Category: Network News


Emergency Order on Roof Repairs

Recently, Florida Land Title Association sent out an update concerning emergency roof repairs after Hurricane Irma, and we feel it’s imperative to share it with you.

“As real estate transactions are being impacted and/or delayed by Hurricane Irma’s damages, it’s important for us to share the latest Emergency Order from, Jonathan Zachem, Secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, in response to Governor Scott’s Executive Order.

Roofing contractors will be spread thin over the next several months and this will assist in accelerating the recovery and real estate closing process.

Zachem has ordered the following for counties identified in the Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster declaration DR-4337 as it relates to roof repair:

  1. The provisions of section 489.113(3), Florida Statutes, are suspended to the following extent: A certified or registered, general, building, or residential contractor is not required to subcontract roofing work for repair and installation of any flat roofs and roofs made of wood shakes, asphalt or fiberglass shingles, tiles, and metal.
  2. The provisions of section 489.117, Florida Statutes, are suspended to the extent that local jurisdictions are authorized to issue local specialty licenses, without additional local ordinances, for the repair and installation of flat roofs and roofs made of wood shakes, asphalt or fiberglass shingles, tiles, and metal, conditioned upon the requirement that all applicants for the specialty roofing licenses shall provide an affidavit of competency from their original jurisdiction, within Florida, proof of compliance with applicable workers’ compensation as required by Chapter 440, Florida Statutes, and public liability and property damage insurance as required by section 489.115(5)(a), Florida Statutes.
  3. Departmental fees associated with relocating or reopening businesses regulated under Chapter 455, Florida Statutes, that were closed from damage caused by Hurricane Irma and its effects are hereby waived. Only fees assessed by the department, or by a board within the department, are waived.

The effective date of this Order shall correspond with the effective date of Executive Order No. 17-235, and any amendments, provided however that all jobs issued permits during this period shall be allowed to be completed.”

Please make sure to pass this along to any buyers, sellers, REALTORS, and industry partners you think could use this information. To view the complete Order, click HERE.

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Independent Audit Confirms FAN’s Internal Data Security Controls

Florida Agency Network completes SOC 1 Type 2 attestation

 

PLANT CITY, Fla. – Florida Agency Network, (FAN), the largest network of title agencies in Florida, has completed a meticulous third-party examination of its data security and privacy policies and procedures under the Service Organization Controls (SOC) 1 Type 2 standards.

The demanding third-party examinations were administered by the professional IT assurance and compliance staff at 360 Advanced, a respected national Qualified Security Assessor, HITRUST CSF Assessor and Certified Public Accountant firm based in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Companies that complete annual SOC 1 assessments can demonstrate a substantially higher level of security assurance and operational visibility as compared to those companies without an assessment. The assessment focuses on the internal controls impacting customers and the protection of their non-public personal information (NPPI).

“Proving up to date compliance with SOC 1 Type 2 is a rigorous process for all involved.  I am proud that FAN completed our annual assessment successfully and believe that it affords us a competitive advantage,” said Andrea Somers, Compliance Officer for FAN. She added that the staff at 360 Advanced is “knowledgeable, detailed, and a pleasure to work with.”

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Florida Agency Network Completes SOC 1, Type 2 Assessment Report

November 3, 2016 — TAMPA, FL  — Florida Agency Network (FAN), the largest network of title agencies in Florida, has completed a rigorous third-party examination of its policies and procedures under the Service Organization Controls (SOC) 1 Type 2 standards, demonstrating its commitment to data security and privacy at all levels of its operations.

The demanding third-party examinations were administered by the professional IT assurance and compliance staff at 360 Advanced, a respected national Qualified Security Assessor, HITRUST CSF Assessor and Certified Public Accountant firm based in Tampa, FL.

Developed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”), the Trusted Service Principles (TSP) Framework is based on criteria geared towards technology and cloud-based computing systems, and the TSP Framework is comprised of five standards by which a practitioner is required to examine and report on when analyzing the security of a candidate’s system.

