January 2017


Telling Our Story: Why You're Proud to Work in Our Industry

"I help others to make their dreams and goals reality. Closing a property always creates joy for someone involved."
–Kristina Kelley, American Title Company
 
As a TLTA member, you know this industry is under a serious threat right now – especially with potentially industry-altering legislation being filed. So now, more than ever, TLTA wants to hear from you about why your job matters, why you love what you do and why it is so important.
 
In approximately 20 or less, why are you proud to work in the title insurance industry?
 
Send your response to Sarah Ruiz, Communications Manager, at sarah@tlta.com. We plan on publishing some responses in our advocacy and PR materials and on our Facebook page.
 
Tell us why you love your work – we look forward to hearing from you!

Don't Miss the Only Land Title School of Texas in 2017!

Are you a new employee, an employee who recently switched positions or a seasoned professional who just needs a refresher? Are you an owner or manager looking to train employees who are new to the title industry? Then the 40th Annual Land Title School of Texas is for you!
 
This will be the ONLY Land Title School of Texas held in 2017. Register today – several of your colleagues have already registered, and this popular program sold out last year! 
 
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Texas Remains a Top Destination for U.S. Residents

Texas Association of Realtors | Jan. 4, 2017
The 2017 Texas Relocation Report released by the Texas Association of Realtors reveals that Texas continues to gain new residents from out of state. Analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data shows that Texas ranked second among states for inflow of U.S. residents in 2015, with 553,032 people moving to the state. Texas bested its 2014 net gain in out-of-state residents by 4 percent in 2015 with a growth of 107,689 individuals.
 
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Here Are 2016’s Top 10 Most Popular Homes for Sale 

HousingWire | Dec. 16, 2016
The real estate website Realtor.com recently tallied up all the clicks on their site for 2016 and discovered the top 10 most popular houses in 2016.
 
Many of these homes have ties to movies or significant events, while a few draw the curious for other reasons, according to an article by Eric Gunther on realtor.com. However, that attention did not always translate to a good selling price, or any sale at all. The first one is the nation's biggest fixer-upper.
 
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Day at the Capitol Is Almost Here!

If you are on the fence about attending Day at the Capitol, know that this is the year to attend. We realize that two days out of the office may be difficult, so we are offering two registration options to help get you to the Capitol.
 

The two-day option – Feb. 13-14. Recommended if your schedule and budget permits.

Two-day benefits include:
  • Hear keynote presentations from guest legislators\
  • Get an in-person briefing and have the opportunity to ask questions
  • Meet and visit with colleagues with whom you'll be making legislative calls
  • Visit with the TLTA lobby team
  • Enjoy networking and being an active part of the legislative process
The one-day option – Feb. 14. If you can only come for one day, please come anyway!
  • Participate in the Feb. 9 orientation webinar to get tips and FAQs
  • Arrive at the Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 14 to pick up your materials and hit the ground running
Register for Day at the Capitol and join the effort to preserve our industry, our work and peace of mind for Texas homeowners.

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Overworked? Here's How to Handle It

USA Today | Jan. 7, 2017
The new year has just begun, but those resolutions to spend more time with family, friends and the treadmill are likely being interrupted — even outright thwarted — by the daily work grind.
 
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Now Available: Schedule at a Glance for the 2017 Annual Conference and Business Meeting

The 2017 Annual Conference and Business Meeting is just around the corner, and you won't want to miss it!
 
This year's Conference will be held at the picturesque Roosevelt New Orleans hotel, and will feature all the world-class learning and networking opportunities you've come to expect. View the schedule today and make your plans to attend!
 
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In Memory of Johnny Actkinson (1947 – 2016)

Legacy.com | Dec. 13, 2016
Johnny Actkinson, 69, passed away on Dec. 12, 2016. He lived in the Farwell community all of his life, working at the Aldridge Law Firm, as the Parmer County Attorney, as the Parmer County and Bailey County District Attorney and at Farwell Abstract Company. A church service was held on Dec. 15.
 
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