Dateline

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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2012


December 19, 2012

  • TDI Schedules Rate Hearing for February
  • TDI Proposes Minimum Standards for Conducting Business Electronically
  • Extension of Unlimited Deposit Insurance for Non-Interest-Bearing Accounts Fails

December 12, 2012

  • California Says Third-Party Vetting Firms May Lead to Violations in the Law
  • More Warehouse Banks Delay Vetting Requirements,
  • Bill Extending Bank-Account Guarantees Passes Key Senate Test
  • New Payoff Statement Not Being Widely Used
  • Next Steps on CFPB's Proposed Mortgage Disclosures Rule Not Likely UntilSummer

December 5, 2012

  • TLTA Requests Rate Hearing,
  • NAIC Fall Meetings Focus on Escrow Theft, Lender Vetting
  • Dallas' Jeb Hensarling to Chair U.S. House Financial Services Committee

November 28, 2012

  • Is the Payoff Statement Form Working?,
  • FHA's Biggest Loser: No-Money-Down Mortgages,
  • Title Companies Support the TLTAPAC With Election Jeans Day
  • It's Not Too Late to Register for the Texas Land Title Institute!

November 20,2012

  • Warehouse Lenders Change Course on Vetting Requirement
  • Basel III Measures Could Raise Home Ownership Costs
  • Thank You TLTAbay Donors, Bidders and Winners!
  • Register Today for the Texas Land Title Institute!

November 14, 2012

  • Election Impact on Congress and Key Committees
  • Title Agents are Wary of Third-Party Vetting Firms
  • TLTAbay Closes Tomorrow - Bid on the Great Items Today!
  • Thank You for Submitting Comments to the CFPB
  • Register Today for the Texas Land Title Institute!

November 7, 2012

  • New Developments with Lender Vetting Companies
  • Texas Election Results From the Texas Tribune
  • TREC Postpones Consideration of Form Changes
  • TLTAbay Opens Tomorrow!, Register Today for the Texas Land Title Institute!

October 31, 2012

  • Sign Up Today for TLTA's Free Briefing Call on the CFPB Proposal
  • TDI Quarterly Audit Results Published

October 24, 2012

  • The Party Who Gets to Pick the Title Company is...,
  • Informal Contracts Still Put Many Texas Homeowners at Risk
  • Support the TLTAPAC With a Jeans Day!

October 17, 2012

  • Important New Developments Regarding Lender Vetting Concerns
  • Reminder: Signing Short Sale Affidavits Violates P-35
  • Donate to TLTAbay Today - We Need Your Support!

October 10, 2012

  • TLTA Argues Against Inclusion of Title Insurance in APR
  • Can Realtors Indicate a Title Company in an MLS Listing?
  • Do You Understand the Survey Paragraph?
  • Fannie and Freddie Release Secondary Market Platform White Paper
  • Donate to TLTAbay Today - We Need Your Support!

October 3, 2012


  • Help Protect Title Agents' Role in the Future
  • Preliminary Survey Results Provide Valuable Data on E&O Coverage
  • TLTA Meets With Related Trade Associations to Discuss Key Issues
  • Big Banks Face Deadline on Mortgage-Servicing Changes,
  • Bank of America to Extinguish Up to 150,000 Second Liens,
  • Last Chance to Become a TLTA Individual Member for Just $20!

September 26, 2012

  • Are You Being Asked to Carry Insurance?,
  • Results of Survey About Lender Vetting Companies
  • Donate to TLTAbay Today - We Need Your Support!

September 19, 2012

  • TLTA Seeks to Clarify Proposed TREC Contract Changes
  • More Information on Lender Vetting of Texas Title Agents
  • Market Pressures on Lenders Impacting Settlement Service Providers
  • Donate to TLTAbay Today - We Need Your Support!

September 12, 2012

  • TLTA Assessing Lender Vetting of Texas Title Agents
  • TLTA Working Group Analyzing Concerns About Proposed TREC Contract Changes
  • White House Pushes Refinancing Expansion Before Election
  • Donate to TLTAbay Today - We Need Your Support!

September 5, 2012

  • TLTA Supports Clarity in Lien Laws Before State House Committee
  • TREC Proposes Contract Changes
  • CFPB Extends Deadline to Comment on APR Issue
  • FHFA Raises Guarantee Fees on GSE Mortgages,
  • A Challenge to All Escrow Officers!

August 29, 2012

  • Consolidation of Small Banks on the Rise
  • Fannie and Freddie Issue New Standard Short Sale Guidelines
  • Return of the Jumbo Mortgage
  • TDI Issues Call for Underwriter Stat Data - Deadline September 24
  • TLTAbay Coming Soon!

