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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2022


September 14, 2022

  • Reminder: Comments on TREC Form Revisions Generated by TREC Broker-Lawyer Committee Due Sept. 26
  • ICYMI – TLTA Judiciary Committee Update: Deeds Conveying Title to a Trust - Fifth Circuit Weighs In and Vacates Fugedi
  • Texans Among Title Professionals Nominated for ALTA's 2022-23 Board and Executive Committees
  • Registration for Texas Land Title Institute, Doc Prep 2022 Open Now

September 7, 2022

  • TLTA Judiciary Committee Update: Deeds Conveying Title to a Trust - Fifth Circuit Weighs In and Vacates Fugedi
  • FHFA Announces Comprehensive Review of the Federal Home Loan Bank System
  • Texas A&M Real Estate Research Center: Passive Activity Rules for Investors
  • Live and New in 2022: Title 101, and Owning and Managing a Texas Title Agency

August 31, 2022

  • FHFA Announces Intent to Establish a Federal Advisory Committee on Affordable, Equitable, and Sustainable Housing
  • USDA Announces First Lenders for Heirs’ Property Relending Program
  • MISMO Fall Summit: Ginnie Mae Puts Foot on Gas Pedal
  • Emails Claiming to Sell TLTA Membership Lists Are a Scam – Don’t Click or Reply
  • Live and New in 2022: Title 101, and Owning and Managing a Texas Title Agency

August 24, 2022

  • TDI Publishes Agent Experience Report 2020, Underwriter Report 2016-20
  • Underwriters: TDI Issues Bulletin re: Insurers' Obligation to Pay Settled Claims, Penalties for Failing to Comply
  • ICYMI: ALTA Proposes Substantive Changes to Their Best Practices That Could Affect You
  • Live and New in 2022: Title 101, Owning and Managing a Texas Title Agency

August 17, 2022

  • Attention Title Agents: ALTA Proposes Substantive Changes to Their Best Practices That Could Affect You
  • TREC News
  • Wells Fargo Plans Major Retreat From Mortgage Business It Long Dominated
  • It's Not Too Late to Register for Tomorrow's Cybersecurity Webinar; Other CE Hours You Don't Want to Miss

August 10, 2022

  • TDI News
  • Fannie Mae to Accept Lender-Funded Down Payment Assistance
  • ICYMI: Texas Workgroup on Blockchain Matters to Meet Aug. 19
  • New Escrow Ethics Webinar Available and Other CE Hours

August 3, 2022

  • TDI Quarterly Audit Results Published
  • Texas Workgroup on Blockchain Matters to Meet Aug. 19
  • ICYMI: Texas Legislature Update
  • New Escrow Ethics Webinar Available and Other CE Hours

July 27, 2022

  • Texas Legislature Update
  • FHFA Director: Fannie, Freddie Need $300B Combined In Capital
  • ICYMI: TREC Education Standards Advisory Committee Accepting Applications for Members

July 20, 2022

  • FinCEN Request for Comment Regarding Information Collection Under Existing Bank Secrecy Act Regulations
  • FHFA Opens Fintech Office, Issues Request for Information on Mortgage Fintech
  • TREC Education Standards Advisory Committee Accepting Applications for Members
  • U.S. Treasury Issues Request for Comment on Digital Assets

July 13, 2022

  • Texas Finance Commission Adopts Amendments to Definition of "Business Day" In Context of Home Equity Lending Disclosures
  • Texas Realtors: New, Updated Forms Now Available
  • Texas’ Manufactured Housing Demand Slips, Could Slow in Second Half of 2022

July 7, 2022

  • CFPB News
  • Come and Take It? Not So Fast. Eminent Domain Revised

June 29, 2022

  • Financial Action Task Force Identifies Jurisdictions with Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism and Counter-Proliferation Deficiencies
  • Scammers Are Targeting a New Generation of Homebuyers
  • Trading Spaces: Common Mistakes in a Like-Kind Exchange

June 22, 2022

  • FFIEC Announces Availability of 2021 Data on Mortgage Lending
  • Senators Call for Balance Between Investment, Affordable Housing Needs
  • ICYMI: TDI Title Insurance License Applications and Renewals Now Available Online
  • Title Insurance Is Vital to Protecting the American Dream

