August 2013

TLTA Perspectives: What is Your Preferred Learning Style?

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

This month, Rose Mary Powell, CESA, escrow officer with McKnight Title, and Deborah McClain, CAEA, abstract manager with East Texas Title Companies, give their perspectives on the question: What is your preferred learning style? Read Their Perspectives »

Last month, two title professionals tackled the Perspectives question: How important are technological improvements to the title industry?

Texas Foreclosure Rate Lower Than U.S.

Mortgage Bankers Association | Aug. 8, 2013
The delinquency rate for mortgage loans on one-to-four-unit residential properties decreased to a seasonally adjusted rate of 6.96 percent of all loans outstanding at the end of the second quarter of 2013, the lowest level since mid-2008.  The delinquency rate dropped 29 basis points from the previous quarter, and 62 basis points from one year ago, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) National Delinquency Survey. According to the report, Texas compared favorably to the United States in the percentage of home loans in foreclosure at the end of second quarter 2013. The percentage of loans on which foreclosure actions were started during the second quarter was 0.48 percent in Texas, compared with 0.64 percent nationally. 

TLTA Board Meets for Summer Planning SessionTLTA Board of Directors

The TLTA Board of Directors and Committee Chairs met last month in Austin for their annual planning session. The meeting included an orientation, leadership training and strategic planning for the new year. Past President Mark Greek (2009-10) shared insights on how volunteer leaders can best work together to serve the association, and current TLTA President Joe Grealish laid out his goals for the new year, which include increasing TLTA's membership to further strengthen our industry's voice. TLTA Federal Lobbyist Jim Hyland also provided the Board with an update on the proposed rule from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to integrate the current TIL, GFE and HUD-1 Settlement Statement into a set of combined forms, as well as Congress' plans to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. He also discussed our industry's efforts to include title insurance as a requirement on mortgages, which you can read more about here.

TLTA staff reviewed the association's finances and provided an update on regulatory and state legislative issues. You may view a list of the 2013-2014 Board of Directors here, or view the TLTA Committees here. The Board meets regularly and they represent you, so please contact any member of the Board or TLTA Administrative Manager Kim Schoppert with issues or concerns you would like to have addressed by the TLTA Leadership.

Apply Today to the TLTA Leadership Academy!

Applications Due Aug. 23
TLTA is proud to announce the 2013 Alex H. Halff Leadership Academy will take place Nov. 4-5 in Austin. The two-day Academy, sponsored by First American Title Insurance Company, is designed to develop and grow young title professionals for the future of our industry. Space is limited to 50 participants, and the deadline to submit applications is Aug. 23. Nominations will be reviewed and applicants will be notified by Sept. 1. A letter of recommendation will also need to be provided as noted in the application.

This Academy will provide tools to help young professionals grow in their company by honing their leadership skills, expanding their industry knowledge, acquainting them with important industry information and allowing them to create a professional network. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the TLTA office at 512.472.6593. 

ALTA Awards Two Texas Title Agents With Professional Designation

The American Land Title Association (ALTA) recently announced it has awarded two TLTA Certified professionals with the ALTA National Title Professional (NTP) designation. Shari K. Foster, CTIA, of Lockhart and John P. Bruce, CTIA, of Cedar Park, were awarded with the designation that recognizes land title professionals who demonstrate the knowledge, experience and dedication essential to the safe and efficient transfer of real property. Foster serves on TLTA's School, Education and Federal Issues Committee, and Bruce chairs TLTA's Certification Committee. You can read Foster's full ALTA press release here and Bruce's full press release here.

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, emailing TLTA Certification or calling 512.472.6050.

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Test Dates & Locations
 DFW Area - Oct. 16
 Houston - Oct. 17
 Houston - April 17, 2014
 Houston - Oct. 16, 2014 Application Deadlines
 Sept. 30
 Sept. 30
 March 31, 2014
 Sept. 29, 2014 


Updated TLTA Staff Phone Numbers

To streamline customer service, TLTA recently upgraded our phone system to include direct lines for each staff member. See below for more information about each staff member, what you can contact them about and their direct phone number. Of course, our regular phone number, 512.472.6593, will continue working and serve as a switchboard to get you to the staff member you need if you are unsure about who to contact directly. 

Leslie Midgley
Executive Vice President & CEO
Contact About: Policy, Strategy, Leadership
512.879.2889 Aaron Day
Director of Government Affairs & Counsel
Contact About: Legislative and Regulatory Issues
Jocelyn Sexton
Director of Programs, Products & Services
Contact About: Sponsorships, Programs
512.879.2880 Michael De La Rosa
Director of Operations & Technology
Contact About: Technology, Purchasing
Paula Thomas
Accounting Manager
Contact About: Billing, Dues
512.879.2892 Lynne Daves
Education & Meetings Manager
Contact About: Education, Events, Meetings
Kim Schoppert
Administrative Manager
Contact About: TLTAPAC, Board, Committees, Government Affairs
512.879.2888 Brandy Garner
Member Service & Database Manager
Contact About: Continuing Ed, Membership, Registration, Certification, Basic Manual
Ryan Poulos
Communications & Information Specialist
Contact About: Marketing, News, Advertising
512.879.2884 Ian Mapua
Web & Graphics Specialist
Contact About: Website, Graphics


Alliant National Title Insurance Company Announces Leadership Changes

Alliant National Title Insurance Company recently announced two key leadership changes. Fred Schraub has joined the company's legal team as vice president and underwriting counsel, where he will assist independent title agents in Texas with their underwriting needs. You can read his full company press release here. Alliant also announced the addition of Noemi Lopez as senior claims counsel. In this role, Lopez is responsible for all claims management, claims processes and policy-related litigation. You can read her full company press release here.

Welcome to Our New TLTA Members!

We extend a warm welcome to our newest members to TLTA. 


TLTA Job Bank Featured Postings

Each month, TLTA features a sample of job listings posted in our online Job Bank — the only employment resource in Texas catering specifically to qualified title industry professionals. If you're looking for a job, you can post your resume online for free and search for open positions in the industry. If you're looking to hire, TLTA's posting packages start at up to 70% less than other leading employment websites! Check out TLTA's Job Bank today.

Regional Market Manager
A title agency is looking for experienced sales and marketing executives to help grow their market share.
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Closers and Escrow Assistants
A Midland company has openings for experienced commercial and residential closers and assistants.
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Senior Title Examiner
A Dallas-area company seeks a senior title examiner with the possibility of working remotely.
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