The Dateline Austin newsletter goes out via email every week to TLTA members and covers the latest important regulatory and legislative updates title professionals need to know about.

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June 6, 2018

  • Texas Attorney General Opinion Requested on Electronic Signatures; Seeking Input from TLTA Members
  • Basic Manual Update Approved by TDI (Implementation Date: Aug. 9)
  • TLTA President Chris Phillips Thanks Congressmen Jeb Hensarling and French Hill at Dallas Luncheon
  • Goldman Sachs Teases Big Move Into Mortgages
  • First-Time U.S. Homebuyers Account for Almost Half of Mortgages
  • Upcoming Webinars

May 30, 2018

  • TLTA Delegation Travels to D.C. for ALTA Advocacy Summit 2018
  • Congressman French Hill at ALTA Advocacy Summit: Telling Our Story, Dodd-Frank Regulatory Relief Bill and TRID Improvement Act
  • 9 Provisions of Dodd-Frank Reform Bill Signed by President Trump
  • Insurance Commissioner’s Plain Language Campaign: Keep it Simple
  • Opinion: Digital Mortgage Era Requires New Approach to Tech Collaboration
  • Upcoming Webinars

May 23, 2018

  • Here's What You Need to Know About Texas' Primary Runoff Results
  • House Passes Dodd-Frank Reform Bill, Approval Now Pending from President Trump
  • Mulvaney Promises to End CFPB "Regulation by Enforcement'
  • CFPB Updates TRID Guides for Forms and Small Entity Compliance
  • Why Is Hensarling Calling for Action Against Fannie?
  • Too Big to Fix: No One Can Figure Out What to Do With Fannie and Freddie
  • Upcoming Webinars

May 16, 2018

  • Sullivan Names Slape Second-In-Command at TDI
  • TLTA Submits Amicus Letter in Case Before Texas Supreme Court
  • Primary Runoff Election Tuesday, May 22, Early Voting Underway
  • Agreement Reached on CFPB Reform Bill
  • GSE Reform's Impact on Housing
  • Upcoming Webinars

May 9, 2018

  • Proposed Online Notary Rules Published by Secretary of State
  • Mnuchin: GSE Reform Isn't Happening in 2018
  • Job Opening: Texas Department of Insurance Seeks Individual with Title Exerience for Insurance Specialist Position
  • Have a Licensing Question? Texas Department of Insurance Introduces New Website to Answer Common Licensing Questions
  • 2018 Conference Closing Breakfast: An Intimate Conversation with National Champion and Texas Sports Hall of Fame Inductee Vince Young
  • Upcoming Webinars

May 2, 2018

  • CFPB fixes TRID “black hole,” amends Know Before You Owe
  • Mulvaney’s CFPB Considers Moving Staff to the Basement, or Dallas
  • Analysis: In Texas Elections, There's Power in Small Numbers
  • Midland Takes Top Spot as Hottest Housing Market
  • Fitch: Does Blockchain Represent a Paradigm Shift for Insurance?
  • Upcoming Webinars

April 25, 2018

  • Compliance Update: GARC Fee Due May 1
  • TDI Quarterly Audit Results Published
  • Texas Attorney General Opinion: Consequences of Failing to Comply With the Requirements for Continuation of Existing Private Transfer Fee Obligations
  • ALTA-backed Bill Introduced in U.S. House to Require the CFPB to Publish More Guidance for Industry
  • Wells Fargo Hit With $1 Billion in Fines Over Home and Auto Loan Abuses
  • Upcoming Webinars

April 18, 2018

  • TLTA Sends Letters Urging Congressional Fix for TRID "Simultaneous Issue" Problem
  • Primary Runoff Election Starts in Less Than a Month
  • CFPB News: Acting Director Mulvaney Testifies Before Congress
  • TREC: To the Consumers and License Holders of Texas
  • Upcoming Webinars

April 11, 2018

  • MUST WATCH: CFPB Acting Director Mulvaney to Testify Before Congress Today and Tomorrow
  • CFPB News: U.S. Watchdog Seeks Record Fine Against Wells Fargo for Abuses
  • Major Banking Group Sides With Senate in Dodd-Frank Overhaul
  • Bank Regulatory Actions Under Trump Fall to Historic Lows
  • Millennials Using Conventional Over FHA Hits All-Time High
  • Upcoming Webinars

April 4, 2018

  • TLTA Regulatory Committee Meets in Austin
  • TLTA Comments on TDI Proposed Amendments to Basic Manual Rules
  • GSE News: Fannie Mae Now Allowing Lenders to Contribute to Borrower Closing Costs
  • CFPB News: Bureau Seeks Comment on Its Guidance and Implementation Support
  • CFPB News: Mulvaney Asks Congress to Dramatically Reduce CFPB's Independence
  • Upcoming Webinars

March 28, 2018

  • Hackers Impersonating Mortgage and Title Staffers in Wealthy Texas Suburb to Steal Down Payments
  • Ellie Mae: Homebuyers Expect Digital Mortgages, but Also Want Human-Touch Communication
  • Ellie Mae: "Significant" Reduction in Closing Times
  • CFPB NEWS: FAQs on Bankruptcy Issues Under Mortgage Servicing Rule Released
  • TLTA Webinar Addresses New eNotarization Law Effective July 1
  • Upcoming Webinars

