Downdate Newsletter

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

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December 2015

  • Honoring Roland Love at the 25th Annual Texas Land Title Institute
  • Jack Rattikin III and Patrick Rose Featured in Texas Realtor Magazine
  • TLTA Member Kolter Lukert Participates in Senator Estes’ Golf Tournament and Fundraising Reception
  • Estella Lopez Celebrates 70 Years With Sierra Title Company
  • Business Matters: Why Small-Business Entrepreneurs Should Care About Cybersecurity
  • Which Celebrity Owned the Top Home in 2015?
  • In Memory of Jay Hunsucker (1971 – 2015)
  • In Memory of Forrest C. Roan, Jr. (1944 – 2015)
  • In Memory of Betsy Thompson (1944 – 2015)
  • Share Your Thoughts: Education
  • Basic Manual and Webinars: Two Great Ways to Stay Informed

November 2015

  • TLTA Responds to TRID Questions by Presenting FAQ Webinar This Friday 
  • Want to Brand Our TRID 101 Flyer With Your Company Logo? Now You Can!
  • Dawn Thompson Presents TLTAPAC Check
  • ALTA Announces New Member Exclusive Health Insurance Program
  • TLTA-Sponsored Courthouse Stewardship Program Hits the Road
  • ALTA Names John Hollenbeck as President
  • Governor Abbot Appoints TLTA Member to Brazos River Authority Board of Directors
  • Eric McNeese Joins National Investors Title Insurance Company
  • In Memory of David Baxter (1950 – 2015)

October 2015

  • New TLTA Member Service Launched – Manage Your Email Preferences!
  • Looking at Our Industry Through a New Lens
  • ALTA Announces New Homebuyer Outreach Program
  • Where Are the Nation's Fastest-Growing Economies? Try West Texas
  • Baby Boomers Driving Growth
  • Hackers' Latest Scam: Tricking Homebuyers into Wiring Them Settlement Funds
  • Business Matters
  • John Updegraff Jr. Joins TLTA Board of Directors
  • First Western Title Joins First International Title
  • Patrick Opela Promoted to Vice President – National Markets at National Investors
  • Margaret Cook Promoted to Deputy General Counsel and Senior Vice President for Alliant National
  • Have You Visited the TLTA Career Center Lately?

September 2015

  • Happy Birthday, TLTA!
  • TLTA Certification Committee Makes Strides
  • TLTA Institute Committee Discusses Topics for 25th Anniversary Institute
  • Basic Manual Task Force Plans for Changes
  • TLTAPAC Fundraising Committee Gears Up for 100 Club
  • TLTAPAC Board of Trustees Meets, Discusses Goals for 2015 – 2016
  • Texans Nominated for ALTA's 2015 – 2016 Board of Directors
  • Excel Title Group Expands Texas Presence
  • Business Matters: When Emails Go Viral for the Wrong Reasons
  • Family Sues Texas Over Centuries-old Spanish Land Grant
  • What's the Best Day of the Year to Buy a House?
  • How the Top Housing Markets – Including Houston and Dallas – Are Ending Summer
  • Kyle Rank Announced as New Executive Vice President, Agency, of Alliant National Title Insurance
  • TLTA Resources at Your Fingertips
  • A Warm Welcome to Our Newest TLTA Members

August 2015

  • TLTA Education Advisory Group Meets in Austin
  • TLTA Regulatory Committee Prepares for Rule Hearing
  • CFPB Adds New TRID Webinars
  • Harrell Feldt receives the first Terry Lee Grantham Memorial Award
  • 5 Ways to Handle an Angry Client
  • Title Industry Veteran Tim Redding Retires
  • 3 Ways Big Data Is Changing Real Estate
  • View the Top Home Features by State
  • First National Title Insurance Company Announces New Staff
  • In Memory of Carl Pfeiffer (1932 – 2015)
  • In Memory of Linda L. McMain (1936 – 2015

