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July 2016

Common Ground 

Welcome New Member!

Kevin Barnes
JBM Group
Title Agency: 3-10 employees

Upcoming Seminars

Stay tuned for the Fall schedule..coming

Upcoming Events

Independence Day - Office Closed - July 4, 2016

Past Presidents Luncheon
July 12, 2016 - 11:30 am
PLTA Office

Mid-Year Conference
January 19, 2017
Crowne Plaza Valley Forge
King of Prussia, PA

Committee Meetings

Title Issues & Records Committee Conference Call
July 1, 2016 - 11:00 am

PLTA Organizational Meeting
July 12, 2016 - 2:00 pm
PLTA Office

Communications Committee Conference Call
July 13, 2016 - 3:30 pm

Education Committee Meeting
July 20, 2016 - 10:00 am
PLTA Office

PLTA/PLTI Staff Can Help!

Questions about your membership?
Looking for courses?
Interested in joining a committee?

Give us a call! 610-265-5980

Robin Kelsh - Executive Director
Kim Kostusiak - Administrator
Diane Laskowski  - Administrator


























The PLTA officers and staff wish you a safe & happy

Please note:
The PLTA Office will be closed July 4, 2016 for Independence Day!

Title Issues & Records Committee Update
The City of Philadelphia advises that all payoff requests may be sent to and reference in the subject line to: 1) the Defendant’s name and address of property; and 2) whether it is an “initial payoff request,” “updated payoff request” or “request for additional information.” It is requested that you also provide all of the judgment numbers and/or a copy of the title report with the initial request.  In addition, it is requested that you send only one payoff request, as multiple “initial” requests slow down the process for everyone. 

Please be advised that effective July 1, 2016, the Crawford County Commissioners have enacted the Crawford Uniform Parcel Identifier Ordinance.  Please visit the Crawford County website for a copy of the ordinance which identifies which documents will now require a UPI number for recording.  The fee is $20.00 for each uniform parcel identifier affixed or certified as required pursuant to the Act and the Ordinance.  Also visit the Crawford County website for the Uniform Parcel Identification Application. Please contact the Recorder of Deeds office directly with any questions.

95th Annual Convention Photos
We hope everyone enjoyed the 95th annual convention at the Sagamore Resort.  The photos are available for purchase in a full range of sizes and products.  Please contact the photographer, Tom Wall Photography directly for all orders through his website.

Special Thanks to all of our sponsors! Please check out the convention page on our website for a complete list!   We hope to see you next year at Bear Creek Mountain Resort for the 96th Annual PLTA Convention! 

News You Can Use
How Housing's New Players Spiraled Into Banks' Old Mistakes
The New York Times | June 27, 2016
Some private equity firms that came in as the cleanup crew for the housing crisis are now repeating errors that banks committed, while others are bypassing the working poor.

Case Shiller: Home Prices Reach New Highs in Key Housing Markets
HousingWire | June 28, 2016
Home prices increased 5% in April, down from an increase of 5.1% the month before. The 10-city composite increased by 4.7%, a decrease from March's 4.8% gain and the 20-city composite increased by 5.4%, down from an increase of 5.5% the month before.

Mortgage Rates in Free Fall Since Brexit Vote
Realtor Mag | June 28, 2016
Ever since Britain's surprising vote to leave the European Union, U.S. home buyers and home owners have been reaping an expected benefit -- mortgage rates that are quickly dropping. Mortgage rates are now at the lowest average in more than three years, and economists expect them to head even lower.

PLTA Western Chapter June Events
On Thursday June 9th, 2016 at 8:30a the Western Chapter of the Pennsylvania Land Title Association held its quarterly breakfast meeting at the Panera Bread Co. in Monroeville, PA.   The gathering hosted 9 attendees and included 2 new participants.  The 2 newcomers are both attorneys, one active in the real estate and title industry, while the other interested in entering into the title industry.  The main topic of discussion was Cybercrime and how it has affected our business practices.   

The informal nature of the breakfast meetings lends itself toward candid discussion and enables all participants to hear a variety of views from many title industry vantage points. Anyone interested is encouraged to join us at our next meeting on September 8, 2016  8:30 am at the Panera Bread Co. in Robinson Township at The Pointe at North Fayette Summit Drive Robinson Township, PA 15275 across from Burgatory.

On June 24, 2016  the Western Chapter through the PLTA organized a Pittsburgh Pirate outing. The Pirate game attracted a group of 43 people and was a pleasant mixture of underwriter representatives, title agents and family.   This was also free T-Shirt Friday so each attendee received a free shirt.  The beautiful climate at PNC Park coupled by a Pirate’s victory made for a wonderful evening.

In Memorium
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing PLTA Member Cindy L. (Mann) Portner, of Community Settlement of York on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. During her career Cindy was a member of the PLTA and very active with the South Central Chapter. If you attended any events for the South Central Chapter, Cindy was the person who handled registrations and greeted members at every meeting. She was also a life time member of VFW Post 556 of York, Liverpool American Legion, and the Realtors Association of York & Adams Counties. Cindy was a dedicated wife of 45 years to Richard P. Portner and mother of their three children, Wade E. Portner and his wife, Brenda, Stacey L. Trimmer and her husband, Chad and Brice W. Portner and his girlfriend, Maria and grandmother to Wade C. Portner. Relatives and friends celebrated her life on June 11, 2016 at the VFW Post 556 in York. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Community Care, 685 Good Drive, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604 or SPCA, 3159 N. Susquehanna Trail, York, PA 17406 in her honor.

Pennsylvania Land Title Association 2015-2016 Officers
PLTA President - Brian Zulli, Esq., CLTP
PLTA Vice President - Frank McGovern, Esq. CLTP
PLTA Treasurer - Danielle L. Chamberlain, CLTP
PLTA Secretary - Chuck Nowicki, CLTP, NTP
PLTA Immediate Past President - John T. Croke, CLTP

Central Chapter - Lisa Peters, CLTP
Lehigh Valley Chapter - Kathie Vresics
Northeastern Chapter  - Barb Mikielski
South Central Chapter - Nanci Reese, CLTP
South Eastern Chapter - Diana T. Sabol, CLTP
Western Chapter - Deb Chipman Reimer, CLTP

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