Downdate: February 2016
Texas Land Title Association - Dateline: Austin
February 23, 2016
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Congratulations to the 2016 Class of the Land Title School of Texas
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The 2016 Land Title School of Texas was a rousing success! The School sold out in record time and, with 230 students, it was easily the largest School in the past decade. Led by chair Brenda Nelson and thanks to lots of hard work by the executive team of Brandi Abercrombie, CESA, CTIA; EJ Brent, CESA, CTIA; James M. Connors, Sr., CAEA; Christie Deckard, CESA, CTIA; Teresa Frost, CTIA and Cindy Hinson, as well as the hardworking School Committee, this year's School featured an amazing faculty of industry experts lending their knowledge. With an updated schedule and curriculum addressing recent changes – such as the new TRID implementation – everyone walked away with a great education.
 
Be sure to look at all the great School photos on TLTA's Facebook page!
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TLTA would like to extend a very warm thank you to all of the sponsors who made the School possible:
  • Westcor Land Title
  • Old Republic National Title Insurance
  • First National Title
  • Stewart Title
  • Alliant National Title
  • National Investors Title Insurance
  • Fidelity National Title Insurance
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TLTA Hosts Inter-Industry TRID Roundtable to Seek Solutions to Top Implementation Problem Areas
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Yesterday, TLTA hosted about 50 inter-industry partners for a meeting in Austin to discuss the impact and implementation of TRID. Participants included representatives from the Texas Association of Realtors, the Independent Bankers Association of Texas, the Texas Bankers Association and the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association. Practitioners and compliance specialists from the title, lending and realtor side of things, as well as software experts, explored and debated the key problem areas and sought joint solutions to help make transactions flow more smoothly under the new regulations. The discussion was lively and very productive, and consensus was reached on a number of key items. TLTA hopes to compile the helpful information resulting from the discussion and very much appreciates the participation and open discussion from all our industry partners. A smaller task force will now work on developing some best practices that resulted from this dialogue, so look for more information coming your way as a result of this meeting.
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Ryan Riyad Presents TLTAPAC Check
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Ryan Riyad of Boston National Title presented a TLTAPAC check to State Representative Jodie Laubenberg of District 89 at a fundraiser last month. Thanks, Ryan, for representing TLTAPAC!
 
TLTAPAC helps support candidates for the Texas legislature and statewide offices who impact the title insurance industry. Through TLTAPAC, we strive to educate elected officials about the importance of our industry to the consumers of Texas, dispel myths about title insurance and create a stronger understanding and appreciation of what we do and why.
 
If you are interested in participating by presenting a check to your legislator, contact Aaron Day at aaron@tlta.com.
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Are You In the One Hundred Club?
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The TLTAPAC has created the One Hundred Club to recognize members who make a minimum $100 contribution. All members who contribute at least $100 will receive a lapel pin recognizing their One Hundred Club membership, which they can proudly display as supporters of the industry. 

Make your personal contribution today. (Corporate contributions are prohibited.)
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Join TLTA's Grassroots Initiative
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One of the most important ways that you can assist TLTA in the fight against the TAB/TPPF attack on the Texas title insurance system is to spread the truth to elected officials currently holding office as well as those running for office. TLTA recently sent an email with a link to a user-specific online form, requesting that members share their contact information so we can determine which legislative districts they are in and who represents them.
 
If you are a member and have not received the form, please contact TLTA at 512.472.6593 or tlta@tlta.com.
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Millenials Demand a Great Mortgage Shopping Experience Online
The Inscriber Mag | Feb. 10, 2016
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Online shopping has completely transformed the mortgage technology landscape. Today’s customers prefer to get in touch with sellers remotely and do business online. They expect lenders to have an active presence online and deliver a complete buying experience. The lenders cannot afford to ignore these aspirations and therefore, mortgage technology needs to keep pace with the changing needs of customers.
 
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TLTA Board Nominations Due Friday, March 11
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The TLTA Nominating Committee will meet soon to select the slate of nominees to be elected to serve on the 2016-2017 TLTA Board of Directors beginning in June. If you would like to nominate a TLTA member for consideration, please fill out the form in the link below. Candidates must be employed by a TLTA member agent or underwriter company. Nominees should have proven leadership and decision-making skills, be effective communicators and have the ability to commit the time required of the position.
 
Nominations for the 2016-2017 TLTA Board of Directors are due by Friday, March 11. All nominees will be considered by the committee.
 
 
Learn more about eligibility and the TLTA nominating process in the TLTA Bylaws.
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A Warm Welcome to Our Newest TLTA Members
 
Agent Members
 
Texas Southern Land Title, LLC
2877 Commercial Center Blvd., Ste. B
Katy, TX 77494
Main Contact: Patricia Wyrick
Phone: 281.994.5100
Email: patricia@txslt.com
 
Lineage Title of Texas, LLC
6334 FM 2920, Ste. 210
Spring, TX 77379
Main Contact: Matthew Cree
Phone: 281.203.8600
Email: matt@lineagetitle.com
Website: www.lineagetitle.com
 
Riverway Title Group, LLC
5 Riverway, Ste. 300
Houston, TX 77056
Main Contact: John Hammond
Phone: 713.266.2595
Email: jhammond@riverwaytitle.com
Website: www.riverwaytitle.com
 
Underwriter Members
 
AmTrust Title Insurance Company
59 Maiden Ln., 43rd Floor
P.O. Box 55389
Virginia Beach, VA 23471
Main Contact: Yvette Kayton
Phone: 757.589.5954
Email: yvette.kayton@amtrustgroup.com
 
Associate Members
 
Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC
4360 Chamblee Nunwoody Rd., Ste. 420
Atlanta, GA 30341
Main Contact: Kim McConkey
Phone: 770.255.6043
Website: www.cricpa.com
Business Type: CPA Firm
 
Coast 2 Coast Signings
142 E Bonita Ave., #231
San Dimas, CA 91773
Main Contact: David Mateau
Phone: 909.917.4586
Email: david@c2csignings.com
Website: www.c2csignings.com
Business Type: Global Signing Service
 
Faisal R. Vellani, PLLC
11000 South Wilcrest Dr., #135
Houston, TX 77099
Main Contact: Faisal Vellani
Phone: 713.922.9202
Email: frvellani@gmail.com
Business Type: Law Firm
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With spring break and summer just around the corner, now's the perfect time to get those important continuing education credits. Check out TLTA's upcoming webinars – there's something for everyone!
  • Endorsements – Land Is Not "Residential Real Property" (Wednesday, Feb. 24) 
    • This webinar covers the endorsements that may be issued when the insured land does not meet the definition of "residential real property."
  • Please Release Me! (Wednesday, March 9) 
    • This course will familiarize title insurance professionals with the importance of obtaining releases of enforceable outstanding liens, and alternatively, what other options may be available when a release is not obtainable to ensure compliance with Procedural Rule P-11.
  • NEW: The Ethical Title Professional (Thursday, March 24) 
    • This course is designed to help title professionals consider the ethical behavior in each and every dealing.
  • Contract Dos and Don'ts (Wednesday, April 6) 
    • Get an overview on recent contract changes, the importance of how the contract is/was completed by the Realtor and the title agent's role.
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Texas Land Title Association, 1717 W. 6th St., Suite 120, Austin, TX, 78703
Phone 512.472.6593 | Fax: 512.472.5931