Mers, The Core Concepts

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MERS operates an electronic registry, the MERS® System, for tracking servicing rights and beneficial ownership interests in residential mortgage loans, and MERS® Commercial for the commercial mortgage‐backed securities (CMBS) and multifamily marketplace

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In April 2012, Mike Skalka relocated to Virginia to join MERSCORP Holdings, Inc., parent company of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (MERS), as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer. He also serves as Corporate Secretary for MERSCORP Holdings and MERS.  MERSCORP Holdings, which operates an electronic registry of mortgage loan servicing rights and ownership on behalf of the lending industry, is presently addressing the challenging issues associated with foreclosures and mortgage record holding – areas in which Mr. Skalka’s background and knowledge is uniquely suited. 

 

Mr. Skalka received his B.A. degree from C.W. Post College of Long Island University and his J.D. degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Skalka began his career in the title industry and then went on to private practice; subsequently, reentering the title industry years later.

 

Mr. Skalka joined Stewart Title in 1988 as the founding president of Stewart Title Insurance Company, domesticated in New York. Shortly thereafter, in the early 1990s, he helped establish Stewart’s operations in Canada and theUnited Kingdom, and then relocated from New York to Houston, in 1993, to serve as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the Stewart Organization until 2005.

 

As Stewart continued to seek opportunities outside of the U.S., Mr. Skalka led those efforts by becoming Chairman of Stewart’s International Group in 2005. In 2007, he became the first person outside of the Morris and Stewart families to be appointed President and Managing Director of Global Underwriting Services of Stewart Title Guaranty Company, where he remains a member of its Board of Directors. Mr. Skalka had also helped to lead the National Title Services Division of Stewart since 2009.

 

With his more than 35 years in the title and real estate industries, Mr. Skalka has established himself as an admired member of the real estate community. He has had the honor to be appointed to the Board of Governors of the American Land Title Association®, as well as to serve upon its various committees; and, is a past President of the New York State Land Title Association.

 

In the spring of 2007, the Houston Chronicle published a feature article about Mr. Skalka and his international activities on behalf of the Stewart Organization.  He also has been quoted in Continental Airlines Magazine concerning the real estate market in Latin America.  Mr. Skalka has spoken before numerous bar association, land title association, and related industry functions throughout the United States and England and has had articles published by the Bank Lending Institute, the New York Law Journal, the Practicing Law Institute and the National Register of Commercial Real Estate.

Title Agent E&O Course Available on Learntitle

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Due to the litigious nature of society today, professional liability insurance (aka E&O) has become increasingly important in many industries, especially the Title Industry.  While it may not be mandated by every state, E&O Insurance is increasingly being required by the major Title Insurance carriers and lenders across the United States.

Your E&O policy is designed to protect you against claims for which you become legally liable to pay due to allegations of an unintentional error or omission by you or one of your employees.   Professional liability policies are written on a claims-made and reported basis, covering claims that occur subsequent to the retroactive date stated in the declarations and which are first made against you and reported to the company while the policy is in force.  For this reason, maintaining prior acts coverage is extremely important.  Without prior acts coverage, your covered acts are limited to those performed and reported during the current policy period only.  While switching carriers, please be aware of the significance of the retroactive date in your policy.

When seeking Professional Liability insurance, it is easy to be misled by some carriers offering a much lower premium than you had paid previously.  It is common for these policies to be written retro-inception (with no prior acts coverage).

This course will cover the forms, endorsements, terms and definitons related to E & O insurance

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About the Presenter

Fran Kelly Professional Liability, LLC is a family owned and operated insurance agency.  The agency was founded in 1993 in an effort to provide the proper Errors & Omissions insurance to the Title and Real Estate Industry.  the company understands the level of importance this insurance has to the title business and they are dedicated to the insured.  The company provides high quality customer service.

Fran Kelly Professional Liability, LLC is a completely independent insurance agency with access to over a dozen different carriers.  They work for the title agency, not an insurance company!  This flexibility allows them to find the coverage needed at the best price.

The company can also assist in obtaining other important policies.  Their expanded product mix includes escrow security bonds, cyber and privacy liability policies, notary E&O, bonds and more. Contact them at:

ALICIA KELLY

Phone: 610-478-0400

E-mail: Alicia@TitleLiability.com

FRAN KELLY(the presenter for this course)

Phone: 610-478-0400

E-mail: TitleEnO@comcast.net

KAITLIN KELLY

Phone: 610-413-2574

E-mail: Kate@TitleLiability.com

Fran Kelly Professional Liability, LLC

Middle City P.O. Box 30538

Philadelphia, PA 19103

Fax: 412-281-4716

Best Practice Training

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Learntitle will get your training approved for continuing education so that not only will your employees be getting training required to be compliant but they will also be getting continuing education credits.

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