October 2017

TLTA Introduces New Cyber Fraud Resources Web Page

The new TLTA Cyber Security Task Force, chaired by David Tandy, was created because of the need to work together as an industry to raise awareness and promote prevention measures.
One important goal for the Task Force is developing an online collection of resources to help TLTA members identify and prevent cyber crime and wire fraud. The new TLTA Cyber Fraud Resources web page has links to flyers, handouts and a video that may help your company and your clients keep their digital information safe.
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Note: TLTA will present a new seminar, Cyber Crime Prevention Update – Scams, Schemes and Your Security, on Wednesday, Dec. 6, the day before the Texas Land Title Institute in San Antonio. You’ll hear about the newest schemes and scams, how to spot red flags, what kind of insurance you need and what you can do to protect your company. You'll walk away with detailed plans, timelines and checklists designed to help you. Learn more and register today!

2017-2018 TLTA Board Holds Annual Two-Day Planning Meeting

On Sept. 14 - 15, 2017, the 2017 - 2018 Board of Directors kicked off the year with their annual planning and orientation meeting. President J. Christopher Phillips presided over the meeting, and the TLTA leadership was updated on all of TLTA’s programming as well as the status of current issues, including a recap of the legislative session, TPPF and TFE's continued attack on our system and an update on Hurricane Harvey assistance efforts. The group heard guest presentations by TREC Chairman Avis Wukasch, Texas Builders Association Executive Director Scott Norman, several TLTA committee chairs and TLTA staff. The two-day meeting was very productive, and the board will meet again in November to conduct regular business. TLTA appreciates the dedication and hard work of its volunteer leaders!

Corridor Title Presents Annual $25K Grant to Austin Sunshine Camps 

Community Impact | Sept. 25, 2017
Corridor Title presented its annual $25,000 grant to Austin Sunshine Camps on Thursday as part of its philanthropic Corridor Title Cares program. The grant will allow ASC to expand access to its after-school program to 20 additional Fulmore Middle School students this academic year.
“The local real estate community has many unsung heroes who donate countless hours and resources to nonprofits throughout central Texas,” Corridor Title President Patrick Rose said in the release. “Corridor Title seeks to meaningfully recognize these hardworking individuals who make a difference in the lives of others every day.”
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Borrowers Can Now Turn to Crowdfunding, Airbnb Hosting to Raise Down Payment

For many Americans, saving enough for a down payment seems like a practically insurmountable hurdle. And one lender claims to have found a solution to this problem. Privately-held mortgage banking firm CMG Financial has launched HomeFundMe — a pilot crowdfunding service that’s the first to receive approval from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. To facilitate the crowdfunding process, HomeFundMe received approval from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for borrowers to accept money from a wider array of potential donors.
Read "This Lender Will Now Help Mortgage Borrowers Crowdfund Their Down Payment" (Market Watch) »
Another new down payment assistance method has arisen recently: Loftium, a service in Seattle, will provide prospective home buyers with up to $50,000 for a down payment, as long as they are willing to continuously list an extra bedroom on Airbnb for one to three years and share most of the income with Loftium over that time.
Read "A Down Payment With a Catch: You Must Be an Airbnb Host" (New York Times) »

TLTA President Chris Phillips Attends THC Courthouse Stewardship Program Event

TLTA would like to thank President J. Christopher Phillips for representing our association in Falfurrias at a Texas Historical Commission Courthouse Stewardship Program event.
Since the 1970s, the THC has taken an active role in the preservation of county courthouses.

In 2005, THC asked TLTA to support the Texas Courthouse Stewardship Initiative, a training and technical program designed to promote the ongoing, regular maintenance of Texas' historic county courthouses. The stewardship program consists of site visits by THC architects, annual training workshops for county judges and maintenance workers to address issues like inspecting the exterior, identifying mechanical malfunctions and budgeting for maintenance. The land title industry has a long and symbolic relationship with the county courthouses, so it seemed only natural to support this endeavor.
Read More About TLTA and the Texas Historical Commission Courthouse Stewardship Program »

Leslie Midgley and Chris Phillips Represent TLTA at ALTA ONE

Leslie Midgley, CAE, Executive Vice President and CEO of TLTA and J. Christopher Phillips, 2017 - 2018 President of TLTA attended the ALTA ONE conference in Miami representing our association. At the conference, they attended the State Leaders dinner with representatives from other state land title associations and discussed issues affecting all of our states, such as online closings and notaries, CFPB and TRID challenges, the move to predictable recording fees, cyber security issues and tax reform implications. A number of other TLTA members also attended the conference. During the event, ALTA installed President Steven G. Day of Fidelity National Title Group in New Jersey, along with ALTA board members from Texas: Jack Rattikin III, Chair, Finance Committee; and Patrick H. Beall, Representative, Underwriter Section.

