The Dateline Austin newsletter goes out via email every week to TLTA members and covers the latest important regulatory and legislative updates title professionals need to know about.

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July 14, 2021

  • TDI Bulletin: Escrow Officer Ethics Hours Increased From Two to Three by Legislature
  • CFPB Finds Lender Mistakes With Simultaneous Issue Rates on TRID Disclosures
  • 1031 Exchanges Could Change Forever – What Do You Need to Know?
  • ICYMI: TDI Issues Data Call – Reports Due Aug. 13; Register for TLTA Webinar

July 7, 2021

  • TDI Issues Call for Agent Statistical Data; Releases Underwriter Experience Report for 2014-2018
  • Special Session Gets Underway July 8
  • Longtime TLTA Legislative Counsel Allen Place Named Lawyer of the Year

June 30, 2021

  • FinCEN Issues First National AML/CFT Priorities
  • Biden Picks Housing Advocate to Lead FHA
  • Ginnie Mae Unveils 40-year Mortgage Term for Issuers

June 23, 2021

  • Gov. Abbott Sets July 8 Date for Special Legislative Session on Voting Bill, Other Issues
  • Supreme Court Finds FHFA Structure Unconstitutional
  • Podcast: A New Kind of Manufactured Housing

June 16, 2021

  • TLTA Introduces New Collection of 1031 Like-Kind Exchange Resources
  • HUD Takes First Step to Restore Fair Housing Rule - Public Comment Period Open
  • Texas Realtors: Cybercrime Is on the Rise

June 9, 2021

  • Fannie Mae Issues Guidance Regarding Remote Ink-signed Notarizations
  • Freddie Mac Issues RIN Guidance With Multi-factor Authentication Requirement
  • Manufactured Housing Finance: New Insights From Home Mortgage Disclosure Act
  • June Is National Homeownership Month

June 2, 2021

  • TLTA Legislative Update
  • Wire Transfer Scheme Targets Mortgage Payoffs, Secret Service Warns
  • Foreign Investment Report Shows Important Shift: Austin, Boston, and Dallas Top U.S. Cities for Planned Investment in 2021

May 26, 2021

  • TLTA Legislative Update
  • Texas Title Industry Connects With U.S. Reps, Senators During ALTA's Virtual Advocacy Summit Last Week
  • Bill Streamlining Removal of Racist Deed Restrictions in Texas Named for Dallas State Sen. Royce West
  • Gov. Abbott Appoints Geddes to Real Estate Research Advisory Committee
  • FHFA Announces Fannie Mae's and Freddie Mac's Proposed Duty to Serve Underserved Markets Plans for 2022-2024

May 19, 2021

  • TLTA Legislative Update
  • Other Advocacy Updates From TLTA: Texas Title Industry Connecting With Congress During ALTA's Advocacy Summit This Week
  • Senators Urge CFPB to “Reconsider” QM Delay
  • Where Texas A&M Real Estate Economist Jim Gaines Sees Ups - and Downs - in the Year Ahead

May 12, 2021

  • TLTA Legislative Update
  • Gov. Abbott Appoints Marchant to Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
  • A Different Lesson in Property Stipulations

May 5, 2021

  • TLTA Legislative Update
  • New TDI Rule Requires Email Contact for All Licensees
  • FinCEN Reissues Real Estate Geographic Targeting Orders for 12 Metropolitan Areas, Including DFW and San Antonio
  • U.S. Interior Department Takes Steps to Restore Native American Land
  • FHFA Finalizes Rule on 'Living Wills' for Fannie and Freddie

April 28, 2021

  • TLTA Legislative Update
  • TDI Quarterly Audit Results Published
  • Emails Claiming to Sell TLTA Membership Lists Are a Scam – Don’t Click or Reply
  • It’s Official: QM Rule Compliance Delayed Until October 2022

April 21, 2021

  • TLTA Legislative Update
  • Title Companies Should Be Careful When Responding to Subpoenas for Documents
  • FHFA Sets Extensions and Expirations on Loan Flexibilities
  • Survey: Title Professionals Targeted for Wire Fraud in a Third of all Transactions
  • U.S. House of Representatives Approves Cannabis Banking Bill

April 14, 2021

  • TLTA Legislative Update
  • Other Advocacy Updates From TLTA: Virtual Town Hall Tomorrow
  • GSEs Won’t Buy QM Loans Under GSE Patch after July 1
  • FinCEN and Federal Banking Agencies Issue Request for Information on Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Models

