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February 2016
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The 7 Essential Practices of Leadership That Work
by Douglas Conant, ConantLeadership and co-author of Touchpoints

The craft of leadership is the art and science of influencing others. The 21st century is unfolding at an unprecedented pace with exponential complexity. Mastering this craft in the new millennium demands an understanding of both enduring leadership principles and essentialhigh-impact leadership practices.

The ConantLeadership Flywheel:

Click HERE to read more details about this high-impact leadership model that outlines the 7 essential leadership practices you will need to perform in today's complex world.

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Industry Hot Topic: (TRID) .... The Never-Ending Saga
TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosures - PART XII

Oops! CFPB Quietly Fixes Error in TRID Rule
by Phil Hall

To paraphrase Dinah Washington: What a difference a word makes. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), with none of its usual media fanfare, quietly corrected the TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule by inserting a missing word that impacted the question of property taxes.

As originally published in the Federal Register in December 2013, the CFPB's rules stated that "property insurance premiums, property taxes, homeowner's association dues, condominium fees, and cooperative fees ... are subject to tolerances whether or not they are placed into an escrow, impound, reserve, or similar account."

However, a small but crucial word was missing-the text was supposed to read "are not subject to tolerances whether or not they are placed into an escrow, impound, reserve, or similar account."

4 Ways to Improve Loan Officer and Real Estate Agent Relationships
Here's how to make your relationships thrive
by Bill Gassett

Just as real estate agents need loan officers to sell homes, loan officers need homebuyers to stay in business. Long-term relationships with and referrals from real estate agents help loan officers keep volume up, which means it is important for loan officers to know how to cultivate these relationships.

Here are 4 tips to help you build a foundation and improve your interactions with real estate agents, as well as help you stand out from the competition.
      1. Realize you are on the same team3. Establish a system of communication
      2. Be accountable4. Uses social media to help each other

Click HERE to read the details of each of these tips.

Here is an additional article you may enjoy:
Becoming the Bank Your
Customers Love
It is possible for banks to become customer-centric if they combine the right mindset and culture with appropriate technologies and a connected platform.
by Anthony Morris
The changes we have seen in the past five to 10 years have brought an onslaught of complexity, cost and frustration for banks and customers alike. Today, customers are demanding one-on-one, smarter and simpler relationships with providers, but banks offer little in this space beyond the commoditized digital movement of money.

Is it actually possible for banks to truly know their customers and be their trusted financial partners, to the point where those customers can say, "I love my bank"? We believe this is possible and there are five steps to achieve this level of trust and intimacy. Click HERE to learn about these five steps.

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Investors Title Announces 4th Quarter and Fiscal Year 2015 Results

Investors Title Company announced its results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2015. For the year, net income attributable to the Company increased 29.9% to $12.5 million, or $6.30 per diluted share, versus $9.6 million, or $4.74 per diluted share, for the prior year. For the quarter, net income attributable to the Company decreased 18.5% to $2.2 million, or $1.12 per diluted share, versus $2.7 million, or $1.33 per diluted share, for the prior year period. Revenues for the year reached $127.2 million, a new record for the Company, which represents an increase of 3.3% versus the prior year.Click HERE to read the entire press release.

Notice of Rate Increase: The North Carolina Title Insurance Rating Bureau (NCTIRB) has filed and received approval for a revision to the schedule of Regular Rates in North Carolina.  These rates will be effective as to applications (commitments/policies) filed on and after April 1, 2016.  Investors Title is a member of the NCTIRB and therefore we will be implementing these revised rates on April 1, 2016. Click HERE to access the new rate sheet.
Are Banks Charging Enough For Their Loan Risk?
by Chris Nichols

Bankers are lamenting the current ridiculous low loan spreads and questioning if they are getting appropriately compensated for the risk that they are taking with their capital.

This brings up the question - Are banks getting compensated for all of the risks that they take for extending credit? Our resolute answer is - no, bankers rarely get sufficient revenue for the risks that they take in lending. That means that the strategy of banking should be to minimize the amount of credit risk, which is the opposite of how most community banks have constructed their business model. 

Our industry needs to shift from a risk-taking strategy to a consulting and service-based strategy. The goal of banking should be to maximize lifetime value.The banks that survive, and thrive, will be those that take minimal amount of risk and provide the highest level of both service and consultation to customers. This is the modern view of bank lending. Click HERE to read the entire article.

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Freddie Mac Launches Online Tool to Help Real Estate Professionals
Aims to strengthen customer connections and much more
by Cynthia Barraza

Freddie Mac launched an online real estate professionals resource center that is designed to keep real estate agents, brokers, housing counselors, and other practitioners on top of the latest affordable mortgage products, training, and networking opportunities as well as customizable promotion tools, the company announced recently.

The new Real Estate Professionals Resource Center is an easy-to-navigate webpage that helps connects users with information to help them strengthen their customer connections, educate clients, and do more business as their market's trusted advisor, the government-sponsored enterprise said. Click HERE to check it out.

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