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FinCEN Renews Real Estate Geographic Targeting Orders for 12 Metropolitan Areas

Posted by: Zaher Fallahi
Posted On: Nov 01, 2021

Source: FinCEN   Office of Strategic Communications, press@fincen.gov

Immediate Release, October 29, 2021

WASHINGTON—The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) today announced the renewal of its Geographic Targeting Orders (GTOs) that require U.S. title insurance companies to identify the natural persons behind shell companies used in all-cash purchases of residential real estate.  The purchase amount threshold remains $300,000 for each covered metropolitan area.

The terms of this Order are effective beginning November 1, 2021, and ending on April 29, 2022.  GTOs continue to provide valuable data on the purchase of residential real estate by persons possibly involved in various illicit enterprises.  Renewing the GTOs will further assist in tracking illicit funds and other criminal or illicit activity, as well as inform FinCEN’s future regulatory efforts in this sector.

The GTOs cover certain counties within the following major U.S. metropolitan areas:  Boston; Chicago; Dallas-Fort Worth; Honolulu; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Miami; New York City; San Antonio; San Diego; San Francisco; and Seattle. 

FinCEN appreciates the continued assistance and cooperation of the title insurance companies and the American Land Title Association in protecting the real estate markets from abuse by illicit actors.

Any questions about the Orders should be directed to FinCEN’s Regulatory Support Section at FRC@FinCEN.gov.

A copy of the GTO is available here.

Frequently asked questions regarding these GTOs are available here.

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End of FinCEN announcement

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