February 2018

Congrats to the 2018 Class of the Land Title School of Texas and the Inaugural TLTAU!

Congratulations to the 2018 Class of the Land Title School of Texas and to the School for 41 great years of top-notch Texas title insurance education! 
With almost 250 students, the 2018 School was a sell out and a huge success! This year's program was led by chair Brenda Nelson and the executive team of Brandi Abercrombie, CESP, CTIP; E.J. Brent, NTP, CESP, CTIP; Christie Deckard, CESP, CTIP; Teresa Frost, CTIP; and Kristina Vargas, CTIP, as well as the School Committee. Thanks to their hard work, this year's School featured an incredible roster of industry experts sharing their knowledge with the students. With an updated schedule and curriculum addressing the most important parts of Texas title insurance knowledge, the program gave everyone a great education.
"Very intense and thorough training. I was impressed with all presenters. Everyone made it fun and kept you engaged." 
–2018 School Attendee
Be sure to browse the TLTA School and TLTAU photo albums on Facebook! Also, because the School was sold out, plans for a possible Summer School are underway.
The inaugural TLTAU was also a resounding success with 47 students getting in-depth information on everything from cyber fraud and e-notarization to a deep-dive into documents.
"Fast moving and engaging. It was nice to have a training program that assumes you already have a strong foundation."
–2018 TLTAU Attendee

TLTA would like to extend a very warm thank you to all of the sponsors that made the School and TLTAU possible: 
  • Alliant National Title Insurance Company
  • AmTrust Title
  • National Investors Title Insurance Company
  • Fidelity National Title Group
  • First National Title Insurance Company
  • North American Title Insurance Company
  • Old Republic National Title Insurance
  • Qualia
  • Stewart
  • Title Resources

Have You Voted in the Primaries Yet? Here's Why You Should

Here in Texas, primary elections matter. The March 6 primaries are when voters from both parties will select their candidates to run in the November general election up and down the ballot. That means that the candidates that win the March primaries will drive the issues for the November election – and the state’s policy priorities for the next four years.  
If you want Texas elected officials to care about your issues through 2022 – whether it’s jobs, education, taxes, transportation, health care, liberty or anything else important to you – then you must vote in the Texas Primary Elections. Or you risk losing your voice to those who do. 
And, actually, it’s fewer people than you might think. Fewer than two million registered voters showed up for the last midterm primary elections in Texas – and that’s in a state with 28 million people. Candidates only need a simple majority to win, so that means about 7 percent of all Texans determined our state’s current policy agenda for the other 93 percent of us. 
But the power is in your hands – all you have to do is vote in Texas’ Primary Elections (early voting starts Feb. 20), so the next four years reflect your priorities, not someone else’s. 
What's My District and Who Represents Me? »
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In Memory of Randy Molinare

Randy McIntosh Molinare, wife of Larry Molinare, TLTA president 1991-92, died on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at her home in Austin after a battle with ALS. Randy was a member of the TLTA family for many years and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
There will be a reception and limited viewing at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, Ranch Rd 620 S, Lakeway, TX 78734, on Friday, Feb. 16 from 4–7 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like for everyone in attendance, or otherwise, to be kind to a stranger, reach out to a friend or relative, forgive someone or make a donation to a worthy cause. For anyone interested in making a memorial donation, those can be made to: 
The ALS Association. Donations can be sent to The ALS Association, Development Department, 1275 K Street, NW Suite 250, Washington DC, 20005, or online at www.alsa.org/donate in the name of Randy Molinare. 

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 Fidelity Names Day New Agency President

Business Wire | Feb. 1, 2018
Steven G. Day, NTP, has been promoted to the position of President of National Agency Operations for Fidelity National Title Group. In this position, Day will oversee Fidelity’s network of over 5,000 agents across the country.

Since joining Chicago Title in 1986, he has held a variety of positions, including Rhode Island state counsel and Rhode Island state manager for Chicago Title, as well as New Jersey state manager for both Chicago Title and Ticor Title's direct and agency operations and Regional Manager for the Northeast Region of the company. Prior to this promotion, Day served as Executive Vice President and Divisional Manager for Fidelity National Title Group.

