February 2015

TLTA Celebrates its 100th President - Dawn Moore

This year marks a place in history for the Texas Land Title Association. Dawn Moore is TLTA's 100th president. To commemorate the milestone Dawn Moore took some time to answer some questions and share her thoughts on the direction of the title industry and the Texas Land Title Association. 

1. What does being TLTA president mean to you? 
It is an honor to serve as President of an Association of members working in an industry of which I am very proud.  The title industry plays a crucial role in the growth and health of our economy. Our members give generously of their time and talents to highlight and bring credit to our industry and I am honored to be their leader.

Click Here to read more from our interview with Dawn Moore.

Texas Land Title School Hits Record Numbers

TLTA's once a year Land Title School was a huge success. 222 people made this year the largest crowd in School history. The program sold out in a matter of weeks and had a waiting list of people anxious to learn from TLTA's knowledgeable speakers and presenters.

The 3-day program covered industry basics, reviewed each step of a residential closing and featured interactive testing throughout the event. While it was an intense three days, students tell us it was well worth it!

"I love how enthusiastic the speakers are about their careers. It gets me excited to be a part of the title business," a recent Land Title School attendee said. 

Click here to check out all the pictures of this year's event. 

5 Tips for Achieving Work/Life Balance in 2015

Forbes | January 26, 2015

We all have those moments where we feel overwhelmed wondering how we can balance our work and home life. While there is no easy answer, there are steps you can take to start creating a better balance in your life. 

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America's Fastest Growing Cities 2015

Forbes | January 27, 2015

5 Texas cities made the list of America's fastest growing cities. Houston came in at number one and is expected to add 63,000 jobs in 2015. Also in the top ten is Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, and San Antonio. 

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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 ensures you have the latest updates, gives you the option to choose a print or online subscription and gives you peace of mind knowing you have the latest updates. Order your Basic Manual today. Basic Manual subscription renewals are now due for 2015. 

Basic Manual:  Printed version: $65 Online version: $65 Print & Online Package: $95               

Redfin: Many Millennials Chose Mortgage Before Marriage

HousingWire | February 16, 2015

With the price of weddings increasing statistics show people between the ages of 18 to 34 are choosing to sign a mortgage rather than a wedding license. The wedding website The Knot, reports the average wedding costs nearly $30,0000. According to a Redfin report 38% of American millenials say they have or would put off a wedding or honeymoon in order to buy a home. 

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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!  

In Memoriam: John H. Mallard (1944-2015)

John Mallard was a real estate attorney and owner of the title company, Leon County Abstract. Mallard was a long time member of  the Texas Land Title Association. When he wasn't at work his family says he kept busy attending school events for his children and grandchildren. 

Click Here to read the full obituary. 

Meet a TLTA Staff Member

Andy North joined TLTA as the Director of Marketing and Communications in November 2014. Andy serves as a member of the TLTA executive management team, leads the Communication team and is responsible for all sponsorships, marketing, branding, communications and public relations functions for the association. He and the Communications team work closely with all TLTA departments to help make members aware of the exciting programs, events and opportunities happening year-round.

Andy is originally from Abilene and graduated from UT-Austin with a bachelor’s degree in Radio-TV-Film and a master’s degree in Journalism. During the early part of his career, he worked at the Texas Exes alumni association as Director of Chapters and Local Involvement. Andy joined TLTA after several years in the high tech industry working in several marketing and corporate communication positions at Apple, AMD, Dell and Freescale Semiconductor. 

At home, Andy enjoys spending time with his wife and two teenage children, attending their high school activities, hunting & fishing, hiking, exploring Texas wineries and playing with their four dogs.

For any questions regarding sponsorships, marketing or communications, or if you just want to say hello, feel free to contact Andy at andy@tlta.com.  

Title Problems Can Snag Your Closing

The Washington Post | January 26, 2015 

You find a buyer for your home who is willing to pay top dollar, the last thing you want is a snag with the title to hold up your sale. Issues like an unreleased mortgage lien could cause your sale to come to a screeching halt. 

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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.