August 2012

TLTA Perspectives: How Do You Balance Your Work and Home Life?

TLTA's Perspectives series is designed to help shed light on generational differences in the workplace by having a seasoned title professional and a young title professional give their viewpoints on different workplace topics.

Last time, two title professionals tackled the Perspectives question: How do you stay passionate about your work? This month, Brandy Barton, CESA, Branch Manager at DHI Title Company of Central Texas and Chris Phillips, President/CEO of First National Title Insurance Company, give their perspectives on the important question: How do you balance your work life and your home life? Read Their Perspectives »

Become a TLTA Individual Member Today for Just $20

At TLTA, our goal is to represent individuals in the title industry on issues and decisions that affect you and your profession. Collectively, you can make a big difference. Join by the end of September to lock in the $20 rate! Benefits include an easy-to-find listing in a special section of the TLTA Membership Directory, exclusive access to quarterly Technology Topics--30 minute lunchtime webinars providing tips and trick to help you in your job every day--and discounted pricing on products and events in 2013. Join today and help build the title industry's voice in Texas! 

Top Lawsuits Impacting the Title Industry

Title News | American Land Title Association
It's said that nothing is certain but taxes and death. Lawsuits can probably be added to that list. A bevy of court decisions handed down over the past year could severely impact the title insurance industry. To keep members abreast of what's happening in court rooms across the country, ALTA's Title Counsel Committee members provided a synopsis of 10 lawsuits they believe have significant ramifications on the title insurance industry. They've also provided a short summary of six additional cases that have relevance to the industry. Read More » 


Board Approves Changes to TLTA  Bylaws

On July 19, the TLTA Board of Directors voted to make two basic amendments to the TLTA Bylaws. First, a change has been made to allow one and only one large underwriter to have up to two directors serving on the Board at one time. Second, the bylaws were amended to change the makeup of the Section Nominating Committees. You may view the redline version of the approved bylaws amendments. If you have any questions, please contact Leslie Midgley at the TLTA office.

State of Affordability

Tierra Grande | James P. Gaines
Housing affordability refers to the relationship between household income and housing prices. Because the majority of owner-occupant buyers rely on mortgage debt financing, they need to know how much income is necessary to qualify for a loan to buy a particular home. The Center's Texas Housing Affordability Index (THAI) suggests that housing has been consistently more affordable in Texas than for the United States and that the spread in affordability has increased during the recent housing downturn. 

Fall TLTA Certification Test Dates Announced

Demonstrate your expertise to clients as a TLTA Certified Title Professional and become part of an elite group of title professionals. Certification testing is available across the state this fall, and it's not too late to sign up. Start the TLTA Professional Certification process today by visiting the links below or emailing TLTA Certification or calling 512.472.6050.

Test Dates & Locations
Midland - October 10
DFW area - October 17
Houston - October 18  Application Deadlines
Midland - September 24
DFW area - October 1
Houston - October 1 


In Memorium: TLTA Past President Kirk Kuykendall

TLTA is sad to report the recent loss of TLTA Past President James Wendell "Kirk" Kuykendall. Kirk started his career as a draftsman for Atlantic Refining and was an Independent Landman in the oil & gas industry for 20 years. In 1972 he became the President of MidCoast Title Co. in Wharton, Texas. He served as President of TLTA in 2000-2001 and was awarded with "Title Man of the Year" in 1995. He also served on numerous committees and boards through his career with TLTA. Kirk will be remembered as a kind, loving, and honest man who loved his family, airplanes, his dogs, cats, and the title business. Read Obituary »

New Resource to Help You Explain Title Insurance

As you probably already know, explaining title insurance to someone who is unfamiliar can be a tricky task. As a new benefit to help you better explain title insurance and its importance, we have posted our Rest Easy brochure for free on our website. Download the English and/or Spanish edition and share them with your potential customers or anyone else you think may benefit from a better understanding of the industry. 

Welcome to Our New Members!

We would like to welcome our newest members to TLTA.