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1 09, 2021

Payoff Fraud

By |2021-09-23T13:58:33-04:00September 1st, 2021|Categories: COVID-19 Updates, Underwriting Bulletins|

DATE: September 1, 2021
TO: Massachusetts Agents and Approved Attorneys
FROM: Massachusetts Underwriting Department
RE: Payoff Fraud


Mortgage payoff fraud is on the rise. Both the Secret Service and FBI have issued advisories due to the sharp increase being reported in real estate transactions due to the large volume of sales and refinances occurring.

In […]

17 06, 2021

Extension of Virtual Notarization Act and Underwriting Guidelines

By |2021-09-23T15:03:05-04:00June 17th, 2021|Categories: COVID-19 Updates, Underwriting Bulletins|

DATE: June 17, 2021
TO: Massachusetts Agents and Approved Attorneys
FROM: Massachusetts Underwriting Department
RE: Extension of Virtual Notarization Act and Underwriting Guidelines


This Memo is an update of our prior Memo dated April 30, 2020. The prior Memo sets forth our Underwriting Guidelines in connection with the legislation enacted […]

8 06, 2021

Back to Basics: Best Practices in Title Review & Preparing Your Commitment

By |2021-10-27T16:32:26-04:00June 8th, 2021|Categories: Back to Basics, Underwriting Webisodes|

We are going back to the basics! Agency Attorneys Sara Ann Supple and Kristi Kaufman discuss best practices in reviewing title exams and preparing commitments. Some of our favorite FAQs, deal with scope of search, MLC tips and tricks, when to order plot plans and how to decipher if something […]

4 05, 2021

New FinCEN Geographic Targeting Order Issued – May 2021

By |2021-09-23T13:57:37-04:00May 4th, 2021|Categories: Underwriting Bulletins|

DATE: May 4, 2021
TO: Massachusetts Agents and Approved Attorneys
FROM: Underwriting Department
RE: New FinCEN Geographic Targeting Order Issued


FinCEN has issued a new Geographic Targeting Order dated April 29, 2021 (the “New Order”) which applies to covered
transactions in which the date of closing is May 5, 2021 through October […]

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