March 2020

  • Thank You – I Salute Your Impressive Response to COVID-19
  • COVID-19 UPDATE: Federal Guidelines Now Include County Recorders Among Essential Businesses
  • Title Industry Gets Creative in Pursuit of Safe Closing Protocols
  • Don't Worry: Our Annual Conference Is Still a Go!
  • Mike and Bonney Ramsey Honored for Giving Back to the Community
  • SAVE THE DATE: Day at the Capitol Feb. 8-9, 2021
  • Are You Ready to Grow Your Title Industry Career?
  • Use the Weekend to Get Up-to-Speed on Things You Need to Know – On-Demand Education and Training Available Anytime
  • Upcoming Webinars

Thank You – I Salute Your Impressive Response to COVID-19

Leslie Midgley, TLTA Executive VP and CEO | March 30, 2020

Our TLTA community is working overtime to respond to the business and personal challenges created by the COVID-19 public health crisis, and I just want to take a moment in the midst of all this chaos to thank you. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to talk or correspond with literally hundreds of you, and I am so incredibly impressed by your ingenuity, creativity and commitment. Thank you for your resilience and for caring so deeply about what you do. I salute each and every one of you.

I also want to thank you for trusting us to be your advocate at this time. In addition to working with regulators and real estate community partners to implement tools that address key industry challenges—like securing essential business status and working with TDI on adjusted compliance measures—TLTA is serving as a real-time clearinghouse for data related to county clerk operations, safe closing protocols, and more. For instance, see the latest news below about CISA declaring county clerks' title search and recording functions essential government functions.
 
All of the data, information and resources referenced above can be found via these three hyperlinks, which you might want to keep handy in the days and weeks ahead:
  • TLTA's COVID-19 webpage : This is your best source of information and industry resources during this challenging time. We are making constant updates in real time as this situation evolves, and it’s full of important information.
  • TDl compliance updates : All our reports on TDI actions can be found in this one convenient location.
  • TLTA’s latest COVID-19 communications: Emails, special messages and more are available in one, easy-to-access location.  
Thank you for continuing to share your feedback, reaching out with your questions, sharing your concerns, providing us with updates on local developments, and trusting us to be your source and represent you during this most challenging of times. We’re all learning together and finding ways to adapt in this new environment on an hourly basis. Please know we are here with you every step of the way. Together, we will get through this and be smarter and stronger for it.
 

COVID-19 UPDATE: Federal Guidelines Now Include County Recorders Among Essential Businesses

New guidance and definitions issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) includes county recorders on the list of essential services, stating "Staff at government offices who perform title search, notary, and recording services in support of mortgage and real estate services and transactions."  You can find that information on page 12 of CISA's new guideline and definitions under this section: Other Community- or Government-Based Operations and Essential Functions.
 
Review CISA's New Guidance and Definitions »  
Access Additional COVID-19 News, Resources and Tools »  
 

Title Industry Gets Creative in Pursuit of Safe Closing Protocols

We are receiving reports from around the state of special operational procedures title and settlement companies have implemented in response to public health concerns. We are proud to report that our industry continues to serve our state's essential real estate marketplace by employing tools and procedures designed to maintain safe distances while conducting crucial business functions.
 

 
One TLTA title agent tells customers: "You’ve heard of HEB Curbside… but what about a curbside closing?”
 
You can learn more via our collection of operational best practices and safe closing protocols that title and settlement companies have implemented. What precautions has your company developed to help keep your staff and clients safe? Please share them with us at tlta@tlta.com.

Don't Worry: Our Annual Conference Is Still a Go!

Many of you have reached out to confirm that our annual conference is a go June 17-19. Yes, it is still on as scheduled for now, and don't worry: we're on track and making it easy for you to register with our lowest rate by extending our lock-it-in deadline to April 30.
 
Be sure to book your hotel room now. Our Hyatt host facility maintains a 72-hour cancellation policy, so you can change your reservation anytime between now and the second week of June.
 

 
As always, we’ll continue to keep you updated on how the current COVID-19 crisis is affecting any of our upcoming live programs, and registrations will be transferred for any postponements and date changes necessary.
 
Learn More About Our 2020 Annual Conference »
Register Now and Get Our Lowest Lock-It-In Rate »
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Learn More About the Status of Other TLTA Events and Meetings »

Mike and Bonney Ramsey Honored for Giving Back to the Community

Mike Ramsey (TLTA President 1980-81) and his wife, Bonney, were honored by the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce as Citizens of the Year.
 
In addition to serving as president of TLTA, Ramsey was honored as Title Man of the Year in 1972. He is also a former president of the Title Underwriters of Texas and served on various TLTA and ALTA Boards and Committees over the years.
 
Read More About the Ramseys' Award in the Waxahachie Daily Light »
 

SAVE THE DATE: Day at the Capitol Feb. 8-9, 2021

When the Texas Legislature convenes in 2021, they're going to face tough budgetary challenges caused by COVID-19 response expenses and decreased revenues from oil industry operations, and it will be very difficult to win lawmakers' attention.

That's why we're asking you to mark your calendar and make your plan now to join us at the state Capitol in Austin for TLTA's Day at the Capitol Feb. 8-9, 2021. Like past legislative sessions, our industry will be monitoring legislation and pursuing a proactive legislative agenda when lawmakers reconvene next year. And, with an army of our industry peers working together inside the Capitol Feb. 8-9, we can overcome the noise to educate legislators and staff about our industry's crucial role in the success of our real estate economy, and share our communities' support for lawmakers during a challenging time. 
 
See Photos from Our Industry's Day at the Capitol in 2019 »
 

Are You Ready to Grow Your Title Industry Career?

In a complex and specialized marketplace filled with talented professionals, investing in your title insurance career is a smart move that delivers big returns. TLTA offers a large catalog of remote and in-person educational and networking opportunities to help you accomplish your career goals and remain competitive long into the future.
 

 
Review TLTA's Career Track One-Pager »
 

Use the Weekend to Get Up-to-Speed on Things You Need to Know – On-Demand Education and Training Available Anytime

When title professionals are asked to take on new responsibilities within the organizations they serve, they can sometimes struggle with gaps in subject matter expertise or skillset development. Whether you're cross-training to fill a new role for your team, or you're responding to marketplace challenges, bring your a-game and remain competitive by getting up to speed with one of TLTA's catalog of more than 80 on-demand educational tools and resources .
 
What are you doing this weekend? If you're ready to increase your industry knowledge and make yourself more valuable in the marketplace, try one of our on-demand educational programs and return to the office on Monday ready to exercise new strengths!
 
Review TLTA's Catalog of On-Demand Educational Resources »
 

In addition to the live webinars listed below, you have access to our library of more than 80 On-Demand webinars and videos covering the title industry topics you need to earn continuing education credits and stay ahead of the curve on the latest industry trends! ***Please note that the April 7 webinar, "Minerals: The Law, The Exception, and T-19 Series Coverage" is part 2 of a series on this topic. If you plan to register for the April 7 minerals webinar, you might consider watching the first webinar in the series, Survey Endorsements, on-demand.