February 2014

Dodd-Frank's Impact on Manufactured Housing

Tierra Grande Magazine | January 2014
New rules mandated by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) took effect on January 14th and are expected to have a significant impact on residential mortgage markets. One of the areas that could be hardest hit is the financing of manufactured housing, a critical segment of affordable housing in Texas. 

D.J. Pendleton, executive director of the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA), offers an overview of the major consequences for his industry in this interview. Pendleton served on the industry’s Dodd-Frank task force, which evaluated proposed mortgage regulations and advocated on behalf of the manufactured housing industry. Read More »

Call for TLTA Board Nominations

Nominations for the 2014-2015 TLTA Board of Directors Due by March 15
The TLTA Nominating Committee will meet soon to select the slate of nominees to be elected to serve on the 2014-2015 TLTA Board of Directors beginning in June. If you would like to nominate a TLTA member for consideration, please fill out this form by Friday, March 14. Candidates must be employed by a TLTA agent or underwriter company. Nominees should have proven leadership and decision-making skills, be an effective communicator and have the ability to commit the time required of the position. View more information on eligibility and the TLTA nominating process in the TLTA Bylaws here.

If you have any questions, please contact TLTA Executive Vice President and CEO Leslie Midgley at 512.472.6593 or leslie@tlta.com.

Last Chance to Register for the Land Title School!

Feb. 10-12, 2014 | Westin Austin at the Domain | Register Now
TLTA's Land Title School of Texas is offered only once a year. Don't miss this opportunity to get in-depth, interactive and comprehensive title industry training. The full-immersion "boot camp" format condenses all the important information into just three days — saving your company time and money.

Who Should Attend?
This program is ideal for anyone who has worked in the title industry for less than five years, recently switched positions within your company or someone with more experience who simply needs a refresher. Participants will learn all the fundamentals needed to be a successful title professional. The Land Title School is also a great training program for new hires who need a comprehensive overview. Participants will gain a full understanding of a title company's role in a typical residential closing.

Learn More | Program Schedule

Agent Statistical Reports Now Available

The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) has released its Agent Statistical Report for the calendar year 2012. The report includes information about income, expenses and losses from title agents doing business in Texas. You can view a .pdf of the Agent Statistical Report here, and you can download the corresponding Excel spreadsheet here. TDI is expected to release the Underwriter Statistical Report by the end of the month.

The Best Way to Get Updates: TLTA's Basic Manual Service

Numerous updates to the Basic Manual went into effect on Jan. 3, and more updates will go into effect on July 3, 2014. The best way to receive automatic access to these updates as soon as they occur is by subscribing to TLTA's Basic Manual Service today.

In addition to receiving notification whenever updates occur, Basic Manual Service subscribers gain access to our Basic Manual Online, where you can search the full text of the manual and download any of the forms you need in Word format. Subscribing to TLTA's Basic Manual Service is the easiest way to make sure your manual is current — if you haven't already subscribed, sign up here today.

Want Your Texas Photo Featured on the TLTA Homepage?

Enter your creative photos of Texas for the chance to be featured on the TLTA homepage! We're looking for shots that portray all that Texas has to offer and also photos that also highlight the many aspects of the land, cities, skylines and natural beauty of our great Lone Star state. Please read the guidelines and enter your special photo today. Learn More »

Welcome to Our New TLTA Members!

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

Agent Members

Title & Escrow of Texas, Inc
1400 Preston Rd. Suite 400
Plano, TX 75093
Main Contact: Nathan Wood
Phone: 972.665.9969

Performance Title, LLC
17304 Preston Road, Suite 1280
Austin, TX 78746
Main Contact: Greg Burchfield
Phone: 512.498.3500

Capstone Title
2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 210
Austin, TX 78746
Main Contact: Brad Compere
Phone: 512.270.4755

Associate Members

Overland Surveyors Consortium, Inc.
9889 Bellaire Blvd. Suite 118
Houston, TX 77036
Main Contact: Jeff Taylor
Phone: 281.940.8869

Freedom Title Names Senior Vice President, Escrow Operations Manager

Company Press Release | Jan. 16, 2014
Freedom Title recently announced the addition of Dawn Thompson as Senior Vice President, Escrow Operations Manager. Thompson will be responsible for overseeing Freedom Title's operational workflow as well as the development and servicing of all Title and Escrow products. Read Company Press Release »

Upcoming Webinar on TDI Audits — Register Today!

Avoiding TDI Audit Violations: Compliance & Recent Changes
Thursday, Feb. 13 | 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Presented by: Robert York, TDIs Manager of Title Examinations
Brenda Nelson, Old Republic National Title Insurance Company
Ed Hill, Ed Hill & Company CPAs, LLC
Our panel of experts will walk you through the most common mistakes and violations discovered during TDI audits, address internal weaknesses that hinder the audit process and provide important guidance on how you can stay in compliance and be prepared for your next TDI audit. Attendees will be encouraged to submit questions prior to the webinar.
Learn More & Register »

Did You Know?

Whether you want to learn about the latest industry topics or if you just need education hours, TLTA offers a full lineup of on-demand recorded webinars designed for title industry professionals. There's more than 50 recordings to choose from, and they're easily accessed right from your computer - NOW sorted by topic!
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