Downdate Newsletter

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

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December 2009

  • SOAH Judges Issue Recommendation in 2008 Biennial Rate Hearing
  • Mark Bilbrey Appointed President of Old Republic Title Companies
  • Real Estate Disposition, LLC Announces Acquisition of Commerce Title Retail, Fannie
  • Freddie Set New HAMP Guidelines on Documentation
  • HUD Releases New Consumer Home Buying Guide, Featured Articles
  • Escrow Officers: Avoid the Bad Rap; Give Good Advice on Surveys and Affidavits by Dawn Enoch Moore
  • Making a Difference in the Workplace by Celia Goode Haddock, TLTA Launches New, Improved Website
  • Lorie Cornet-Cotten a Champion for Breast Cancer

November 2009

  • Mark Winter Installed as ALTA President
  • Growing Market Share in a Down Economy by Mark Macejewski
  • TLTA Announces New Certified Title Insurance Professionals
  • Mark Bilbrey Receives ALTA’s Highest Honor
  • Gary Farmer Named 2009 Distinguished Citizen by Boy Scout Council
  • Martin Abstract Honored With Historical Marker,
  • University Title Company Named One of Texas Top Companies

October 2009

  • Title Insurance Amendment Passes - Significant Concerns Remain with Consumer Financial Protection Agency Bill
  • TLTA Files Closing Argument Brief in Biennial Rate Hearing
  • Minerals Coverage Order Takes Effect November 1, 2009
  • 2008 Biennial Rules Hearing Changes Not Yet in Effect
  • TLTA Leadership Meets With ALTA Regarding Their Licensing Forms Fee
  • New Licensing for Residential Loan Originators
  • In Memoriam: Wendell Strahan
  • 1929-2009 TLTABoard Member Named One of Texas A&M University's Outstanding Alumni
  • Banking Veteran Todd Gregory Joins Union Bank
  • Texas Courthouse Restoration Project Update
  • Get Involved in TLTA's Statewide Voter Registration Drive
  • TLTA's Kim Schoppert Wins Prestigious Young Professional Award
  • TLTA's Day of Service

September 2009

  • Commissioner Adopts Minerals Coverage, 2008 Biennial Rule Hearing Proposed Rules Published for Final Comment
  • Basic Manual Has Changed - Stay in Compliance with TDI
  • Payrolls Continue to Shrink in Title Industry
  • White House Releases H1N1 Guidelines
  • Follow This Young Professional's Lead and Get Involved
  • Stand Up and Stand Out - Become a Certified Professional
  • In Memoriam: Joy "Rusty" Mann Carpenter, 1926-2009
  • TLTA Presents Stewardship Excellence Award
  • James Gosdin and Bruce Hawley Receive Appointments from American Bar Association

July 2009

  • FTC Delays Enforcement of Red Flags Rule
  • Guidelines Aim to Help Struggling Borrowers
  • Housing Market Teeters Between Recovery Relapse
  • TLTA President Outlines Goals at Board's Summer Planning Session,
  • TLTA Board Honors Billy Vaughn, Carmen Thayer Wins TLTA's Individual Member Drawing

June 2009

  • Rate Hearing at SOAH Postponed to September,
  • Chief Economist and Banking Executive Offer Insight on Texas' Economy at TLTA Conference
  • HUD Estimates $30 Billion in Reverse Mortgages in FY 2010
  • Marquez Confirmed as HUD Assistant Secretary
  • Home Price-Recovery May Be Undermined by Appraisals
  • New TLTA Board of Directors Elected at Annual Conference
  • TLTA Director of Operations Earns Certified Association Executive Designation
  • Coverage of the 2009 TLTA Conference

May 2009

  • Food for Thought: The Balancing Act by Leslie Midgley
  • Bernice Kennedy Joins TDI
  • The Latest on RESPA Reform - HUD Secretary Announces Intent to Move Forward
  • Ron Sims Sworn in as HUD's Deputy Secretary
  • Mortgages Over 5% Mean Fed Purchases as Bonds Slump
  • TLTA Board Votes to Offer Substantial Dues Discount
  • 2009-2010 TLTA Board Nominees Announced
  • Annual Agent and Underwriter Section Meetings Set for June
  • TLTA Certification Committee Honors Nancy Ebert
  • EJ Brent Awarded Peggy Hayes Teaching Excellence Award
  • B.J. Huey Awarded TLTA's E. Gordon Smith Award
  • Suzanne Krupa Honored by Rotary Club of College Station
  • In Memoriam: Sara Council Goode, 1913-2009
  • In Memoriam:James R. Maher, 1949-2009

April 2009

  • TLTA Announces Texas' First Certified Title Professionals
  • Texas Medicaid Recovery Plan Authorization Form Available Online
  • U.S. Mortgage Applications Rose 5.3% Last Week
  • Housing Data Could Signal if Bust is Over
  • Home Prices Return to Affordability in Much of U.S.
  • TLTA Launches Statewide Voter Registration Efforts
  • New TLTA Conference Speakers Announced
  • Robert Galperin, Esq. Joins Alliant National, Volunteer Call to Action, Welcome to Our New Members

March 2009

  • HUD Suspends Required Use Provision of New RESPA Changes
  • Guaranty Association Seeks Opinion on Open Records
  • Mark Winter Named ALTA President-Elect
  • SOAH Pre-Filed Rate Hearing Testimony Available Online
  • Minerals Hearing Scheduled at TDI
  • Now Accepting 2009-2010 Board Nominations
  • University Title Ranks Eighth in Annual Best Texas Companies
  • Gary Farmer Recognized as One of "Ten People Who Made A Difference"
  • In Memoriam: Guy Jackson, III, 1931-2009, Wiley T. Alliston, 1918 - 2009

February 2009

  • Bold Government Can Solve America's Housing Crisis, Taking Title: Industry Offers Peace of Mind
  • Weekly US Jobless Claims Hit New 26-Year High
  • U.S. Mortgage Applications Plunge
  • Feds to Modify Troubled Mortgages
  • Learn How the National Scene Affects Texas
  • Certification Application Deadline Extended
  • Board Approves TLTA Bylaws Change
  • Now Accepting 2009-2010 Board Nominations
  • Chris Phillips Appointed President of TRG
  • John Rothermel Appointed Regional Underwriting Counsel for Stewart Title
  • In Memoriam: Michael Barrett, 1944-2009

January 2009

  • HUD Delays Implementation of Required Use Rule
  • TLTA Conference Moves Back to Texas
  • Rate Hearing Set for June 2-5, 2009
  • Third Quarter Financial Results for Title Industry
  • Bailout Report Card, Real Estate Markets Still Plumb for Bottom
  • Jumbo Mortgage Loan Rates Put Damper on Refinancing
  • Who Saw the Housing Bubble Coming?
  • Invest in Yourself & Your Profession - Get Certified
  • Change is in the Wind - Get Up to Speed on RESPA Reform & More
  • Hughes Butterworth, Jr., 1931-2008