March 21, 2018

  • Fidelity National to Acquire Stewart
  • FinCEN Renews Orders for Bexar County Through Sept. 16
  • Bipartisan Push Begins in Congress to Change CFPB Leadership to Commission
  • Senate Passes Rollback of Banking Rules Enacted After Financial Crisis
  • House Will Not Pass Current Senate Bill Easing Bank Rules: Hensarling
  • Upcoming Webinars

March 14, 2018

  • Senate Still Debating Dodd-Frank Overhaul Bill
  • Land Management: How to Get an "Ag-Exemption" and the Consequences of Losing It
  • Interest on Home Equity Loans Often Still Deductible Under New Law
  • TDI Annual Escrow Audit Report Tips
  • Upcoming Webinars

March 7, 2018

  • Senate Agrees to Begin Debate Over Dodd-Frank Overhaul Bill
  • TREC Adopts New Contract Forms: Mandatory Use Begins May 15
  • Texas Department of Insurance Launches New Website
  • CFPB News: Crapo, Hensarling Lead Court Brief Supporting Mulvaney as CFPB Head
  • Texas Primaries 2018: Full Election Results
  • Upcoming Webinars

February 28, 2018

  • TRID Improvement Act Passes House Again
  • IRS News: IRS Requires Personal Information When Verifying Taxpayer Identity
  • Realtors Release Cyber Fraud Flyer and Buyer Notice
  • Texas AG Opinion: Texas Constitution Prohibits U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cash-Out Refinance Loan for Texas Veterans
  • CFPB News: Gloves Off in CFPB Tug of War Between Mulvaney, Warren
  • Primary Elections: Have You Voted Yet?
  • Upcoming Webinars

February 21, 2018

  • TDI Proposes Rule Amendments to Basic Manual
  • TRID Improvement Act Approved by U.S. House
  • CFPB News: Democrats Call Out Mulvaney’s Reported Changes to CFPB Fair Lending Enforcement
  • CFPB News: Trump Administration's Latest Strike on CFPB – Budget Cuts
  • Primary Elections: Make Sure Your Voice Is Heard
  • Upcoming Webinars

February 14, 2018

  • TLTA Sends Letter Supporting Legislation to Modify TRID
  • CFPB News: CFPB Releases Strategic Plan
  • CFPB News: White House Budget Plan Proposes Cutting CFPB Budget, Restricting Enforcement Powers
  • Mortgage Choice Act Approved by U.S. House
  • Primary Elections: Why Your Vote Matters
  • Mortgage Rates Climb to Highs Not Seen in More Than a Year
  • Upcoming Webinars

February 7, 2018

  • CFPB News: Court of Appeals Rules Against CFPB, Vacates PHH’s $100M Fine for Alleged RESPA Violations
  • FHFA’s 2018 Goals: Liquidity, Stability, Access in Housing Finance
  • Realtors Urge Congress to Support Mortgage Choice Act
  • Quicken Loans Overtakes Wells Fargo as America's Largest Mortgage Lender
  • Upcoming Webinars

January 31, 2018

  • TDI Quarterly Audit Results Published
  • CFPB News: Leaked Mulvaney Memo – CFPB Must End Regulation by Enforcement
  • CFPB News: Appeal to Unseat Mulvaney Gets Expedited
  • U.S. Regulators Ready to Ease Check on Property Values: Sources
  • Upcoming Webinars

January 24, 2018

  • Compliance Update: Use Texas Disclosure Form T-64 to Correct All Incomplete or Incorrect Disclosures on Closing Disclosure
  • TDI Releases 2015 Underwriter Experience Report
  • CFPB News: Acting Director Mulvaney Announces Call for Evidence Regarding Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Functions
  • Who’s on the Texas Primary Ballots in 2018?
  • Upcoming Webinars

January 17, 2018

  • Six Critical Questions as Housing Finance Reform Heats Up
  • CFPB News: U.S. Consumer Watchdog Official Takes Leadership Fight to Appeals Court
  • Mortgage Applications Shoot Up 8.3 Percent to Start the Year
  • 10 Hottest Housing Markets of 2018
  • Upcoming Webinars

January 10, 2018

  • Regulators Seek Interpretation Amendments on Home Equity Lending; Urge Caution in Making Loans Before Adoption
  • Congress Returns to Work: Is 2018 the Year for Dodd-Frank Reform?
  • CFPB News: Kirsten Sutton Mork Named Chief of Staff
  • Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Now Allowed to Hold $3B Capital Reserve
  • Mortgage Rates to Increase Past 4.5 Percent in 2018
  • Upcoming Webinars

January 4, 2018

  • Thanks TLTAPAC Contributors – It's Time to Make Your Commitment for 2018
  • Tax News: Clarification on Deduction of Second Mortgages
  • Reminder: GARC Fee Collection Runs Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2018
  • North Texas Title Agent Sentenced for Stealing Millions
  • Five Ways Financial Laws Could Change in 2018
  • Top Five Housing Predictions for 2018
  • CFPB News: Bureau Does Not Plan to Assess Penalties for Errors in HMDA Data Collected in 2018
  • Upcoming Webinars