Downdate: March 2016
Texas Land Title Association - Dateline: Austin
March 21, 2016
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Register for the Annual Conference and Business Meeting
Registration is now open for the 2016 Texas Land Title Association Annual Conference and Business Meeting, June 15-17, at Moody Gardens in Galveston! This year’s annual meeting will be particularly important because of the challenges our industry is facing in the upcoming legislative session, so we urge all members to be there to hear the latest updates. Of course, as always, we’ll have top-notch educational sessions and great networking opportunities. Don't delay – register today!
Make your hotel room reservation today, too, to ensure you get our special discounted rate:
  • Call Moody Gardens at 888.388.8484 and ask for the Texas Land Title Association block
  • Follow these instructions to book online
We look forward to seeing you in Galveston!
Nominate a Deserving Person Today for a TLTA Award
TLTA's Title Person of the Year and Professional Excellence Awards will be presented at the TLTA Annual Conference and Business Meeting. This is your chance to nominate someone who best exemplifies the characteristics of each of these awards. Your nominations must be received by the April 15 deadline to be considered.
Congratulations to TLTA's Newest Certified Professionals
TLTA congratulates all of the title professionals who became certified over the last year. If you haven't already, make a plan to take the certification exam and join this elite group of title professionals!
Josh Bullock, CESA
Alamo Title Company - Colleyville
Sandra Kachmar, CAEA, CTIA
Mid-Coast Title Company, Inc.
Claudia Cook, CESA
Community Title Company
Leah Kemp, CAEA
First American Title Company
Lacee Diehl, CESA
Chicago Title of Texas, LLC - Houston
Steve Pursley, CAEA
Community Title Company
Sharon Ferrell, CESA, CAEA, CTIA
Infinity Title Company, LLC
Michael C. Savas, CTIA
First American Title Insurance Company
Kelly Gongloff, CAEA
Gongloff Piechowiak Law, PLLC
Teri Shibler, CESA
Town Square Title Company, LLC
What Certification Says About You
The title industry focuses on having strong technical expertise and providing exceptional customer service. When you receive your certification, it shows your customers that you've gone that extra mile – you know your stuff, and you care about providing them with the very best service possible. It also shows that you are invested in what you do: that you view it as a career and not just a job. Simply stated, it sets you apart.
To receive a certification designation, you must complete and pass a rigorous test, meet continuing education requirements that exceed the state's prerequisites and spend a designated amount of time working in the title insurance industry. Show your customers that you are committed to continuing your education and learning to better serve them. Get your certification!
Business Matters: How to Hire Millenials in Today's Aging Mortgage Industry
HousingWire | March 10, 2016
Many companies, particularly in the mortgage industry, struggle with attracting and retaining young talent. They say millennials are not loyal or interested in mortgages.
However, research shows that it matters less about the job, or even the pay, and more about the experience. From flexible schedules to an emphasis on teamwork, today’s workforce is looking for specific job environments that their predecessors and current superiors may not have perceived as top priorities.

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Why a Mortgage Lender is Renaming Itself "Mr. Cooper"
Market Watch | Feb. 25, 2016
Goodbye, Nationstar Mortgage. Hello...Mr. Cooper?
After a tough year, the lender is looking for a fresh start, and apparently an offbeat, very personalized identity is just the ticket.
Check out TLTA's list of upcoming webinars. There are several on a variety of topics. Register for one today!
  • 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.
  • TRID – Six Months Later (Tuesday, April 19)
    • This webinar should help get you over your learning curve into smoother sailing!
  • Divorce, Division and Dissolution (Wednesday, May 4)
    • Learn all you need to know about this transaction of real estate, the title insurance implications involved and what items are parts of the process.
  • Claims and Ethical Considerations (Tuesday, May 17)
    • This webinar will provide an overview of handling claims in an ethical way by using real-life scenarios and experiences.
Texas Land Title Association, 1717 W. 6th St., Suite 120, Austin, TX, 78703
Phone 512.472.6593 | Fax: 512.472.5931