Companies who complete annual SOC 1 assessments are able to demonstrate a substantially higher level of security assurance and operational visibility as compared to those companies who have not yet received their assessment. The assessment focuses on the internal controls impacting customers and the protection of their non-public personal information (NPPI).

Through its partnership with Premier Data Services, FAN is able to avail itself of a SOC 2, Type 2-assessed hosted environment with co-location backup and the most rigorous security controls in the industry. Premier Data Services is able to provide security measures as they relate to non-financial controls of an organization such as its IT network and processes, as well as protection of confidential data. As an IT/MSP, Premier Data Services specializes in compliance and security, overseeing its clients’ infrastructure and network solutions, and ensuring their software systems are not only healthy, but also optimized for performance.

“We are proud of this accomplishment and we feel our company has made a statement to our lender and real estate partners about how serious we take protecting and safeguarding our clients’ information. We value and protect NPPI as though it were money. Our goal is to become a vault for our clients,” said Aaron M. Davis, CEO of FAN.

“Having the SOC 1 Type 2 assessment completed puts us in the top one percent of agencies to reach this standard in our industry,” said Andrea Somers, Compliance Officer for FAN. She added that, “successfully completing the rigorous assessments provides FAN with a competitive advantage.  Lenders are asking more frequently for standards of protection for consumers’ NPPI.”

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ABOUT FLORIDA AGENCY NETWORK

The FLORIDA AGENCY NETWORK (FAN) is made up of a network of title agencies that have formed a strategic alliance to provide shared back office services, pooled resources, and greater geographic coverage throughout the State of Florida. Resources of FAN include multiple on-staff attorneys, access to private title plant and ancillary services, IT company, centralized processes & post-closing, agency administration, compliance management and financial oversight. Powered by multiple national underwriters, FAN offers residential, commercial, builder, lender and investor services, experienced escrow staff, personalized customer service, offices throughout the State of Florida, and much more. For more information, please visit http://www.FLagency.net.

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ABOUT 360 ADVANCED

Known for its responsiveness, experience and professionalism, 360 Advanced has clients in more than 35 states that are major service providers in various industries, including cloud and SaaS based organizations.  360 Advanced is one of only a few specialized firms in the U.S. that assist service providers as their independent IT assurance and compliance assessor in maintaining and communicating security and compliance to their clients.

360 Advanced’s services are provided, but not limited to, the following industries: Title Services, Hosted and Managed IT, Data Center and Colocation, Software as a Service (SaaS), Healthcare, Financial Services, Insurance, HR | Payroll | PEO, Legal and Collections, Bulk Mail Printing and Distribution, Background Screening, Business Process Outsourcing and Marketing.

Services provided by 360 Advanced include SOC 1 (SSAE 16), SOC 2, SOC 3, PCI DSS, HIPAA Security/HITECH, Microsoft Vendor Policy and other security and compliance services.

Contact:         Eric Ratcliffe

eratcliffe@360advanced.com

866.418.1708 ext.710

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FAN and SETCO Partnership Featured in The Title Report

Today’s Title Report update features FAN’s latest announcement on the partnership with SETCO Services LLC.

“Florida Agency Network (FAN) is joining forces with SETCO Services, LLC headquartered in Destin, Fla. FAN CEO Aaron Davis told The Title Report this latest venture marks a new initiative by the title insurance agencies…”

To read the full feature, click HERE.

To read the press release, click HERE.

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Florida Agency Network and SETCO Services, LLC Join Forces to Bring Statewide Solutions

Florida’s premier network of independent title agencies joins forces with the largest independent agency in North Florida to bring settlement services to real estate professionals throughout the state.

Tampa, Fla. – August 12, 2016 – Florida Agency Network (FAN), Florida’s largest network of independent title insurance agencies, announces that it is joining forces with SETCO Services, LLC,
headquartered in Destin, FL. This latest venture marks a new initiative by FAN to grow the Network through the creation of strategic relationships in certain key Florida markets where FAN is currently under-represented. As opposed to other FAN locations established through organic growth or formalized partnerships, the SETCO announcement represents FAN’s first non-equity relationship where the entities will support one another and avail themselves of each other’s locations, client relationships,
marketing, and other ancillary services.

