Downdate: August 2016
Texas Land Title Association - Dateline: Austin
August 22, 2016
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Homeowners Use Pokémon Go to Sell Their Home
HousingWire | July 15, 2016
Home for sale: three bedrooms, two baths and…a Pikachu? It seems hard to believe, laughable even, yet that’s what’s happening as homeowners try to capture the app Pokémon Go's increasing popularity to sell their home.
Navarro County Courthouse Rededicated
Texas Historical Commision | July 18, 2016
Photo courtesy of Texas Historical Commission
Over the last 10 years, TLTA has been providing a grant for the Texas Courthouse Stewardship Initiative, a training and technical program run by the Texas Historical Commission that is designed to promote the ongoing, regular maintenance of Texas' historic county courthouses. TLTA is delighted to share news about the Navarro County Courthouse's recent renovation and the rededication on July 9. Designed by architect J.E. Flanders of Dallas, the building is Navarro County’s fifth courthouse. It is designated a State Antiquities Landmark and Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
2016-2017 Committee Meeetings Are Off to a Great Start
Committee season is now underway at TLTA! Thanks to all of the volunteers who have stepped up and offered their time to help TLTA accomplish great things this year. Watch future Downdates for committee updates.
TLTA to Hold TDI Experience Reporting Webinar
Texas Land Title Association | Aug. 22, 2016
As mentioned in the Aug. 12 Important Compliance Update, TLTA will hold a webinar to help members stay in compliance with the Agent Statistical Data call issued on Aug. 10: 
On-Time and Error Free TDI Experience Reporting 
When: Thursday, Sept. 8 | 10 - 11:30 a.m. CDT 
Ed Hill, Ed Hill & Company, CPAs, LLC 
Sylvia Freyling, Regional Controller/North Texas Operations Accounting Center Manager, Fidelity National Group 
Albert Garcia, CPA, Partner, Start Garcia & Stanley, LLC 
Nancy Waggoner, Vice President/Controller, Republic Title of Texas, Inc.
CE Credit:
1.5 hour Escrow available until 8/16/2018
Cost: Member: $129 | Non Member: $159
Live Version | On-Demand Version
Title Agent’s Guide to Video Marketing
American Land Title Association | July 7, 2016
By 2017, it’s estimated that 74 percent of all internet traffic will be video. With the rise of Netflix, Hulu and YouTube, video marketing is one of the best ways to attract consumers online. ALTA has partnered with Google’s Steve Lerch to provide a guide to incorporating video into your marketing strategy.
Roland Love Named President of North America Title Company's Texas Region
PRWeb | Aug. 17, 2016
North American Title Company has named Roland Love president of its Texas region. Love will oversee operations for more than 20 NATC branches throughout Texas.

Love’s law practice has focused primarily on real estate and title matters for more than 30 years. He has served with distinction in many professional associations, including as chair of the State Bar of Texas Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section, as a Fellow in the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and several chairmanships with TLTA, including chair of the Institute Committee. He is also a recipient of TLTA's Professional Excellence Award. In addition, he serves as a member of the Texas Title Examination Standards Board and as an examiner for the State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.
First American Title Announces Promotion of Mike Savas and Steve Mercer, Retirement of Mark Greek
First American Title Company | Aug. 1, 2016


First American Title has appointed Mike Savas to the position of SVP, Red River Region. Effective Sept. 1, he will be assuming the responsibilities of Mark Greek, who will be retiring at the end of the year. Mike is a 24-year veteran of the title insurance industry and has been with First American Title for 11 years. He currently serves on the TLTA Board of Directors and is a recipient of the TLTA James H. Garst President’s Award.
First American Title also recently announced the promotion of Steve Mercer to the position of Strategic Development Director. Steve is a 24-year veteran of First American Title.
As mentioned above, Mark Greek will be retiring from First American Title effective Dec. 31. He will be dividing his time between Texas and Knoxville, Tennessee, and looks forward to spending more time with his family. A 30-year veteran of the title insurance industry, Mark has been closely involved with TLTA throughout his career, winning the Young TItle Person Award as well as the Title Person of the Year Award. He is a TLTA Past President, and currently serves as the TLTAPAC Fundraising Co-Chair.
Apply or Nominate for TLTA's Leadership Academy
An integral part of our mission at TLTA is to help develop the next generation of title industry leaders. In keeping with that, TLTA encourages you to apply or nominate a deserving young title professional today for the Alex H. Halff Leadership Academy, which will be Nov. 14-15 in Austin. The two-day Academy was created by industry experts to develop and grow young leaders for the future of the title industry. The Academy will provide the tools to help young professionals grow in their company by honing their leadership skills, expanding their industry knowledge, acquainting them with important industry information and helping them build a professional network. 
Space is limited to 50 participants, so apply now! The application deadline is Sept. 1.
Hire the Best With the TLTA Career Center
At TLTA, we strongly believe that filling your employment opportunities shouldn’t break the bank. When your organization calls for three, five or even 20 candidates to take on new roles, why not fulfill your hiring needs and save money at the same time? With our multiple job posting packages, you can earn discounts for purchasing your postings in advance and enjoy the luxury of taking up to 365 days to post all of your jobs with full resume access. It’s a great way to lock in year-round savings and cover your entire recruitment needs. You can:
  • Reach more candidates with new job seekers each month
  • Access resumes from qualified title professionals
  • Receive email alerts when resumes matching your ideal candidate are uploaded
  • Use our advertising enhancements for increased visibility
Ready to recruit from a large pool of highly qualified professionals that are a great match for your organization? Visit the TLTA Career Center today and see for yourself why this is the #1 site for making employment connections in the Texas title industry.
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