Downdate: Dec. 2016
Texas Land Title Association - Dateline: Austin
Dec. 19, 2016
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Don’t Be a Victim of These Common Fraud Schemes
By Jonathan W. Biggs
Vice President and Director of Risk Management and Education
National Investors Title, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
Dec. 19, 2016
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Fraud continues to be a growing threat to title agents, and technology provides more and more opportunities for fraudsters to perpetrate their schemes. This article examines some of the more common scams in the marketplace today.
 
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Please Tell Us: Why Are You Proud to Work in the Title Insurance Industry?
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As a TLTA member, you know this industry is under a serious threat right now. So we want to hear from you about why your job matters, why you love what you do and why it is so important. We plan on publishing some responses in our advocacy and PR materials and on our Facebook page.
 
In approximately 20 or less, why are you proud to work in the title insurance industry?
 
Send your response to Sarah Ruiz, Communications Manager, at sarah@tlta.com. We look forward to hearing from you!
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Happy Anniversary to the Land Title School of Texas!
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Happy early anniversary to the Land Title School of Texas, which turns 40 years young this February. The School often sells out, so save your seat and register today!
 
 
 
To celebrate, TLTA has put together some fun facts about the School. Did you know that the first School:
  • Was held at the Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio?
  • Only accepted one student from each member company?
  • Was limited to only 100 students?
Read our School Report Card for more trivia about the School's history. And watch future TLTA emails for interviews with the first School attendees!
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Your TLTAPAC Rolls Out New "Your Voice, Our Future" Initiative – $400,000 Annual Goal and Calendar Year Giving Cycle
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The TLTAPAC Board of Trustees recently approved a new calendar year giving cycle starting in January 2017, making it easier to remember that it’s time to renew your investment, plus allowing for more recognition for donors throughout the entire year.
 
In keeping with the "new normal" required to protect our industry, an annual fundraising goal of $400,000 has been established for both 2017 and 2018. Fundraising co-chairs Randy Pittman and Patrick Rose, along with a team of title industry leaders, have launched a peer-to-peer campaign to secure commitments for the next two years. If you haven’t heard from them already, expect a call in the near future!
 
Thank you for your past support, and thank you in advance for stepping up to help us continue the work of our strong PAC. We must maintain higher levels of giving as we continue to fight the attack on our Texas system and the threat of deregulation. With sustained, significant support, the TLTAPAC will have the resources to be recognized as a leading PAC and to protect our industry for years to come.
 
 
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Texas Land Title Institute, Pre-Institute Seminars a Huge Success
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Earlier this month, more than 650 title insurance and legal professionals joined TLTA at the 26th Annual Robert C. Sneed Texas Land Title Institute and pre-Institute seminars. Held at the lovely Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio, the Institute provided world-class learning to title professionals, boasting popular speakers and familiar as well as brand-new topics.
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Wayne Stanley, director of public affairs at ALTA, discusses the Homebuyer Outreach Program.
This year, TLTA offered not one, but two exciting pre-Institute programs. Title Insurance and Doc Prep Basics: An Introduction to Closing the Deal (a.k.a. Doc Prep) continued to be very popular, while the all-new How to Grow Your Business With the Homebuyer Outreach Program (a.k.a. HOP) drew a large and engaged crowd.
 
Thank you again to all the speakers and attendees at the Texas Land Title Institute!
 
 
 
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This Holiday Season, Give the Gift of Learning!
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Looking for the perfect gift for your employees? TLTA has several products that they would use and enjoy throughout 2017, including:
Have questions about these items? Contact TLTA for assistance!
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Save the Date for TLTA's Day at the Capitol Webinar: Feb. 9
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TLTA is planning our 2017 Day at the Capitol, and we want to see you there!
 
With the threat of deregulation facing the Texas title insurance industry, showing strength in numbers and having our voices heard at the Capitol is critical. Make sure your representatives understand our system and how crucial it is, and make a difference in the future of your business and your industry by being part of this important event.
 
Resolve to start 2017 off right for your company and your industry. Resolve to attend the 2017 Day at the Capitol on Feb. 13 - 14, and mark Feb. 9 on your calendar for a special, free Day at the Capitol orientation webinar.
 
 
 
 
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A Warm Welcome to Our Newest TLTA Members
Agent Members
 
Security Service Title Company, LLC
16211 La Cantera Pkwy., Ste. 100
San Antonio, TX 78256
Main Contact: Matt Proffitt
Phone: 210.877.3565
Email: mproffitt@ssfcu.org
 
Joy Title, LLC
DBA: J Title Co.
10210 S. Quaker Ave., Ste. 204
Lubbock, TX 78424
Main Contact: Sarah Blackburn
Phone: 806.318.4077
Email: sarah@jtitleco.com
Website: www.jtitleco.com
 
Associate Members
 
Searchers Land Surveying, LLC
218 Eagles Wings
Mason, TX 76856
Main Contact: Josh W. Leamons
Phone: 806.252.9810
Email: josh@leamons.com
Website: www.searchersls.com
Bus. Type: Land Surveying
 
Phil Meyer, Attorney at Law
115 East Travis St. , Ste. 1403
San Antonio, TX 78205
Main Contact: Phil Meyer
Phone: 210.372.8800
Email: service@philmeyerlaw.com
Bus. Type: Attorney Representing Underwriters in Litigation
 
Bruce A. Clark, Attorney at Law
2550 University Ave. W., Ste. 250-S
St. Paul, MN 55114
Main Contact: Bruce Clark
Phone: 651.209.3783
Email: bruce@partnerstitleco.com
Bus. Type: Law Firm
 
Lone Star Signature Services, LLC
3872 State Hwy. 64 W., #306
Tyler, TX 75704
Main Contact: Annette Fowler
Phone: 903.805.1923
Email: lonestarsignatures@gmail.com
Website: www.lonestarsignatures.com
Bus. Type: Mobile Notary, Signing Agent
 
Sneed, Vine and Perry
900 Congress Ave., Ste. 300
Austin, TX 78701
Main Contact: Allen Halbrook
Phone: 512.476.6955
Email: ahalbrook@sneedvine.com
Website: www.sneedvine.com
Bus. Type: Law Firm
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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