Mers, The Core Concepts

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MERS operates an electronic registry, the MERS® System, for tracking servicing rights and beneficial ownership interests in residential mortgage loans, and MERS® Commercial for the commercial mortgage‐backed securities (CMBS) and multifamily marketplace

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In April 2012, Mike Skalka relocated to Virginia to join MERSCORP Holdings, Inc., parent company of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (MERS), as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer. He also serves as Corporate Secretary for MERSCORP Holdings and MERS.  MERSCORP Holdings, which operates an electronic registry of mortgage loan servicing rights and ownership on behalf of the lending industry, is presently addressing the challenging issues associated with foreclosures and mortgage record holding – areas in which Mr. Skalka’s background and knowledge is uniquely suited. 

 

Mr. Skalka received his B.A. degree from C.W. Post College of Long Island University and his J.D. degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Skalka began his career in the title industry and then went on to private practice; subsequently, reentering the title industry years later.

 

Mr. Skalka joined Stewart Title in 1988 as the founding president of Stewart Title Insurance Company, domesticated in New York. Shortly thereafter, in the early 1990s, he helped establish Stewart’s operations in Canada and theUnited Kingdom, and then relocated from New York to Houston, in 1993, to serve as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the Stewart Organization until 2005.

 

As Stewart continued to seek opportunities outside of the U.S., Mr. Skalka led those efforts by becoming Chairman of Stewart’s International Group in 2005. In 2007, he became the first person outside of the Morris and Stewart families to be appointed President and Managing Director of Global Underwriting Services of Stewart Title Guaranty Company, where he remains a member of its Board of Directors. Mr. Skalka had also helped to lead the National Title Services Division of Stewart since 2009.

 

With his more than 35 years in the title and real estate industries, Mr. Skalka has established himself as an admired member of the real estate community. He has had the honor to be appointed to the Board of Governors of the American Land Title Association®, as well as to serve upon its various committees; and, is a past President of the New York State Land Title Association.

 

In the spring of 2007, the Houston Chronicle published a feature article about Mr. Skalka and his international activities on behalf of the Stewart Organization.  He also has been quoted in Continental Airlines Magazine concerning the real estate market in Latin America.  Mr. Skalka has spoken before numerous bar association, land title association, and related industry functions throughout the United States and England and has had articles published by the Bank Lending Institute, the New York Law Journal, the Practicing Law Institute and the National Register of Commercial Real Estate.

Post Closing Course available on Learntitle

The Closing is Over but What About the Post Closing

This course is approved in several states. Choose one to enroll and get continuing education credit.

New Jersey

Pennsylvania

Missouri

Oklahoma

Alabama

This course is approved for 1 credit.
The following is an outline of what will be covered in the course:

Eye on the Prize/ Get it Closed

  1. Fiduciary Responsibility / Commitments
  2. Disbursements
  3. Risk Factors

What Is Post-Closing? 

  1. Recordings
  2. Money
  3. Lien Release and Trustee Services
  4. Original Documents
  5. Culture – the details

Recording – Priority  

  1. Importance of Immediate Recordation
  1. Compliance
  2. Policy Liability / Gap
  3. Customer Satisfaction
  4. Underwriter Relationship
  5. Minimize Title Liability
  6. Supports prompt funding
  7. What is E-Recording? How does it help?

Follow the Money

  1. Payoffs
  2. Insurance, Taxes, High Risk Items
  3. Good Funds vs. Collected Funds

Reconciliation

  1. 3 way reconciliation
  2. Consumer funds
  3. Balance in Files
  4. Fraud
  5. Security
  6. Escheat
  7. Protecting consumer funds

Lien Release Tracking

  1. Have a process
  2. Follow through
  3. What to do when you can’t wrap it up

Outsourcing

  1. How does it all work?
  2. Curative
  3. Settlement

The Challenge of Change

  1. Getting Staff buy in
  2. Creating a culture that supports thorough post-closing processes

This course is approved in several states. Choose one to enroll and get continuing education credit.

New Jersey

Pennsylvania

Missouri

Oklahoma

Alabama

Presenting this course are:

Vicki DiPasquale
National Sales Manager
Simplifile
Liz Tanner
Tanner Law, Ltd.
Final Trac
16B Gooding Ave,
Bristol RI 02809
(401) 253-7854

How to create a strong password

ALTA Best practices encourages the use of strong passwords for your computer systems. Passwords provide the first line of defense against unauthorized access to your computer. The stronger your password, the more protected your computer will be from hackers and malicious software. You should make sure you have strong passwords for all accounts on your computer. If you’re using a corporate network, your network administrator might require you to use a strong password.

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What makes a password strong (or weak)?

A strong password:

  • Is at least eight characters long.

  • Does not contain your user name, real name, or company name.

  • Does not contain a complete word.

  • Is significantly different from previous passwords.

  • Contains Uppercase letters, Lowercase letters, numbers and symbols

A password might meet all the criteria above and still be a weak password. For example, No1password! meets all the criteria for a strong password listed above, but is still weak because it contains a complete word. N01 p@ssw0rd! is a stronger alternative because it replaces some of the letters in the complete word with numbers and also includes spaces.

Help yourself remember your strong password by following these tips:

  • Create an acronym from an easy-to-remember piece of information. For example, pick a phrase that is meaningful to you, such as My daughter’s birthday is 28 October, 1974. Using that phrase as your guide, you might use Mdbi28/Oct,74 for your password.

  • Substitute numbers, symbols, and misspellings for letters or words in an easy-to-remember phrase. For example, My daughter’s birthday is 28 October, 1974 could become MiDauBrthd8iz 281074 (it’s OK to use spaces in your password).

  • Relate your password to a favorite hobby or sport. For example, I love to play basketball could become ILuv2PlayB@sk3tb@ll.

If you feel you must write down your password in order to remember it, make sure you don’t label it as your password, and keep it in a safe place.

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Realtors® Applaud CFPB Extension of TRID Implementation | realtor.org

National Association of Realtors® President Chris Polychron, executive broker with 1st Choice Realty in Hot Springs, Ark., released the following statement in response to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s announcement  of a two-month delay for the implementation of  the new Truth in Lending Act and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act Integrated Disclosure, or TRID, regulation.

Source: Realtors® Applaud CFPB Extension of TRID Implementation | realtor.org

ALTA Best Practices Pillars 1 & 6 – Licensing and Insurance available in Alabama

ALTA Best Practices

This course is one in a series of Courses that discuss ALTA Best Practices. This one covers Pillars 1 and 6. The objective of the course is for the learner to complete the section of their policy and procedure manual for the pillars discussed in the course. Also, upon completion the learner will be confident that they will be able to pass an ALTA Best Practice audit for the pillars discussed in the course.

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Pillar 1 is about licensing. The course covers the 10 questions asked in the ALTA Pillar 1 Workbook so that the learner understands what is expected to by compliant. The course covers the Action Items report, Assessment Readiness, and Certification

Pillar 6 is about Professional Liability Insurance. The course covers the 12 questions asked in the ALTA Pillar 6 Workbook so that the learner understands what is expected to by compliant. The course covers the Action Items report, Assessment Readiness, and Certification.

Streamline Consulting has done the research and put together the content for the course. Streamline Consulting is a privately owned company that was formed in order to meet the personnel, technical and business needs of Title Insurance Companies. They are advocates for their clients in all aspects of the title insurance industry.

While the nature of the business is the same in all states, the nuances of each title company, even within the same city, can be very different. Streamline customizes every project and product for each title company, regardless of size, location or products and services provided to their customers.