SSAE 16 Professionals Expands to Help the Title and Escrow Industry Meet Guidance Set Forth by the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

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Title & Escrow companies can demonstrate compliance with the ALTA Best Practices Framework by completing an SSAE 16 Audit. The SSAE 16 Audit becomes the "De-Facto" standard for most in the industry.

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More now than ever, lenders are requiring title and escrow companies to show compliance with the ALTA Best Practices Framework”, says Tim Roncevich, National SSAE 16 Practice Leader. “There are many firms out their which say they know what they are doing,

It’s no secret that title and escrow companies are now grappling with the best way to demonstrate their compliance to a relatively new guidance set forth by the CFPB that was designed to make sure all parties of a real estate transaction are provided better transparency and service at the closing table. SSAE 16 Professionals expands to meet demand.

The American Land Title Association (ALTA) is taking the new guidance seriously, publically stating in an article by National Mortgage News that “Lenders Could Make Voluntary ALTA Guidelines a de Facto Standard” in 2015. The article briefly discusses ALTA’s “Title Insurance and Settlement Company Best Practices” and how lenders may start requiring title agents to adhere to these best practices.

"Why is a lender going to allow a noncompliant title agent to close their deals, when you have the opportunity of having somebody who is compliant with the Best Practices close a transaction?" asks Rafael Castellanos, managing partner of New York City-based Expert Title Insurance Agency. "When you think about it, the lenders are going to require that a title agent be adherent to the Best Practices. That is where I see it going, maybe not immediately, but that is where the future is going to go," he added. A key question in the industry remains:

“If implemented, how would the title and escrow industry provide this proof?”

The SSAE 16 audit provides a focused independent audit that is targeted to meet the ALTA requirements. It has become the preferred audit of choice to demonstrate compliance.

The title and escrow industry marketplace is quickly becoming subject to more and more scrutiny around the services they provide. “The SSAE 16 audit has now become a 'NEED TO HAVE', rather than a 'nice to have', for services providers, especially those in the title and escrow industry, to remain competitive,” says Jim Jimenez, Managing Partner of SSAE 16 Professionals. Mr. Jimenez goes on to further say, “In addition to providing an independent, third-party assessment of the internal controls, the SSAE 16 audit is an excellent marketing tool for such organizations to maintain existing client relationships and to attract new clients.”

SSAE 16 Professionals has responded to the rise in demand by expanding resources in every major market to a serve the title and escrow industry. Each of our practice leaders is pedigreed with an impressive background and large international firm experience. All SSAE 16 Professionals’ personnel have a minimum of 10 years of experience at “Big 4” and large international accounting firms, are certified as a CPA (Certified Public Accountant), CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor), CIA (Certified Internal Auditor), CRISC (Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control), and/or CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional).

Visit SSAE 16 Professionals online at http://www.ssae16professionals.com to discuss how an SSAE 16 audit could help your organization demonstrate compliance, or contact one of our practice leaders directly at (866) 480-9485 Ext. 225 or e-mail at ContactUs(at)ssae16professionals(dot)com

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