May 2015

25 Best Cities for Jobs (hint: Texas cities rule!)

Glassdoor released a report of the top 25 cities for jobs in America. The list was full of Texas cities. Austin, San Antonio and Dallas all scored a spot on the list. 

The report was based on each city's median pay for employees, median home value, job satisfaction, and the number of current openings. 

See the full list here.

Survey: More Millennials Renting, But Just As Many Want to Own

The Wall Street Journal | May 14, 2015
A recent study by the Urban Land Institute found that while more millennials are renting they still hope to one day own a single-family home. The institute surveyed people between the ages of 19 and 36. 

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Mary Ann Howard Receives Top Award from New Mexico Land Title Association

TLTA member Mary Ann Howard, Alliant National Title, was awarded The P.C. Templeton Lifetime Achievement Award by the New Mexico Land Title Association. 

Mary Ann was presented the award at this year's New Mexico Land Title Association Convention. 

The P.C. Templeton Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest award bestowed by the New Mexico Land Title Association and honors those individuals that throughout their career as a land title professional had dedicated themselves to the highest standards of ethics and professionalism, not only within the title industry, but also in the general business and civic communities.

This is How Much it Costs to Live Next Door to Warren Buffett

Time | May 1, 2015
Billionaire Warren Buffett still lives in Omaha, Nebraska. He bought the home in 1958 for just $31,500. 
But, if you want to live across the street you'll have to pay a lot more for the nearly 5,000 square foot home. 

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Anderson Named Southwest Region Agency Manager

Alliant National Title Insurance Company announced that Rodney Anderson, formerly the company’s Vice President and Texas Agency Manager, has newly been promoted to the position of Southwest Region Agency Manager. Anderson is also a State Representative from District 105 in Dallas. 

“I have greatly enjoyed working for Alliant National these past three years,” Anderson says. “I am proud to play a key role with the company’s Independent Agents, and look forward to increased responsibilities and opportunities in my new position.” 

Read the company press release here.

Agent & Underwriter Meetings to be held at Annual Conference

TLTA Section Meetings will be held on Friday, June 19 at 4:00 p.m., at the Gaylord Texan Resort in conjunction with TLTA's Annual Conference and Business Meeting The meetings were called by Underwriter Section Chair Christopher Phillips and Agent Section Chair James Dudley. 

A Warm Welcome to Our Newest TLTA Members

Agent Members

MBL Title, LLC
17330 Preston Road Suite 240A
Dallas, TX 75252
Main Contact: Debra Sutton
Phone: 214.389.4034

Bedrock Title Company LLC
8015 N. Shoal Creek Blvd. Ste 114
Austin, TX 78757
Main Contact: Gaye Pierce
Phone: 512.372.6015

Garner Abstract & Land Company
120 W. North St
Uvalde, TX 78801
Main Contact: Johnny Malke
Phone: 830.278.9169

Associated Members

Advanced IT Concepts Inc. 
16430 North Eldridge Pkwy Suite B
Houston, TX 77377
Main Contact: Jill Engelbrecht
Phone: 832.465.1668
Business Type: IT Services

Gibraltar Title Services
2000 Bering Dr., Ste 950
Houston, TX 77057
Main Contact: Matt Woodroof
Phone: 713.244.2877

The Twilight Zone of Cyber Fraud and Escrow Theft
June 3, 2015 10:30-11:30 a.m. CT
Follow the tales of 8 victims of cyber fraud and escrow theft as they found themselves transferred from their everyday life as a title professional into the Twilight Zone of Cyber Fraud and Escrow Theft!  This session will raise awareness of cyber fraud and escrow theft by sharing cautionary stories of fraud that ended the careers of some innocent practitioners.  Attendees will leave this session prepared to implement best practices in the protection of escrow funds.

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The Texas Disclosure - What Goes on it and How to Explain it at Closing
July 7, 2015 10:30-11:30 a.m. CT

Join Janet Minke for an overview and walk through of the new Texas Disclosure. This webinar will provide an in depth look at what must be included in the Texas Disclosure, as well as some optional elements you may elect to include to help buyers and sellers more clearly understand certain closing costs. 

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Check out the Exciting New Conference Brochure and Speakers for the TLTA Conference! 

Review the new brochure, and get registered.

Hotel Update: Due to an overwhelming response the Gaylord Texan is currently sold out of rooms in the TLTA block.  We are working with the Gaylord to see if additional rooms can be secured, as well as nearby hotels to make sure everyone is accommodated.   

Important:  If you plan to attend the conference but HAVE NOT made your hotel reservation at the Gaylord Texan, please email or call Alex Ferber, 512.879.2882, ASAP to get on the wait list, so we can assist with getting you accommodations.  

NEW THIS YEAR! Optional Pre-Conference program scheduled for June 17 at the Gaylord:  

TLTA TRID Readiness Series Part II
Hands-On, How-To Workshop that will take you through the new Closing Disclosure using case studies. Grab a calculator and a pencil and plan to join us!
10am-4pm includes lunch
Click here for Pre-Conference Program
Register Today!

TLTA Staff Directory 

Leslie Midgley
Executive Vice President & CEO

Kim Schoppert
CAO & Assistant to the EVP

Aaron Day
Director of Government Affairs & Counsel
Michael De La Rosa
Director of Operations & Technology

Lynne Daves
Director of Education, Meetings & Professional Development

Andy North
Director of Marketing & Communications

Paula Thomas
Senior Accounting & 
Operations Manager

Alex Ferber
Education & Meetings Assistant

Ian Mapua
Web & Graphics Specialist

Rachel Kent
Communications Manager

Angela Obolsky
Government Affairs Assistant