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PLTA is the trade association for the title insurance industry in Pennsylvania. We represent the title agents and agencies, title insurance underwriters, real estate attorneys and other real estate professionals throughout the state. Our members are knowledgeable, dedicated professionals in the title industry who are your best resource to protect your property rights.
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The memorandum presented by Representative Scott Petri and six co-sponsors to the House of Representatives has been assigned as house resolution, HR1073. The description reads: "A Resolution directing the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to conduct a comprehensive review of the scope of records maintained and fees collected by the county recorder of deeds offices in this Commonwealth and to make recommendations."
As of October 17, 2016 HR1073 has been referred to the Judiciary Committee. Click to view the members of the House Judiciary Committee.
UPDATE: The Judiciary Committee is scheduled to meet on Monday, October 24, 2016 to vote on this resolution.
PLTA is urging members to reach out to their House of Representatives legislators in their districts and request that they consider co-sponsoring and support of HR1073.
You can find the resolution and other information at: the Pennsylvania House of Representatives website.
To read the resolution: HOUSE RESOLUTION No. 1073
Download the joint ALTA & PLTA Information Sheet.
NOTICE REGARDING INABILITY TO ACCESS PHILADELPHIA WATER REVENUE BUREAU DATABASE
As many of you may be aware, the Office of Judicial Records (“OJR”) shut down access at its computer terminals to the Water Revenue Bureau’s (“WRB”) database on/around June 21st. This database contained access to WRB liens, reading history, arrearages, and current balance information. The access was turned off at the direction of the City’s Law Department (“Dept.”) due to the WRB’s concern that the database was private and proprietary to the WRB and that there were reports of occasional misuses of the information contained therein. The access to the WRB database was turned back on later that week on/around June 24th. Since that time, PLTA’s Title Issues & Records Committee (“Committee”) has been in touch with both the OJR and the Dept. to discuss the concerns surrounding the scope of the current access and potential resolutions so that the access for title searchers wouldn’t be disrupted yet again.
Toward that end, a group from PLTA sat down with OJR and the Dept. on Friday, August 26th at the Municipal Services Building. Unfortunately, despite the Committee’s valid and obvious points as to why the access needs to remain, the Dept. elected to turn the access off again. At this point in time, there is access to a new system which only shows balances which have been liened. However, this new system does not display account numbers, reading history, arrearages, or current balance information.
In a letter to the PLTA sent immediately after the meeting, we were advised to use the following avenues to obtain the information that will now be missing from the OJR’s records:
“You can call the main number to speak with a customer service representative at (215) 686-6880.
You can also visit one of three service centers:
Municipal Services Building - Public Services Concourse
1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
22nd & Somerset St.
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Rear of Northeast Shopping Mall,
9239 Roosevelt Blvd.
(This location will close on Wednesday, August 31st at 5 pm) The new location will be open on September 6, 2016 at 7522 Castor Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19152.
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
If you need additional assistance for a payoff amount, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the payoff form and forward it as instructed on the form.”
The Committee is currently evaluating its options as to how best to proceed, but in the meantime, we wanted to make the membership aware of this situation.
View the PLTI Online Learning Course Catalog!
Online CE & CLE classes for 1, 2, & 3 credits available! To purchase PLTI Online Learning courses please sign in to your PLTA profile or register to take advantage of our affordable online learning. To access simply click the PLTI Learning tab on our menu or visit www.pltionline.org.
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We hope you enjoyed the 95th Annual PLTA Convention! Our Harry Potter themed convention provided the perfect blend of education, vendor resources, relaxation and fun and games at the beautiful Sagamore Resort on Lake George in New York.
The photos from the 95th Annual Convention are now online! Pictures are available for purchase in a full range of sizes and products (prints, canvas wraps, metal prints, etc.). Please contact the photographer directly for all orders.
Tom Wall Photography
Special Thanks to all of our sponsors! Please check out the Convention page for a complete list!
PENNSYLVANIA LAND TITLE ASSOCIATION
2016-2017 Board Officers
*Not pictured: Vice President Frank McGovern, Esq., CLTP*
| PLTA President
| Brian Zulli, Esq., CLTP
| PLTA Vice President
| Frank McGovern, Esq., CLTP
| PLTA Treasurer
| Danielle Chamberlain, CLTP
| PLTA Secretary
|| Charles Nowicki, CLTP, NTP
| PLTA Immediate Past President
||John T. Croke, Sr., CLTP