding Lending Violations

By Kelle Clarke on August 27, 2014 - As the mortgage industry continues to misunderstand the proper role of Notaries, both Notaries and their employers should proactively work to avoid claims of legal violations, urged a senior executive with a major title company.

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Housing Market Getting ‘Healthier’ — But Slowly

By Michael Lewis on August 14, 2014 - The nation’s housing market is continuing its slow but steady improvement, helped most recently by a slowdown in home-price growth.

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Signings For Foreign Buyers Jump As International Sales Of U.S. Homes Skyrocket

By Michael Lewis on July 23, 2014 - The housing market may be in the doldrums, but buyers from other countries can’t get enough of U.S. residential real estate. In the 12-mother period ending March 31, foreign buyers spent $92.2 billion on residential real estate purchases, a 35-percent jump from the previous year, according to a report from the National Association of Realtors.

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