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June 2013

Existing Home Sales, Prices Climb In May

Existing home sales rose 13 percent in May compared to the same month a year ago. This is welcome news for builders, realtors, lenders and Notaries who have suffered through a lengthy recession.

Solving The Conundrum Of 'Notary Identity Certification'

Some Notary Signing Agents have been asked to sign and affix their seals to a statement called a “Notary Identity Certification.” Be careful how you complete these forms — the document generally contains flaws that can trip a Signing Agent up.

Refinancings Plunge As Mortgage Rates Rise

Mortgage refinance activity is down 36 percent from its peak in May, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association — a trend fueled largely by a hefty jump in interest rates.

First Americans Sam Zaki Discusses Four Essentials For Notary Success

With a raft of new regulations from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and other federal agencies putting lenders, mortgage servicers and their contractors under very stringent requirements, the work of NSAs is “just beginning.”

Hotline Tip: What Can I Do In Case Of A Natural Disaster?

With the recent tornado devastating portions of Oklahoma and the continued threat of other natural disasters such as earthquakes or hurricanes in other parts of the nation, are there ways that Notaries can protect themselves and better assist others?

2013 March Fong Eu Achievement Award: Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch

Because of her tireless efforts to champion Notary recordkeeping and education requirements, and her unswerving commitment to protecting the strength and professionalism of the Notary Public office, the National Notary Association is proud to have selected Montana Secretary of State McCulloch as recipient of the NNA’s 2013 March Fong Eu Achievement award.