January 2015

Castro: It's Time to 'Remove the Stigma' Promoting Homeownership

DS News | January 13, 2015
Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Julian Castro, gave an hour long speech addressing HUD's initiative to expand opportunities for Americans to own a home. Castro said the announcement by FHA to lower mortgage insurance premiums will help about 250,000 new borrowers purchase their first home. 

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Here's How Falling Oil Prices Could Hit the Mortgage Industry

Housingwire | January 12, 2015

Oil prices are falling below $47.50 per barrel and it doesn't appear to be stopping. Some worry the plunge in oil prices could cause home prices to slip in Texas. 

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Tips for Mastering Public Speaking

Inman | January 6, 2015 

If you have a fear of speaking to the public you are definitely not alone, but there are ways to combat this fear. 

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Recognize These Faces? Can You Guess These TLTA members? 

*scroll to the bottom for the answers



Time to Renew Your Individual Membership! 

Want to develop your career and have unlimited access to all the TLTA resources? Become an Individual Member of TLTA. Individual membership renewals are now due for 2015, so renew today and retain all your TLTA benefits. Your name and contact information will be listed in TLTA's membership directory and you will receive a free TLTA webinar of your choice (valued at $35). Your membership will help build the title industry's voice in Texas, helping our industry demonstrate our size and impact on the economy.
Join today for just $29 a year!  

7 Wacky Mansions for Sale

MarketWatch | December 13, 2014

Have you ever dreamed of living in a fairy tale castle, or on a giant pirate ship? If you have the cash you can make that a reality. Check out these 7 wacky mansions for sale across the world. 

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Order or Renew Your TLTA Basic Manual Subscription Today 

The Basic Manual for the Writing of Title Insurance in the State of Texas contains all the rates, rules and forms promulgated by the Texas Department of Insurance. It also contains Title 11 of the Texas Insurance Code, the law that governs the regulation of title insurance. Subscribing to the Basic Manual Online ensures you have the latest updates, allows you to download and print all or portions of the publication and lets you quickly search by keyword. Order your Basic Manual today. Basic Manual subscription renewals are now due for 2015. 

Basic Manual:  Printed version: $95  Online version: $65 

In Memoriam: Lynwood Sanders (1931-2014) 

Lynwood Sanders moved to Orange, Texas in 1957 where he owned Sabine Title Company. Sanders received a lifetime achievement award from the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce for his service and dedication to the community. Sanders was a long time member of of Texas Land Title Association. 

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Meet a TLTA Staff Member 

Rachel Kent joined TLTA as the Communications Manager October 2014. Rachel is in charge of making sure our members stay informed. She puts together the weekly newsletter Dateline as well as the monthly Downdate and works closely with the education department to keep our members up to date on all our current educational opportunities. 

Rachel is originally from New York and graduated from New York University with a degree in broadcast journalism. She spent the past 8 years working as a TV news reporter in Upstate New York, Vermont, South Carolina, and most recently at KEYE-TV in Austin. She had the chance to cover several military deployments and homecomings when working new Fort Drum, New York and most recently took the lead covering the floods in Onion Creek. Now Rachel is ready to take on a new challenge handling communications for TLTA. 

When she's not at work Rachel enjoys a good book, watching movies, eating sushi and spending time with her fiance Ryan and dog Bailey. 

Any questions regarding communications, news and media inquiries, or if you just want to say hello feel free to contact Rachel at rachel@tlta.com. 

Luna & Luna Joins Underwood Law Firm

The Plano law firm Luna & Luna, LLP, has joined Underwood Law firm, which is based out of Amarillo.
For more information see company's press release.

How Prepared is Your Organization for an Aging Workforce?

Associations Now | January 15, 2015

Many people are now forced to work beyond the retirement age of 65. However, new Research from the Society for Human Resource Management indicates that only about a third of organizations are preparing for a workforce that skews older.

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Want to Get Published in the Next Downdate? 

Share your knowledge and experience with your fellow members. TLTA is soliciting guest writers for it's monthly Downdate newsletter. Share your expertise on an industry topic, or your business management tips, or how you achieve a good work life balance, or any other topics you think would make a good addition to our newsletter. You can submit articles to Rachel Kent at Rachel@tlta.com.


A. Bert Massey 

B. Mark Greek