Bill Schroeder Featured in 2017 Bugle Call

Texas A&M University | Oct. 7, 2017
Retired TLTA member Bill Schroeder from Lockhart (pictured with his wife and former TLTA President Kay Schroeder) was honored with a 2017 Bugle Call video at the Oct. 7 Texas A&M football game. The video follows his work as a Texas A&M student, his career and his family life.
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Patrick Opela Promoted to Texas Agency Manager

National Investors Title Insurance Company | Oct. 10, 2017
National Investors Title Insurance Company announced Patrick Opela has been appointed Texas Agency Manager. He has 25 years of experience in the title industry, and will continue serving as Vice President of National Markets for Investors Title/National Investors.

"Patrick has been with us for two years and has been very instrumental in expanding National Investors' agency base, along with providing much appreciated expertise in areas that our agents need most," said Teresa Frost, President, Texas Market and previous Texas Agency Manager.

Patrick is an active member of TLTA and serves on the Related Industries Committee and the Cyber Security Task Force.
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Lori Cordell, Daniel Foster Jr. and Tracie Fleming Receive Promotions

Providence Title | Oct. 11, 2017 
Providence Title recently announced three management promotions at their company.

Lori Cordell has been promoted to President. She joined Dan Foster's fee attorney team in 2002, working as a closer. When Providence Title was founded, she became the team lead for the corporate office, eventually moving to overseeing operations and the HR department.

Daniel Foster Jr. has been named Chief Financial Officer. He began his career as an escrow receptionist, then an escrow assistant, before enlisting in the Army and serving in Iraq. After earning a bachelor of science in economics from the University of Texas at Arlington, he rejoined Providence Title in the accounting department.

Tracie Fleming has been named Chief Operating Officer. She began her title insurance career in 1998 and was one of the original Providence Title team members. In 2008, she became a residential and commercial closer.

Voted Most Popular: TLTA's Top Five On-Demand Programs for October 2017

TLTA's On-Demand programs 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 programs for October. Register for one today!
  1. Title 101: An Introduction to Title Insurance in Texas
  2. 2016 Texas Land Title Institute: Part 2
  3. 2016 Texas Land Title Institute: Part 1
  4. 1031 Exchange
  5. Ethics: Things You Shouldn't Do
See the Full On-Demand Catalog »

TLTA has scheduled more live webinars for fall and winter 2017:
Register now, or explore the On-Demand webinar library today!

A Warm Welcome to Our Newest TLTA Members

Agent Members  

UTB Title Agency LP
13101 Preston Rd., Ste. 302
Dallas, TX 75240
Main Contact: Caleb Mann
Phone: 469.458.2210
Email: cmann@utbtitleagency.com

Linear, LLC
12727 Featherwood Dr., Ste. 108
Houston, TX 77034
Main Contact: Wendy Ely
Phone: 281.984.1960
Email: wely@lineartitle.com
Website: www.lineartitle.com

14241 N. Dallas Pkwy., Ste. 675
Dallas, TX 75244
Main Contact: Matthew Thomas
Phone: 720.863.4409
Email: mthomas@valuamerica.com
Website: www.valuamerica.com

Linear Title, LLC
12727 Featherwood Dr. Ste. 108
Houston, TX 77034
Main Contact: Kelley Johnson
Phone: 281.984.1960
Email: kjohnson@lineartitle.com
Website: www.lineartitle.com

Juniper Title, Inc.
4215 Gateway Dr., Ste. 101
Colleyville, TX 76034
Main Contact: Julia Barth
Phone: 817.358.9500
Email: mpape@junipertitle.com
Website: www.junipertitle.com

Universal Title Partners, LLC
23240 Westheimer Pkwy., Ste. E
Katy, TX 77494
Main Contact: Laurie Leenhouts
Phone: 817.514.4201
Email: lleenhouts@wfgnationaltitle.com
Website: texas.wfgnationaltitle.com

