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Title Talk: Closing Protection Letters

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WHAT IS IT?
Essentially, a Closing Protection Letter (CPL) is an agreement from a title insurance company to a lender that protects the lender against any issues arising from a closing agent’s errors, fraud or
negligence. It covers escrow activities and services performed by the settlement agent.

 

WHY IT’S ISSUED?
Historically, lenders were looking for an insurance product that would cover them for the risks associated with having the settlement agents perform the closing that had the same financial backing as the title policy. Since the 1960’s, lenders have been concerned about the lack of protection provided to them against several issues including: fraudulent action, failure to comply with the lender’s closing instructions, and closing agents/attorneys contracted by the title insurance company to handle the closing, but are not employed by the title company. The CPL assures the lender that their instructions for closing the transaction are followed by the title insurers agents, and that the funds given to the title insurance agent have been disbursed according to the terms of the transaction, and that it’s backed by the financial strength of the issuing underwriter.

 

IS THE CPL NORMALLY REQUESTED?
Yes, it is a very common request, and quite often is required in any transaction that has a title settlement agent involved. Today’s uncertain economic climate has necessitated the need for lenders to request the CPL. They are important to lenders for another very practical reason: the CPL provides vital protection to the financial institutions that purchase mortgages in the secondary loan market as those secondary lenders do not have agents at the closing table and do not have an opportunity to oversee the closing process.

 

WHAT DOES IT COVER?
The typical CPL covers the following:
1. Failure to follow written closing instructions
2. Fraud or dishonesty in handling the lenders funds or documents
3. Negligence of the settlement agent

 

IS THERE A STANDARD FORM?
Yes, the American Land Title Association (ALTA) has standardized the CPL across the nation, and in California, many title insurers have adopted the standard form.

 

WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
The CPL has a capped liability of the face amount of the title policy issued in the same transaction and the coverage contained therein is contingent on the title policy being issued. The lender has a limited time in which to file a claim once the letter is issued, typically 90 days. Claims against the CPL are on the rise as lenders look to minimize their loss and spread the loss out that they have incurred.

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Create Your Own Walking Farm

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  • ADD FILTERS

  • CALCULATE TURN OVER RATIO

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  • EXPORT in PDF or CSV

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Farming: Choosing the Right Area…

FARMING: Choosing The Right Area

While we can’t promise you’ll close 7 figure deals, in this article we’ll tell you everything you need to know to choose and dominate a farm area. Think of your marketing efforts (and dollars) as seeds that you sow on your farm. Like a real farm, there are two essential elements to a bountiful harvest–you need to nurture your planted seeds by watering them, pulling weeds, and applying pesticides, and you need TIME. If you’re expecting overnight success, real estate farming is not for you.

1. STAY CLOSE TO HOME
If you’re just getting started, then working a farm area close to home is probably your best course of action. In fact, the neighborhood you live in is probably one of your best options. Since it can take a significant amount of time to see a decent return from your farm area, your choice is very important.

2. DO YOUR RESEARCH
Of course, being close to home isn’t the only criteria to choosing the right farm area. Another important
element to choosing a farm area are local demographics. Such as: avg. income, avg. age,
# of large employers, types of homes in the area, local amenities, & transportation options.

3. CHOOSE WELL DEFINED BOUNDARIES
In the past few years gentrification has pushed the boundaries of certain neighborhoods just a bit and with people calling these new areas by different names its important to be aware of what thye names & boundaries are.

4. MAKE SURE IT’S THE RIGHT SIZE
In real estate farming, size matters. You need to make sure the area is large enough to ensure a decent
turnover, but small enough that you can build a name for yourself and consistently return to. Frequency is a large part of the farming equation.

5. RUN THE NUMBERS

Using tools like our Sales Activity Report & Carrier Route Analyzer can help you analyze each of your desired farm areas. Let our reports help you achieve farming success.

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Farming Vs Prospecting

Farming vs Prospecting

Do you know the difference.

Many listing agents approach us and ask, What tools does Pacific Coast Title have that can help me build my business? The reality is, we have a two handfuls of tools that are proven to help realtors grow their
business but we always end our answer with the following: “One of the best tools/service we can provide is helping you establish your farm area.”

FARMING VS. PROSPECTING…

Realtors often think that these are synonymous with each other but the truth is they are actually very different. Prospecting can be described best as handing out real estate flyers standing outside of a grocery store hoping you might peek the interest of a passerby. Farming is when you precisely target a particular demographic or set of individuals with pinpoint accuracy.

A NUMBERS GAME?

In sales the perception tends to be the more phone calls, doors I knock, or hands I shake the better my chances will be. In some cases this might work, however, to achieve longevity and success in real estate we suggest that realtors take a more analytical approach to when targeting their audiences. Why? To help save you time, money, help increase your success rate.

HOW WE CAN HELP YOU FARM MORE EFFECTIVELY?

We are experts in property information and can help you establish a set of parameters that can help make your farming more efficient and potentially more fruitful. We can help you with things such as:

  • Selecting A Farm Area
  • Calculating Turnover Ratios
  • Providing an Area Sales Analysis
  • Identifying Absentee Owners
  • Deciding on How Big Should Your Farm Be?
  • Creating Specific Farming Criteria
  • Digital Walking Farm
  • Sales Snapshot Reports
  • Carrier Route

These are only a few of the great things that we offer to help you grow your business. We have an entire farming department dedicated to helping providing all of the necessary farming information that you will need.

Let’s Set a Farming Appointment Today to
Begin Building Your Business.