August 2017

Homeowner News: There Are More Renters Than Any Time Since 1965

More people are renting than at any other point in the past 50 years. In 2016, 36.6 percent of household heads rented their home, close to the 1965 number of 37 percent, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center based on data from the Census Bureau. Each month the Census Bureau surveys a nationally representative sample of households.
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Don't Miss Our Legislative Update Webinar: New Texas Laws That Affect Your Business

Sept. 1, 2017 marks the effective date of a whole host of new Texas laws that will impact the title industry. To help you understand how these laws will change your business operations, tune in for the webinar New Texas Laws That Affect Your Business on Thursday, Sept. 7, from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. CDT. This webinar is led by Roland Love, President / Texas Region, North American Title Company and Aaron Day, Director of Government Affairs and Counsel, TLTA.
Get practical insight on what you need to know now, and get ready to learn more about:
Lis pendens expungement
Powers of attorney
Electronic remote notarization
Adverse possession against co-tenants
Home equity
Title insurance-related legislation that did not pass
What’s next
And more! 
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Receive Your TLTA Certification – and a Discount

TLTA's next round of certification exams is coming up in October, and we want you to be ready to pass and earn your credentials!

To help, we're offering a $5 discount code to those preparing for their certification test. This code will give you $5 off when purchasing certification-eligible webinars. Simply submit your certification test application, and TLTA will send you the discount code. If you have questions, please contact Kaylee Willems at
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TLTA Committees Gear Up for 2017-2018

The 2017-2018 TLTA School Committee had their inaugural meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 8.
TLTA's committees are now hard at work! The School Committee, the Institute Committee and the Education Advisory Board have held their first meetings of the year, and are looking forward to creating and finalizing this year's great educational events.

The 2017-2018 TLTA Institute Committee met for the first time on Friday, Aug. 4. Thanks to everyone involved in these committees!
With over 587 years of combined experience, this group is building comprehensive educational programs for the coming year.
If you are not serving on a committee but would be interested in volunteering with TLTA, please contact Kim Schoppert at about being matched with the right opportunity.

Cyber Security Task Force Begins Collecting Resources to Prevent Cyber Crime

On Thursday, Aug. 3, the new TLTA Cyber Security Task Force held their first conference call. Chaired by David Tandy, this task force was created because of the need to work together as an industry to provide better communication and promote best practices regarding cyber security. The California and New York land title associations have similar groups, and the TLTA task force will collaborate with them at times. TLTA will keep you informed on the task force's actions as they develop.
One important goal for the Task Force is developing a collection of resources to help TLTA members identify and prevent cyber crime and wire fraud. The first such resource, a PSA from the FBI, is now available.
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Don't miss the cyber fraud prevention resources ALTA recently released as well:

Read "Protect Your Money When Buying a Home" (ALTA) »
Read "Suffer a Data Breach? Here’s Your First-24-Hours Checklist" (ALTA) »
Note: TLTA will hold Cyber Crime Prevention Update – Scams, Schemes and Your Security, a pre-Institute cyber fraud program, on Wednesday, Dec. 6, the day before the Texas Land Title Institute. Registration and more information is coming soon. Save the date for this important program

Business Matters: Cyber Fraud in the News

Cyber fraud continues to be a threat to title insurance professionals and the customers they serve. Below are some of the fraud stories featured recently in the media.
Read "Hackers Allegedly Steal $1.5 Million From D.C. Couple in Home-Buying Phishing Scheme" (WAMU 88.5) »
Read "Title Company Hijacked" (WSB Radio) »

Basic Manual Task Force Meets

The Basic Manual Review Task Force met on Wednesday, July 19, to continue their work on organizing the manual. Thank you to the task force for their ongoing work on this project!

Do you have questions or comments about TLTA's Basic Manual Service? Is there a reason you're subscribing – or not subscribing? Let us know at

Voted Most Popular: TLTA's Top Five On-Demand Webinars for August 2017

TLTA's On-Demand webinars are popular – and for good reasons! They can get you the CE credits and knowledge you need, at a time that works for you.
Below are our top five On-Demand webinars for July and August. Register for one today!
Notable Notary: Notaries, Acknowledgments and Jurats
Deeds and Correction Instruments
Elder Financial Exploitation: The Crime of the 21st Century
2016 Texas Land Title Institute: Part 2
Alphabet Soup
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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.
TLTA is scheduling live webinars for summer 2017. Register now, or reserve an On-Demand webinar today!