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Slow And Steady Housing Recovery Depends On Minorities And Millennials

By Kelle Clarke on July 16, 2014 - Increased home sales and a rise in home values indicate that the housing market is heading in the right direction, according to a Harvard University report. Total recovery, however, remains stunted by low housing inventory and economic hurdles facing potential homebuyers. Despite the challenges, analysts predict a strong future for the market, and see millennial and minority homebuyers as key to take charge of the long-term recovery.

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eNotarization Growing With New State Initiatives

By David Thun on July 15, 2014 - Electronic notarization and eSignatures have been catching the attention of lawmakers in 2014. Here is a list of new eNotarization laws and programs enacted in the past seven months.

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Can I Use Erasable Ink In My Journal?

By Kelle Clarke on July 09, 2014 - I'm wondering if it is acceptable to use erasable ink in my journal.

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Certified Signing Specialist Code of Conduct: Guiding Principle 5

By Bill Anderson on July 09, 2014 - Guiding Principle 5 of the Certified Signing Specialist Code of Conduct reads: “The Certified Signing Specialist will not perform an illegal, deceptive or harmful act in connection with a signing assignment and will report any suspicious activity to the closing agent handling the transaction.”

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HAMP, HARP Mortgage Assistance Programs Extended Through 2016

By Michael Lewis on July 08, 2014 - Financially strapped homeowners in need of mortgage relief are getting more time to take advantage of the federal government’s HAMP and HARP initiatives. U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew recently announced that both programs are being extended for a second time — until December 31, 2016.

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South Carolina Raises Notary Fees, Enacts ‘Model Notary Act’ Provisions

By David Thun on July 08, 2014 - A major revision of South Carolina notarial statutes based in part on the NNA’s Model Notary Act allows Notaries to charge higher fees for their services, provides clear guidelines for identifying document signers, defines various notarial acts and much more.

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Can A Notary Act As A Process Server?

By Kelle Clarke on July 02, 2014 - Are Notaries allowed to become process servers?

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Housing Market Rebounding With Increased Home Sales

By Kelle Clarke on July 02, 2014 - After a rocky first quarter of 2014, the housing market rebounded in May with increased sales reported nationwide for both new and existing homes.

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Military Connection: Dedicated To Helping Veterans

By Joe Silva on July 02, 2014 - When service members transition into civilian life, they face the daunting task of starting their lives anew. Veterans are often left with many more questions than answers when it comes to finding employment. One of the resources available to vets is MilitaryConnection.com, which serves the military community by providing resources and information that help them succeed.

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Veterans Counselor Pursues Notary Commission To Better Serve His Community

By Kelle Clarke on July 02, 2014 - Most people who attended NNA 2014 Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, were looking for ways to advance their careers. But veteran Mike Tillotson came in the hopes of finding a new way to help homeless and needy veterans by taking advantage of the complimentary one-day Conference pass for veterans, sponsored by the National Notary Foundation.

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