September 2015

Happy Birthday, TLTA!

September 3, 2015, was TLTA's 107th birthday -- though we don't feel a day over 100!

We wanted to send a special thanks to all our members and partners for all they do for our industry and for Texans. Here's to 107 great years of ensuring safe and efficient transfer of titles across the Lone Star State!

TLTA Certification Committee Makes Strides

The TLTA Certification Committee, chaired by John Bruce, met on Wednesday, August 26, to discuss upcoming certification topics. Certification exams will be held in October in Dallas, Houston and Austin. For more information and to register, click here.

TLTA Institute Committee Discusses Topics for 25th Anniversary Institute

The 25th Annual Robert C. Sneed Texas Land Title Institute is approaching fast and is shaping up to be the best Institute yet. The TLTA Institute Committee, chaired by G. Roland Love, met recently at TLTA to discuss topics and speakers. To register for the Institute, click here.

Basic Manual Task Force Plans for Changes

The Basic Manual Task Force, chaired by Denise Holmes, CTIA, met in Austin on Tuesday, September 15. The group diligently worked on editing sections and revising the Manual overall to make it more user-friendly. Watch Dateline Austin for updates on when that new version will be available. To subscribe to TLTA's Basic Manual Service or view a demo of the Basic Manual, click here.


TLTAPAC Fundraising Committee Gears Up for 100 Club

The TLTAPAC Fundraising Committee met recently to discuss the 100 Club, a new giving club for those who donate $100 or more to the PAC. To learn more about the TLTAPAC or to be one of the first to join the prestigious new 100 Club, click here.

TLTAPAC Board of Trustees Meets, Discusses Goals for 2015 – 2016

The TLTAPAC Board of Trustees, chaired by Bert Massey, held their first meeting of the year on September 22. Board members approved the year's budget and allocated campaign contributions. They also discussed fundraising initiatives including the 100 Club, TLTAbay and more. Click here to learn more about the TLTAPAC.

Texans Nominated for ALTA's 2015 – 2016 Board of Directors

ALTA | Sept. 1, 2015
The American Land Title Association (ALTA) has announced the latest candidates for their Board of Directors. Congratulations to the two TLTA members on the list of nominees:

Chair of Finance Committee: Jack Rattikin III (Ft. Worth)
Underwriters Section Chair: Stewart Morris Jr. (Houston, Texas)
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Excel Title Group Expands Texas Presence

ALTA | Sept. 10, 2015
Excel Title Group LLC of Plano, Texas, has acquired the assets of the First American Title offices in Amarillo and Canyon, according to Scott Luna, CEO of Excel Title Group. Deb Strother has been appointed division manager of the Excel-Amarillo operation.
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Business Matters: When Emails Go Viral for the Wrong Reasons

Associations Now | Sept. 1, 2015
This month, we're starting a new feature in Downdate called Business Matters. This feature will cover business tips, tricks, and even cautionary tales to help you keep your office running smoothly. First up: a tale of not one, but two email reply-all disasters.

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Family Sues Texas Over Centuries-old Spanish Land Grant

Austin American-Statesman | Sept. 7, 2015
More than 600 descendants of a Mexican settler have sued the state of Texas over the alleged 1870s seizure of a royal land grant, claiming that they are entitled to the mineral revenue the state has collected for years.

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What's the Best Day of the Year to Buy a House?

RealtorMag | Sept. 11, 2015
On a certain October day, buyers have traditionally purchased houses at 10.8 percent below estimated market value for the last 15 years. Can you guess which day? What about the rest of the top five best days to buy a house at a bargain price?

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How the Top Housing Markets – Including Houston and Dallas – Are Ending Summer

HousingWire | Sept. 11, 2015
Houston and Dallas lead the list of top three housing markets, but according to this article, they lack a supply of affordable inventory in desirable locations. This blocks the housing market from growing, which comes on top of August being a seasonally slow month.

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Kyle Rank Announced as New Executive Vice President, Agency, of Alliant National Title Insurance

Alliance National Title Insurance | Sept. 17, 2015
Kyle K. Rank has been promoted from Chief Compliance Officer to Executive Vice President, Agency, at Alliant National Title Insurance. He remains on Alliant National’s executive team while expanding his responsibilities to head agency for the company. He brings over 25 years in the title insurance industry split evenly between the underwriter and agency side of the business. He has been with Alliant National since 2010 as Missouri State Agency Manager, moving on to become Chief Compliance Officer before his current promotion.

Click here for the full press release.

TLTA Resources at Your Fingertips

TLTA offers a number of valuable resources to assist you and your employees.

Compliance Updates
Compliance Webinars
General Industry Resources
Want to let us know about a useful industry link not listed under General Industry Resources? Have a suggestion for a new compliance tool? Email us at

A Warm Welcome to Our Newest TLTA Members

Agent Members

Equity National Title & Settlement, Inc.
5851 Legacy Circle, Ste. 600
Plano, TX 75024
Main Contact: Stephanie Seabolt
Phone: 469.626.5132

Continental Title, LLC
2323 S. Voss Rd., #525
Houston, TX 77057
Main Contact: Rob Willette
Phone: 832.831.5241

Green Brick Title
2805 Dallas Parkway, Ste. 120
Plano, TX 75093
Main Contact: Steven Dryzer
Phone: 214.850.7007