Sonora Title, LLC
128 W. Bandera Rd., Ste. 2
Boerne, TX 78006
Main Contact: Kyla Sledge
Phone: 830.816.1444
Email: order@sonoratitle.com
Website: www.sonoratitle.com

Fair Texas Title, LLC
8201 Preston Rd., Ste. 160
Dallas, TX 75225
Main Contact: Britt Fair
Phone: 469.802.0922
Email: bfair@fairtexastitle.com
Website: www.fairtexastitle.com

National Assurance Title, Inc.
101 E. Park Blvd., Ste. 600
Plano, TX 75074
Main Contact: Christopher Daniels
Phone: 813.510.1950
Email: delftmann@nattitle.net
Website: www.nationalassurancetitle.com

RT Settlement Services of Texas, LLC

211 RR 620 S., Ste. 240
Austin, TX 78734
Main Contact: Millard Rubenstein
Phone: 410.654.5550
Email: laurel@resourceres.com

First Title Company
5402 Holly Rd., Bldg. B, Ste. 2202
Corpus Christi, TX 78411
Main Contact: Brent J. Chesney
Phone: 361.992.7000
Email: bchesney@firstamcoastalbend.com
Website: www.firsttitlecompany.com

Door Title
1920 McKinney Ave., 7th Fl.
Dallas, TX 75201
Main Contact: Travis Perry
Phone: 469.480.4387
Email: tperry@doortitle.com
Website: www.door-title.com

Brazos Valley Title Company, LLC
1005 NE Big Bend Trail, Ste. 2
Glen Rose, TX 76043
Main Contact: Torrie Poehls
Phone: 254.897.4184
Email: torrie@brazosvalleytitle.com
Website: www.brazosvalleytitle.com

Western Abstract & Title Co.
321 S. Oak St.
Pecos, TX 79772
Main Contact: Lynda Hollon
Phone: 432.445.2463
Email: lhollon@watcopecos.com
Website: www.watcopecos.com

North Star Title Company, LLC
1321 Antoine
Houston, TX 77055
Main Contact: H. Alan Holly
Phone: 713.263.7300
Email: aholly@texasnorthstartitle.com
Website: www.texasnorthstartitle.com

Texas Guild Title, LLC
2338 N. Loop 1604 W., Ste. 204
San Antonio, TX 78248
Main Contact: Kelly Scheffman
Phone: 210.547.9399
Website: www.texasguildtitle.com

National Assurance Title, Inc.
101 E. Park Blvd, Ste 600
Plano, TX 75074
Main Contact: Chris Daniels
Phone: 813.510.1950
Website: www.nattitle.net

Live Oak Title Company
300 Houston St.
George West, TX 78022
Main Contact: Mitchell Williams
Phone: 361.449.1415
Email: lotitlegwtx@yahoo.com

Associate Members  

Amanda Whatley Lafferty Law Office, PLLC
103 W. Hiram St.
Atlanta, TX 75551
Main Contact: Amanda Whatley Lafferty
Phone: 903.796.2801
Email: amanda@awlaffertylaw.com
Bus. Type: Law Firm

Hance Scarborough, LLP
400 W. 15th St., Ste. 950
Austin, TX 78701
Main Contact: Robert Floyd
Phone: 512.479.8888
Email: rfloyd@hslawmail.com
Website: www.hsww.com
Bus. Type: Law Firm and Public Advocacy

The Pearson Firm
520 S. Main St.
Belton, TX 76513
Main Contact: Joshua Pearson
Phone: 254.939.3995
Email: jpearson@texastitle.com
Bus. Type: Law Firm

John O. Scott, PLLC
3409 S. 14th St., Ste. 202
Abilene, TX 79605
Main Contact: John Scott
Phone: 325.665.5289
Email: jod.scott@gmail.com
Bus. Type: Law Firm

Landmark Bank NA
801 E. Broadway
Columbia, MO 65205
Main Contact: Janice Campbell
Phone: 573.499.7366
Email: janice.campbell@landmarkbank.com
Website: www.landmarkbank.com
Bus. Type: Banking, Financial Institution

BuyerDocs, LLC
1413 Toledo Dr.
Austin, TX 78759
Main Contact: Abigail White
Phone: 512.580.5035
Email: abigail@buyerdocs.com
Website: www.buyerdocs.com
Bus. Type: Web Service to Securely Share Wire Transfer Info