August 22, 2012

  • TLTA Issues Statement on Bankrate.com Closing Cost Comparison
  • Lender Vetting of Texas Title Agents Creating Questions
  • TLTA Federal Issues Committee Working on CFPB Proposal
  • Obama to Renew Push for Wider Mortgage Refinance Plan
  • Why I Give to the TLTAPAC

August 15, 2012

  • Fraud and Security Focus at NAIC Conference
  • Scammers Taking Aim at Attorneys
  • TLTA Past President Bruce Boyer Wins Race for District Judge
  • Fitch Expects CFPB Proposal to Result in More Market Consolidation
  • TDI Issues Call for Underwriter Stat Data - Deadline September 24,
  • A Challenge to All Escrow Officers!

August 8, 2012

  • CFPB Director Testifies Before U.S. House Small Business Committee
  • Fall Has Full Ballot, but Most Races Are Decided
  • 23 Federal Laws that Apply to Real Estate Sales
  • We Need Corporate Contributions!

August 1, 2012

  • Runoff Voters Were in Mood to Oust Incumbents
  • CFPB Director Testifying Today Before Congress
  • Have an Idea or Issue TLTA Should Study?
  • TDI Quarterly Audit Results Published

July 25, 2012

  • TLTA Working With TDI to Streamline and Improve Licensing Process
  • TLTA Analyzing CFPB Rule Proposal
  • Court Rules Underwriter Not Vicariously Liable for Agent's Acts
  • Add This Invaluable Reference to Your Title Resource Library

July 18, 2012

  • TDI Agent Stat Data Deadline July 26
  • Revised TREC HOA Addendum Now Required
  • Texas Forms Manual: A Guide to Real Estate & Title Documentation
  • Senate Primary Candidates Debate in Dallas

July 11, 2012

  • CFPB Unveils Proposed Changes to RESPA
  • President Obama Signs Flood Insurance Reform Bill,
  • No 3.8% Tax on Real Estate Sales

July 4, 2012

  • Revised TREC HOA Addendum Now Required
  • U.S. Supreme Court Dismisses First American v. Edwards
  • TDI Agent Stat Data Deadline July 26
  • Congress Approves 5-Year Extension of Flood Insurance Program

June 27, 2012

  • ALTA President Testifies Before Congress on RESPA Changes
  • Texas Department of Insurance Seeks to Fill Two Positions
  • TDI Agent Stat Data Deadline July 26
  • Be Part of a Record Breaking Year - More Than $157,000 Raised So Far!
  • FHFA Proposes Rule to Restrict PACE Loans

June 20, 2012

  • Updated Contact Information for TDI's Title Staff
  • TDI Agent Stat Data Deadline July 26
  • Revised TREC HOA Addendum Required July 1, 2012
  • Court Permits Local Practice to Control Recording of Military POAs
  • Congrats TLTAPAC Live Auction Winners!

June 13, 2012

  • TDI Issues Call for Agent Stat Data - July 26 Deadline
  • TLTA Participates in CFPB Roundtable On Proposed Settlement Forms

June 6, 2012

  • TLTA to Roll Out New Online Basic Manual Product
  • TDI Call For Statistical Data Has Not Been Released
  • National Flood Insurance Program Gets 60-Day Extension
  • Make Sure Your Company is Included in ALTA Agent and Abstractor Survey
  • Don't Miss These Important State and Federal Updates at the TLTA Conference

May 30, 2012

  • Texas Election Night Results
  • Bank of America, MERS Lose Bid to Dismiss Texas Fee Suit
  • Make Sure Your Company is Included in ALTA Agent and Abstractor Survey
  • Don't Miss These Important State and Federal Updates at the TLTA Conference

May 23, 2012

  • Revised TREC HOA Addendum Required July 1, 2012
  • Don't Miss These Important State and Federal Updates at the TLTA Conference
  • Make Sure Your Company is Included in ALTA Agent and Abstractor Survey

May 16, 2012

  • TLTA Meets With Congress and CFPB in Washington, D.C.
  • Revised TREC HOA Addendum Required July 1, 2012
  • Make Sure Your Company is Included in ALTA Agent and Abstractor Survey
  • TLTA Agent and Underwriter Section Meetings Scheduled for June 15
  • Don't Miss These PAC Events at TLTA's Annual Conference!

May 9, 2012

  • USDA Continuing to Exclude Rural Loans from Environmental Reviews
  • Attorney General Issues Opinion on Homestead Exemptions ALTA Asks FHA to Coordinate Private Transfer Fee Rule With FHFA
  • Don't Miss These PAC Events at TLTA's Annual Conference!

May 2, 2012

  • Title Insurance Featured on Lifetime's 'Designing Spaces'
  • Comment Period Open for Proposed New Title Exam Standards
  • Don't Miss These PAC Events at TLTA's Annual Conference!
  • TDI Quarterly Audit Results Published

April 25, 2012

  • Title Insurance to be Featured on Lifetime Television Tomorrow
  • Comment Period Open for Proposed New Title Exam Standards
  • Nominate Someone to Serve on the TLTAPAC Board of Trustees
  • ALTA Survey: Borrowers Receive Between 2-3 GFEs Per Transaction

April 18, 2012

  • TLTA Submits Comments on Final Round of CFPB Proposed Forms
  • Texas Economist,TLTA Share Concerns
  • Texas Rep. Burt Solomons Seeks Clarification to Tax Lien Lender
  • Don't Miss These PAC Events at TLTA's Annual Conference!