As Division Manager, Day was responsible for the direct, agency, and commercial title operations in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. “Steve is a great steward of our industry and I’m excited to have him assume leadership of our Agency operations,” remarked Randy Quirk, CEO of Fidelity National Financial. "His experience, coupled with his inspired leadership and practical knowledge of the industry, make him a great fit for the role of National Agency President."
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How Many People Moved to Texas?

Texas Association of Realtors | Feb. 9, 2018
Texas ranked second in the nation for total incoming residents and net migration in 2016, according to the Texas Relocation Report released by the Texas Association of REALTORS®.

At 531,966 new residents for 2016, it was the fourth consecutive year Texas added more than a half million people from out of state. That total is slightly less than the previous year, but net migration was positive at 87,656 because of a drop in the number of people moving out of state.

Texas came in behind Florida and ahead of California for incoming residents but was behind both states in resident outflows for 2016. Residents who left Texas were most likely to move to California, Florida, Oklahoma, Louisiana or Colorado. About 55% of new Texans came from other U.S. states, with California leading followed by Florida, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Illinois.

“Despite slowing job and economic growth over the last two years, housing-market and population growth have remained strong and steady throughout the state,” said Kaki Lybbert, 2018 chairman of the Texas Association of REALTORS®. “With more than half a million people moving here each year, it’s evident that the Lone Star State fosters a positive environment for business development and raising a family.”
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Save the Date: June 11-13 – TLTA Annual Conference & Business Meeting

The 2018 Annual Conference & Business Meeting is just around the corner, and you won't want to miss it. This year we will be at the brand-new Fairmont Austin Hotel in downtown Austin on June 11-13. 
Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more information about this exciting event. As always, you can expect a conference full of the latest industry trends and topics.
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Should You Cover for a Friend's Mistakes at Work

Harvard Business Review | Feb. 13, 2018
It’s nice to have a friend at work who cares about you and looks out for your best interests. Research has even shown that it contributes to your engagement. The benefits of having a friend at work are clear, but what about the downsides? What happens when your friend starts to let things slip? How do you handle it when you notice they aren’t keeping up? Should you cover for them?

As with most difficult situations at work, there isn’t one right answer. The approach you take depends on a variety of factors. First, how worrisome are the slips? Will they create significant problems for your team, or even your customer? Next, how self-aware is your friend about their harmful behavior and the impact it’s having? Finally, how is your friend’s manager handling the situation? Is anyone other than you noticing the problem? The answers to these questions will help you decide when to intervene and how quickly to escalate from one of the following steps to the next.
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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.

Voted Most Popular: TLTA's Top Five On-Demand Programs for February 2018

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 February. Register for one today!
Home Equity Loans and Reverse Mortgages
Abstract and Examination
Deeds and Correction Instruments
Powers of Attorney - New Legislation
TDI Compliance Audits: Review, Tips and Guidance
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TLTA has more live webinars: Register now, or explore the On-Demand webinar library today!

A Warm Welcome to Our Newest TLTA Members

Agent Members

Carrington Title Services, LLC
6200 Tennyson Parkway, Ste. 110
Plano, TX 75024
Main Contact: Clayton Greenberg
Phone: 469.863.5435
Email: clayton.greenberg@carringtontss.com
Website: www.carringtontitleservices.com

Closing USA
5465 Legacy Dr., Ste. 250
Plano, TX 75024
Main Contact: Angela Weatherly
Phone: 949.652.4268
Email: aweatherly@closingusa.com
Website: www.closingusa.com

CSP Texas Joint Venture – San
Antonio, LLC Dba Key Title Group

7701 Broadway St. Ste. 106
San Antonio, TX 78209
Main Contact: Sarah Blackburn
Phone: 210.960.1604
Email: sarah@keytitlegroup.com
Website: www.keytitlegroup.com

