Bulletin: PA2014005

Date:
August 19, 2014
To:
All Pennsylvania Issuing Offices
RE:
RATES AND/OR FORMS UPDATE - Revisions to Pennsylvania Manual of Rates – Increase in Closing Service Letter Charge Effective September 1, 2014

Dear Associates:

The Title Insurance Rating Bureau of Pennsylvania (“TIRBOP”) submitted to the Pennsylvania Insurance Department a proposal to increase the charge for the issuance of a Closing Service Letter from $75.00 to $125.00. This proposed increase was approved by the Pennsylvania Insurance Department effective September 1, 2014. In accordance therewith, Section 3.5 of the TIRBOP Rate Manual has been revised to read as follows:

“3.5       CLOSING SERVICE LETTER - TRANSACTION SPECIFIC

This letter, which is limited to a specific transaction, when requested provides (i) a lender secured by a mortgage of an interest in land, its assignees or a warehouse lender, (ii) a purchaser of an interest in land, or (iii) a lessee of an interest in land with certain protection against fraud, misapplication of funds or failure to follow written closing instructions by the Agent or Approved Attorney, subject to the provisions contained herein. The Charge for the issuance of the letter(s) shall be $125.00 per transaction, regardless of the number of letters issued for a specific transaction. The Charge shall be remitted in its entirety to the Insurer (which for purposes of this Section does not include Agent or Approved Attorney). (See Supplemental Form Closing Service Letter - TIRBOP PA CSL (09/14/09))”

Therefore, as of September 1, 2014, please be certain that you are charging $125.00 for any Closing Service Letter that is issued.

Closing Protection Coverage documents may be issued ONLY by use of the Stewart ICL Website: https://www.stewarticl.com. Closing Protection Coverage documents may not be (1) modified, (2) prepared by an Issuing Agent on its Letterhead or in any other format, or (3) typed, computer generated, or signed by an Issuing Agent.

The Stewart ICL Website has the most recent Closing Protection Coverage documents approved for issuance and maintains a record of the Closing Protection Coverage documents issued.

The Stewart ICL Website generates the Closing Protection Coverage documents only for current authorized Issuing Agents (or Approved Attorneys, where allowed and customary). The Closing Protection Coverage document is generated in HTML format, which is to be printed and then sent to the requesting lender.

The Rate Manual is available under the “Forms and Policy Information” index on our website: http://www.stewart.com/pennsylvania.

Agents using Aim for Windows (AFW) or Aim for Windows Plus (AFW+) should contact PropertyInfo Customer Care to have the changes and new rate(s) implemented into the AFW or AFW+ system.

If you have any questions relating to this or other bulletins, please contact a Stewart Title Guaranty Company underwriter.

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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:
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Related Bulletins:
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Underwriting Manual:
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Exceptions Manual:
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