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Title Tips & Traps - 220332

This course is intended to identify common underwriting scenarios that can lead to errors and claims as well as strategies for claims avoidance. These include problems with deed review, surveys, disclaimers, mechanic’s liens, municipal liens, the inter-underwriter indemnity treaty and powers of attorney. The course concludes with general underwriting best practices.

Presenter: Skip Sacks
Skip is Virginia State Counsel for Stewart Title Guaranty Company. Prior to joining Stewart Title in 1995, Skip was in private practice for 14 years representing developers, lenders, title underwriters and others with regard to real estate based commercial transactions. Skip also practiced as a litigator handling creditor’s rights, lender liability, title defense, mechanic’s lien, construction and other commercial litigation.

Skip received his undergraduate degree in English and Philosophy from the College of William & Mary and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. Skip is an adjunct professor at Old Dominion University, a Virginia Supreme Court trained mediator, court appointed arbitrator and has qualified as an expert witness in state and federal courts. Skip is a past President and current Presidents’ Council member of the Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate. Skip is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Land Title Association. Skip was awarded the 2019 Robert M. Stanton Real Estate Teaching Award by Old Dominion University’s Strome College of Business.

This course is approved for 1-hour of CE, CLE and CCE (VCTE & VCTSA) credits.  If you received credit for the live version of this course, you can not receive credit for the online version even though the course numbers differ.

Only the account holder can receive credit/certification for the completion of this course. Employers cannot purchase courses for their employees from their personal account – the employee must create and/or login to their own account to purchase and complete this course. If you have any questions, please contact VLTA Project Manager, Suzanne Campbell at 800-564-8582 or by email at

Course Time Limit: Students will have 60 days from the date of purchase to successfully complete this course.

For technical questions, please contact VLTA staff at 800-564-8582.

For course specific questions, please contact the Instructor, Skip Sacks at