July 2015

  • Life at Odd Angles – An Abstractor’s Point of View
  • Texas Tops 2014 U.S. Commercial Real Estate Market
  • TLTA Board Member Teresa Frost Promoted to President and Agency Manager for National Investors Title Insurance – Texas Market
  • In Memory of Joe "Mickey Blissit (1938-2015)
  • South Land Title acquires Prominent Title
  • Stay Informed with the TLTA Facebook Page
  • Amid New Overtime Rules, More Employers Might Set Email Curfew
  • Can you translate this emoji letter to millennial borrowers?
  • How to Disclose Title Insurance Premiums in Seller-Pay Scenarios
  • A Warm Welcome to Our Newest TLTA Members
  • Upcoming Webinars
  • TLTA Staff Directory

June 2015

  • TLTA Introduces its Newest President, Patti Bonner
  • TLTA's 2015 Annual Conference & Business Meeting a Huge Success!
  • 2015-2016 Board of Directors Elected
  • Annual Awards of Excellence Given Out at the 2015 TLTA Conference
  • Congratulations to Our New Certified Professionals!
  • Bert Massey Classic Golf Tournament a Huge Success!
  • Congrats TLTAPAC Live Auction Winners!
  • We’re Almost There - Last Day to Raise $3,000!
  • Upcoming Webinars
  • TLTA Staff Directory

May 2015

  • 25 Best Cities for Jobs (hint: Texas cities rule!)
  • Survey: More Millennials Renting, But Just As Many Want to Own
  • Mary Ann Howard Receives Top Award from New Mexico Land Title Association
  • This is How Much it Costs to Live Next Door to Warren Buffett
  • Anderson Named Southwest Region Agency Manager
  • Agent & Underwriter Meetings to be held at Annual Conference
  • A Warm Welcome to Our Newest TLTA Members
  • Upcoming Webinars
  • TLTA Staff Directory

April 2015

  • Top 10 Management Tips from an Industry Insider
  • In Memory of Glen Vick Brown (1939-2015)
  • Guy Robert Jackson Donates Family Art to TLTA Office in Memory of his late Father
  • The Top Southern Cities for Jobs Right Now
  • Man Discovers Property Has Multiple Owners
  • Upcoming Webinars
  • Register Now for a Chance to Win a Free Conference Registration - a $400 Value
  • TLTA Staff Directory

March 2015

  • March Madness: The Sweet 16 of Real Estate Brackets
  • TDI Reminds Consumers: Flood Coverage is Not Part of a Standard Homeowners Policy
  • What You Need to Earn to Buy in 10 Cities
  • In Memory of George Neel (1930- 2015)
  • Access to Credit Still Biggest Hurdle for Millennials to Enter Real Estate Market
  • TLTA Staff Directory
  • Welcome to Our New TLTA Members!
  • Sign Up Today for TLTA South Texas Seminar on April 11th
  • Certification Apply Now!

February 2015

  • TLTA Celebrates its 100th President - Dawn Moore
  • Texas Land Title School Hits Record Numbers
  • 5 Tips for Achieving Work/Life Balance in 2015
  • America's Fastest Growing Cities in 2015
  • Order or Renew Your TLTA Basic Manual Subscription Today
  • Redfin: Many Millennials Chose Mortgage Before Marriage
  • Time to Renew Your Individual Membership!
  • In Memoriam: John H. Mallard (1994-2015)
  • Meet a TLTA Staff Member
  • Title Problems Can Snag Your Closing
  • Want to Get Published in the Next Downdate?

January 2015

  • Castro: It's Time to 'Remove the Stigma' promoting Homeownership
  • Here's How Falling oil Prices Could Hit the Mortgage Industry
  • Tips for Mastering Public Speaking
  • Recognize These Faces? Can You Guess These TLTA Members?
  • Time to Renew Your Individual Membership!
  • 7 Wacky Mansions for Sale
  • Order or Renew Your TLTA Basic Manual Subscription Today
  • In Memoriam: Lynwood Sanders (1931-2014)
  • Meet a TLTA Staff Member
  • Luna & Luna Joins Underwood Law Firm
  • How Prepared is Your Organization for an Aging Workforce?
  • Want to Get Published in the Next Downdate?