April 7, 2021

  • TLTA Legislative Update
  • Other Advocacy Updates From TLTA: New Town Hall April 15
  • TREC Broker-Lawyer Committee Accepting Applications for Members
  • Gov. Abbott Appoints Three to Texas Real Estate Commission
  • CFPB Reverses Pandemic Flexibilities, Vowing Enforcement
  • FinCEN Launches Regulatory Process for New Beneficial Ownership Reporting Requirement

March 31, 2021

  • TLTA Legislative Update
  • Changes to Delivery of Option Fee Go Into Effect April 1
  • ALTA Joins 30 Organizations in Support of 1031 Exchanges
  • U.S. Senate Extends Pandemic Assistance for Small businesses for 2 Months

March 25, 2021

  • TLTA Legislative Update
  • TDI Quarterly Audit Results Published
  • Bipartisan Cannabis Bills Introduced in U.S. Senate, House
  • MBA Seeks Clarity on GSE Investment Property Policies
  • Now Available: Revised FHA Condominium Loan-Level/Single-Unit and FHA
  • Condominium Project Approval Questionnaire Forms

March 17, 2021

  • TLTA Legislative Update
  • TDI Publishes 2018 Agent Statistical Report
  • Mineral Owner vs. Solar Company: New Texas Case Addresses Key Issue
  • Virtual Closings and the Importance of Title Insurance: Q&A With ALTA's Diane Tomb
  • FinCEN Issues Advisory on the Financial Action Task Force-Identified Jurisdictions with Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism Deficiencies
  • Texas Title Agent Essentials for Avoiding Audit Disasters – New Webinar – March 23

March 10, 2021

  • TLTA Legislative Update
  • ICYMI: New TREC Contract Forms Now Available
  • What the $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Bill Means for Title Professionals
  • FHFA Doubles Affordable Housing Disbursement to $1B

March 3, 2021

  • Gov. Abbott Lifts Mask Mandate as of March 10 – RIN Not Impacted by This Change
  • TLTA Legislative Update
  • Other Advocacy Updates From TLTA – Updated TREC Contract Forms Now Available
  • Gov. Abbott Reappoints Melissa Hamilton as Public Counsel for the Office of Public Insurance Counsel
  • Chopra Likely to Be Confirmed Head of CFPB Following Senate Banking Committee Confirmation Hearing
  • CFPB Proposes Delay of Mandatory Compliance Date for General Qualified Mortgage Final Rule

February 24, 2021

  • TLTA Legislative Update
  • New Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys Took Effect Feb. 23
  • Other Advocacy Updates From TLTA – TREC Adopts Option Fee Changes
  • CFPB Issues Statement on QM Rule Compliance Deadlines
  • Texas Storm Deflates Mortgage Application Numbers

February 17, 2021

  • TLTA Legislative Update
  • TDI Offices Closed Through Thursday, Feb. 18, Due to Winter Storm; Closure Includes Help Lines
  • Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Reveal Full-Year Financial Results

February 10, 2021

  • TLTA Legislative Update
  • Analysis by Ross Ramsey: 2021’s low-key Texas Legislature
  • Redefining QM Lending
  • MBA: 4th Quarter Commercial/Multifamily Borrowing Falls 18 Percent

February 3, 2021

  • TLTA Legislative Update
  • TDI News
  • Gov. Abbott Appoints Three to Real Estate Research Advisory Committee
  • FHA Provides Struggling Borrowers Additional Time to Seek Forbearance

January 27, 2021

  • TLTA Legislative Update
  • Other Advocacy Updates From TLTA including TREC Option Fee and Contract Form Changes
  • TLTA Judiciary Committee: Have You Ever Wondered Whether an Escrow Relationship Can Be Formed Without a Written Agreement?
  • HUD Declares FHA Once Again Backing DACA Mortgages
  • Straight From the Source: TDI Licensing Requirements and More Featuring TDI Staff – Tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 28

January 20, 2021

  • TLTA Legislative Update
  • Other Advocacy Updates From TLTA
  • Biden Nominates Rohit Chopra to Head CFPB
  • SBA Re-Opened PPP to All Lenders Tuesday
  • FHFA Extends Relaxed Appraisal, Lending Standards

January 13, 2021

  • TLTA Legislative Update
  • TLTA Advocacy Update
  • Gov. Abbott Appoints Three to Real Estate Research Advisory Committee
  • MISMO to Prioritize eMortgages in 2021
  • Housing Industry, Consumer Groups Clash on CFPB Taskforce Results

January 6, 2021

  • TLTA Advocacy Update
  • TDI Compliance Updates for Escrow Officers, Agents and Underwriters
  • Beneficial Ownership Registry Becomes Law
  • Round Three of the PPP - New Stimulus Bill Amendments
  • FHFA News