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Title Camp 3 2023: What is Mechanic’s Lien Risk?

By Dan Lopez on May 25, 2023
A mechanic’s lien is a legal right or claim against the property, filed, and held by a lienholder, without the necessity of filing a lawsuit and obtaining a judgment.  Mechanics’ liens filed against real estate are customarily filed by a contractor, ...
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Topics: Commercial Real Estate CRE trends real estate investor mechanic lien

Title Camp 2 2023: What is Mezzanine Finance and Understanding the Appeal to Investors

By UCC Division on May 10, 2023
The term mezzanine finance originates from a building metaphor – certain structures would often place a café or other retail on the mezzanine, a floor between the first and second floor. Mezzanine financing for commercial real estate is not entirely debt ...
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Topics: Webinar mezzanine loan real estate investor title camp

Title Camp 1 2023: Reviewing ALTA Forms & Endorsements: The 2021 Changes

By Kirk Strandjord on April 6, 2023
On July 30, 2021, the American Land Title Association (ALTA) Board approved the revised 2021 ALTA Owner’s and Loan Policies – updating their 2006 versions in segments over the intervening years.  The Updates The revisions encompass several portions of ...
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Topics: ALTA CRE ALTA Forms

Distressed Property & Bankruptcy Affects Title Insurance Strategies

By Christopher Stasko on October 5, 2022
With ever-changing market conditions and increased inflation rates, the chance for distressed properties and businesses declaring bankruptcy can rise. These types of properties and business reorganizations can affect the title insurance strategies ...
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Advanced Commercial Real Estate Transactions: Insuring Leasehold Estates and More

By Dawn Lewallen on September 11, 2022
All real estate transactions involve multiple issues and many steps to finalize the deal. Commercial real estate is inherently complex because these transactions often involve multiple sites and multiple locations and often multiple states across the ...
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Title Insurance and How It Originated

By Caitlin Ostrander on August 15, 2022
Title insurance is a contractual obligation that protects against losses that occur when title to a property is not free and clear of defects (e.g., liens, encumbrances and defects that were unknown when the title policy was issued).  Title insurance ...
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