- January 26, 2010
- All Michigan Issuing Offices
- Special Assessments
Upon occasion we find that we are requested to insure over existing special assessments on sales and refinances of properties. Please be advised that, almost without exception, the entire assessment constitutes a lien against the property as of date of assessment notwithstanding the fact the assessment may be billed in installments over a period of years. It is our Company policy not to insure over special assessments even if the installment payments are current.
In the event of such a request, you must contact a Michigan Underwriter prior to insuring any transaction without the assessment being paid off in full.
If you have questions related to this bulletin, please contact your local underwriting personnel or Stewart Legal Services.
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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.