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Mar
3

2020 Spring Newsletter

CSS News - Posted by Maura A. Snabes, Esq., CES®, CLTP - SVP, Corporate Counsel Maura practices in the area of Real Estate and Corporate Law. Maura has been the corporate legal counsel for a title company since 1994 and has been with Corporate Settlement Solutions since 2002, as the underwriting and claims counsel. She is a Certified Exchange Specialist® as certified by the Federation of Exchange Accommodators and is the founder and co-owner of Corporate Title Exchange Services which was founded in 1995 and which is a qualified intermediary for forward, reverse and build-to-suit tax-deferred exchanges. She regularly gives seminars on 1031 exchanges and other real estate matters to real estate and tax professionals in Northern Michigan.
What's New COVID-19 Well, this certainly was not the spring for which we all were hoping! COVID-19 is the top story and top priority right now. The...
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Dec
12

2020 Real Estate Predictions

Real Estate Trends - Posted by Maura A. Snabes, Esq., CES®, CLTP - SVP, Corporate Counsel Maura practices in the area of Real Estate and Corporate Law. Maura has been the corporate legal counsel for a title company since 1994 and has been with Corporate Settlement Solutions since 2002, as the underwriting and claims counsel. She is a Certified Exchange Specialist® as certified by the Federation of Exchange Accommodators and is the founder and co-owner of Corporate Title Exchange Services which was founded in 1995 and which is a qualified intermediary for forward, reverse and build-to-suit tax-deferred exchanges. She regularly gives seminars on 1031 exchanges and other real estate matters to real estate and tax professionals in Northern Michigan.
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Dec
12

2019 Winter Newsletter

Real Estate Trends - Posted by Maura A. Snabes, Esq., CES®, CLTP - SVP, Corporate Counsel Maura practices in the area of Real Estate and Corporate Law. Maura has been the corporate legal counsel for a title company since 1994 and has been with Corporate Settlement Solutions since 2002, as the underwriting and claims counsel. She is a Certified Exchange Specialist® as certified by the Federation of Exchange Accommodators and is the founder and co-owner of Corporate Title Exchange Services which was founded in 1995 and which is a qualified intermediary for forward, reverse and build-to-suit tax-deferred exchanges. She regularly gives seminars on 1031 exchanges and other real estate matters to real estate and tax professionals in Northern Michigan.
What's New: In 2018, Michigan amended its notary law to authorize electronic and remote notarizations. The next step was for the Secretary of State...
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Dec
12

What is FIRPTA and Why is this Acronym Important in Real Estate Transactions?

Buyer & Seller News - Posted by Maura A. Snabes, Esq., CES®, CLTP - SVP, Corporate Counsel Maura practices in the area of Real Estate and Corporate Law. Maura has been the corporate legal counsel for a title company since 1994 and has been with Corporate Settlement Solutions since 2002, as the underwriting and claims counsel. She is a Certified Exchange Specialist® as certified by the Federation of Exchange Accommodators and is the founder and co-owner of Corporate Title Exchange Services which was founded in 1995 and which is a qualified intermediary for forward, reverse and build-to-suit tax-deferred exchanges. She regularly gives seminars on 1031 exchanges and other real estate matters to real estate and tax professionals in Northern Michigan.
Acronyms have saturated our everyday lives and the real estate realm is no exception. There is one acronym that may sound familiar, but its impact...
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Nov
11

Top 5 Takeaways from ALTA One 2019

Real Estate Trends - Posted by Maura A. Snabes, Esq., CES®, CLTP - SVP, Corporate Counsel Maura practices in the area of Real Estate and Corporate Law. Maura has been the corporate legal counsel for a title company since 1994 and has been with Corporate Settlement Solutions since 2002, as the underwriting and claims counsel. She is a Certified Exchange Specialist® as certified by the Federation of Exchange Accommodators and is the founder and co-owner of Corporate Title Exchange Services which was founded in 1995 and which is a qualified intermediary for forward, reverse and build-to-suit tax-deferred exchanges. She regularly gives seminars on 1031 exchanges and other real estate matters to real estate and tax professionals in Northern Michigan.
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Sep
9

