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Title Policies

The Insidious Bargain and Sale Deed

PLTA News May 6, 2011

A Very Brief History of the Origin of the Deed and Recording System in the United States. By Dave Jenkins, Senior Claims Counsel – Mid-Atlantic Region, Fidelity National Title Group In feudal England, as in modern America, it was quite common for those who own land to donate it to churches or affiliated organizations.  Church land […]

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Underwriter’s Liability is Fixed by Purchase Price of Property

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By Lauren P. McKenna, Esq. Insured brought claim against title insurer arguing that it was entitled to recover the difference between the value of the property subject to a title defect and the value without the defect.  The insurer defended, claiming that the value of the property without the defect was fixed by the purchase […]

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New Requirements for Allegheny County Deeds

Industry News July 20, 2010

by Paula Mack, Esq. On June 1, 2010, the Allegheny County Department of Real Estate is implementing the following changes:  -          All deeds must have TWO (2) Certificates of Residence completed – one for the tax bill mailing, and one for the owner. They can be the same address if the owner does not have […]

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Lien Survives Despite Unwinding of Fraudulent Transactions

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by Lauren P. McKenna, Esq. Plaintiffs, husband and wife sought to avoid the Sheriff’s Sale of their home as a result of a foreclosure on their mortgage.  Plaintiffs entered into a transaction with a third party who claimed that he would save their property by placing it in trust.  After conveyance of the property to […]

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