TRID’s impact is here to stay, no matter what

Remember, in 2015, when we all joked that TRID stood for “The Reason I Drink” in the real estate industry? Well it has been nearly two and a half years, and now TRID’s Closing Disclosure and Loan Estimate forms seem like any another part of the closing process. New automation…

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Everything You Need To Know About ALTA Best Practices

If it seems like you’ve been hearing more industry buzz about ALTA Best Practices recently, you’re not mistaken. Although the American Land Title Association (ALTA) first published its Best Practices in 2013, they didn’t begin to gain serious traction until 2016. Why 2016, you ask? After the Consumer Financial Protection…

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What’s Happening with TRID Under the New Administration?

Now that the mortgage industry is beginning to function more smoothly under TRID (TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule, also known as the Know Before You Owe Rule), and with proposed changes to TRID hanging in the balance since October 2016, industry experts are left wondering what will happen next, regarding TRID, under…

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Is Your Company Prepared For E-Closings?

Since the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce (E-Sign) Act became law in 2000, there’s been a lot of speculation as to when the use of e-sign and e-closing would take over as standards in the mortgage industry. At a glance, it appears that TRID compliance should have been…

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Clipping Increased Closing Costs For Title Agents

First American Title recently released their Real Estate Sentiment Index (RESI) report for 2016, and it indicates significant increases in title agents’ cost to close a transaction. On a national average, title agents reported their costs had risen by $210 per transaction in the third quarter of 2016. Regional variances…

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Ensuring Complete Loan Applications For Residential Mortgages

The mortgage industry has gone through some significant changes since the implementation of TRID (TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule) in late 2015. The entire mortgage production chain has to work more quickly to produce compliant and accurate loan and closing documents, and the new requirements have caused confusion and bottlenecks resulting…

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Using Technology To Achieve More Efficient Real Estate Closings

The mortgage industry is shifting focus from re-fi loans to purchase loans as the economy improves and more buyers are qualifying for mortgages. In September 2016, re-finance transactions accounted for 45 percent of all mortgages closed, while purchase transactions have grown to 55 percent of the total. As interest rates…

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Massive Increases In Mortgage Defects Under TRID

Increased Mortgage Defects Under TRID

Since the implementation of the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule (TRID, a.k.a. the Know Before You Owe mortgage rule), both Fannie Mae and the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) have developed their own taxonomies for mortgage defects, and severity scales. Fannie Mae’s system includes 12 categories, and a more simplified severity scale.…

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Cutting Operation Costs That Can Affect Real Estate Transactions

As  anyone involved in the real estate industry knows, operation costs can easily get out of control, thanks to inefficiency and dealing with disparate, sometimes redundant, systems that are often based on fallible manual document preparation and poor communication. A recent study by Accenture found that the title production process…

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Improving Mortgage Industry Cyber Security Through Secure Communications

Improving Mortgage Industry Cyber Security

Cyber Crime, including phishing and hacking are nothing new, but in recent years, the amount of Cyber Crime specifically targeting real estate transactions has skyrocketed. In May 2015, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) issued an alert to its members warning of variations on a fraud scheme in which hackers…

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Proposed Changes To TRID Aim To Make Implementation Simpler

When the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule (TRID, a.k.a. the Know Before You Owe mortgage rule), went into effect in October of 2015, its intent was to create an environment of informed consumers and to prevent buyers from biting off more than they could chew in the real estate market. The…

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