Through these new relationships the network benefits by adding additional locations to its statewide footprint, and better service for its clients through additional brick and mortar offices with local
knowledge and expertise, while the new FAN agent partners gain access to vast resources and a robust menu of products and services.

“We are incredibly excited to announce the formation of this strategic partnership with SETCO Services, LLC, which is a first of this kind for us. It represents a new approach to true partnership amongst independent agents in Florida,” says Aaron M. Davis, CEO of the Florida Agency Network. “We are able to significantly expand our territory through additional brick and mortar locations while keeping that ‘boots on the ground’ local knowledge to better serve our client base. At the same time, both of our companies share the same vision and commitment to industry compliance through the completion of our SOC 1 and SOC 2 certifications. We plan to focus our combined energies and expertise on serving a broader range of customers and delivering more efficient solutions across the state.”

SETCO Services, LLC will utilize the back-office solutions provided by FAN. Centralizing the non-core title services will allow SETCO Services, LLC to better focus on providing exceptional service for every real estate professional while maintaining top-notch security and protection of NPPI via FAN’s compliance controls.

“The relationship with Florida Agency Network will allow SETCO to offer more diverse yet streamlined services which will only further improve the customer service to our clientele,” says George T. Brannon, Jr., Chief Operating Officer of SETCO Services, LLC. “The Leadership and goals of our companies are like-minded and this opportunity will provide all organizations partnered with Florida Agency Network to grow more efficiently and effectively in the markets they choose to lead.”

FAN’s tight security controls consist of SSAE 16 SOC 1 and SOC 2, ALTA Best Practices Certification (pillars 1-7 via 3rd Party), and support through its I.T. affiliate, Premier Data Services (PDS). PDS is a Managed Service Provider that offers solutions for unmet needs within the real estate and settlement services industry.

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The Title Report Features FAN CEO, Aaron M. Davis, in NS3 Preview

This week’s Title Report update included a special preview and details on the 2016 National Settlement Services Summit, specifically the Breakout Room Session “Business NOT as Usual” which features Florida Agency Network CEO, Aaron M. Davis and Orange Leaf Consulting CEO, Cynthia McGovern.

To read the full feature, click HERE.

To register for this year’s National Settlement Services Summit, click HERE.

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FAN CEO, Aaron M. Davis, to Speak at 2016 NS3 Summit

The National Settlement Services Summit offers a destination for industry leaders to come together for “unrivaled networking and learning.” This year’s theme is Knowledge In Action and will offer educational breakout sessions with keynote speakers who are highly regarded within the Settlement Services Industry. One of which will be our very own Aaron M. Davis, CEO/President of Florida Agency Network.

Davis will be speaking in the Breakout Session “Business NOT As Usual” on Tuesday, June 7 from 9:40 am – 10:40 am. Davis, along side Cynthia McGovern, Founder of Orange Leaf Consulting, will discuss life in a post-TRID world and how to embrace the changes to elevate business results.

To register for NS3, visit www.tinyurl.com/NS3Registration. You can save $30 when you use the Coupon Code: SPEAKER.

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Paramount Title New Office Announcement Featured in The Title Report

Paramount Title is getting national recognition this week in The Title Report. Announcement of its newest location in Ocala is featured in this week’s Industry News section. To see the feature, click here.

To read the full press release, click here.

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The Title Report, and More, Feature Florida Agency Network’s Compliance Officer

Last week’s announcement of the Florida Agency Network’s new Compliance Officer for the State of Florida, Andrea Somers, is getting recognition. Yesterday, the Title Report featured the announcement in its news section. Click here to read the feature.

Andrea has also been recognized in the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s People on the Move section! Click here to see it.

As the Florida Agency Network continues to grow and strive to be Florida’s authority in title insurance, we are confident that more great announcements are on the horizon for 2016.

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