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Fraud Alert
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
E-mail Scam Alert: Association Phishing Scam »
Published:  January 24, 2017 It has come to the attention of the CLTA that individuals have attempted to target o...
Monday, March 14, 2016
CLTA Fraud Alert! »
  Published:  March 14, 2016 It has come to the attention of the CLTA that the incidence of URL spoofi...

News Express
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Governor Brown Signs Legislation Increasing Recording Fees; CLTA Takes Steps Towards Implementation »
Bulletin 2017/18-31 October 3, 2017 In a large signing ceremony attended by legislators and affordable housing advo...
Friday, September 15, 2017
News Express: State Assembly Passes Housing Bills Package, Including Recording Fee Surcharge »
Bulletin 17/18-29 September 15, 2017 The California State Assembly passed the core components of a legislative pack...
Friday, August 25, 2017
News Express: PACE Financing Faces Comprehensive Regulation »
Bulletin 2017/18 - 23 August 25, 2017 Legislation supported by Governor Brown surfaced today that would enact a new...
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
News Express: FinCEN Extends Their GTO Reporting Requirements Again and Adds the County of Honolulu »
Bulletin 17/18-21 August 22, 2017 The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) recently announced Geographic...
Friday, July 7, 2017
California Supreme Court Upholds Broad Application of Documentary Transfer Tax »
On June 29th, the California Supreme Court decided 6-1 that a change of ownership under Proposition 13 justifies charging...

CLTA News
Monday, September 18, 2017
CLTA Welcomes a New Member Title Insurance Company - American Guaranty Title Insurance Company »
The CLTA is pleased to welcome a new title insurance company as a Regular member of the association, as approved by the CL...
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Jeff Kerns Elected CLTA President »
Newly installed CLTA President Jeff Kerns started his title career at family-owned Yosemite Title in 1977 while he was sti...
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
CLTA Settlement Committee Approved by Board »
The CLTA Board approved a new standing committee, the Settlement Committee.  By establishing the committee, the Board...
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
CLTA Supports Review by California Supreme Court »
The CLTA filed a request with the California Supreme Court asking the court to accept a case for review relating to lien p...
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
CLTA Elects New Officers »
The CLTA Board of Governors and membership at large elected the following officers to serve from July 1, 2017 through June...

Sacramento Report
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
New Construction Acquires Base Year Value Only When Completed per AB 652 »
The Governor recently signed Assembly Bill 652 (Flora) to provide that new construction acquires a base year value onl...
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Governor Signs Bills Authorizing Correction of Recorder Indexes »
Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 794 (Gallagher) into law to allow specified persons to request that information in...
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Governor Signs Federal Lands Bill - CLTA to Review for Practice Recommendations »
Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 50 (Allen) to make any transfer of federal lands void ab initio unless the State Lan...
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Opinion: Why SB 2 Will Fail to Make Housing Affordable in California »
A columnist in the Wall Street Journal recently opined that the housing legislation passed in California will do little to...
Monday, September 18, 2017
PACE Financing Faces Comprehensive Regulation »
Legislation supported by Governor Brown will enact new PACE financing regulatory provisions under the California Finance L...

Industry News
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
NAIC Adopts Model Data Security Law Although California Already Leads the Nation »
During its summer meeting in August, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners Cybersecurity Working Group and I...
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Home Style Question for October »
Q. Popular homes from the 1950’s and 60’s. Typically, single story homes with large windows and geometric lines. Often...
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
President Trump's Tax Framework and California Property Taxes »
President Trump’s tax plan for individuals, as introduced, could impact the decisions of potential buyers and sellers of C...
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
SEC Charges Fraud in REcoins Cryptocurrency Offering »
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has filed a complaint against the individual and companies behind an alleged c...
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Mortgage Free Boomers Less Common »
According to Fannie Mae, paying off the mortgage going into retirement has become less common in recent years. The 33 mill...

Court Cases
Monday, September 18, 2017
Supreme Court Denies Hearing on Subordination of Recorded Deed of Trust to Later Money Judgment »
The California Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal in the case of Nautilus, Inc. v. Urban Financial Group, Inc. ,...
Monday, September 18, 2017
Title Insurance »
Hovannisian v. First American Title Insurance Company Cal.App. 5th Dist. (F072789) 7/25/17 (Cert. for Pub. 8/11/17...
Monday, September 18, 2017
Leases / Foreclosure »
BRE DDR BR Whittword CA v. Farmers & Merchants Bank of Long Beach Cal.App. 2nd Dist. (B272168) 8/29/17 Af...
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Voidable Conveyance »
PGA West Residential Association v. Hulven International Cal.App. 4th Dist., Div. 2 (E064270)  8/9/17 Pla...
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Dedication »
Surfrider Foundation v. Martins Beach 1, LLC Cal.App. 1st Dist. (A144268) 8/9/17 The court affirmed the trial...

President's Message
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Message from CLTA President - Jeff Kerns »
I am very honored and proud to accept the appointment of President of the CLTA. I wish to thank Steve Tjaden for his outs...
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Letter from CLTA's President, Steve Tjaden »
I am extremely honored and proud to accept this year’s appointment as President of the CLTA. I would like to thank E...

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