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Procedural Best Practices: Issue Policies within 30 Days of Closing

05/15/2014 - 10:33am
Best Practice #5: Adopt and maintain written procedures related to title policy production, delivery, reporting and premium remittance. To conform to ALTA’s Best Practices, ATG is changing its policy...

New Suggested Rates for the Chicago Area

04/23/2014 - 11:25am
APPLIES TO CLOSINGS IN COOK, DUPAGE, GRUNDY, KANE, KENDALL, LAKE, McHENRY, AND WILL COUNTIES ATG announces a revised Suggested Rate Card for Chicago-area transactions. The new premium rates are...

Security Alert: Heartbleed Bug

04/10/2014 - 3:52pm
A newly discovered security bug nicknamed "Heartbleed" has reportedly exposed sensitive data from many websites. The bug can scrape a server's memory where sensitive user data is stored, including...

New Wisconsin Search Standards

02/04/2014 - 9:39am
ATG has posted a new Search Standards chapter in Title Forms and Procedures - Wisconsin. To be sure that the searches you rely on for ATG commitments and policies conform to our new guidelines, ...

New Closing Account Guidelines for Indiana

01/07/2014 - 9:53am
Attention Indiana ATG members: ATG has finalized guidelines for closing accounts. Found in the Title Forms and Procedures Manual, chapter 1, Agency Escrow Disbursement Accounts, contains a...

Understanding the New Medicare Contribution Tax and its Limited Impact on the Sale of Real Estate

12/24/2013 - 12:00am
Many erroneous rumors are circulating about a the 3.8% Federal Sales Tax on the sale of real estate. This relatively new tax may subject a seller to an additional tax on some of their home sale gain...

New Era in Closings: CFPB Releases Final Rule for Integrated Mortgage Disclosures

11/21/2013 - 5:56pm
On November 20, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its final rule to combine overlapping federal disclosure forms required by the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and Real...

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