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December 2008

  • Minerals Issue Coverage Update
  • Texas Real Estate Commission Adopts Contract Addendum
  • 81st Legislative Session
  • TLTAPAC UPDATE Dream Vacation Giveaway : Win a Chance to Get Away From It All
  • Centennial Club Secure Your Place in History
  • Shaun Donovan Selected As Next HUD Secretary
  • Final Revised FMLA Regulations Issued by Department of Labor
  • Mortgage Rates Left in Dust by Treasuries, Failures
  • Borrowers Rushing to Refinance Loans as Rates Drop
  • More than 8 million homes face foreclosure in next 4 years
  • Title Insurer Takes Its Chances in Florida
  • All Available Tools' to Spur U.S. Economy
  • For One Lender, FHA Has Been a Vital Lifeline
  • Treasuries Snap Four-Day Gain After Fed Cuts Rate to Near Zero
  • Dissolved Title Company Point of Legal Disputes
  • A Second Mortgage Disaster On The Horizon?
  • How Lehman's Fall Created a Global Panic

November 2008

  • Fidelity National Financial, Inc. Announces Acquisition
  • Ratemaking Pre-Hearing Conference at SOAH
  • Texas Real Estate Commission Proposes Contract Addendum
  • Minerals Issue Coverage Update Run-Off Election Set for December 16
  • 81st Legislative Session
  • The Texas Legislature doesn't officially convene for the 81st Regular Session until Tuesday, January 13, 2009, but pre-filing began on November 10.
  • Centennial Club Only A Month Left to Join This Historical Club
  • TLTABay Helps to Strengthen Our Voice
  • RESPA Update: Please note the proposed RESPA rule will not take effect until January 1, 2010.

October 2008

  • TDI Rulemaking Hearing Recap
  • Ratemaking Pre-Hearing Conference Held at SOAH
  • Beat the Election Day Lines & Vote Early
  • Early voting began on Monday, October 20 and continues until Friday, October 31.
  • Texas Governor's Mansion Restoration Fund
  • Your Vote Benefits Your Association!
  • Centennial Club Tops $100,000!
  • TLTA continues to engage the White House and Congress on the RESPA reform proposal put forth by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

September 2008

  • Rate Hearing Moved to SOAH Board Takes Positions on Agenda Items
  • The TLTA board has adopted positions on the agenda items and has also filed amendments on several items.
  • October 1 Basic Manual Updates Coming Soon
  • The October 1, 2008 effective updates to the Basic Manual regarding changes relating to ICL's will be available for order prior to the effective date and available on the TLTA Web site on October 1.
  • Personal Property Title Insurance Updates Now Available (Basic Manual Section VIII)
  • TRCC Releases Response to Sunset Staff Report
  • Sunset Commission Decides to Keep OPIC as an independent agency
  • TLTAPAC Board of Trustees approved bylaws changes and Chairman Bert Massey appointed fundraising chair positions.
  • The TLTABay Online Auction is a fundraiser benefiting the TLTAPAC.
  • Join TLTA's Historic Centennial Club RESPA Update Minerals Issue Coverage Update

August 2008

  • Important Dates to Remember, Corrections to Some Statistical Reports Needed
  • Rule and Rate Hearing Agenda Items, Minerals Coverage Update
  • TDI Press Release: TDI Takes Action to Secure United Title
  • July 1 Basic Manual Updates Now Available
  • Personal Property Title Insurance Update (Section VIII)
  • TLTA Legislative Committee Update, Record TLTA Board of Directors Donations Raised in July
  • Are You in the Centennial Club?
  • Announcing the 2008 Annual TLTAPAC Online Auction, RESPA Update
  • HUD Won't Withdraw Proposed RESPA Changes
  • Bush Signs Housing Bill to Provide Mortgage Relief
  • Senate Banking Committee Reviews "State of the Insurance Industry"
  • Letter from ALTA CEO Kurt Pfotenhauer Addresses Escrow Account Safety in Light of Recent Bank Failures
  • ALTA's TitleNews: "The US Housing Market's Perfect Storm"

