Broker Letter Regarding SureClose
Posted on October 23, 2013 by Bethany Helvie
In 2008, AAR began offering transaction management (TM) through SureClose®. At the time, few choices existed in the marketplace and it was expected that SureClose® would become a statewide platform. Since 2008, numerous other TM systems have been developed. Some existing SureClose® brokers have even moved to other systems and, as a result, monthly SureClose® file counts have been in decline since 2011. AAR has also been informed that the parent company of SureClose® has discontinued selling SureClose® to brokerage firms outside of its existing contracts to focus future SureClose® support and development on title and escrow business.
After a great deal of discussion and consideration, AAR is now phasing out the SureClose® product as a member benefit. Beginning January 1, 2014, AAR will continue to financially subsidize the majority of the TM cost; however SureClose® will charge and invoice SureClose® brokers a fee of $1 per transaction file created. Each file will be accessible for seven years, just as in the past.
AAR Business Services will continue to train and support our SureClose® brokers through 2014, when training and support will be assumed by SureClose®. AAR will continue to evaluate new and current TM systems and will assist brokers in selecting TM systems.
On January 1, 2015, AAR will discontinue financial and technical SureClose® support and has negotiated a $4 per transaction fee through 2016. Automatically-renewing, one-year agreements will continue under the same terms after 2016.
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