June 16, 2022

  • TDI Title Insurance License Applications and Renewals Now Available Online
  • Prolific Ads Push Questionable Claims About Title Theft 'Crime Wave'
  • FHFA News

June 8, 2022

  • FHFA Releases GSE 2021 Mission Report
  • U.S. Lawmakers Reveal Draft Data Privacy Bill
  • ICYMI: Phishing Alert – Emails Claiming to Sell TLTA Conference Attendee List Are a Scam – Do Not Click or Reply

June 1, 2022

  • FHFA News
  • Phishing Alert: Emails Claiming to Sell TLTA Conference Attendee List Are a Scam – Do Not Click or Reply
  • ICYMI: Texas Title Industry Connects With Congressional Delegation During ALTA's Advocacy Summit in D.C.
  • TDI: Why You Need Title Insurance

May 25, 2022

  • Election Results: Texas Primary Runoff 2022
  • Texas Title Industry Connects With Congressional Delegation During ALTA's Advocacy Summit in D.C. Last Week
  • TDI: Why You Need Title Insurance
  • CFPB Bolsters Enforcement Efforts by States

May 18, 2022

  • Early Voting Underway for Primary Election Runoffs
  • ICYMI: Texans Overwhelmingly Approve Propositions on Property Tax Breaks
  • Mobile, Online Home Purchases Raising Mortgage Fraud Costs
  • Fannie Mae Updates Requirements for Virtual Currencies

May 11, 2022

  • Texans Overwhelmingly Approve Propositions on Property Tax Breaks
  • ICYMI: TLTA Judiciary Committee – Whose Boundary Is It Anyway? Litigating the Policy’s Survey Exception
  • Top Takeaways From the Latest TREC Meeting
  • Texas Workgroup on Blockchain Matters to Meet May 20

May 4, 2022

  • Compliance Update: Agents Completing Form TS-1 Must Use 2020 U.S. Census Data
  • TLTA Judiciary Committee: Whose Boundary Is It Anyway? Litigating the Policy’s Survey Exception
  • Special Election This Saturday, May 7; Ballot Includes Two Property Tax Propositions
  • FinCEN Renews and Expands Real Estate Geographic Targeting Orders
  • In Memoriam: Mike Ramsey, TLTA Past President

April 27, 2022

  • TDI Quarterly Audit Results Published
  • Update: Texas Secretary of State Adds FAQ re: Expiration of RIN Authorization
  • Early Voting Underway for Special Election May 7; Ballot Includes Two Property Tax Propositions
  • Congress Returns From Recess

April 20, 2022

  • REMINDER: New Homestead Exemption Law Effective as of Jan. 1, 2022
  • TREC Broker-Lawyer Committee Meeting Recap
  • FHFA Publishes Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2022-2026
  • ALTA: Regulation of Title Fee Rates Is Already Rigorous
  • Texas A&M Real Estate Research Center Conference Next Week: 31st Annual Outlook for Texas Land Markets

April 13, 2022

  • A Big Leadership Shakeup at Fannie Mae
  • Fannie Mae Issues Selling Guide Update Regarding Use of Attorney Title Opinion Letters. Tracks Changes Freddie Mac Made in 2020
  • FHA Implements New Portal to Obtain Partial Claim Payoffs or Subordination Checklists
  • RESPA Rules for Advertising
  • ICYMI: TDI Accepting Applications for Public Member of TTIGA Board

April 6, 2022

  • Texas House and Senate Issue Interim Charges to Prepare for Upcoming 88th Legislative Session
  • TDI Accepting Applications for Public Member of TTIGA Board
  • ALTA Submits Response to CFPB's Junk Fees RFI
  • ICYMI: Texas Finance Commission Proposes Amendments to Definition of "Business Day" In Context of Home Equity Lending Disclosures

March 30, 2022

  • Texas Finance Commission News
  • TDI Publishes Agent Experience Report 2019, Underwriter Experience Reports 2015-19
  • ALTA Develops Template to Help Companies Respond to Cybersecurity Incidents
  • ICYMI: Results From TREC’s Wholesaling Survey for Title Professionals

March 23, 2022

  • Results: TREC’s Wholesaling Survey for Title Professionals
  • Title Insurance Is Essential. Here’s Why.
  • ICYMI: CFPB News
  • Registration Open for Texas Land Markets Conference

