May 2017


Texas Ranks in Bottom Eight for Claims  – and That's a Good Thing

Texas Land Title Association | May 22, 2017
Once again, data has shown that the Texas title insurance system is one of the safest in the country for consumers. Texas ranked eighth lowest in premiums to losses last year.
 
According to data released by ALTA, Texas conducted more than $2 billion in real estate transactions in 2016. That same year, less than $34 million in claims were paid out – only 1.66 percent.
 
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The Annual Conference and Business Meeting Is Almost Here!

The Annual Conference and Business Meeting is just around the corner, and we are excited to bring top-notch speakers and topics to New Orleans! If you are not already registered, it's not too late – join us for our most important meeting of the year, where you can network with your fellow title insurance professionals, get important industry updates and enjoy all that New Orleans has to offer.

Business Matters: How America's Small Businesses Can Become Cyber Savvy and Scam-Free 

The Hill | May 9, 2017
America’s 28 million small-business owners are living their American dream — and furthering the dreams of the 57 million people they employ. Their entrepreneurial drive is the backbone of our economy and the heart of what our nation is all about.
 
As acting chairman of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Maureen K. Ohlhausen and Linda McMahon (respectively) share a joint mission to help businesses focus on business. That’s why they've teamed up to develop tools so companies take on two of their biggest concerns: fraud and cyber threats.
 
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Note: TLTA's recent webinar, False Sense of Cyber Security, can help you learn how to prevent cyber fraud at your company.
 
Learn More and Register for the On-Demand Webinar »

Congratulations to TLTA'S Newest Certified Professionals

TLTA congratulates all of the title professionals who became certified recently:
  • Erik Arredondo, CAEP
    Lone Star Title Company of El Paso
  • Heather Awtrey, CESP
    Independence Title
  • Graciela Cadena, CESP
    Lone Star Title Company of El Paso
  • Mary Edwards, CTIP
    Lone Star Title Company of El Paso
  • Stefanie Gerdes, CESP
    Celebrity Title Company, LLC
  • Sandra Marquez, CESP
    American Guaranty Title, LLC
  • Allison Mayo, CAEP, CESP
    Capital Title of Texas, LLC
  • Michael Roe, CTIP
    Reliant Title Agency, LLC
  • Carolina Salas, CESP
    Integrity Title Company, LLC
  • Rudy Telles, CAEP
    WestStar Title, LLC
  • Erwin Wilbanks, CAEP
    Independence Title
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Houston Mortgage Fraudster on the Lam After Scamming $16 Million From Lenders

Mortgage Professional America | May 1, 2017
When convicting someone of a $16 million mortgage fraud scheme that could land him a decade and change in prison, maybe don’t let him just wander around free until the sentencing.
 
That’s the lesson being learned by the federal court charged with sentencing Oscar Ortiz, a Texas man who pleaded guilty in June of last year to conspiring to commit bank, mail and wire fraud. He was scheduled to appear for sentencing in April, but was nowhere to be found when the hearing convened. A federal grand jury promptly returned an indictment against Ortiz for failure to appear, and he’s now considered a fugitive, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas.

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A Warm Welcome to Our Newest TLTA Members

Agent Members

My Title Company of Texas, LLC
400 N. Loop 1604 E., Ste. 208
San Antonio, Texas  78232
Main Contact: Jack Wolff
Phone: 210.932.8150
Email: jwolff@mytitlecompanytx.com
Website: www.mytitlecompanytx.com
Wise County Title Company
405 Park West Ct.
Decatur, TX 76234
Main Contact: Ken Dodson
Phone: 940.627.3581
Email: krdodson@wisetitle.com
Website: www.wisetitle.com

Orchard Street Settlements, LLC
11300 N Central Expy., Ste. 130
Dallas, Texas  75243
Counties: Dallas
Main Contact: Baron Buss
Phone: 469.656.5606
Email: bbus@orcharddocs.com
Website: www.orcharddocs.com
Monarch Title of Texas, LLC
11525 S Fry Rd., Ste. 102
Fulshear, TX 77441
Main Contact: Karen Van Holten
Phone: 832.404.2795
Email: kvh@vanholtenlaw.com
Website: www.monarchtitleoftexas.com

