Real Estate Related

Don’t Be Fooled! QR Codes

April 2, 2024 | 5 Comments

I worked for over 30 years in the title insurance industry, working with real estate closings and insuring those closings. Our industry has always been aware of in-person fraud (read “Who Are You?” and “When Did I Sell My House” – the 2nd and 3rd “Title World Tales” stories – available now on Amazon at…

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“Trick” or “Treat”?

October 3, 2023 | 2 Comments

Attention homeowners who think that they need some cash! There are a couple of real estate “programs” that have arisen recently that I want to mention. I’m not sure that I can call them fraud, but . . . tricks? Perhaps. If the consumers/homeowners are unaware of the impact of their decisions, then misleading, at…

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Where is the Hair Dryer?

September 6, 2022 | 5 Comments

Not a “words” blog post, but a travel-related post. If any of you have traveled in 2022 (this year for me includes 2 of my regular annual trips plus 1 new trip PLUS 4 trips that were previously scheduled in 2020 and 2021 that were moved to 2022 – yowza!), you may have encountered ….

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Signing Documents in Today’s World

June 30, 2020 | 2 Comments

The attached graphics from the American Land Title Association and North American Title Insurance Company are the best I have seen so far to describe the differences among document signing procedures. The first chart explains remote online notarization (RON), remote ink notarization (RIN), and other methods of signing documents. The second chart shows how RON…

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FTC’s Scam bingo

March 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

The FTC’s blog keeps me up to date on the latest frauds for my Title World Tales stories (a never ending source of ideas, unfortunately!). Here’s the latest, giving all of you stay-at-home folks something to do – compete to stop scams!

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HOA has done what?

March 11, 2020 | 2 Comments

A homeowners association has threatened to fine its residents as much as $250 per day for posting negative comments about the HOA and their neighbors on social media. Your thoughts? I know what mine are πŸ™‚

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Standardized Loan Closing Instructions

November 22, 2019 | 3 Comments

I was in Austin, Texas, recently, attending the 2019 ALTA annual convention. You have to see the Barton Springs pool, by the way, if you are ever in Austin – it’s 3 football-fields long! And freezing, of course, being spring-fed water (yes, I think 72 degrees is freezing). Here is an interesting tidbit I heard…

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