Envision Title, LLC
11111 Katy Freeway, Ste. 1012
Houston, TX 77079
Main Contact: Annie Tran
Phone: 713.936.2752
Email: annie.tran@envisiontitletexas.com
Website: www.envisiontitletexas.com

First Priority Title of Texas, LLC
2002 Timberloch Pl., Ste. 200
The Woodlands, TX 77380
Main Contact: Matthew Cree
Phone: 281.296.5887
Email: mcree@fptitletx.com
Website: www.fptitletx.com

Momentum Title, LLC
25700 I-45 North, Ste. 100
Spring, TX 77386
Main Contact: Brian Brewer
Phone: 281.825.4111
Email: bbrewer@momentumtitletx.com
Website: www.momentumtitletx.com

Opendoor Title of Texas, LLC
6860 North Dallas Pkwy., Ste. 200, #279
Plano, TX 75024
Main Contact: Jason Durdle
Phone: 972.381.2841
Email: jdurdle@opendoortitle.co
Website: www.opendoortitle.co

Prima Title Group, LLC
1008 Macon St., Ste. 100
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Main Contact: Amy Collom
Phone: 817.446.9761
Email: amy@ptgllc.com

Texas Title Company
1360 N Lee Trevino Dr. Ste. 107
El Paso, TX 79936
Main Contact: Stevey Raney
Phone: 915.838.6855
Email: steve.raney@raneylawoffice.com
Website: www.texastitlecompany.net

Associate Members

Bowe Digital
3209 Susan Dr.
Kokomo, IN 46902
Main Contact: Wayne Stanley
Phone: 765.432.7094
Email: wayne@bowedigital.com
Website: www.bowedigital.com
Bus. Type: Marketing Consulting

215 Kentucky Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55426
Main Contact: Paul Stine
Phone: 612.743.4453
Email: paul@closesimple.com
Website: www.closesimple.com
Bus. Type: Software

4800 Spring Park Rd.
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Main Contact: Deb Grace
Phone: 800.340.5780 x.1036
Email: dgrace@mycloudstar.com
Website: www.mycloudstar.com
Bus. Type: Hosting and Security

Columbia Realty, Limited
5005 West Ave.
San Antonio, TX 78213
Main Contact: Chris Petty
Phone: 210.343.3307
Email: chris@petty-law.com
Bus. Type: Real Estate
Investment and Management

Lesslie L. Eanes, Attorney at Law
4740 S. Jackson Rd.
Edinburg, TX 78539
Main Contact: Lesslie Eanes
Phone: 956.720.4498
Email: leanes@mca.sierratitle.com
Bus. Type: Law Firm

Law Offices of Stephanie Foster, P.C.
4214 Little Rd., Ste. 1000
Arlington, TX 76016
Main Contact: Stephanie Foster
Phone: 817.277.2805
Email: stephanie@saf-law.com
Website: www.stephaniefosterlawfirm.com
Bus. Type: Law Firm

Nguyen and Sayabouasy Law Firm
9117 Belshire Dr., Ste. 200
North Richland Hills, TX 76182
Main Contact: David Sayabouasy
Phone: 817.345.7525
Email: david@kndslawfirm.com
Website: www.kndslawfirm.com
Bus. Type: Law Firm

David Park, Attorney at Law
1773 Westborough Dr.
Katy, TX 77449
Main Contact: David Park
Phone: 713.443.3783
Email: davidpark@gmx.com
Bus. Type: Law Firm

Law Office of Darrell G. Stewart, PLLC
7300 Blanco Rd. Ste. 301
San Antonio, TX 78216
Main Contact: Darrell G. Stewart
Phone: 210.826.3063
Email: dgs@lodgs.com
Bus. Type: Law Firm

200 Commerce St., Ste. 100
Irvine, CA 92602
Main Contact: Pam Sember
Phone: 714.250.1407
Email: psember@firstam.com
Website: www.trustlinkservices.com
Bus. Type: Trust Accounting Services