31.04.22.03

.03 Definitions.

A. In this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated.

B. Terms Defined.

(1) “Accounts” means all accounts associated with the principal agent’s title insurance business.

(2) “Appointment” has the meaning set forth in Insurance Article, §1-101, Annotated Code of Maryland.

(3) “Certification” means a written statement signed by the principal agent that the information provided to the title insurer during the on-site review is, to the best of the principal agent’s knowledge, information, and belief, full, complete, and truthful and that the principal agent has undertaken an adequate inquiry to make the required certification.

(4) “Claim” has the meaning set forth in COMAR 31.15.07.02B(2).

(5) “Commissioner” means the Maryland Insurance Commissioner or the Commissioner’s designee.

(6) “Escrow” means the act or process of providing closing services or services under an escrow agreement by a title insurer or a principal agent.

(7) “Escrow account” means an account that contains or has contained trust money deposits or other money that a person entrusts to a title insurer or a principal agent to hold for the benefit of a buyer or borrower in a real estate transaction or for a beneficial owner, in connection with an escrow, settlement, closing, or title indemnification.

(8) “Insurance” has the meaning set forth in Insurance Article, §1-101, Annotated Code of Maryland.

(9) “Insurance business” has the meaning set forth in Insurance Article, §1-101, Annotated Code of Maryland.

(10) “Insurance producer” has the meaning set forth in Insurance Article, §1-101, Annotated Code of Maryland.

(11) “Insurer” has the meaning set forth in Insurance Article, §1-101, Annotated Code of Maryland.

(12) “Licensed insurance producer” has the meaning set forth in Insurance Article, §1-101, Annotated Code of Maryland.

(13) “Licensee” means a title insurer, title insurance producer, or title insurance agency.

(14) “MAHT” means the Maryland Affordable Housing Trust established under the Housing and Community Development Article, §10-102, Annotated Code of Maryland.

(15) “On-site review” means a review of the underwriting, claims, and escrow practices of each principal agent conducted by a title insurer or its designee, at the principal agent’s principal place of business in the State and, if the principal agent’s information to be reviewed is not kept at its principal place of business in the State, then at each site where such information is kept.

(16) “Principal agent” means a title insurance producer appointed by the title insurer to act on behalf of the title insurer as described in Insurance Article, §10-121(k)(1)(i), Annotated Code of Maryland.

(17) “Report” means the written report required under Insurance Article, §10-121(k), Annotated Code of Maryland, and containing the elements specified by the Commissioner.

(18) “Title agency” has the meaning set forth in Insurance Article, §10-125, Annotated Code of Maryland.

(19) “Title insurance” has the meaning set forth in Insurance Article, §1-101, Annotated Code of Maryland.

(20) “Title insurance producer” has the meaning set forth in Insurance Article, §10-101, Annotated Code of Maryland.

(21) “Title insurer” means an insurer authorized by the Commissioner to conduct title insurance business in the State.

(22) “Trust money” has the meaning set forth in Insurance Article, §10-121, Annotated Code of Maryland.

(23) “Underwriting standards” has the meaning set forth in COMAR 31.04.16.02.