Will we see clarity in the Maine courts regarding foreclosures and mortgage electronic reg. system? - by John Doonan

In 2014, the law court in Maine determined that when a mortgage was originally granted to the Mortgage Electronic Registration System (MERS) as nominee for the lender, the only rights that MERS possessed was the right to record the mortgage.

Title insurance is a worthwhile consideration for tenants of commercial properties - by John Blake

Title insurance can offer significant protection to tenants of commercial properties, particularly where the leasehold interest takes on the characteristics of the fee interest. In the case of a ground lease, such as an out-parcel in a shopping center, or the lease of a shell structure

New England Land Title Association outgoing president’s message for June 2019 - by Elizabeth Young

New England Land Title Association’s (NELTA) 49th Annual Convention at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth from June 13th through June 16th, will be another beautiful opportunity to enjoy the sun and relax as we take advantage of NELTA’s educational and networking opportunities.

NELTA is your premier resource for education, information and networking in 2019 - by Cathy Jones

New England Land Title Association (NELTA) is one of the title industry’s premier resources for education, information and networking. Organized in 1970, NELTA is currently comprised of nearly 400 members from each of the six New England states.

REBA seeks to keep its members abreast of the latest developments in the title industry - by Paula Devereaux

It is a pleasure to be asked by the New England Real Estate Journal to write an article on behalf of The Real Estate Bar Association (REBA) for distribution at the New England Land Title Association (NELTA) Conference in June.

Thompson v. JPMorgan – Just when we thought it was safe to go back into foreclosure title waters - by Ward Graham

In the latest blow to the Massachusetts non-judicial mortgage foreclosure sale process and titles derived from such foreclosures, the First Circuit Court of Appeals (“First Circuit”) invalidated a mortgage foreclosure by JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

New England Title and Escrow Services military and first responder discount program - by Elizabeth Camara

Buying a home is one of the most exciting and daunting experiences of one’s life. When you combine the stresses of a home purchase with those of active military duty, I don’t care how tough you are, completing that task may feel downright impossible.

Protecting the American Dream - Risk is a constant battle we face every day - by Eric Stevens

In the real estate settlement industry, risk is a constant battle we face every day. Financial risk, reputational risk, regulatory risk, compliance risk and more are a threat to our livelihood. In the face of all this risk, we believe our greatest responsibility lies within measures

A new era of closings is rapidly approaching – Are you ready? - by Joshua Luksberg

It’s a closing day, and as you prepare for your 11 a.m. closing, you pour a cup of coffee and notice how relaxed and unhurried you are. There is no paper to print, pens to layout, conference room to set up or a rush to get through traffic.

Ones to Watch 2019: Debra Gould, Newmark Knight Frank

If you have a mentor, who is it and how have they influenced your personal & professional growth? My mentor was my mother. She raised nine kids while working full-time as a nurse. She led by example in every aspect of her life. She had a moral compass second to none and worked harder than anyone I knew. Hard shoes to fill.