Downdate Newsletter

The Downdate newsletter is emailed monthly to TLTA members and covers industry, association and member news.

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December 2008

  • Rate Hearing Set to Convene in June
  • Minerals Meeting Scheduled at TDI
  • Realtors Begin to Jump Ship in Texas
  • Job Losses Mount As Economic Picture Worsens
  • Obama: Financial Bailout Must Help Homeowners, Too
  • HUD Launches Home Financing Website
  • The Political Horizon: What Can Employers Expect From The New President & Congress?
  • TLTA Announces Launch of Certification Program
  • Stewart Title Announces Reorganization
  • Shirley Reader Retires
  • In Memoriam: Estella Schraub, 1933-2008

November 2008

  • Revised Texas Title Insurance Experience Report, HUD Announces Changes to RESPA
  • Fidelity National Acquiring LandAmerica
  • Tracking the Texas Economy
  • Federal Reserve Cuts Rates
  • Welcome to New Members
  • Circle of Stars- Can You Outshine Joey?
  • Retirement Doesn't Mean Saying Good-Bye
  • University Title Honored
  • Ramquest Hires New Director of Operations
  • Rattikin Title Company on the Move
  • Kim Seal Puts on Brave Face (and Cap) After Red Raider Victory

October 2008

  • TDI Rulemaking Hearing Update
  • Oklahoma Land Title Association Sends Best Wishes
  • Navigating the Waters of Senate Bill 300
  • In Memoriam: Bert Corkill, 1937 - 2008, Joyce Henderson, 1941 - 2008, Laurie Lang, 1958-2008, Robert “Bob” Merritt, 1932-2008
  • TLTA Pioneer Recognized

September 2008

  • Biennial Hearing and Agenda Item Update
  • TLTA and TMBA Jointly Endorse Best Practices
  • Announcing the 2008 Annual TLTAPAC Online Auction -- November 6-13
  • In Memoriam: Charles Taylor, 1936-2008, Texas Forms Manual

August 2008

  • Minerals Coverage Hearing Update, TLTA Membership Directory Correction
  • Committee Corner -- Who's Meeting When About What, Welcome to Our New Members
  • In Memoriam: Ruth McCracken, 1918-2008
  • July Basic Manual Updates on P-24 Now Available
  • "Supreme Court Permits Employees to Sue for Race-Based Retaliation Under 1866 Civil Rights" Submitted by James H. Kizziar, Jr.
  • Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, TLTA-Backed Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program Recognized by White House

July 2008

  • Conference Special Edition Newsletter

June 2008

  • View the Centennial DVD, Spotlight on the New TLTA President
  • Changing of the Guard: New TLTA Board of Directors Elected
  • TLTA Welcomes New Government Affairs Director
  • Individual Member "Dream Vacation" Winner Announced
  • July Basic Manual Updates on P-24 Coming Soon
  • Welcome to Our New Members, Basic Manual Correction: P-1.
  • "Texas Supreme Court Bars Wage Lawsuit After Pay Day Law Claim is Decided by Texas Workforce Commission" Submitted by James H. Kizziar, Jr., Bracewell & Giuliani LLP

May 2008

  • TLTA Milestones
  • Commemorative Centennial Magazine Now Available
  • Order Your 2008 Centennial Membership Directory Today
  • Welcome to Our New Members
  • Annual Agent and Underwriter Section Meetings Scheduled for June 6, 2008
  • Basic Manual Updates Now Available, New Bylaws on TLTA Web site
  • Call to Action! Send Your RESPA Comments to HUD by May 13
  • In Memoriam: Ben Steele, 1937-2008, Jim Synodis, 1927-2008
  • Todd Gregory Promoted to Vice President and Industry Manager of Countrywide Bank
  • Pam Rodgers Named Vice President and Texas Agency Manager of Alliant National Title Insurance Company
  • Henry Wade, Jr. Joins The Wade Law Firm, PC

April 2008

  • Texas Secretary of State Phil Wilson to Speak at the TLTA Annual Conference
  • Basic Manual Changes Coming Soon, Mortgage Fraud: Recognition and Prevention
  • Congress Expands FMLA to Provide Leave for Family of Service Members
  • In Memoriam: Pam Roberson, 1951-2008
  • Eric McNeese Joins the Brown County Abstract Company
  • Joey Prohaska Opens Professional Escrow and Title Services, Inc.
  • Call for Company State and National Award Winners

March 2008

  • Centennial Kick-off Weekend a Huge Success, Call for Retired Members
  • TLTA Board of Directors Supports ALTA Title Industry Consumer Initiative>
  • EEOC Provides Guidance on Lawful Employee Testing and Screening of Applicants
  • In Memoriam: Robert C. Sneed
  • 1923-2008, Boyer Honored as New Braunfels' Outstanding Citizen of the Year
  • Stewart Title Names Scott McBee Chief Claims Counsel
  • Jan Fisher Joins Guaranty Bank, Valley Land Title Company Celebrates 25- and 35-Year Employee Anniversaries
  • Changes to Basic Manual Coming Soon

January 2008

  • Closing Transactions in the 21st Century, Conducting An Employee Background Check
  • ALTA Hires Kurt Pfotenhauer
  • Jack Rattikin, Jr. Named Honorary ALTA Member
  • Arevalo Named Executive Vice President for Edwards Abstract and Title
  • Nominate Someone for the Professional Excellence Award