July 2008

  • Important Dates to Remember
  • Minerals Coverage Hearing Set for July 15-- TLTA Files Revised Agenda Items
  • 2008 Biennial Hearing Update
  • TDI Commissioner Posts Order on Personal Property Title Insurance Rate Hearing
  • TDI Title Agent Solvency Group Report
  • Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying Adopts New Rule Change in Electronic Copies of Surveys
  • July 1 Basic Manual Updates Now Available
  • Basic Manual Revision: P-1.f, Section VIII is Now Available
  • TLTA Submits Comments to Sunset Advisory Commission
  • Sunset Advisory Commission Report Available
  • Hearing Held on June 24, TLTAPAC and Conference Update
  • TLTAPAC Golf Tournament Named "Bert Massey Classic"
  • Thank You to the TLTAPAC Golf Tournament Corporate Sponsors
  • RESPA Comments Filed by TLTA

May 2008

  • Important Dates to Remember
  • A Bittersweet Farewell, Mineral Coverage Bulletin Update
  • 2008 Biennial Hearing Update
  • Basic Manual Updates Now Available
  • Section VIII is Now Available
  • Agent Statistical Data Due, TLTPAC-
  • Join the Club, Have Fun While Supporting Your Industry
  • Corporate Sponsors Needed
  • Senator Wentworth to Speak at TLTAPAC Breakfast
  • Update on RESPA Reform
  • Antitrust Lawsuit Dismissed in New Mexico

April 2008

  • Important Dates to Remember, 2008 Biennial Hearing on the Horizon
  • Agent Statistical Data Due
  • Basic Manual Updates Now Available
  • Section VIII is Now Available
  • Texas House and Senate Committees Take up Industry Issues
  • Speaker Names Select Committee on Property Tax Relief and Appraisal Reform
  • Looking for a Few Good Men and Women to Serve on TLTAPAC
  • Wentworth and Rose to Speak at TLTAPAC Breakfast
  • Pick a Partner and Play in the TLTA Golf Tournament
  • Be a Part of History
  • Kudos to TLTA Members, RESPA Reform Update
  • Bush Appoints New HUD Secretary
  • Chairman Frank and Committee Members Call for GAO Study on Fair Lending Enforcement

March 2008

  • Important Dates to Remember
  • Commissioner Adopts Rule Changes with Multiple Effective Dates
  • Several Changes to Current Rate Rules Effective May 1
  • 2008, Guaranty Fee to Increase April 1, 2008
  • Basic Manual Changes Coming Soon
  • P-24 and More Teleconference
  • Regional PREP Chapter Meets in Denton
  • 2008 Primary Election Update, TLTA Legislative Committee at Work
  • TLTAPAC Update
  • TLTAPAC Annual Golf Tournament, HUD Proposes Major Changes to RESPA
  • TLTA Visits with Members of Congress
  • Financial Services Committee to Hold April 9 Hearing on Economic
  • Mortgage and Housing Rescue Bill
  • Department of Banking Launches New Tool to Combat Identity Theft

February 2008

  • Important Dates to Remember
  • Rule Hearing comment period ends; no official adoption yet
  • Proposed changes to charges for tax searches motivate membership
  • Personal Property Title Insurance Approved by Commissioner, Rate Hearing date change
  • Changes to Basic Manual coming soon, Interim studies set priorities for next session,
  • Sunset Commission holds organizational meeting TDI up for review
  • Legislative Committee to begin planning agenda for next session
  • Be a party of history, PAC Trustees approve primary election contributions
  • TLTA comments on proposed Uniform Closing Instructions
  • FBI Mortgage Fraud Reprot, December 4, 2007
  • Fort Worth elects democratic representative
  • Senator Janek to retire.

January 2008

  • TLTA 2007 Judiciary Report