ALTA Best Practices Pillar 5 available in Alabama

This course is one in a series of Courses that discuss ALTA Best Practices. This one covers Pillars 5. 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.

Pillar 5 is about adopting and maintaining written procedures related to title policy production, delivery, reporting and premium remittance. The course covers the 17 questions asked in the ALTA Pillar 5 Workbook so that the learner understands what is expected to by compliant. The course covers the Action Items report, Assessment Readiness, and Certification

Adopting appropriate procedures for the production, delivery, and remittance of title insurance policies helps ensure title companies can meet their legal and contractual obligations.

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.

RESPA course updated to include TRID

This updated version of the course is worth 4 credits
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Learntitle’s RESPA course has been updated.  It is the most complete treatment of RESPA and Regulation X available. It includes an extensive review of the new Loan Disclosure and Closing Disclosure.  The course is presented by Vince Danzi.

Vince DanziVincent G. Danzi graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s degree in History in 1995 and earned his law degree in 2000 from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  Prior to law school, he was a Licensure Investigator for the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners.  Since law school, he has worked in the title insurance and settlement services industry.  He serves as General Counsel for Equity Settlement Services, Inc., a national title and settlement services provider, which offers a wide range of services across a thirty-five state footprint.  Outside this role, his practice includes business legal representation, consulting, and serving in an of-counsel and outside expert capacity on RESPA and other compliance and title insurance issues.  In accord with his enduring devotion to computer programming, he is also a database application and user interface developer.  He lectures, writes, and otherwise contributes to the publications and seminars of such organizations as The New York State Land Title Association, the Title Appraisal Vendor Management Association, October Research, The New York State and Suffolk County Bar Associations, and is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of October Research’s The Legal Description, the nation’s leading legislative and legal analysis newsletter for the title insurance and settlement services industry.  Mr. Danzi was a featured speaker at the 2011 National Settlement Services & Compliance Summit in Cleveland, Ohio, at which he spoke on best practices for the title insurance industry

4 credits – only $70.00
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CFPB’s New Rule – What not to do approved in New Jersey

CFPB’s New Rule – What not to do

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This course will cover the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new rule on the Integrated Disclosure Rule. It discusses several court cases in which the CFPB was involved. It will illustrate what is on the CFPB radar. It will also give some indication where their enforcement efforts will be concentrated. Cases include:

  • Realty South
  • Stonebridge consent order
  • Lakeview class action
  • Lighthouse consent order

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The Presenter is

Kevin Pogoda, Esq.

Born in Santa Monica, California, Kevin Pogoda grew up in Southern California. A graduate from the University of
California at Berkeley with degrees in Rhetoric (honors) and Legal Studies (high honors), Kevin completed his law
school education at the University of California School of Law in 1994. After law school, Kevin worked in several
firms located in New Jersey, Virginia and the District of Columbia. While in private practice, Kevin’s experience
included SEC compliance, Indian gaming law, commercial litigation, labor and employment law, and not-for-profit
litigation.

Kevin has taken and passed the bar exams for California, New Jersey, Virginia and Maryland. In 1998, Kevin began his career as a settlement attorney at a prominent settlement company located in Annandale, Virginia.

While in that position, Kevin performed approximately 3,000 settlements and focused on 1031 Exchanges and resolving title issues. Since May 2006, Kevin has joined Old Republic National Title Insurance Company as Assistant Vice President and Virginia State Manager and as such oversees the Company’s entire operations for Virginia.

Kevin has been married to Jennifer since 1999 and has three children: Lydia, Joseph and Abigail.

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ALTA Best Practices with Diane Evans approved in New Jersey

2 credits

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Current American Land Title Association President, Diane Evens discusses ALTA Best Practices. Her presentation includes a discussion of how the industry has arrived a the point where the promulgation of Best Practices is important. She covers legislation that requires title agencies to implement Best Practices and the role of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
This course covers an overview of each of the 7 Pillars

  • Pillar 1 – Licensing
  • Pillar 2 – Escrow Accounting
  • Pillar 3 – Protecting Non Public Personal Information
  • Pillar 4 – Pricing and Recording
  • Pillar 5 – Policy Production
  • Pillar 6 – Professional Liability Insurance
  • Pillar 7 – Consumer Complaints

Diane Evans has served the title insurance industry for more than three decades. She joined Denver,
Colorado-based Land Title Guarantee Company in 1981 and currently serves as vice president.
A member of the American Land Title Association’s (ALTA) Board of Governors and 2014-15 president, Diane also is a member of ALTA’s Government Affairs Committee, State Regulatory Advisory Committee, NAIC Committee and Agents Executive Section.

Additionally, she has served as chair of ALTA’s Abstracters and Title Insurance Agents Section Executive Committee.
Diane has been active in the title industry in Colorado as well. She served as president of the Land Title
Association of Colorado in 2001, served on its Board of Directors from 1992-2002 and continues to
serve on its legislative committee. She has served on the Colorado Secretary of State E-Recording Panel,
a member of the Producers Council of the Colorado Division of Insurance and the Colorado Division of
Insurance Title Advisory Panel. She has served as chair of the State Board of Land Commissioners and
on the Colorado State University System’s Board of Governors

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Riparian and Other Water Issues in Title course approved in New Jersey

3 credits

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Tidelands or Riparian lands refers to lands flowed by the tide (and sometimes includes lands formerly flowed by the tide). The State of New Jersey holds title in fee simple to all lands currently or formerly flowed by the tide, unless it has already conveyed its ownership.

Tidelands claims in New Jersey are found in all counties except Warren, Hunterdon, Sussex and Morris

This course discusses:

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  • Legislation related to Tidelands
  • the Division of Land Use Regulation
  • Bureau of Tidelands management
  • What Title Insurance insures in regard to Tidelands
  • A Statement of No Interest
  • Licenses
  • Grants

3 credits

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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

Expert

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.