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Is your local recording office open?: COVID-19

Download the latest status Recording Jurisdiction Operating Status Report anytime.

Is your local recording office open? To protect the health of their employees, many governmental recording offices have decided to reduce staff, reduce hours or temporarily close their doors due to risks associated with the COVID-19 virus.

ALTA is tracking the operating status of recording jurisdictions around the country based on reports from ALTA members, colleagues and State/Regional Land Title Associations.

You can download the latest status Recording Jurisdiction Operating Status Report anytime.

If you have updates to the information you find, please contact ALTA by emailing details to countystatus@alta.org. ALTA is currently collecting the following information:

  • Operating Status (Open, Closed, Partially Open)
  • Posted Reopening Date (if available)
  • Search Status (Online, Walk-Ins, Unavailable)
  • Title Plant Data Available (Yes/No)
  • Recording Status (eRecording – All or Limited, Walk-Ins, Drop-Offs, Mail, Unavailable)
  • County Plan (Staffing, reopening plan, how the backlog/queue of recordings will be processed)
  • State/Local Website URL for more information

More information:

ALTA’s COVID-19 resource page Alliant National’s COVID-19 resource page

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Business continuity and “safe closings”: COVID-19

Businesses around the country are instituting safety policies in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, and the title industry is no exception.

We’d like to pass on a number of resources that title agents can use to help develop their own business continuity and “safe closing” initiatives.

Recently, several agents have received requests from lenders for their company’s COVID-19 Policy and the name and position of a point of contact for the agency. To help, Alliant National has developed a sample Disaster Preparedness Plan for Settlement Agents. It’s in a format that’s easy to personalize for your company’s use. Just insert your logo and modify the list as needed. 

The form is based in part on a set of Safe Closing Protocols developed by ALTA. The protocols adapt recent COVID-19 recommendations from health officials to real estate closings. Alliant National has also compiled ALTA’s recommendations into a helpful info-graphic you can post in your office.

Importantly, under the ALTA protocols, any guest who exhibits symptoms linked to COVID-19 must notify staff upon arrival so they can be escorted out of common areas into a private closing room. The National Notary Association has developed Health Screening Questionnaires for notaries and borrowers.

Check out ALTA’s COVID-19 resource page, NNA’s COVID-19 resource page and Alliant National’s COVID-19 resource page for more information on how you can keep your closings safe and your business moving forward.

Company News

Congratulations Mary Ann Howard!

Thank you Mary Ann for your legacy of professionalism and support, you will be missed.

After more than 40 years in the title business, Mary Ann Howard has made the decision to join the ranks of those who get to wake up every day saying, “What am I going to do today?” Yes, she is officially retired.

Mary Ann built a very successful career by always being accessible, not only to her agents, but to anyone and everyone in the industry who needed help.

This blog contains general information only, not intended to be relied upon as, nor a substitute for, specific professional advice. We accept no responsibility for loss occasioned to any purpose acting on or refraining from action as a result of any material on this blog.

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