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Fidelity National Requires Lenders to Vouch for Foreclosure Accuracy

Fidelity National Financial, the nation's largest title insurer, will soon begin requiring lenders to provide the company with an indemnity agreement that guarantees the accuracy of their foreclosure documentation before Fidelity will insure the title of a repossessed home. The new policy was prompted by the recent foreclosure freezes enacted by at least five major mortgage servicers and disclosures of errors made in the processing of foreclosure paperwork, and is effective for all foreclosure sales closing on or after November 1.

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Report: Q2 Title Insurance Premiums Decrease 8.5%

According to a report from the American Land Title Association (ALTA), title insurance premiums written during the second quarter of 2010 decreased 8.5 percent to an industry total of $2.3 billion. That's down from $2.5 billion in Q2 2009. The industry reported $4.4 billion in title insurance in the first half of 2010, a decline of 2.9 percent from the period a year prior. ALTA says the numbers reflect an on-going recession in the housing market with further downward pressure on home prices.

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