Industry-Specific

Get Ready: Changes to ALTA’s Best Practices and Assessment Procedures

Overview of ALTA Best Practices Changes In June 2016, the ALTA Board approved the modifications to the ALTA Best Practices and assessment procedures, and also created the Best Practices Maturity Model to help Title Companies measure compliance with the Best Practices. Below is a brief summary of the changes that were made to the Best […]

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Introducing APEX: A-LIGN’s ALTA Best Practices Examination

A-LIGN, a nationwide security and compliance solutions firms, has recently renamed its existing ALTA Best Practices Examination to APEX Best Practices. As an American Land Title Association (ALTA) Elite Provider, A-LIGN is dedicated to being an ally to those in the real estate, title, and loan processing industries. “As a firm, A-LIGN is trying to […]

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Provide Peace of Mind to Lenders and Consumers with the A-LIGN Difference

The A-LIGN Difference = Peace of Mind + Trusted Advisor + Competitive Advantage Most lenders/stakeholders now ask title insurance and settlement companies to demonstrate compliance with ALTA’s Best Practices. There exists a lot of uncertainty and confusion in the industry as to how a title insurance and settlement company can demonstrate compliance with ALTA’s Best […]

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Nuances of the American Land Title Association (ALTA) Best Practices Assessments

How do I get ALTA certified? Which audit should I do? What is the difference between a SSAE 16, SOC 1, SOC 2 and AT 101? What is the difference between an examination, review and agreed-upon procedures engagement? Will my lender accept the report I provide to them? These are just some of the few […]

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A-LIGN’s ALTA Best Practices: Engagement Options Guide

American Land Title Association (ALTA) Best Practices: Engagement Options Most people in the industry are confused as to what to do as it comes to ALTA Best Practices assessments and are even more confused when they read so many articles in the press or hear different opinions from industry experts. As a visual learner, I […]

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SOC Vendor Due Diligence for Title Agencies

The American Land Title Association (ALTA) Best Practices Framework has been developed to assist lenders in satisfying their responsibility to manage third party vendors. ALTA members advocate a safe and efficient transfer of real estate and have high standards when searching land title records and preparing insurance documents. To provide the best possible chance of […]

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How to Differentiate Your Title Agency for Success in a Dynamic Market

By: Blaise Wabo, Senior Consultant at A-LIGN In 2012 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a bulletin related to service providers’ oversight, in which they expect supervised banks and nonbanks (lenders) to oversee their business relationships with service providers in a manner that ensures compliance with Federal consumer financial law, which is designed to […]

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A-LIGN Continues to Assist Clients in the Title Insurance and Settlement Services Industry

By: Neil Gonsalves, Director of Assurance and Compliance Services at A-LIGN Director of Assurance and Compliance Services Director of Assurance and Compliance Services We performed one of the very first SSAE 16 examinations for a Top 10 Land Title Underwriter in the U.S. and continue to work with Title Agencies to help them with their […]

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Which Cloud Holds My Data?

One of the discussions brought up at this year’s AICPA Service Organization Controls (SOC) School was the issue of cloud computing and the effects it has on industries that are subjected to a SOC 1 or SOC 2 audit.  When it comes to cloud computing, subservice organizations may be involved in providing the operations that […]

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