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WWYD Answers: The Case Of The Birth Certificate And The Near Newlyweds

By Kelle Clarke on December 05, 2013 - Last month we posed a scenario about a Notary who was asked by a pair of near-newlyweds to notarize their birth certificates in order for them to get a marriage license. The question: Is this an act that a Notary is authorized to perform, and, if so, how would you go about it?

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Mortgage Lending To Drop 30 Percent In 2014

By Michael Lewis on December 03, 2013 - Higher interest rates and a surge in federal regulations will throw a bucket of cold water on the refi market in 2014, driving down refi activity by 70%.

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Happy Thanksgivukkah!

By Moses Keshishian on November 27, 2013 - This year, the Hebrew and U.S. calendars overlap so that Thanksgiving and Hanukkah fall on the same day; a rare occurrence that will not happen again for another 79,043 years. To celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime holiday, StudentExperts created this infographic.

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Hotline Tip: Acknowledgment Certificates From Other States

By Kelle Clarke on November 27, 2013 - A borrower from Pennsylvania came to New York to notarize documents related to a property located in Pennsylvania. The title company told me New York acknowledgment wording is unacceptable and won't be recorded. What should I do?

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NNA Speaks With Notaries About New Standards For Mortgage Signings

By NNA Staff on November 25, 2013 - Chris Sturdivant, Director of Business Development for the National Notary Association, spoke with Notaries in Maryland about the new standards for mortgage signings, the creation of the Signing Professionals Workgroup, the future Certified Signing Specialist designation, and answered several questions from the audience.

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Higher Prices, Interest Rates, Put Squeeze On Home Affordability

By Michael Lewis on November 21, 2013 - Rising home prices and mortgage interest rates have pushed housing affordability to its lowest level in five years, according to the National Association of Home Builders.

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Hotline Tip: Judicial Districts On Trust Deeds

By Kelle Clarke on November 21, 2013 - Should I perform or reject a deed of trust notarization where the judicial district is blank?

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National Notary Foundation Calls On Notaries To Assist Typhoon Haiyan Victims

By Kelle Clarke on November 21, 2013 - As the Philippines struggle to recover from the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan, the National Notary Foundation is reaching out to Notaries nationwide to come to the survivors’ aid by donating to its “Notaries for the Philippines” Relief Fund.

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Notary Of The Year Nominations Due December 31

By David Thun on November 21, 2013 - The deadline to submit your nomination for the 2014 Notary of the Year is approaching. If you know a deserving Notary, be sure to nominate them for consideration by December 31.

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What Would You Do: The Case Of The Birth Certificate And The Near Newlyweds

By Kelle Clarke on November 21, 2013 - Notaries often get calls requesting last minute notarizations. In this case, the signer is a nervous-sounding bride-to-be who requires your assistance. You agree to meet her and her fiancé at a nearby coffee shop.

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