RECENT NEWS & INSIGHTS

What is FIRPTA and Why is this Acronym Important in Real Estate Transactions?
Dec 2, 2019 by Maura A. Snabes, Esq., CES®, CLTP - Sr. Underwriting & Compliance Counsel
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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Top 5 Takeaways from ALTA One 2019
Nov 1, 2019 by Maura A. Snabes, Esq., CES®, CLTP - Sr. Underwriting & Compliance Counsel
2019 Fall Newsletter
Sep 30, 2019 by Maura A. Snabes, Esq., CES®, CLTP - Sr. Underwriting & Compliance Counsel
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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3 Harmful Real Estate Scams To Know And How To Avoid Them
Sep 26, 2019 by Debbie Bartlett - EVP, Title & Closing Operations
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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Title & Closing For Regional Lenders: Time for a New Centralized Model!
Sep 16, 2019 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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Opportunity Zones vs. 1031 Exchanges—Can They Co-exist?
Aug 13, 2019 by Maura A. Snabes, Esq., CES®, CLTP - Sr. Underwriting & Compliance Counsel
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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Cannabis Real Estate Transactions: Weeding Out The Confusion
Jul 10, 2019 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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2019 Summer Newsletter
Jul 8, 2019 by Maura A. Snabes, Esq., CES®, CLTP - Sr. Underwriting & Compliance Counsel
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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How to Cater to the Millennial Homebuyer
May 28, 2019 by Debbie Bartlett - EVP, Title & Closing Operations
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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The Top 6 Commercial Loan Policy Endorsements to Protect a Lender
May 22, 2019 by Maura A. Snabes, Esq., CES®, CLTP - Sr. Underwriting & Compliance Counsel
Want the Commercial Loan Policy Endorsements that provide the maximum protection? The ALTA 2006 Loan Policy provides many protections for a lender...
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Advantage AVM Cascade: Get Better Results and Lower Costs
Apr 22, 2019 by Kevin Ingles - Vice President Customer Development
An AVM Cascade could help your bottom line in a multitude of ways. Are you interested in reducing origination turn-times with limited additional risk...
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2019 Spring Newsletter
Mar 28, 2019 by Maura A. Snabes, Esq., CES®, CLTP - Sr. Underwriting & Compliance Counsel
What's New: Happy Spring! It was a long, cold, snowy winter, but the snow is finally melting, the temperature is rising and we are looking forward to...
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Electronic Remote Online Notary (RON) in Michigan
Mar 20, 2019 by Debbie Bartlett - EVP, Title & Closing Operations
Electronic remote online notary (RON) closings are soon to become the new normal in Michigan. As a Realtor, if you haven’t been experimenting with...
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Use of Electronic Signatures & Remote Online Notarization
Mar 19, 2019 by Jerome Jelinek - CEO
Many in the lending community still harbor reservations over the use of electronic signatures and remote online notarizations. This article is...
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Cyber-security Protection Checklist
Feb 13, 2019 by Eric Henke
A cyber-security breach could lead to serious financial and reputational damage for your customer. Please help ensure that your customers are...
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2018 Winter Newsletter
Dec 5, 2018 by Maura A. Snabes, Esq., CES®, CLTP - Sr. Underwriting & Compliance Counsel
What's New: We at CSS wish all of you very Happy Holidays and a safe and Happy New Year! We truly appreciate your business and look forward to...
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Oct 1, 2018 by admin
What’s New: I have just returned from my annual Federation of Exchange Accommodators 1031 conference. The conference had a lot of daily transactional...
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Jul 23, 2018 by Maura A. Snabes, Esq., CES®, CLTP - Sr. Underwriting & Compliance Counsel
What's New! We are in the middle of the “dog days” of summer, which is our busiest time in Northern Michigan. Real estate is moving, and that is good...
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Mar 28, 2018 by Maura A. Snabes, Esq., CES®, CLTP - Sr. Underwriting & Compliance Counsel
What's New! CSS was recently awarded its 4th consecutive Circle of Excellence Award from Fidelity National Title Group, one of the agency’s...
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