2019 Fall Newsletter

CSS News - Posted by Maura A. Snabes, Esq., CES®, CLTP - SVP, Corporate Counsel Maura practices in the area of Real Estate and Corporate Law. Maura has been the corporate legal counsel for a title company since 1994 and has been with Corporate Settlement Solutions since 2002, as the underwriting and claims counsel. She is a Certified Exchange Specialist® as certified by the Federation of Exchange Accommodators and is the founder and co-owner of Corporate Title Exchange Services which was founded in 1995 and which is a qualified intermediary for forward, reverse and build-to-suit tax-deferred exchanges. She regularly gives seminars on 1031 exchanges and other real estate matters to real estate and tax professionals in Northern Michigan.
The nights are getting cooler, but real estate activity is still HOT! We continue to see a strong purchase and refinance market as we head into the...
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Sep
9

3 Harmful Real Estate Scams To Know And How To Avoid Them

Real Estate Trends - Posted by Debbie Bartlett - EVP, Title & Closing Operations Debbie has over 35 years of experience in the title insurance industry. Her experience is multi-faceted in both the residential and commercial real estate and includes title, closings, underwriting, policies, and construction. She joined the CSS staff in 2003 and currently oversees insured title and closing operations for both the Michigan Branch offices and also the Regional Office in North Olmsted, Ohio.
Fraudsters continue to implement new strategies to divert wire transfers in connection with real estate transactions. One of the most recent schemes...
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Sep
9

Title & Closing For Regional Lenders: Time for a New Centralized Model!

Real Estate Trends - Posted by Jerome Jelinek - CEO
While regional lenders have historically narrowed working relationships to a few AMCs and home equity title, valuation & flood vendors, the...
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Aug
8

Opportunity Zones vs. 1031 Exchanges—Can They Co-exist?

Real Estate Trends - Posted by Maura A. Snabes, Esq., CES®, CLTP - SVP, Corporate Counsel Maura practices in the area of Real Estate and Corporate Law. Maura has been the corporate legal counsel for a title company since 1994 and has been with Corporate Settlement Solutions since 2002, as the underwriting and claims counsel. She is a Certified Exchange Specialist® as certified by the Federation of Exchange Accommodators and is the founder and co-owner of Corporate Title Exchange Services which was founded in 1995 and which is a qualified intermediary for forward, reverse and build-to-suit tax-deferred exchanges. She regularly gives seminars on 1031 exchanges and other real estate matters to real estate and tax professionals in Northern Michigan.
Many real estate investors are familiar with the parameters and tax advantages of a Section 1031 tax-deferred exchange to defer the payment of...
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Jul
7

Cannabis Real Estate Transactions: Weeding Out The Confusion

Real Estate Trends - Posted by Beccy Clennan - Manager of Commercial Title & Escrow
Has the passage of recent Marijuana laws made the real estate industry in Michigan more confusing? Closing a cannabis transaction could be easier...
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Jul
7

2019 Summer Newsletter

Real Estate Trends - Posted by Maura A. Snabes, Esq., CES®, CLTP - SVP, Corporate Counsel Maura practices in the area of Real Estate and Corporate Law. Maura has been the corporate legal counsel for a title company since 1994 and has been with Corporate Settlement Solutions since 2002, as the underwriting and claims counsel. She is a Certified Exchange Specialist® as certified by the Federation of Exchange Accommodators and is the founder and co-owner of Corporate Title Exchange Services which was founded in 1995 and which is a qualified intermediary for forward, reverse and build-to-suit tax-deferred exchanges. She regularly gives seminars on 1031 exchanges and other real estate matters to real estate and tax professionals in Northern Michigan.
What's New: Summer is FINALLY here, the temperatures are increasing, and so is real estate activity! A strong job market and low mortgage rates...
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May
5

How to Cater to the Millennial Homebuyer

Real Estate Trends - Posted by Debbie Bartlett - EVP, Title & Closing Operations Debbie has over 35 years of experience in the title insurance industry. Her experience is multi-faceted in both the residential and commercial real estate and includes title, closings, underwriting, policies, and construction. She joined the CSS staff in 2003 and currently oversees insured title and closing operations for both the Michigan Branch offices and also the Regional Office in North Olmsted, Ohio.
The Millennial Homebuyer is projected to dominate the housing market in the not too distant future. Sharing audience traits and characteristics with...
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