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Jan
1

The Endless Benefits of a Centralized Title Model

Insights - Posted by Jerome Jelinek - CEO
While the long-standing trend has been to migrate to a centralized title model, we recently met with an industry friend that had just left a regional...
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Nov
11

The Top 5 2020 conference take-aways from the ALTA One Conference

Insights - 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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Aug
8

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

Insights - 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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Jun
6

RON vs. RIN—What’s the Difference?

Insights - 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.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and stay-at-home orders were passed, businesses were scrambling to figure out how to proceed with their transactions...
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Dec
12

2020 Real Estate Predictions

Insights - 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

Insights - 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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Nov
11

Top 5 Takeaways from ALTA One 2019

Insights - 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

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

Insights - 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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Aug
8

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

Insights - 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

Insights - 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

Insights - 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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Apr
4

Advantage AVM Cascade: Get Better Results and Lower Costs

Insights - Posted by admin
The Advantage AVM Cascade solution ensures that the best possible AVMs are always in the lead positions of your cascades, guaranteeing the highest...
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