Bulletin: MD000010

Date:
December 01, 1995
To:
All Maryland and District of Columbia Policy Writing Agents
RE:
Limited Searches; Insured Closing Protection Letter

Dear Associates:

From time to time some of you are approached by lenders to perform last owner searches and to conduct second mortgage and home equity loan closings where a lenders title policy is not requested. Non-attorney agents are cautioned that the preparation of loan documents (particularly the Mortgage or Deed of Trust) in such transactions may be construed to constitute the unauthorized practice of law. Always insist that these documents be prepared by the lender.

The loan closing instructions issued by some lenders will direct you not to close the loan unless you are satisfied that they will have a valid second or third lien. To certify to this based upon a last owner search is very risky. Before you agree to such a condition you should insist that the instructions be qualified so as not to cover liens and encumbrances attaching prior to the date of the title Deed. This should likewise be done in cases where a limited search title policy is to be issued.

Insured closing protection letters will not be issued by this office in connection with any loan transaction in which a Stewart lenders title policy is not to be issued.

All questions and requests for clarity will be directed to the undersigned.

THIS BULLETIN IS FURNISHED TO INFORM YOU OF CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS. AS A REMINDER, YOU ARE CHARGED WITH KNOWLEDGE OF THE CONTENT ON VIRTUAL UNDERWRITER  AS IT EXISTS FROM TIME TO TIME AS IT APPLIES TO YOU, AS WELL AS ANY OTHER INSTRUCTIONS. OUR UNDERWRITING AGREEMENTS DO NOT AUTHORIZE OUR ISSUING AGENTS TO ENGAGE IN SETTLEMENTS OR CLOSINGS ON BEHALF OF STEWART TITLE GUARANTY COMPANY. THIS BULLETIN IS NOT INTENDED TO DIRECT YOUR ESCROW OR SETTLEMENT PRACTICES OR TO CHANGE PROVISIONS OF APPLICABLE UNDERWRITING AGREEMENTS. CONFIDENTIAL, PROPRIETARY, OR NONPUBLIC PERSONAL INFORMATION SHOULD NEVER BE SHARED OR DISSEMINATED EXCEPT AS ALLOWED BY LAW. IF APPLICABLE STATE LAW OR REGULATION IMPOSES ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS, YOU SHOULD CONTINUE TO COMPLY WITH THOSE REQUIREMENTS.

References

Bulletins Replaced:
None
Related Bulletins:
None
Underwriting Manual:
3.20 Closing Protection Letters
Exceptions Manual:
None
Forms:
None