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Independent Title Company Pledge

This is the pledge that each title company must make in order to appear on our list of independent title companies.

Under penalty of forfeiture of fees to the consumer who relies on this promise, I pledge that I have authority to bind the above referenced title agent to this agreement, and I pledge that this title agent is independent. Being "independent" means that we are not an affiliated business arrangement as defined below:

Affiliated Business Arrangment means an arrangement in which (A) a person who is in a position to refer business incident to or a part of a real estate settlement service involving a federally related mortgage loan, or an associate of such person, has either an affiliate relationship with or a direct or beneficial ownership interest of more than 1 percent in a provider of settlement services; and (B) either of such persons directly or indirectly refers such business to that provider or affirmatively influences the selection of that provider; and (8) the term ``associate'' means one who has one or more of the following relationships with a person in a position to refer settlement business: (A) a spouse, parent, or child of such person; (B) a corporation or business entity that controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with such person; (C) an employer, officer, director, partner, franchisor, or franchisee of such person; or (D) anyone who has an agreement, arrangement, or understanding, with such person, the purpose or substantial effect of which is to enable the person in a position to refer settlement business to benefit financially from the referrals of such business.