 Texas National Title, Inc.
305 Denali Pass, Ste. A
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Main Contact: David Tandy
Phone: 844.998.8999
Email: david.tandy@texasnationaltitle.com
Website: www.texasnationaltitle.com  
 

Underwriter Members

Agents National Title Insurance Company
1207 W. Broadway, Ste. C
Columbia, MO 65203
Main Contact: David A. Townsend
Phone: 573.442.3351
Email: dtownsend@agentstitle.com
Website: www.agentstitle.com  

Associate Members

First Lending
9555 Lebanon Rd., Ste. 901
Frisco, TX 75035
Main Contact: Li Zhou
Phone: 214.417.3152
Email: title@first-lending.com
Website: www.first-lending.com
Bus. Type: Mortgage Banking
Fullskope LLC
112 E. Pecan, Ste. 2810
San Antonio, TX 78205
Main Contact: Eric Ashley
Phone: 210.504.4693
Email: eric@fullskope.com
Website: www.fullskope.com
Bus. Type: Title Services

Altitude Tax, LLC
15 Bunker Hill
Richardson, TX 75080
Main Contact: John Hall
Phone: 214.501.5112
Email: john@altitudetax.com
Website: www.altitudetax.com
Bus. Type: Tax Certificate Company

Zix
2711 N. Haskell Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204
Main Contact: Amanda Saunders
Phone: 214.370.2232
Email: asaunders@zixcorp.com
Website: www.zixcorp.com
Bus. Type: Email Data Protection

Title Plant Software, LLC
4347 W. Northwest Hwy., Ste. 130-273
Dallas, TX 75209
Main Contact: Larry Eppard
Phone: 214.736.9223
Email: info@titleps.com
Website: www.titleplantsoftware.com
Bus. Type: Software to Build and Search a Title Plant
Law Office of Thomas M. Misteli, P.C.
P.O. Box 180836
Dallas, TX 75218
Main Contact: Tom Misteli
Phone: 972.922.1014
Email: tom@mistelilaw.com
Bus. Type: Real Estate Law Practice

Generes & Associates, Inc.
3815 Elton St.
Slidell, LA 70459
Main Contact: Edwin Generes
Phone: 985.641.3490
Email: ed@landtechsystems.com
Website: www.landtechsystems.com
Bus. Type: Title, Settlement and Escrow Software, Escrow Accounting and Consulting

 Consolidated County Record Systems
50 S. Steele St., Ste. 250
Denver, CO 80209
Main Contact: Paul Soucek, Jr.
Phone: 720.277.9005
Email: psoucek@cocrs.com
Website: www.cocrs.com
Bus. Type: Tax Certification Services

Digital Delivery, Inc.
4400 Alpha Rd.
Dallas, TX 75244
Main Contact: Sharon Wilson
Phone: 972.392.7770
Email: sharon.wilson@loandocsmail.com
Bus. Type: Electronic Mortgage Solutions

Royston Rayzor
1600 Smith St., Ste. 5000
Houston, Texas 77002
Main Contact: Scott R. Breitenwischer
Phone: 713.224.8380
Email: scott.breitenwischer@roystonlaw.com
Website: www.roystonlaw.com
Bus. Type: Law Firm

Lancaster Leadership, Inc.
14807 Shadway Dr.
Houston, TX 77084
Main Contact: Natalie Lancaster
Phone: 713.515.3587
Email: nlancast@hotmail.com
Website: www.lancasterleadership.net
Bus. Type: Business Consulting and Coaching: Communications, Coaching and Training
NextDeal
4201 Vineland Rd., Ste. I-12
Orlando, FL 32811
Main Contact: Robert Reich
Phone: 407.493.6957
Email: rreich@nextdeal.us
Website: www.nextdeal.us
Bus. Type: Technology Provider

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TLTA is scheduling several live webinars for spring 2017. Register now, or reserve your On-Demand version today!