Title Guaranty

Session Descriptions

Time Opening Keynote
8:30 am - 9:30 am

How to Market & Sell in Brutally Competitive Environments
Jeff Beals, Award-Winning Author and Sale Strategist 

Today’s marketplace is simultaneously the best and worst in the history of human civilization. It’s the best because untold and unprecedented opportunity awaits savvy and sharp-eyed professionals. It’s the worst because there has never before been a market so loud, crowded and full of competing distractions jockeying for your clients’ attention. 

In this brutally competitive market, cutting-edge products, good service, your personal talent and hard work are no longer enough.  You need a differentiating factor.  In this presentation, award-winning author Jeff Beals uses story-telling and humor to show you that successful sales-and-marketing professionals beat their competition by unearthing what their clients truly value while building trusting, career-long relationships!

Time Legal Abstractor/Closer
9:45 am - 10:45 am

Blockchain Translated
Tali Raphaely,
President, Armour Settlement Services, LLC

Blockchain will change almost everything as we know it today (real estate, finance, insurance, healthcare, voting, intellectual property, etc.)

It's currently where the internet was in the 90s - and will play as big of a role as the internet does in our lives soon. It's starting to get a lot of attention, although most people don't understand what it is or what it will do.

This session will answer the major questions surrounding block chain, including why it's in the news, what it is, how it works and how it will change the title industry. 






CAP FAQ Training 
Faith Baker and Amanda Jenkins, Iowa Title Guaranty

Experts from Iowa Title Guaranty will share the most frequently asked ques tions about the CAP system as well as common misteps and share tips on using it to its fullest potential.

Topics to be covered include electronic incentive payments, reports, E-Pay and Quick Pay, legal descriptions, endorsements, rapid certificates...and your questions!

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Title Standard 1.1 Unpacked and Applied
Tim Gartin Hastings, Gartin & Boettger, LLP

The Iowa Land Title Standard Committee rightly encourages title examiners to closely follow Title Standard 1.1, but what does this mean? Unlike the other Title Standards, Title Standard 1.1 is about our attitude rather than a bright line test to determine what showing is required to verify that title is marketable. 

This presentation will address many questions around Title Standard 1.1, including:  what is at stake if it is not properly applied by attorneys, the rationale behind it, how we apply it and examples of it being properly applied. 




Hot Topics for Abstractors and Attorneys 

Ben Goulson,  Winneshiek Title & Abstract Co. 
Judy Hilgenberg,Guthrie County Abstract Company, Inc.
Tim Peters, Iowa Title Company
Jerry  LoRang, Iowa Title Guaranty 

Join this fast-paced, interactive session for a discussion on timely topics including acknowledgments, day of closing searches, Mechanic's Notice and Lien Registrysearches, starting points for abstracts, exceptions and legal descriptions.

Help shape the conversation - bring your questions for the panel! 

Time Lunch Keynote
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Remote Notary and E-Notary Update
Iowa Secretary of State Pate
Time Keynote
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Cyber Security 
Nick Maletta, Holmes Murphy

As cliché as it may sound, it truly is no longer a matter of “if” but “when" you'll need to address cyber security. This session will give you the tools to ensure you're taking a proactive approach. Learn from a live demonstration that will showcase the ease in which information can be gathered (live hacking). Attendees will learn risk management techniques, the principles of a good data breach response plan, business continuity planning and the true liability that every business across the world is now facing. 

Time Legal Abstractor/Closer
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Hot Topics in the New Era of Closings
Penny Reed, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

Looking for the headlines on the latest in closings?  Then this session was designed for you!

Penny Reed will share how to reduce your vulnerability to wire fraud, the latest on e-closings throughout the country and what you should be doing to streamline the closing process for your clients. Don't miss a discussion of best practices in this new era of closings...as well as lessons learned!  

Mortgage Release Certificate Program 101

Halley Ryherd, Iowa Title Guaranty

The Mortgage Release Certificate program provides a simple and inexpensive way to obtain a release of a mortgage that has been paid in full, but not released of record or incorrectly released. 

This session will provide both seasoned professionals and those new to the Iowa real estate industry with a better understanding of the program – including an overview of recent program enhancements, mistakes to avoid when requesting a mortgage release and a question and answer session with Claims and Mortgage Release Attorney Halley Ryherd!

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 

Mechanic's Liens in Iowa
John Fatino, Whitfield & Eddy Law

Don't miss a detailed overview of the electronic filing changes to the mechanic’s lien statute (Iowa Code Chapter 572) and the new corresponding regulations.

Attendees will learn about recent case developments, 2017 legislative changes to the statute and practical tips on the new lien release procedures.  

Good Deeds: History Revealed in the Land Records
Joseph A. Grabas, Grabas Institute for Continuing Education

Land Records are an untapped and often overlooked source of history. Deeds hold some of the earliest written records of European interaction with Native Americans; they recount the struggle of freed slaves trying to carve out a piece of America which they could call their own, and they chart the movement of the early settlers from coast to coast. Each deed is the end of one person’s story and the beginning of another’s.

Joseph A. Grabas, CTP, NTP will bring these dusty pages to life as he reveals the hidden history captured in the Land Records.

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