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MISMO Unveils Remote Online Notarization Standards

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MISMO has announced the release of its Remote Online Notarization (RON) standards, which will enable the use of audio-visual communication devices to notarize documents in a virtual online environment. 

MISMO’s RON standards were updated to include language to preclude the storage of personally identifiable information. The standards support model legislation that was developed by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) and the American Land Title Association (ALTA), which multiple U.S. states are now using to enact RON laws in their jurisdictions. MISMO noted that some states with RON legislation have already utilized draft versions of the MISMO RON standards to implement their state law. 

MISMO released the standards for a public comment period that runs through Aug. 12, at which point the standards will be moved to Candidate Recommendation status if substantive comments are received in the comment period. The Candidate Recommendation status means the RON standards are ready for broad use across the entire residential mortgage industry. 

“With states across the country enacting remote online notarization laws, MISMO’s standards will support greater consistency as the volume of remote online notarial transactions increases,” said Eddie Oddo, Vice President of Corporate Business Solutions at First American Title Insurance Company, and co-chair of MISMO’s Remote Online Notarization Workgroup. “We’re excited about this next stage in the standards process and look forward to seeing lenders, title companies, software vendors, and notaries leverage RON standards to offer borrowers a more secure and efficient closing process.” 

MISMO’s announcement was also welcomed by David Burner, Strategic Planning and Partnership Manager at Notarize, a Boston-based platform for legal online notarization. 

“We are really excited that MISMO put together the standards for the industry,” said Burner. “There is so much talk about online notarization that sometimes it can be confusing. This was a collaborative effort among different stakeholders, and without MISMO this would not have happened.”


DFW Area Haunted Houses

It is that spooky time of year!  So if you dare, here are some of our areas best haunted houses.

The Parker House

8550 W University Drive, Denton, Texas
Price: $25 general admission and $40 for Fast Scare Pass. Tickets can be purchased online or onsite (cash only)
Dates: Fridays-Saturdays in October, with extended dates near Halloween

Reindeer Manor

410 Houston School Road, Red Oak, Texas
Price: Starting at $35, with various combo and family options available
Dates: Fridays-Saturdays in October, with extended dates near Halloween

Six Flags Fright Fest

2201 E Road to Six Flags Street, Arlington, Texas
Price: Daily GA tickets start at $82.99; haunted house passes are $29.99
Dates: Thursdays-Sundays in October, with extended dates near Halloween


2511 FM 66, Waxahachie, Texas
Price: GA tickets start at $32 plus fees and $20 extra for fast passes; group discount tickets are $30 each
Dates: Fridays-Saturdays through October; open 7:30pm-1:30am

Moxley Manor

510 Harwood Road, Bedford, Texas
Price: GA starts at $25; $40 for Fast Passes
Dates: Fridays-Sundays in October, plus extended dates around Halloween

Hangman’s House of Horrors

4400 Blue Mound Road, Fort Worth, Texas
Price: GA tickets start at $24 with various packages available
Dates: Fridays-Sundays in October, with extended dates closer to Halloween

Dark Hour

701 Taylor Drive, Plano, Texas
Price: GA tickets start at $30, with various packages available
Dates: Fridays-Saturdays in October, with extended dates closer to Halloween

Cutting Edge Haunted House

1701 E Lancaster Avenue, Fort Worth, Texas
Price: GA tickets start at $34.99
Dates: Fridays-Sundays in October with extended hours the week of Halloween. Open times are either 7pm or 8pm depending on the date


Republic Title Lakewood Hosts 11th Annual Pink Party Benefiting The Bridge Breast Network

On October 3rdRepublic Title Lakewood hosted their 11th annual Pink Party for a Cause with all proceeds benefiting The Bridge Breast Network, an East Dallas organization providing healthcare to breast cancer patients.

“Republic Title is a big supporter of the Bridge Breast Network and the work they do in our community,” said Republic Title’s Cindy Maya, “We are thrilled that our Pink Party for a Cause benefits such a worthy cause and couldn’t have done it without our generous customers and donors. This is our 11th year of hosting the event and it has been so exciting to watch it grow with this year’s event raising over $12,000!”.

All proceeds raised at Republic Title’s Pink Party for a Cause benefit The Bridge Breast Network, whose mission is to save lives by providing access to diagnostic and treatment services for breast cancer to low income, uninsured and underinsured individuals.

“It truly takes a village for a program like Bridge Breast Network to achieve our mission. The $12,000 raised at the Republic Title Pink Party will provide lifesaving mammograms for 80 women. Early detection is the key to survival. Together our two organizations are building bridges of hope by providing mammograms for uninsured women.” said Terry Wilson-Gray, Executive Director of the Bridge Breast Network.

For more information on The Bridge Breast Network, visit

Click here to view pictures from Republic Title’s Pink Party.

Pile of fall leaves with fan rake on lawn

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As the temperatures start to get cooler, it is the perfect time to get your lawn ready for the winter months.

Vistors enjoy food, games and the festivities of the State Fair of Texas in Dallas.

State Fair of Texas – Ends October 20th

Don’t miss out on this year’s state fair.  It’s going to be a beautiful weekend and the fair would be the perfect place to go.

There is something for everyone.  Visit the car show exhibit and see the latest and greatest cars.  The livestock area is a great place for kids to see all kinds of farm animals.  And of course you have to go to the midway.  Enjoy all of the rides, fun activities and sample this years newest food creations.

Go to to see a full schedule of events and activities going on this weekend.

Have fun and enjoy this wonderful weather!


State Fair of Texas Upcoming Concerts

Corn dogs, funnel cakes, rides and games are not the only fun things to do at the State Fair.  Check out this line-up of headline acts that will be performing on the Chevrolet Main Stage the next couples of weeks.

Friday, October 11th @ 8:30 PM – Bob Schneider

Saturday, October 12th @ 8:30 PM – Big & Rich with special guest Cowboy Troy

Sunday, October 13th @ 8:30 PM – Billy Ray Cyrus

Monday, October 14th @ 5:30 PM – Shane & Shane

Friday, October 18th @ 8:30 PM – Shining Star – A Tribute to Earth, Wind, and Fire

Saturday, October 19th @ 8:30 PM – 98 Degrees

Sunday, October 20th @ 3:00 PM – Gary P. Nunn

The concert series on the Chevrolet Main Stage is one of the best values of the State Fair of Texas because it is totally FREE with the price of admission. Over a span of 24 days, you can enjoy different headliners and regional musicians perform live at the Fair. From country to Tejano, rock to hip-hop, this year’s Chevrolet Main Stage lineup has something for everyone.

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