March 16, 2022

  • CFPB News
  • Out-of-state Movers Not to Blame for Surging Texas Home Prices
  • 5 Implications the Omnibus Spending Bill Has for Mortgages
  • President Biden's Executive Order on Cryptocurrencies — Here’s Everything In It

March 10, 2022

  • Upcoming Webinars From Texas Comptroller on How Financial Institutions Should Handle Unclaimed Property
  • Updated Guidance From CISA: "Every organization—large and small—must be prepared to respond to disruptive cyber activity”
  • ICYMI: Update on Agent and Underwriter Experience Report Compilation, Publication from TDI
  • Who Determines Ownership of Water Rights in Texas?
  • Industry News and Insights Available at TLTA's Annual Conference and Business Meeting June 13-15 - Registration Now Open

March 2, 2022

  • 2022 Texas Primary Election Update
  • Update on Agent and Underwriter Experience Report Compilation, Publication from TDI
  • ICYMI: TLTA and ALTA Submit Comments to FinCEN Regarding Proposed Anti-money Laundering Regulations
  • New Program in Gregg County Tx Alerts Landowners to Potential Property Theft
  • FHFA Announces More than $1.1 Billion for Affordable Housing Programs

February 23, 2022

  • TLTA and ALTA Submit Comments to FinCEN Regarding Proposed Anti-money Laundering Regulations
  • Texans Will Vote on Property Tax Amendments in Special Election May 7
  • Updates from TREC Meeting Feb. 14
  • SAVE THE DATE: Title Industry Day at the Texas Capitol Feb. 7-8, 2023
  • Early Voting for March Primary Underway Feb. 14–25

February 16, 2022

  • TREC Asked for Our Industry's Help - Please Complete Their Survey Today
  • Early Voting for March Primary Underway Feb. 14–25
  • CFPB Launches New Way for the Public to Petition the Agency for Action
  • With Strategic Plan, FHFA Charts New Course
  • ALTA Board of Governors Approves Revised Forms, New Endorsement

February 9, 2022

  • Early Voting for March Primary Starts This Monday, Feb. 14
  • Follow Up: Finance Commission Guidance on Home Equity Loan Guidelines
  • FinCEN News
  • Will Blockchain Technology Really Ever Supplant The Humble Title Search?

February 2, 2022

  • TDI Quarterly Audit Results Published
  • Upcoming Webinars From Texas Comptroller on How Financial Institutions Should Handle Unclaimed Property
  • CFPB News
  • Fannie Mae Urges New Flood Disclosures for Homebuyers
  • FDIC and FinCEN Open Registration for Digital Identity Tech Sprint

January 26, 2022

  • TDI Reminder: TDI Rule Requires Email Contact for All Licensees
  • TREC Survey: Wholesaling in Texas
  • FinCEN Issues Proposed Rule for Suspicious Activity Report Sharing Pilot Program to Combat Illicit Finance Risks
  • Upcoming Virtual Conference Presented by Dallas Fed and Texas A&M Real Estate Research Center: Emerging Trends in Real Estate Markets Post-COVID

January 19, 2022

  • Triple Whammy Slows Builders
  • Report: Fraud Costs, Frequency Remain Significantly Higher than Pre-pandemic for Mortgage Lenders
  • FDIC and FinCEN Launch Digital Identity Tech Sprint
  • ICYMI: Finance Commission of Texas Announces Appointment of Savings and Mortgage Lending Department Commissioner Hector Retta

January 12, 2022

  • Finance Commission of Texas Announces Appointment of Savings and Mortgage Lending Department Commissioner Hector Retta
  • Gov. Abbott Appoints Four to Joint Interim Committee to Study Land Banks
  • MISMO Names 2022 Board of Directors
  • ICYMI: New Texas Laws Effective Jan. 1, 2022, Including Change in Homestead Exemption Filing
  • FHFA Hikes Fees for High-Balance and Second-Home Loans

January 5, 2022

  • New Texas Laws Effective Jan. 1, 2022, Including Change in Homestead Exemption Filing
  • TDI Issues 2020 Underwriter Data Call; Report File and Affidavit Must Be Submitted by Feb. 28
  • ICYMI: Recent FinCEN News of Interest to Title Insurance Industry
  • No Sign of Reprieve From Ransomware Frenzy for Companies in 2022