Bulletin: CA2018005

Date:
December 10, 2018
To:
All California Issuing Offices
RE:
RATES AND/OR FORMS UPDATE - Updated Filing

Dear Associates:

Stewart Title Guaranty Company is filing an amended Schedule of Charges and Forms for Title Insurance in the State of California ("Manual"). This Manual is pending California Department of Insurance approval, anticipated to become effective on January 14, 2019; please post as required. Attached are the links for your convenience. (Click here to view a copy of the “Redline” and the “Accepted” versions). There are no substantive changes to the rates that became effective November 26, 2018. 

In this new filing anticipated to be effective January 14, 2019, Stewart Title Guaranty Company is only clarifying the original intent of Section 1.26 Special Discounted Title Premiums to only apply to owner’s title insurance premiums on owner-occupied, 1-4 family residences calculated on the applicable title premium amount. No other changes are being made to the existing Manual that became effective November 26, 2018.

Additionally, please note that “active military” is intended to include active members of the following U.S. military service branches: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Navy, and Marine Corps; and also includes any active Reserve members and any active National Guard members. 

If you have any questions about these change, any pricing concerns, or any other bulletin please contact a member of your Stewart Title Guaranty Company’s California Underwriting Team. 

For on-line viewing of this and other bulletins, please log onto www.vuwriter.com.

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:
CA2018002 RATES AND/OR FORMS UPDATE - Rate Manual Update
 
CA2018003 RATES AND/OR FORMS UPDATE - Updated Rate Manual
 
CA2018004 RATES AND/OR FORMS UPDATE - Final Rate Manual
Underwriting Manual:
None
Exceptions Manual:
None
Forms:
None