PDR News

Remote Online Notary Signed By Florida Governor

Last week was a big week for FLTA legislative priorities where on Friday Governor DeSantis signed into law HB 409 authorizing the use of remote online notarization by Florida notaries. The law will go into effect on January 1, 2020. The FLTA will now be shifting gears to focus on rule making and an education program for…

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Beginning-to-end Blockchain Deal Completed in Vermont

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Well-renowned industry disrupter Propy recently completed the first real estate transaction in Vermont, performed entirely on Blockchain, the company announced. About Propy Propy is a property listing platform, transaction platform, and decentralized registry that helps eliminate fraud and accelerate real estate transactions. In 2015, CEO Natalia Karayaneva founded Propy after being constantly frustrated by real…

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Industry Update: DFS Guidance on Third-Party Fees

On February 14, the Florida Department of Financial Services revised and replaced their recent interpretation regarding third party fees.  Per the new DFS statement “Title agencies are permitted to charge the third-party fees as long as the consumer has been notified.” Thank you to the FLTA for their immediate action and commitment to all title insurance…

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3 Real Estate Trends to Track in 2019

In every industry, predicting trends for the new year and preparing for changes in consumer behavior is the key to staying ahead. Especially in real estate, being able to look ahead is a crucial diagnostic tool for both agents and homebuyers looking to plan for the new year. With a saturated market and high competition,…

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‘Tis the Season

The holidays have arrived! It’s the time of year when families take vacations, gather for get-togethers, and spend more time with those they love most. Restaurants are filled to the brim with customers, stores are flooded with last-minute gift-buyers and people rushing for holiday presents, and kids are off school and in full play mode.…

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A Time to Give Thanks

With Thanksgiving week upon us, we’re baffled by how quickly 2018 has flown by. As we sit down with our families to exchange words of gratitude and share plenty of food (and pie!), we consider the root of our thankfulness: Is it circumstantial? Is it grounded in the idea of always giving thanks, because whether…

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Home Sellers Drop Listing Prices in Record Numbers

According to a Redfin analysis, nearly 27% of home sellers reduced their listing price by at least 1 percentage point during a four-week period ending Sept. 16, 2018. The 26.6% of home sellers who lowered their selling price during that period, according to Redfin, is a record—at least since the metric began to be regularly…

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PDR + Habitat for Humanity: Building a Tradition of Community Service

As one of the nation’s most impactful non-profit organizations, Habitat for Humanity helps families build and improve places they can call home. With values built on its strong commitment to building affordable housing and creating stable, self-sustaining communities, Habitat for Humanity has impacted thousands of families across the United States. But families aren’t the only…

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Fraud Numbers Flaring: Costs Jump Nearly 10%

According to a recently released report from LexisNexis Risk Solutions, financial services companies are now incurring almost three dollars in costs for every dollar of fraud. While online fraud challenges continue to pose a threat to mid to large banks, perhaps the most pressing of them comes in a threefold package; delay in confirmed transactions,…

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