Fund News and Alerts


FinCEN Compliance: E-Filing Currency Transaction Reports

FinCEN Compliance: E-Filing Currency Transaction Reports

Since 2016, Fund Members have been responsible for collecting information to comply with Geographic Targeting Orders (GTOs) issued by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a division of the U.S. Department of Treasury. Twelve GTOs have been delivered to Old Republic National Title Insurance Company and other title insurance underwriters covering time periods of, at most, 180 days, the maximum allowed by regulation. Read the article

02/01/2022


DoubleTime 9.1 Now Available

DoubleTime 9.1 Now Available

What’s new in DoubleTime 9.1? 

DoubleTime 9.1 includes changes to the IRS 1099-S Copy B & C forms and their associated instructions for 2022.

Install DoubleTime®9.1 to use new software features.

01/24/2022


Miscellaneous Fees on the Settlement Statement

Miscellaneous Fees on the Settlement Statement

During the course of routine audits performed on every Fund Member, Fund auditors examine a representative sample of closing files and their settlement statements. The auditors often encounter, and call the Fund Member’s attention to, fees prohibited by law in Florida or by the federal Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA). This article will review and explain why these fees are problematic. Read the article. 01/01/2022


Five Common Underwriting Questions

Five Common Underwriting Questions

Fund underwriting attorneys respond to thousands of calls and emails every year. The following five questions are among the most common questions received during the past year.
 

  1. Why does the commitment call for a trustee of a trust to convey as trustee and individually?
  2. May I use this power of attorney for my closing?
  3. What do I do when the owner tells me that a mortgage shown as a requirement to be satisfied on the commitment has been paid off?
  4. Can I use a prior policy to waive commitment requirements?
  5. Is the policy endorsement that the lender is requesting available in Florida?

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12/01/2021


New Feature is Here! Policy Payment

New Feature is Here! Policy Payment

You Asked for It - Policy Payment has been added to ePolicyManager. Save time, streamline your post-closing process with Policy Payment, the latest feature that lets you pay policy premium invoices to The Fund electronically online on thefund.com

11/01/2021


Good Things to Know About Florida’s New Uniform Partition of Heirs ...

Good Things to Know About Florida’s New Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act

“Heirs Property” refers to land passed down to family members through the laws of intestacy and held by descendants as tenants in common. For many years, heirs property owners have lost their property involuntarily through partition actions in which a cotenant in common seeks a forced partition sale of the property. Such partition sales often negatively impact low to moderate income owners or other disadvantaged groups who do not have ready access to affordable legal representation. Read the article.

11/01/2021


Who is Responsible for Construction Liens for Tenant Improvements?

Who is Responsible for Construction Liens for Tenant Improvements?

Under Florida law, licensed contractors and other professionals who supply labor, services, or materials to improve real property are entitled to a lien against the property they improve. Generally, an owner understands that if they engage a contractor to improve their property, it could be subject to a lien if they fail to pay. This concept is not as straightforward when the owner leases the land to another who intends to construct improvements upon it. Is there potential for the tenant’s construction liens to attach to the real property? The answer is maybe. 

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10/01/2021


2021 Legislature Amends Florida’s Community Association Laws

2021 Legislature Amends Florida’s Community Association Laws

Florida’s 2021 legislative session concluded on Apr. 30. Consistent with what the Legislature has done over a number of years, bills passed by both houses include some that make various alterations to existing laws governing community associations under Chs. 718, 719, and 720, F.S., as well as other statutes that tangentially relate to community associations. All bills described in this article have already been approved by Governor DeSantis and are now law. The article highlights new laws of potential interest to Fund Members. 
Read the article. 09/01/2021


Florida’s Uniform Commercial Real Estate Receivership Act

Florida’s Uniform Commercial Real Estate Receivership Act

In the wake of the pandemic, leveraged commercial real property may be more susceptible to default, foreclosure, loss, and waste. Historically, during the pendency of a commercial foreclosure action, one remedy creditors have had is the appointment of a receiver to protect and preserve the income and value of distressed property. But common law commercial receiverships based in equity developed haphazardly; they lacked clarity and predictability. An effort by the Business Law Section of the Florida Bar, acting with the assistance of The Florida Bar’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section (RPPTL), fostered the codification of statutory guidelines. Read the article.

08/01/2021


Marketing Made Easy: Daily Tips & Suggestions

Marketing Made Easy: Daily Tips & Suggestions

Keep your motivation and marketing going with these helpful tips and suggestions. 

07/29/2021

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