A Message from the President
The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue has informed the PLTA that they will be undergoing a major technology upgrade on November 17, 2014. In preparation, some Department services, including handling requests for lien certificates, will experience delays in early November.
The Department understands that some “rush” requests are unavoidable and is prepared to process those requests manually to the best of their ability, but they encourage all lien certificate requestors to make every effort to request lien certificates as timely as possible to avoid and account for any delays. Requests made by the end of October should not experience any delay.
The Department also recommends that lien certificate requestors be prepared to provide copies of cancelled checks or recently filed returns to quickly correct any inaccurate results.
The PLTA passes along the Department of Revenue’s appreciation for your patience and understanding in this process.
PLTA President’s Update – Fall 2014
There was much activity at the PLTA during the past several weeks. Robin Kelsh started with us on August 11 as the Executive Director and has been acclimating herself to the position very nicely. Thank you to all of those who have welcomed Robin and offered your time and PLTA experiences with her. One of the items you can expect to see from Robin is more communication; she has some great ideas which I know you will find very beneficial. Communication was an area which I had targeted to improve and I believe we are on our way.
On the legislative side, as of August 8, all counties have added a total of $12 to the recording fees pursuant to Acts 126 and 113. Additionally, September 7 was the effective date of Act 117, also known as the Kessler fix, concerning mechanics liens. Our Legislative & Judicial Committee is to be commended for their dedication to drafting the legislation which now allows for a broader range of permissible uses of the construction mortgage proceeds without endangering the statutory protection of the mortgage. The L&J Committee is a huge asset of the PLTA and a great benefit of membership.
The Executive Committee will be meeting on September 17 at the PLTA office and the balance of the meetings has been posted to the calendar. We always welcome more members to have an active role with any of the various committees. Please consider becoming more involved in your trade association and feel free to reach out to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Robin Kelsh (email@example.com) for more information.
PLTA is very proud to have one of our own be recognized by ALTA for their recent Title Action Network (TAN) membership contest. Shonna Cardello was the first place winner of a $100 American Express gift card for recruiting the most TAN members from August 1st through August 20th! Congratulations and thank you, Shonna! Shonna commented, “There is power in numbers. For this reason, I invited every one of my Realtor, Lender, Broker and Attorney clients to join TAN to advocate on behalf of our industry. My clients realize that the Title Action Network and its members are leaders in advocating for changes and implementation of new regulations. Together we can accomplish more for our industry!" If you aren’t already a TAN member, you can register online. It is free and a great way to stay engaged with our regulatory environment.
Looking a little further ahead, there is an ALTA Agents and Abstracters Forum at the Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club in Galloway, NJ on November 11. This is a great opportunity to meet with your peers to cover an agenda developed by title agents, for title agents. For more details on this event check online.