Category Archives: Title Insurance New York

New York State Title Insurance Industry: ‘I’m Mad As Hell And I’m Not Going To Take It Anymore’!

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Update January 16, 2018: ‘The New York State Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that will allow title companies to resume buying clients coffee, taking them out for lunch or treating them to a round of golf. Sponsored by Sen. James Seward of Oneonta, the bill — which now heads to the Assembly and Gov. […]

January 12, 2018: New York State Title Insurance Industry Showdown With Regulators And Politicians In Albany!

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Due to some of the more onerous provisions of New York State Department of Financial Services (NYSDFS) Regulation 208 that went into effect December 18, 2017, the various ‘constituencies‘ involved and affected will be meeting in Albany January 12, 2018!  ‘The Assembly Insurance Committee is holding a hearing about DFS regulation of the Title Insurance Industry […]

Title Insurance And Havoc In The New York Real Estate Market?

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December 19, 2017: After Regulation 208 Went Into Effect On December 18th, The Following Day NYSDFS Issued A Stay Expiring February 2, 2018 That Will Allow One Specific Activity Eradicated By The Regulation To Continue… Candidly, of all the new directives in Regulation 208 that will impact title companies, a stay on this specific one is […]

No tips, please: Title closers say gratuities ban will cripple them – The Real Deal

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This headline from an article at The Real Deal describes the situation that title closers, and by extension real estate attorney’s and title companies, in New York began facing as of yesterday, December 18, 2017! This is the day that the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYSDFS) Regulation 208 officially went into effect […]

The Ostrich Effect And The New York State Title Insurance Industry

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What do some title insurance companies and title closers in New York State have in common with the ostrich? It’s the unwillingness to get bad news, understand and digest its impact and then to do what’s necessary to work within the parameters of those new rules. On December 18, 2017, New York State Department of Financial Services […]

For Commercial And Residential Real Estate Attorney’s In New York State, December 18 New Rules Concerning Title Closer Compensation Go Into Effect!

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Beginning December 18, 2017, New York State Department of Financial Services Regulation 208 will prohibit the tipping of title insurance closers by anyone! Some reading this might say, ‘No big deal’ because real estate deals will still come and go. But, in essence, it is potentially a very big deal because GOOD title insurance closers, […]

New York Title Insurance Industry Prohibition Of Inducements Provided In Return For Business Delayed From December 18th to February 1, 2018

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Breaking News December 19, 2017: The NYSDFS today issued a statement delaying the implementation of certain aspects of Regulation 208, namely the prohibition on inducements being given in return for business. We’re not sure what a one month delay will do for firms in terms of compliance, but here is the statement… DFS Statement Regarding […]

Guest Article: Title insurance — A must-buy in real estate transactions

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The following article was written by Marc Brown, a New York State attorney who does not practice in the area of transactional real estate. That said, he very much understands and articulates the incredible importance of purchasing an owners title insurance policy! Title insurance — A must-buy in real estate transactions by Marc Brown I […]

Albany Contends That New York Title Insurance Providers Are ‘Unscrupulous’ (No Moral Principles)

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New York State DFS Is Implementing Major Changes That Will Impact The Title Insurance Industry In New York, In A Big Way! Regulation 206 (now in effect) and Regulation 208, soon to take effect, were said to be written in order to protect the residential real estate buying consumer in New York State! But protect […]

Are You An Activist Focused On The Real Estate Industry In New York? Specifically, Nassau County…

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If not, should you be? The term activist when describing an individual, or activism when describing a group of activists focused on a specific issue, conjures up a variety of mental images! And of course the intensity and ferocity of the images will typically vary depending on the scope of the issue and the emotions […]