November 2017

TLTA Holds Town Hall Meetings, Grassroots Meetings With Legislators Across Texas

TLTA members met with Rep. Lance Gooden (center) at a grassroots meeting in Athens.

TLTA members met with Rep. Tom Craddick, former Speaker of the House (center) following a Midland town hall meeting.

TLTA members met with Rep. Matt Schaefer and his children (center) at a town hall meeting in Tyler.

Thank you to everyone who attended TLTA's town hall and grassroots meetings across the state this fall! At the 22 meetings, TLTA President J. Christopher Phillips, Executive Vice President and CEO Leslie Midgley, CAE and Director of Government Affairs and Counsel Aaron Day provided industry updates and answered questions from members. In addition, TLTA hosted several in-district meetings between legislators and their title industry constituents to discuss issues of importance, allowing members to share information about our successful Texas title insurance system.
For more photos, visit our TLTA Town Halls and Grassroots Meetings album on Facebook.

Take Your Education to the Next Level With the Brand-New TLTAU!

TLTA is thrilled to announce the launch of TLTAU, a higher level of learning created especially for advanced title professionals. This new program is designed for advanced escrow, abstract and examination personnel, as well as Land Title School of Texas grads.
The inaugural TLTAU will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in the same venue as the Land Title School of Texas. View the brochure and schedule, or register online today!

Texas Comes in Eighth on List of Top 10 States for Fraud and Identity Theft; Illinois Couple Loses Life Savings to Wire Fraud

Identity theft and fraud can occur to anyone at any time – and where homeowners choose to live could possibly make a difference. In light of the estimated 145.5 million American consumers who became victims to cyber hackers this year due to the Equifax crisis, WalletHub analyzed data on complaints and average loss amount from identity theft and fraud, along with the policy that surrounds this crime to find out which housing markets across the U.S. are most vulnerable to identity theft and fraud.
Texas is eighth on the list of top 10 states that are worst for identity theft and fraud.
Read "Homebuyers, Look Out for These Top Fraud States" (The M Report) »
In addition, ABC Chicago reports their I-Team had a warning after a local couple's life savings vanished. The couple lost more than $300,000 during the purchase of their dream home in a scam that could happen to anyone. So far in 2017, thieves have targeted $1 billion in real estate transactions, the FBI said. To do it, they send you a real-looking email telling you where to send closing money, but before you know it your life savings have been wired away.
Read "Wired Away: Couple Loses Life Savings During Home Purchase" (ABC Chicago) »

Register for TLTA’s Cyber Fraud Prevention Program

Cyber Crime Prevention Update – Scams, Schemes and Your Security will take place 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!

The War for Talent – You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

American Land Title Association | Oct. 19, 2017
For industries looking to replace an aging workforce, two statistics can be quite sobering:
  1. Six million jobs remain unfilled today
  2. 4.3 percent unemployment rate
With almost no growth expected in the working age population over the next 15 years, replacing talent will remain a major obstacle for an industry that remains under the radar of most school-aged people.
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Human Touch Still Important to Borrowers, Despite Digitization

The M Report | Oct. 30, 2017
Though digital mortgage solutions are on the rise, it appears most buyers don’t want the entire transaction handled online. According to Fannie Mae’s recent Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey, most consumers still want a human touch.

The survey, which examined lenders’ channel strategies as they relate to consumer preferences, factored in responses from more than 200 senior executives across 190 lending institutions. And according to most lenders, “borrowers still want the human touch in the mortgage process,” Fannie Mae reported.
Learn More »

In Memory of Bonnie Armstrong (1940 – 2017)

Bonnie Elaine Fultz Armstrong, 77, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. In addition to being a devoted family member and community and civic leader, Bonnie served as Owner/President of Navasota Abstract & Title Co., Inc. and Vice President of Grimes County, Inc. Among her many professional accomplishments was being named Outstanding Title Escrow Person of the Year in 2005 by TLTA.
Read the Obituary »

David C. Young Joins ANTIC as Texas State Counsel

Agents National Title Insurance Company | Oct. 25, 2017
David C. Young has joined Agents National Title Insurance Company as Texas State Counsel and will lead underwriting duties for the state of Texas. He is a 40-year veteran of the Texas title insurance business and has spent the last 24 years of his career as an underwriting counsel. He is a past President of TLTA.
Read the ANTIC Press Release »

Marilyn De Luna Receives National Title Professional Designation From ALTA

American Land Title Association | Oct. 30, 2017
Marilyn De Luna has been awarded a National Title Professional (NTP) designation from ALTA. De Luna is the fourth NTP designee from Texas and joins more than 80 other industry leaders from around the United States who have earned the professional designation.
Read the ALTA Press Release »

Voted Most Popular: TLTA's Top Five On-Demand Programs for November 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 November. Register for one today!
See the Full On-Demand Catalog »

TLTA has 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  

American Land Title, LLC
620 S. Taylor, Ste. 104
Amarillo, TX 79101
Main Contact: Ed Dowdy
Phone: 806.356.1454

Lexington Land Services of TX, LLC
5005 LBJ Fwy., Ste. 200
Dallas, TX 75244
Main Contact: Jennifer Maxwell
Phone: 469.820.1101

American Home Escrow and Title LLC
5080 Spectrum Dr., #1000E
Addison, TX 75001
Main Contact: Chalaine MacVittie
Phone: 469.791.0418

True Title Partners
5012 122nd St.
Lubbock, TX 79424
Main Contact: Emily Herring
Phone: 806.993.3000

Affinity Title LLC
308 N. Oak St.
Roanoke, TX 76092
Main Contact: Blake Pettigrew
Phone: 817.381.7913

Associate Members  

1651 Whitfield Ave., #101
Sarasota, FL 34243
Main Contact: Becky Tassell
Phone: 941.203.3761
Bus. Type: Real Estate Due Diligence

Evergreen Note Servicing
1016 57th St. E, Ste. 101
Sumner, WA 98390
Main Contact: Tonia Hogan
Phone: 253.848.5678
Bus. Type: Private Lender Servicing, Seller Financed Payments, Loan Outsourcing and Sub-servicing, Long Term Escrows

Mobile Home Title Service
617 Blanding Blvd.
Orange Park, FL 32073
Main Contact: Harvey Moss
Phone: 904.276.5368
Bus. Type: Mobile/Manufactured Homes – Title Search and Title Clearing

NowX Corporation
391 E Las Colinas Blvd., Ste. 130-926
Irving, TX 75039
Main Contact: Ron Cousins
Phone: 972.992.3456
Bus. Type: Technology and Cyber Security