July 2015

Life at Odd Angles – An Abstractor’s Point of View

Contributed by Sandra Kachmar CAEA, Mid-Coast Title Co. Inc.
When should someone stop learning? From my perspective, I can only hope it will be when I stop breathing. In the title industry, there are changes constantly, new things to learn and new regulations that will impact the industry. There are requirements for continuing education hours to maintain escrow licenses. And there is the drive to continue learning to be the best resource for our customers.

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Texas Tops 2014 U.S. Commercial Real Estate Market

Last year was the best time for commercial real estate in seven years, according to a new study. And Texas was the top commercial property market in the country, a report by NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, finds. 

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TLTA Board Member Teresa Frost Promoted to President and Agency Manager for National Investors Title Insurance – Texas Market

TLTA Underwriter Section Delegate Teresa Frost has been promoted to President and Agency Manager – Texas Market for National Investors Title Insurance Company, a Texas-domiciled title insurance underwriter. She joined National Investors in 2010 as Vice President and Texas State Agency Manager when the company first entered the Texas market. Over the last five years, Ms. Frost has been instrumental in supporting and growing the National Investors agent network, which has contributed to the reaffirmation of its A.M. Best financial strength rating of A (Excellent).
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In Memory of Joe "Mickey Blissit (1938-2015)

Long time title industry member Micky Blissit passed away on July 4th in Austin. Mickey served as president of Austin Title Company for over 45 years. Before retiring in 2009, he mentored countless title industry professionals, many of whom attribute their success to his years of support and dedication.

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South Land Title acquires Prominent Title

Texan Title Holdings, LLC, parent company of South Land Title, LLC, entered into an agreement to acquire Prominent Title, LLC located in Austin.  The transaction closed on June 30th.  

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Amid New Overtime Rules, More Employers Might Set Email Curfew

NPR | July 8, 2015
The buzzing phone or ding of an email from the bedside table might be standard these days. But a long-awaited proposal that would increase the number of employees eligible for overtime pay could mean more companies curtailing the use of work email after hours.

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Can you translate this emoji letter to millennial borrowers?

HousingWire | June 23, 2015
Can you translate the most popular language to hit Millennials’ screens? What originally started as a simple way to express whether you are happy or sad has evolved into a way to communicate your every single thought, desire and craving. But is the mortgage market ready?

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How to Disclose Title Insurance Premiums in Seller-Pay Scenarios
During a recent TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures webinar, the CFPB addressed implementation challenges and questions, including a question that many ALTA members have been struggling to understand: how to disclose the owner's and lender's title insurance premiums on the Closing Disclosure form in a simultaneous issue situation.

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A Warm Welcome to Our Newest TLTA Members

Agent Members

Reltco, Inc.
101 E. Park Blvd., Suite 600
Plano, TX 75074
Main Contact: Chris Daniels
Phone: 813.855.0009
Email: delftmann@reltco.com
Website: www.reltco.com

Landtitle Texas L.L.C.
3700 N. 10th St, Ste 102
McAllen, TX 78501
Main Contact: Melissa Mikulik
Phone: 956.994.1656
Email: melissa@landtitletexas.com
Website: www.landtitletexas.com 

Sentinel Title Company, Ltd
1700 Pacific Ave, Ste 3620
Dallas, TX 75201
Main Contact: Michael Neary, Jr.
Phone: 214.217.6050
Email: michael@sentineltitlecompany.com
Website: www.sentineltitlecompany.com

Associate Members

Greenville Mediation Center / Law Office of Martha G. King
5005 Greenville Ave, Ste 200
Dallas, TX 75206
Main Contact: Martha King
Phone: 214.365.4431
Email: mkingmediation@outlook.com
Business Type: Attorney / Mediation

Clayton & Ramirez, PLLC
8920 Business Park Drive, Suite 175
Austin, TX 78759
Main Contact: Christopher Baker
Phone: 512.687.0744
Email: cbaker@claytonramirezlaw.com
Business Type: Attorneys

Need Help with TDI’S Agent Experience Report? Don’t Miss TLTA'S Webinar on Filling it Out!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 | 10:00-11:30 a.m.
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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

Ian Mapua
Web & Graphics Specialist

Angela Obolsky
Government Affairs Assistant