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A Cyber Insurance Policy Checklist

Use this checklist to help you purchase the best cyber insurance policy for your company. Step 1. Determine If You Need Cyber Insurance. Things to consider include: Your company handles sensitive information which includes, but is not limited to, ePHI or PII....

New-home construction rebounds as America faces dire housing shortage

The numbers: New-home construction surged after winter weather had caused a slowdown in February, at a time when the housing market desperately needs more inventory to meet burgeoning demand from first-time buyers.

U.S. home builders started construction on homes at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1.74 million in March, representing a 19% jump from the previous month’s upwardly-revised figure, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Wednesday. Compared with March 2020, housing starts were up a notable 37%.

Fraud risk at closing increased almost 90% last quarter- HousingWire

As housing professionals navigate regulatory changes and accelerated tech adoption, wire and title fraud risk factors in mortgage and real estate closings increased almost 90% in the last quarter. According to an analysis by MISMO-certified wire and title fraud prevention Fintech FundingShield, wire and title fraud risk factors in mortgage and real estate closings saw an increase of 87.79% overall across all transaction types in Q1 2021. These risk factors increased from 19.02% in Q4 2020 to 35.75% in Q1 2021.

Pandemic housing market developments likely to continue

The coronavirus pandemic upended the housing market. With vaccines being widely distributed, new Zillow surveys signal what’s likely to change and what’s expected to remain when the pandemic ends
“As the pandemic subsides and the economy begins to recover, lowered health risks and renewed homeowner financial confidence should bring more sellers to the market,” Zillow Economist Arpita Chakravorty said in a release. “That increased inventory would ease buyer competition that has driven prices higher during the pandemic, but expect a steady pace of home-value growth to persist into the near future.”

What to look for in E&O and cybersecurity coverage

The title industry is trained to focus on the details. But when it comes to E&O and cybersecurity insurance policies, many title company owners neglect to study the fine print, and that can end up costing them big in the long run, according to Frank Laisch, Avanze Group’s director of national sales. He recently spoke about title insurance coverage as part of the Florida Land Title Association’s (FLTA) cybersecurity webinar series.

Too often, businesses consider only the bottom line when shopping for insurance, Laisch said.

“Unfortunately, over the last 10 to 15 years, we’ve all seen the cheesy insurance commercials that have really commoditized insurance, the ‘pay for what you use’ and ‘click here and in 10 seconds you get a quote,’” he said.