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Fidelity National Financial said it has delivered more than 800,000 startSafe digital opening packages to consumers as part of its initiative to promote a safer and transparent experience for agents and buyers.

AmTrust Title has integrated AccuTitle’s TitleFusion, Closers’ Choice and Landtech into its offerings, both companies announced. Read on to learn more.

Meridian Title Corp. has partnered with ZOCCAM to provide mobile deposits to more than 30 locations in Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan, the company announced. Read on for more details.

Knight Barry Title Texas recently expanded its team with the addition of an escrow coordinator, two escrow officers, and a processor. Read on for more details.

A Maryland borrower sued her servicer for allegedly failing to conduct a reasonable investigation and respond to a qualified written request (QWR) and notice of error (NOE).

The borrower’s property was advertised for a tax sale after her escrow account became deficient for unpaid water bill charges on a Baltimore duplex unit she owned. The servicer argued it complied with its obligations under RESPA.

Read on to see how a judge ruled.

At the National Settlement Services Summit (NS3), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Deputy Secretary Brian Montgomery shared with a virtual audience his views on how things have been progressing for homeowners during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Montgomery also discussed how the Federal Housing Administration is assisting people with home loans during financial hardship, as well as the key role technology is playing during remote working environments.

Read on for more of what Montgomery told conference attendees.

The Federal Reserve Board has issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) inviting public comment to help modernize the regulations that implement the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA).

The ANPR seeks feedback on ways to uate how banks meet the needs of low- and moderate-income (LMI) communities and address inequities in credit access.

Read on for more from Federal Reserve Board Gov. Lael Brainard and Acting Comptroller of the Currency Brian Brooks.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has entered into a settlement agreement with a California-based auto loan servicer.

The CCFP found the company engaged in unfair practices with its Loss Damage Waiver product, in violation of the Consumer Financial Protection Act, such as billing for coverage that was not provided.

Read on for details from the CFPB’s consent order, including what the business must pay in consumer redress and civil money penalties.

The borrowers in a foreclosure action filed suit against the foreclosing entity, alleging years of misdeeds and misrepresentations by the seller and others and that their property was foreclosed upon to force the borrowers to renegotiate two lease-to-own property agreements. Read on for more details.

After the new holder of an easement for the exclusive use of a parking lot asserted its right to use the parking lot, an adjacent property owner filed suit for adverse possession. When the trial court granted the adjacent property owner’s claim, the easement holder appealed, arguing that the property owner’s use of the parking lot was not hostile. Read on for more details.

Four ranking member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation introduced legislation to provide Americans with more choice and control over their personal data and require businesses to be more transparent and accountable for their data practices, in addition to enhancing the Federal Trade Commission’s authority to enforce the act. Read on for more details.

After their property was foreclosed upon, property owners in Chicago alleged that the foreclosure sale should not have been approved because the public notice of the sale did not comply with state law. The case eventually went to the First District Appellate Court of Illinois.

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Survey: 35% of agents boosted marketing during the pandemic; 17% cut back. And while 57% plan to keep current plans in place, 30% will pull back from third-party portals.

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The state-owned insurer tried to cut down on the number of policies in its portfolio, but it now expects an “extraordinary” increase up to 540K policies by the end of 2020.

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Hope for weekly unemployment benefit extensions, business aid and stimulus checks faded even more after Washington turned its focus to a Supreme Court vacancy.

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Freddie Mac reported that the average rate on the 30-year home loan edged up to 2.90% from last week’s 2.87%. One year ago, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.64%.

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