April 11, 2012

  • TDI's Rob Carter Promoted to Assistant General Counsel;
  • Title Staff Reporting Assignments Changed
  • TLTA Call for Legislative Issues - Submit Your Concerns Today
  • ALTA Agents Forum: April 22 in Dallas
  • Don't Miss These PAC Events at TLTA's Annual Conference!

April 5, 2012

  • Review and Comment on Proposed Changes to HOA Addendum
  • Supreme Court Affirms Ruling on Open Beaches Act
  • New FHA Mortgage Rules Take Effect, Foreclosure Reforms to Widen

March 28, 2012

  • Commissioner Issues Order on Withdrawn and Disapproved Agenda Items: Signing Short Sale Affidavits a Violation of P-35
  • Attorney General Issues "Feed Scanners"
  • Opinion: Opinion Doesn't Address Specific Issues,
  • Cites Related Court Cases
  • USDA Excluding Rural Home Loans From Environmental Reviews

March 21, 2012

  • Title Industry Shares Settlement Form Concerns With CFPB Small Business Panel
  • FHFA Publishes Final Rule on Private Transfer Fees
  • Why I Give to the TLTAPAC

March 14, 2012

  • TDI's Rob Carter Speaks at TLTA Land Title School
  • Texas Supreme Court Grants AG's Petition to Review API Case
  • State Supreme Court: Landowners Own Water Beneath Land, Bank of America
  • MERS Ask Court to Dismiss Texas Counties' Mortgage Suit
  • Meeting Notice: Central Texas PREP Chapter Meeting March 22

March 7, 2012

  • Small Business Review Panel Discusses CFPB's Draft Settlement Forms
  • TLTA's P-53 Task Force Will Meet to Discuss Improvements
  • TREC to Review HOA Addendum at May 7 Meeting
  • Ohio Court Rules County Must Provide Public Records at Actual Cost
  • Robosigning Focuses Attention on Title Companies

February 29, 2012

  • TDI Holds Rule Hearing in Austin, How Will New Settlement Forms Affect Your Business?
  • TREC Adopts HOA Addendum Dealing With Resale Certificates
  • Court Delivers Election Maps for Texas House, Congress
  • MERS Wins Dismissal of County Recording Fee Case,
  • Bank of America Breaks With Fannie Mae

February 22, 2012

  • TDI Rule Hearing Begins Next Week, Comment Now on the CFPB's Proposed Changes to the HUD-1
  • Celia Flowers to Serve on Small Business Panel
  • Important TREC Form Changes on the Horizon
  • HOA Addendum Dealing With Resale Certificates to be Considered Feb. 27
  • TREC Changes In Effect March 1
  • Redistricting Limbo Extends Beyond Races: Tentative Primary Date is May 29
  • FHFA Releases Plan for Freddie, Fannie Exit

February 15, 2012

  • TLTA Board Finalizes Positions for Feb. 28 Rule Hearing
  • TREC Committee Discusses HOA Addendum Dealing With Resale Certificates
  • Redistricting Lawyers Reach Deal on Texas Senate Maps
  • Software Companies Project Cost of New Settlement Statement
  • Obama Details Housing Plan Aimed at Helping Homeowners
  • Texas to get $428 Million Slice of $25 Billion Foreclosure Settlement

February 8, 2012

  • Rule Hearing to Begin in Austin on February 28
  • Please Comment on Proposed New Closing Forms
  • Proposed Lien Registry Not Intended to Replace Local Recording
  • Texas Unveils Proposed Redistricting Maps
  • TDI Quarterly Audit Results Published

February 1, 2012

  • TLTA Submits Comments to TREC on Proposed HOA Addendum
  • Comment on the 3rd Round of Proposed CFPB Closing Forms
  • TLTA Call for Legislative Issues - Submit Your Concerns Today
  • Terminated: Transfer Fees Outlawed

January 25, 2012

  • TDI Publishes Agenda Items for 2012 Rule Hearing
  • Are You Having Trouble Accessing Public Records?
  • Judges Make Rush Request for Texas Redistricting Maps
  • State Attorneys General, Large Banks Might be Close to Settlement

January 18, 2012

  • TDI Schedules Rule Hearing for February 28, 2012
  • New CFPB Chief Cordray to Testify Before House Panel
  • New TLTA Leadership Academy - Application Deadline Jan. 20!

January 11, 2012

  • Federal Reserve Publishes White Paper on Housing Policy
  • Richard Cordray Appointed First CFPB Director
  • New TLTA Leadership Academy - Application Deadline Tomorrow!

January 9, 2012

  • New Payoff Statement Form Effective January 8
  • TDI Proposes New Reporting Requirements for Underwriters
  • New TLTA Leadership Academy - Application Deadline Jan. 12!