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  President's Message

Thank you, again, for the honor of serving as President of Pennsylvania Land Title Association this year.  As was stated in Hershey, the PLTA provides an outlet for its members to freely share expertise and solutions with colleagues.  Our goals are for the benefit of the industry.

Two big industry impacting issues that we find outselves currently addressing are Best Practices and the consumer Financial Protection Bureau's integrated mortgage disclosure.  Change - the only constant is change.

Kris Burns

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PLTA President’s Update – July 2014

The long days of summer have been quite busy at the PLTA.  On June 18 I had the pleasure of installing the new officers of the South Central Chapter.  Congratulations to Stacey Trimmer, Chapter Chairperson, Nanci Reese, Vice Chairperson, Donna Moyer, Chapter Secretary and Jen Dennison as Chapter Treasurer.  We are grateful to you for volunteering your time and talents for the benefit of fellow title professionals.



















There was also quite a flurry of legislation.  Act 126 instituted an additional $10 to recording fees effective July 10, 2014.  While Act 113 adds another $2 to recording fees effective August 8, 2014.  While there were variances by county as to implementation, it appears all counties will be requiring the total additional $12 by August 8.

A true testimony to PLTA in action was the passage of Act 117 relative to mechanics’ liens.  Our Legislative and Judicial Committee was instrumental in drafting the legislation and worked along with the PA Banker’s Association, PA Association of Realtors and others to support the Act’s passage.  The new law creates a much broader range of uses for the construction mortgage proceeds that are permissible without endangering the statutory protection of the mortgage.  L&J Chairperson, Laura Fox Esq., along with her committee worked tirelessly with our legislative liaison, Tony Crisci, Esquire, to get Act 117 passed.  Act 117, which becomes effective on September 7, 2014, is the latest example of PLTA’s long standing and effective advocacy in the legislative arena.

This is a tremendous benefit of membership. If you are not already a member, please consider joining PLTA. Legislative successes like Act 117 are a great example of your dues at work.

For any of our members involved with land title databases, check out the Association of Title Information Management www.atim.org.  This may be another useful resource for your focused perspective.

Your trade association is filling up the calendar so enjoy the balance of summer!

Kris Burns
President

 

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Calendar

8/21/2014
Westcor Land Title Agent Seminar-Coraopolis-August 21, 2014

9/23/2014
PLTI - Best Practices Workshop -Harrisburg - September 23, 2014

10/9/2014
Fidelity Fall Agent Seminar - Pittsburgh - October 9, 2014

10/23/2014
Old Republic Title Fall Agent Seminar - Camp Hill - October 23, 2014

11/11/2014
2014 Agents & Abstracters Forum & Business Development Day



Conventions

Dear Members and Friends of the PLTA,

We have just returned from the Sweetest Place on Earth for our 93rd Annual Convention and it was absolutely fantastic.  Sincere thanks goes out to my predecessor, Francine Wirsching, CLTP, for all her hard work and dedication to the Association.  Her leadership down the yellow brick road this past year was extremely beneficial to the members and organization in arriving at the Emerald City.  Kudos to Deb McClarigan, CLTP, who was the Convention Committee Chairperson attentive to all the details making our experience in Hershey a memorable one.  A big thank you to our vendors and sponsors who generously supported our event!


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